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 […]
$3300+ 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.
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 […]
Click here to see Rabbi Sharon Brous’ speech at the Women’s March on Washington, January 21. Read the text.
Rabbi Brous will be speaking at the Women’s March on Washington, Washington D.C. on January 21 on a roster that includes Cecile Richards, Gloria Steinem, Melissa Harris-Perry, Michael Moore and Van Jones. The talk will be livestreamed. See the complete list of speakers here.
Click here to view the Rabbi Sharon Brous’ TED Talk It’s Time to Reinvent Religion.
Click here to read the article as it originally appeared in the Jewish Journal. Facebook Live video can be seen here. by Eitan Arom From left: Jewish Journal senior writer Danielle Berrin, Shalhevet’s Rabbi Ari Segal, IKAR’s Rabbi Sharon Brous, ADL’s Jonathan Greenblatt and USC’s Dan Schnur. Photo by Carla Acevedo-Blumenkrantz How is the Jewish community reacting so far to the election of Donald Trump? At what was effectively the country’s first public forum on the new political reality for American Jews, the panelists and their audience struck alternating notes of fear, anxiety, uncertainty — and a touch of hope. […]
Click here to read the article as it originally appeared in Angelus. November 11, 2016 – By JD Long-Garcia A group gathered at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels Nov. 10 for an ecumenical service to pray for peace, solidarity and unity after the Nov. 8 elections. Archbishop José H. Gomez called for mercy and an end to deportations during an interfaith prayer service Nov. 10 for peace, solidarity and unity at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. “In this country, we need to start building bridges and bringing people together,” he said. “We need to reach […]
“We don’t talk to each other, we don’t listen to each other, we don’t read the same newspapers, we don’t see each other, we don’t understand each other. We have to learn how to have conversations… so that we can regain a kind of sensitivity and empathy for one another.” – Rabbi Brous on KPCC’s Take Two
Read more here. Rabbi Sharon Brous is a leading voice in reanimating religious life in America, working to develop a spiritual roadmap for soulful, multi-faith justice work. Based in Los Angeles, Rabbi Sharon Brous is the senior and founding rabbi of IKAR, a community built in 2004 that has become a model for Jewish revitalization in the US and beyond. IKAR’s goal is to reinvigorate Jewish religious and spiritual practice, inspiring people of faith to reclaim a moral and prophetic voice in counter-testimony to the small-minded extremism now prevalent in so many religious communities. IKAR quickly became one of the […]