Like the community at large, IKAR’s board consists of people from a wealth of professional and Jewish backgrounds. They are united by a love for the spirit of IKAR and a belief in the impact it can have on the wider Jewish world.

lisaLisa Alpern

Lisa, a native of Indianapolis, came to IKAR in 2006. She served as the Education Director of IKAR from 2006-2010, where she experienced firsthand the energy, creativity, and passion of the community.

Prior to IKAR, Lisa worked in development at the Jewish Federation, both in Chicago and Boston. Currently, she serves as the Director of B’nei Mitzvah Engagement at Wilshire Boulevard Temple.  Her husband Dave is a former IKAR board member and board chair, and they have two children, Noa and Josh, who both attend Brawerman Elementary School.  Go Blaze!

Lisa received a BA in Jewish Studies from the University of Michigan and a Masters Degree in Jewish Education from Hebrew College.

lauren-applebaum-headshotLauren Applebaum

Lauren’s been a proud member of the IKAR community since she and her husband Aaron moved to LA in 2008.  Within the first week of arriving in LA she’d experienced both an earthquake and services at IKAR and decided that one of those experiences was powerful enough to make up for the other.

She grew up in Pittsburgh, and after attending Williams College, worked in education in Boston, where she teamed with other educators trying to transform Jewish education through a radical reimagining of what “Hebrew School” could look like — a reimagining that included building a powerful community for both adults and children and an insistence on ambitious, visionary goals.  She worked as a teacher, curriculum developer, and ultimately executive director at Kesher.

Since then, Lauren’s worked in Jewish education throughout LA, mainly at the Graduate Center for Education at American Jewish University, where she held a variety of positions including Associate Dean. She’s an adjunct instructor at AJU, HUC, and elsewhere while also working as a facilitator, consultant and coach in synagogues, day schools, and camps in the Jewish community in LA and beyond. Lately she’s most excited about her work with the Teaching Israel Fellowship, which brings together Israel educators from different institutions to think deeply about their beliefs and assumptions about teaching Israel.

Lauren serves on the board of the Consortium for Applied Studies in Jewish Education (CASJE) and is a past advisory board member of the Network for Research in Jewish Education, the Jewish Women’s Archive, and her Boston synagogue home, Temple B’nai Brith.

Lauren and Aaron live in Santa Monica with their children Liora and Micah.

Steve Byrnes

Steve’s connection to IKAR grew deeper when he got involved with the Minyan Tzedek Organizing Path. He looks forward to deeper future involvement with this work, which post-election is more essential than ever.

A writer by trade, Steve has written and performed two one-man shows: “Swinging Wild” and “Your Daddy’s A Fag…And So’s Your Other Daddy.” The latter is based on his real life experience as a gay dad.

Steve’s greatest creations are his two daughters, Samantha (22) and Elizabeth (19). Twenty-two years ago, after Samantha was born, Steve and his husband Jamie had a combination Jewish commitment ceremony and baby naming. Undoubtedly, it was the first such ceremony in the known universe.

In addition to serving on the IKAR Board, Steve serves on the President’s Strategic Planning Committee at his alma mater, Reed College. He coaches underserved LAUSD students on the college admissions process through the Zimmer Children’s Museum’s  YOUthink college prep program, has served on the U.S. board of “Spirituality for Kids” and taught their curriculum in LAUSD schools, and Steve’s family’s organization, S.A.M. (School Attendance Matters), provides sanitary pads, underwear, and sex education for schoolgirls in Malawi.

IMG_3441Austin Douglas

Austin joined the IKAR board in 2015 and is involved in the real estate development committee. His first IKAR moment was in 2009, when Tova, his now-wife, suggested that they find a shul home. It was the coffee and permission to schmooze at shul that first attracted him to IKAR, and since he married a Rabbinical student, he knew that those things would continue to lure him to services each week as well as the other wonderful qualities of the community. Austin is the owner of a property management company for residential and commercial properties throughout Los Angeles. He is a graduate of UCSB with a B.A. in Global Studies with a Middle East emphasis. Austin and Tova have a daughter named Eve and his favorite role in life is being her Abba.

Michael Ellenberg

Michael joined the IKAR board in 2010 and has been instrumental in launching a partner school project in the developing world to pair with IKAR’s own educational efforts, the ECC and Limudim.  Michael is a Senior Vice President at HBO, overseeing dramatic series production.  Prior to HBO, Michael served as Senior Vice President at Scott Free Productions, where he served as a producer on such films as Prometheus, Robin Hood and Cyrus.  Before that, Michael was Vice President at Scott Rudin Productions. He received his AB from Dartmouth College in Government, and JD from New York University School of Law.

yoni (1)Yoni Fife, Chair

Yoni joined the IKAR board in 2010.  He was IKAR’s treasurer from 2011 to 2014 and became IKAR’s vice chair in 2015. Professionally, Yoni is an attorney at Athene Holding, Ltd., an insurance holding company. Prior to Athene, Yoni practiced general corporate law, including mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance, at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. Yoni has a BA from UC Berkeley and a JD from Georgetown University Law Center.

FullSizeRender(10)Jeff Goldstein

Jeff joined the IKAR Board of Directors in December 2015. He has been a member of IKAR since his family moved from New York City to sunny Los Angeles in December 2014. The IKAR community warmly welcomed Jeff and his family and, in the spirit of giving back, he wanted to get more involved. As such, he also serves on the Development and Building Committees, which are dedicated to helping IKAR grow and realize its powerful vision. Professionally, Jeff has worked in finance throughout his career and is now part of an advisory team within Royal Bank of Canada’s (RBC) Wealth Management division, where his team helps families, corporate executives and entertainment industry professionals navigate the complex choices and challenges they face while growing their wealth, protecting it, and sharing it with both future generations and meaningful philanthropic causes.

Ethan Goldstine

Ethan first came to IKAR in its early years but remained on the fringes until falling in love with core IKARite Lirona Kadosh, who — along with IKAR– drew him into the community. After brief careers in film production, radio and computer consulting, Ethan has been creating websites since the early esoteric days of the Internet. He founded the website for KCRW and co-created one of the first online serials. Since 1998, he has been a partner at kapow, inc. which specializes in online design, development and consulting for major non-profits and cultural institutions. Ethan is a proud native Angeleno and an alumnus of Sinai Temple Religious School, LA Hebrew High, LA Ulpan and Camp Ramah, as well as Beverly Hills High School and Yale. He’s happy to have found such a warm and welcoming Jewish community that so beautifully blends action, progressive ideals, serious discourse and casual attire.

danny_1_finalDanny Greene, Secretary

Danny first attended IKAR in 2011, when he moved to LA to attend UCLA Anderson Business School. He wouldn’t have predicted that, five years later, he’d still be in Los Angeles and that IKAR would be one of the most significant factors keeping him here.

Danny has a deep passion for creating a vibrant Jewish future. As an undergraduate at Stanford, he toyed with the idea of becoming a rabbi, and after graduating, moved to Washington, DC for a one-year fellowship at the headquarters of Hillel; he ended up spending two years there helping to coordinate, craft, and implement a new strategic plan for the $70 million organization that aimed to double the number of students having meaningful Jewish experiences. Ultimately, he decided to pursue other professional paths while continuing to be a lay-leader in the Jewish community. He spent four years at Al Gore’s television network, Current TV, in San Francisco, interned at a grilled-cheese restaurant concept startup called The Melt during business school, and worked with celebrities and corporations on creating substantive social impact campaigns at Propper Daley. Recently, Danny started a new chapter at Phoenix Investment Funds, an entrepreneurial, socially conscience, commercial real estate investment fund. Prior to joining the IKAR board, Danny served as the President of the Alumni Advisory Board of the Bronfman Fellowships.

Karen Hanovice Hogan, (Past Board Chair)

Karen joined the IKAR board in 2011 and quickly became immersed in the finance and development activities of IKAR. She is a former investment banker and sits on the boards of five public closed-end investment funds. She has a BS in economics and French from SUNY Albany and a M.P.A. from Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

DSC_0045Todd Kessler (Past Board Chair)

Todd joined the IKAR board in 2008 after many years as an active member. Todd assumed the role of Vice Chairman in May 2009, and his primary responsibilities include development and community relations. Todd also serves on the board of the Tufts University Communications/Media Studies Program.  He is a volunteer teacher at the Open School of LAUSD.  He is a television executive whose recent credits include Co-Executive Producer-Nashville, Co-Executive Producer-Pan Am, Co-Executive Producer – The Good Wife/CBS, Executive Producer-The Unit/CBS and Supervising Producer – Rome/CBS. Todd is a graduate of Tufts University.

FredHeadFred Kramer (Past Board Chair)

Fred has served on the IKAR Board of Directors since May 2008, becoming Board Chair in January, 2009. Focusing on development and structuring the organization for growth, Fred worked closely with IKAR’s Executive Director and professional staff to create a board that can raise money effectively and support the multi-faceted activities of IKAR. Fred is a founding partner in Reason Ventures and heads business development for Critical Mass Studios and Rightsline following the companies’ recent merger. Fred has previously served as Executive Director of Jewish World Watch, a non-profit that fights genocide happening today, and as President and General Manager of, the film festival submission system that was acquired by He served as Chair and Treasurer of Nick Karno’s 2010 campaign for State Assembly, and has produced two feature films. He has a BA from the University of South Florida.

Mo Langer (427x640) (332x500)Mo Langer, Treasurer

Mo joined the board in November 2014. He found IKAR in 2009 while “Shul Shopping” with his (then soon-to-be) wife, Lauren. IKAR was the perfect balance of enthusiastic progressivism and right-minded traditionalism to help blend his Orthodox background and Lauren’s Reform upbringing. Mo grew up in Johannesburg and after stints in Israel, Montreal, and Boston, he attended Brandeis University where he majored in Political Science. Mo spent 13 years with 1105 Media where he most recently served as Chief Operating Officer. After leaving 1105 Media in 2013, he founded a tech startup, Business Advisory Board, which helps small businesses make better purchasing decisions. He is an alumnus of the Jewish Federation’s New Leaders Project and is an active participant in the Pro-Israel Young Professionals Political Network. In professional circles Mo goes by his first name, Abraham (his middle name is Moshe). Mo and Lauren have a daughter Livi who is excited to attend the IKAR Early Childhood Center in the Fall of 2015.

1454542_10101936407889895_1567595293_nGreg Levine

Greg joined the board in November 2014. He first heard about IKAR back in 2004 from his old camp counselor, who emailed a lot of camp people in LA about this wonderful place called IKAR and that they should come check it out together.  Greg showed up, was hooked, and has been involved ever since.  He chaired the Shabbaton, co-founded the 20s/30s group TRIBE, runs the annual Purim Shpiel, worked with the teen group, and even hosted trivia night at TRIBE’s Hanukkah party.  Greg is a TV writer hailing all the way from North Hollywood and has worked on such shows as “Parks and Recreation,” “The Office,” and “ER.”  He is a huge lover of sleepaway camp and went to and worked at Camp Alonim in Simi Valley for over 20 years.  He attended USC Film School where he received his BFA in Writing for Screen & Television but weirdly never went to a single football game.

FullSizeRenderMarty Longbine

Marty joined the board in April 2012 after serving as a key lay leader in Minyan Tzedek, our social justice organizing project.  She continues that work and is also a key member of the building search and architectural selection committee.  She does architectural design and has also worked with exceptional but underserved minority youth and taught hearing impaired middle and high school students.  She has served on the board of the L.A. Chapter of the A.C.L.U. and served as Vice President of another Los Angeles temple prior to joining IKAR. Marty has a BA in Special Education, a Master of Architecture degree from UCLA.

Pic of Adam Miller (2)Adam Miller (Past Board Chair)

Adam has been a member of the IKAR Board since 2005. Professionally, Adam is the founder and President/CEO of CornerstoneOnDemand, a publicly held enterprise software company.  Adam is extensively involved with the Cornerstone OnDemand Foundation and the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network.  He has also done work with Heal the Bay. Adam has a BA from the University of Pennsylvania and a JD and MBA from UCLA.

Scott Minkow

After many years as an active member of the IKAR community and a founding member of IKAR’s Leadership Council, Scott joined the board in 2009.  Scott has been a leader in the planning, development, and implementation of IKAR’s innovative Minyan Tzedek program, designed to engage every member of IKAR in specific social justice projects.  Professionally, Scott Minkow is the Vice President of Partnerships and Innovation for The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles.  Scott has worked in fundraising, planning, and community relations within the Jewish community for 14 years.  Prior to his current position, Scott was the Program Officer for the Righteous Persons Foundation, a charitable fund established by Steven Spielberg dedicated to the strengthening and revitalization of Jewish life in the United States. Scott holds a BA in American Studies from Stanford University, an MA in Jewish Communal Service from HUC, and a Masters in Social Work from USC.  He is a fellow of the Selah Leadership Program through Jewish Funds for Justice.

Showtime ExecutivesDavid Nevins

David was a founding family of IKAR in 2004 and recently joined IKAR’s board to lend his talents and expertise to IKAR’s development and fundraising efforts.  When not at IKAR, David is the President of Entertainment of Showtime Networks and is responsible for developing, acquiring and supervising all aspects of programming for all of the Showtime Networks channels. Prior to joining Showtime, David was an Emmy Award winning producer and veteran network and studio programming executive. He served as President of Imagine Television, Executive Vice President of Programming at Fox Broadcasting Company, and Senior Vice President for Primetime Series at NBC. David has a BA from Amherst College.

Erin Rottman_Board of TrusteeErin Rottman

Erin joined the board in December 2013. She has worked in journalism for nearly 20 years, including as a staff writer for the L.A. Daily News. She also worked at Deloitte & Touche, training client service professionals on knowledge management and developing the company’s global intranet. She was drawn to IKAR because of its emphasis on real social action. She currently sits on the Advocacy Committee and Speakers’ Bureau of Jewish World Watch. She is a PSIA-certified ski instructor for people with cognitive and physical disabilities. She also sits on the Wildwood School Board of Trustees and its Development Committee. She enjoys mountain biking in the Rockies and whitewater kayaking on the rivers of Ecuador.

RW picRachel Waranch, Vice Chair

Rachel joined the board in December 2013. She is grateful that she found a home at IKAR since moving to LA in 2010. She received her B.A. in English with a minor in Business from Washington University, where she met her husband, Jason.   They are the proud parents of two children.

She attended law school at Cardozo in NYC where she was Acquisitions Editor of the Arts & Entertainment Law Journal. Rachel works as an in-house attorney for Chanel and serves on the board of the Fashion Industries Guild of Cedars Sinai, the L.A. Regional Board of Indego Africa, a nonprofit social enterprise that supports women artisans in Rwanda and is member of the Alliance of Moms. She hails from Baltimore with two sets of grandparents who were machers in their respective synagogues – so joining the IKAR board felt like a bit of a homecoming.

fullsizerenderIan Wiener

Ian grew up in Armonk, New York, and attended Dartmouth College and Georgetown University Law Center. Between college and law school, he worked in finance in Manhattan.  In 1992, he moved to Los Angeles to join the law firm of Irell & Manella LLP, where he became partner in 1999 and focuses his practice on mergers & acquisitions, securities and general business law.  Among other things, he advises corporate boards, and also assists various high net worth clients with their financial affairs and investments. For 10 years he’s sat on the board of the Eisner Pediatric & Family Medical Center, a community health clinic in downtown Los Angeles.  Ian is Chairman of EPFMC’s finance committee and was recently elected to the Executive Committee of the Board. Ian is a single dad. He and his daughter Eva were introduced to IKAR by various friends and neighbors, and we now can’t imagine being anywhere else.

zackyRabbi Barbara Zacky

R’ Zacky began attending services at IKAR while in rabbinic school at the Academy for Jewish Religion, CA and was ordained in 2009 with an emphasis in chaplaincy. She’s currently on the board at AJRCA, a trans-denominational pluralistic institution dedicated to the training of rabbis, cantors, chaplains, and other Jewish communal leaders. She also services on the Founders Council at the Williams Institute, a think tank at UCLA dedicated to conducting rigorous independent research on sexual orientation and gender identity law and public policy.

As an out Jewish Lesbian since 1969, R’ Zacky finds that her rabbinate, MBA, and service as a rabbi/chaplain – and her work as a board member – serve all parts of herself and the communities in which she lives.