In the Spirit

April 29, 2000

Address: 2401 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach. (The temple shares facilities

with Harbor Christian Church.)

Mailing address: P.O. Box 10414, Costa Mesa 92627

Phone: (949) 548-6900

Denomination: Conservative-Traditional Judaism

Year established: 1974

Service times: Friday night Shabbat services start at 8 p.m., followed by


Oneg Shabbat, a fellowship hour that includes refreshments.

Senior rabbi: Marc S. Rubenstein. Rubenstein came to Temple Isaiah at the

end of February. He was ordained in New York City as a conservative rabbi

in 1975. He earned his bachelor's in religion and history and his

master's in 1976 at New York University. He studied for a doctorate in

Jewish history at Ohio State University in Columbus. He describes the

ideal House of God as a place where Jews of all walks of life and all

ages, rich and poor, old and young, can meet and worship as equals,

seeking out the good in their fellow man, with everyone practicing the

most noble teachings of Judaism.

Other staff: Gerry Faragalli, cantor

Size of congregation: 100 families

Child care: Only on the High Holy Days, but children of all ages are


Type of worship: Shabbat services are modern-traditional and include

prayer, music and a sermon. The temple's worship for the High Holy Days

is known for its unique choir ensemble under the direction of Flory Van

Beek, which includes a range of voices from different opera companies.

There is also a Torah study at 10 a.m. Saturday, followed by Kiddush.

Type of sermon: Varies. Sometimes the teaching is based mostly on the

current Scripture reading, at other times Rubenstein relates the

Scripture reading to a current event topic.

Welcome wagon: First-time visitors are introduced by the rabbi, and the

congregation welcomes them with a traditional Hebrew song, "Hevenu Shalom

Aleichem," which is "peace and greetings to you." Visitors and newcomers

are always welcome.

Outreach programs: The temple offers a wide range of programs, education

and special events to the congregation and the community. Regular

programs include adult education classes, Hebrew school for children and

many social events. Throughout the year, the temple hosts many special

classes and guest speakers on a broad range of subjects that include

religion, history, current events and archeology. The temple also

collects food every Friday night and sends it weekly to the Interfaith


Mission statement: The mission of Temple Isaiah is to provide its members

and guests with the most enriching Jewish experience possible in an

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