Sue Issler received her BA in Liberal Studies from California State University Northridge as well as her Bilingual Elementary School Teacher’s Credential. For ten years Sue taught first through sixth grade at Roscoe Elementary School in Sun Valley. When her second son was born, Sue retired from teaching and became a full time mother. In 1998 she and her husband, Paul, became members of Temple Ahavat Shalom (TASl in Northridge. At TAS, Sue’s love of Judaism blossomed. Inspired by the learning she received at TAS, Sue enrolled in the Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning in 2010. After graduating from the Melton Program, she yearned to deepen her Jewish education and in 2014 enrolled in the Master of Jewish Studies program at the Academy for Jewish Religion California (AJRCAl. Enlightened by her knowledgeable instructors and their profound spiritual and ethical focus, as well as the insightful opinions and perspectives of her fellow students, Sue looks forward to bringing what she has learned at the Academy to TAS.
I knew my level of Jewish knowledge would be greatly enhanced when I enrolled in the Master’s program at AJRCA. What I did not expect is that my soul would also take flight. Each of my instructors from Rabbi Mel Gottlieb to Dr. Tamar Frankie/added another rung to my spiritual development and Jewish journey and I am eternally grateful to them all. Thankyou to my wonderful husband,Paul, and children, Ben and Joshua, for their love, support, and encouragement.
Upon graduation, Sue hopes to work together with the Temple Ahavat Shalom clergy and Synaplex committee,which she has chaired for ten years, to continue to build a strong, spiritual community. It is her desire to create intergenerational programs that meaningfully connect congregants to one another while instilling a love of Jewish learning, identity and community.