JENiconlarge_xyuet1IKAR is honored to be part of a network of seven outstanding, path-breaking Jewish communities from across the United States. We’ve all come together to launch a new Rabbinic Fellowship to train early-career rabbis in the type of work we do.

Our partners in the Jewish Emergent Network include: The Kitchen in San Francisco, Kavana in Seattle, Mishkan in Chicago, Sixth & I in Washington, D.C., and Lab/Shul and Romemu in New York.


Introducing… IKAR’s Jewish Emergent Network Rabbinic Fellow

063-Nate-DeGroot-20150811You already know and love him, now we are beyond excited to announce that our current Rabbinic Intern, Nate DeGroot, will soon be joining IKAR full-time as our very first Jewish Emergent Network Rabbinic Fellow! What does this mean for us? We get another full-time rabbi to help do all the awesome rabbi stuff that makes IKAR tick. What does this mean for Nate (soon to be Rabbi DeGroot)? He gets to spend two years immersed both in IKAR and in the national Jewish landscape, as part of a cohort of seven rabbinical fellows at path-breaking communities around the country. Win-win!

An east coast native, Nate is in his sixth and final year of rabbinical school at Hebrew College in Boston. In his time with us so far this year, we have seen that Nate brings sensitivity and curiosity, a love of community, a devotion to justice and healing work, a propensity for celebration (did you see him at Purim, folks?), and a passion for connecting with the sacred in all that he does. With a B.A. in Human and Organizational Development from Vanderbilt University, Nate has extensive experience in community building, experiential education, entrepreneurship, and organizational consulting to bolster his formal rabbinic learning.

You can send Nate a note of congratulations or welcome here. He currently spends about ten days a month in Los Angeles; if you don’t already know him, make sure to introduce yourself at services on April 30 or May 6/7. Beginning July 1, he’ll be with us full-time.

Welcome, Nate!

Read the exciting press release on the entire cohort of dynamic Jewish Emergent Network Fellows.


Learn more about the network and read our press.

Our thanks to those who have made this possible:

Jim Joseph Foundation
Crown Philanthropies
Slingshot Fund