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Yom Yerushalayim – Jerusalem Day – 50 years

As we approach Yom Yerushalayim, marking 50 years since the Six Day War and the unification of Jerusalem, you are invited to take part in a number of learning opportunities exploring the complexities of this day and its difficult historical implications. As Jane Eisner recently wrote: …we must figure out how to hold two very different narratives simultaneously, even though they conflict at their cores. The Six Day War was an enormous military and strategic accomplishment worthy of celebration. And Palestinians continue to pay a terrible price for that victory, which we cannot ignore. Please join our Israel-related programming in the coming days and […]

Posted: May 11th, 2017|Latest Word

R’ Brous’ TED Talk printed in the Jewish Journal

Click here to read the article as it originally appeared in the Jewish Journal. It’s time to reclaim religion BY Rabbi Sharon Brous | PUBLISHED Apr 12, 2017 | Opinion   This is a transcript of a speech delivered at TEDWomen 2016. I was a new mother and a young rabbi in the spring of 2004 and the world was in shambles. Maybe you remember. Every day, we heard devastating reports from the war in Iraq. There were waves of terror rolling across the globe. It seemed like humanity was spinning out of control. I remember the night that I read about the series of coordinated bombings in the subway […]

Posted: May 1st, 2017|Latest Word, Press

IKAR Offices to Close on May 1, International Workers’ Day

May 1 is International Workers’ Day and a day of planned strikes across the nation. In an act of global unity, hundreds of thousands of people across industries will participate in various actions today. We stand together to voice opposition to the new administration’s executive actions and campaign promises that threaten the security, dignity and basic human rights of vulnerable minority communities in our country; we stand to support labor rights and to call for a Living Wage. To honor these sacred objectives, the IKAR’s leadership has decided to close our offices (our staff will be paid), so that we can support the strike and participate […]

Posted: April 28th, 2017|Latest Word

Extracting Meaning from the Madness: a Yom HaShoah reflection

Click here to read Rabbi Brous’ reflection on Yom HaShoah.

Posted: April 24th, 2017|Latest Word

Muslim, Jewish communities show mutual support through storytelling – KPCC

Click here to read the article as it originally appeared on KPCC.org. April 11, 2017 Leora Wolf-Prusan took to the stage at The Hayworth Theatre in Los Angeles earlier this spring to recount her grandmother’s final hours in choosing physician-assisted suicide over life with a progressive neurodegenerative disease. Moments before taking the prescribed suicide pills, her grandmother, “in a very pained, slow speech,” asked for gin, said Wolf-Prusan. “[The nurse] goes into the hallway to call the physician and comes back in and says, ‘The doctor says he doesn’t know if it’s going to kill her…,” she said, then chuckled […]

Posted: April 13th, 2017|Latest Word, Press

Pesah Resources

Pesah Prep How-To For guidance on preparing your home for Pesah, check out our mini guide or the Rabbinical Assembly’s comprehensive Pesah guide (which covers everything from what constitutes hametz to step-by-step instructions for kashering appliances and utensils). Complete this form to “sell” your hametz though IKAR. (What’s the deal with hametz anyway?) Upcoming Pesah Services Tuesday, April 11 Pesah Day 1 services, 10am Tuesday, April 18 Pesah Day 8 services with Yizkor, 10am A few of IKAR’s Haggadah picks Rabbi Jonathan Sacks’ Haggadah Noam Zion & David Dishon’s A Different Night Family Haggadah Francine Hermelin’s Haggadah for Kids Haggadah supplements from our partners: HIAS’ […]

Posted: April 5th, 2017|Latest Word

IKAR Heads to the Great Outdoors 5/5-5/7 for Shabbaton

Friday, May 5 – Sunday, May 7, Camp Ramah in Ojai We’re skippin’ out on the city and heading to the tranquil, verdant outdoors for our annual trip to nature. If you’re a lover of relaxation, rejuvenation and inspiration, you won’t want to miss it. Think: hiking, music, learning, meditation, learning, s’mores, more s’mores and general unabashed frolicking. If you’ve been before, you know how fun it is; if you’re a newbie thinking about dipping a toe in, yeah! Do it! RESERVE YOUR SPOT BEFORE WE FILL UP. General registration form here TRIBE (20s/30s) registration form here Young family (those […]

Posted: April 5th, 2017|Events, Latest Word

NYT Bestselling author Rob Bell to speak at IKAR

Bestselling author ROB BELL Friday, March 17, at SlowDown Shabbes, over dinner We’re thrilled to welcome to Shabbat former pastor and NYT bestselling author of Love Wins. Itunes named his podcast The RobCast “Best of 2015” (Hear Rabbi Brous interviewed on it last year) and Time named him one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. His talk: What happens when an up-and-coming evangelical pastor finds out that his tradition is standing on the shoulder of another tradition that he actually finds more resonance with? RSVP for dinner.

Posted: March 17th, 2017|Events, Latest Word

R’ Brous talks with Tina Brown as part of Women In the World LA

Click here to read the article and see the video in The New York Times. Women in the World held its annual L.A. salon in Hollywood and featured our own Rabbi Sharon Brous in conversation with Women in the World founder and CEO Tina Brown, along with Carmen Perez, the national co-chair for the Women’s March and executive director, The Gathering for Justice, Tamika Mallory, national co-chair for the Women’s March and founder of Mallory Consulting. The panel discussed advancing the momentum put into motion by the Women’s March on Washington.

Posted: March 8th, 2017|Latest Word

Rabbi Brous on KPCC’s “Take Two”

Click here to listen to R’ Sharon Brous on KPCC’s “Take Two.” Faith leaders discuss opposition to deportations.  

Posted: March 4th, 2017|Latest Word