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Muslim, Jewish communities show mutual support through storytelling – KPCC

Click here to read the article as it originally appeared on 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

A word from IKAR leadership: Transforming Hate Into Love

A message from Rabbi Sharon Brous, Melissa Balaban, and Rabbi Ronit Tsadok: We are living during a difficult and unsettling time, with hostility directed toward Jews, Muslims, immigrants, transgender people, and other vulnerable groups in our country. And at the same time, we are witness to heartening demonstrations of love. Just last week, a group of Muslims raised over $100,000 to help rebuild a desecrated Jewish cemetery in St. Louis and again stood with us today after an attack on a cemetery in Philadelphia, saying: “Whatever extremists destroy, we will rebuild.” A campaign today from New Israel Fund called upon the […]

Posted: February 27th, 2017|Latest Word

IKAR raising $ for The Trevor Project

Over $4k pledged so far! Pledges are still coming in from the community, but so far, the 40 minutes that Westboro spent outside of Shalhevet will translate into over $3300 for The Trevor Project. THANK YOU to all you awesome people for participating in our campaign to transform hate into love. #JewsMuslimsResistTogether #RevolutionaryLove Read the message from the IKAR leadership here.

Posted: February 27th, 2017|Latest Word

Columnist Dr. Jay Michaelson to teach Feb 17

In the Belly of the Beast: A Journalist’s Perspective on Freedom in the Age of Alternative Facts – and a Meditation Teacher’s Perspective on Staying Sane in the Middle of it Friday, Feb 17 at SlowDown Shabbes, 6:15pm services, with dinner/ teaching after Michaelson, a columnist, meditation teacher, and rabbi specializing in religion & sexuality, offers an insider’s look at a new political era, and will discuss how to fully engage without being consumed by hopelessness or fear. Register for dinner. Check out Jay’s Forward article Progressives Must Become Sabras, his Daily Beast piece on the Ninth Circuit case, and […]

Posted: February 16th, 2017|Events, Latest Word

VIDEO of R’ Brous at the Women’s March on Washington

Click here to see Rabbi Sharon Brous’ speech at the Women’s March on Washington, January 21. Read the text.

Posted: January 23rd, 2017|Latest Word