Community-Building and Meaning-Making
for LA Jews in their 20s and 30s

Wise YAD is a welcoming squad of young adults aged 22-39 building an inclusive and inspired Jewish community. We seek to make meaning and change the world, to schmooze and have a good time, and to re-embrace our heritage and ritual on our own terms. We foster a sense of community and belonging at every level of Jewish practice. We grapple with American social justice issues and contemporary Israel. We create spiritual and meaningful experiences, working together from the ground up to build an exciting and refreshing Jewish experience.

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Upcoming Events: Make meaning with us.

Hanukkah Celebration
Friday, December 27
6:15 p.m. | Shabbat Services | Stephen Wise Temple
7:30 p.m. | Public School 818 | 15300 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks

Join us for Shabbanukkah services at 6:30 p.m. followed by drinks, food, and shmoozing at PS818 down the street.

Introduction to Judaism
Rabbi Sari Laufer and Wise Clergy

Sundays beginning
January 19, 2020 | 10 a.m.–12 p.m.

Whether you are curious about or considering Judaism, or still looking to answer that question you’ve had since your days in religious school, Introduction to Judaism is a place to voice your questions, learn multiple perspectives, and discover what is most meaningful to you in liberal Judaism.

Open to all, this course is perfect for interfaith couples, those raising Jewish children, spiritual seekers, individuals considering conversion, and Jews who want a meaningful adult Jewish learning experience. Taught by Rabbi Sari Laufer, students will have a chance to learn from members of the Stephen Wise Temple clergy and other guest teachers while exploring holidays, lifecycle celebrations, prayer, theology, sacred texts, and much more.

Questions are encouraged and only curiosity is required.

Please contact Rabbi Sari Laufer by email at or by phone at 310.889.2229 to learn more.

$280: Stephen Wise Temple members
$360: General Public


Z3 Conference on Next Generation Zionism

Sunday January 26, 2020 

Both the United States and Israel represent powerful and vibrant centers of Jewish life and are the primary contributors to the continuing development of the Jewish future. The Zionism 3.0 (Z3) movement reflects this reality by redefining Zionism for the next generation. Z3 conversations ask compelling and transformative questions like: What is the future of the relationship between the communities? How will both assert their independence and interdependence? How can we speak with each other in ways that encourage cooperation and recognition of our differences and alignments? Incredible challenges and opportunities are offered by the creative dynamic of this ongoing relationship.

Wise’s Z3 conference will bring together an eclectic combination of presenters that reflect the uniqueness of Los Angeles. The conference will feature journalists and thought leaders who embody the essence of what it means to be a Zionist Jewish presence in American and Israeli media (online and print). They will speak about the challenges of navigating that territory and how their Jewish identity influences their professions. A second track will engage Jewish actors, producers, and directors to discuss what it means to represent the Jewish communities of Israel and America and how that is reflected in their work. During the course of this day-long conference, participants will gain a deeper understanding of how we can speak to each other across our ideological divides to create stronger even more vibrant Jewish communities in our respective locales.

Speakers Include:
Gidi Grinstein (Founder and President, The Reut Group), Yehuda Kurtzer (President, Shalom Hartman Institute), Josh Holo (Dean, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (Los Angeles)), Rabbi Uri Regev (President/CEO, Hiddush), Jodi Rudoren (The New York Times), Chaya Gilboa (Faculty, Shalom Hartman Institute), Tomer Persico (Scholar in Residence, Shalom Hartman Institute), Sivan Zakai (Faculty, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (Los Angeles)), many more to be announced!

Z3™ is an initiative of the Oshman Family JCC.

Our Partners

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The Pad Project

We are inspired by our tradition to help others care for themselves. Indeed, the highest form of tzedakah is to help someone to become self-supporting. Check out this amazing cause (whose founders include some of our Wise School alum) and Netflix docu-short about helping girls in developing countries to support themselves, continue their education, and provide for their communities.

OneTable| A New Way to Friday

Create your own Shabbat experience with intention, with diversity, with friends, or with strangers. OneTable gives you the tools you need for a DIY Shabbat that brings a little more light into the world.

Visit to set up your Shabbat and then email us! One of our clergy members may even be able to drop by your place to help out.

Wise Readers to Leaders Mentorships

Make a difference in the loves of some very deserving kids! Wise’s flagship tikkun olam program promotes literacy and learning among students from highneed communities. The Remote Leading program works with middle school-aged scholars throughout the academic year to maintain their love for reading and assist them on their educational path.

For more information, contact Riley Runburg at or visit to learn more about this amazing program.

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