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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

$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.

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

Rabbi Brous to speak at Women’s March on Washington

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.

Posted: January 19th, 2017|Latest Word

R’ Brous’ TEDTalk Goes Live

Click here to view the Rabbi Sharon Brous’ TED Talk It’s Time to Reinvent Religion.  

Posted: January 4th, 2017|Latest Word

Panelists Debate Trump & the Jews – Jewish Journal

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. […]

Posted: December 19th, 2016|Latest Word, Press

Calls for mercy & an end to deportations at interfaith service

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 […]

Posted: November 15th, 2016|Latest Word, Press

R’ Brous speaks election aftermath on KPCC

“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

Posted: November 10th, 2016|Latest Word, Uncategorized

R’ Brous Speaking at TEDWomen 2016

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 […]

Posted: October 28th, 2016|Events, Latest Word