The Jewish Journal, 03/21/2013
By: Jonah Lowenfeld and Susan Freudenheim

Rabbi Sharon Brous, spiritual leader of IKAR, a nine-year-old independent congregation in Los Angeles, was named America’s Top Rabbi for 2013 by The Daily Beast.

Brous has been on the list of America’s 50 Top Rabbis , previously published by the now-defunct Newsweek, every year since 2008; in 2012 she became the first female rabbi to break into the top 10. Brous is the first woman rabbi to top the list and, at 39, is also the youngest to hold the top spot. Calling her a “magnet” for younger, unaffiliated Jews, the Daily Beast said: “Brous shows that reaching this coveted cohort doesn’t mean skimping on substance.”

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