Love your neighbor, and love yourself. This is the whole Torah. All the rest is commentary.” // Hillel

We believe that part of our work in the world is to bridge the gap between the world as it is and the world as it ought to be. Minyan Tzedek is IKAR’s way of weaving the pursuit of justice, equality and dignity for all people into the fabric of everything we do as a community.

Our expectation is that every member of IKAR participates in the work of tikkun – healing. We invite you to join others who share your passions and interests, and help us bring real, sustainable change to our city and world.

Minyan Tzedek Paths

Feeding Our Neighbors: Serving meals, teaching and building relationships in Los Angeles

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Our tradition teaches that the restoration of dignity must stand as the foundation of all efforts to address poverty, hunger and homelessness. Join IKAR’s Feeding Our Neighbors Path in working to restore dignity and hope, as we strive to end hunger, illiteracy, isolation and homelessness in our city.

Calendar Highlights:

  • Bi-monthly meal service at PATH Westside
  • Monthly game nights with homeless youth at Covenant House
  • Thanksgiving and Christmas Tikkun
  • Volunteer opportunities with the Greater West Hollywood Food Coalition

To cook and serve meals for homeless veterans at People Assisting The Homeless Westside, please email Sara and Don at mtfeedingneighbors@ikar-la.org.

To tutor young mothers and/or plan family events at PATH Ventures Villas at Gower, please email Jordyn and Nili at pathtutors@ikar-la.org.

For volunteers aged 26 to 40, email TRIBE leaders at mtfeedingneighbors@ikar-la.org to play board games and get to know homeless youth (ages 18-26) at Covenant House in Hollywood.

For volunteers 5 years old and up, email Hanne at mtfeedingneighbors@ikar-la.org for more information on how to volunteer with the Greater West Hollywood Food Coalition to cook for and serve men and women who are homeless — every night of week, all year round. Please note: volunteers should be at least 15 years old to serve meals on the street.

The Feeding Our Neighbors Path has regular planning meetings. To join in, email Sara at mtfeedingneighbors@ikar-la.org.

To learn about our annual Thanksgiving and Christmas Tikkuns or with other questions, please email Jason, IKAR’s Community Organizer, at jason@ikar-la.org.

Green Action: Healing our planet through education and advocacy, sustainable living, and urban gardening

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We are called by our tradition to stand up and speak out to protect and sustain the natural world, and we can get to work right here in Los Angeles. We are advocates, activists, and gardeners, teaching at schools and shelters, growing a community garden that provides food to the homeless, and giving practical advice about green living. Join us to help create a more sustainable way of life. Email Alisa and Allen at mtgreenaction@ikar-la.org to learn more.

Calendar Highlights:

  • Tu b’Shevat Seder — Nature Celebration
  • Aztec / Sukkot Festival with Proyecto Jardin
  • Quarterly campaign planning meetings
  • CicLAvia rides
  • Gardening at Proyecto Jardin

IKARites are working to ensure that our food at IKAR and on our tables is sourced ethically. Join Green Action in its IKAR Eats Ethically campaign by emailing Lisa and Alisa at mtgreenaction@ikar-la.org.

To volunteer with IKAR at Proyecto Jardin, our gardening neighbors on the Eastside, email Alisa at mtgreenaction@ikar-la.org.

To join the IKAR Kids Nature Club for children grades 1-5 with any age siblings, email Ingrid at 1ingrids1@gmail.com.

To learn more about our IKAR CicLAvia rides, email Peter and Scott at mtgreenaction@ikar-la.org.

The Green Action Path has regular meetings. To join in, email Alisa at mtgreenaction@ikar-la.org.

General Q’s or want to get a coffee? Email Jason, IKAR’s Community Organizer, at jason@ikar-la.org.

Organizing for Systemic Change

The Organizing Path seeks racial and economic justice through local and national systemic change. Our current campaign is the Fair Chance Initiative, ensuring people with convictions have a fair chance to work.

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Calendar Highlights:

  • House parties, rallies and gatherings with our interfaith coalition partners, LA Voice and Homeboy Industries
  • Advocacy
  • Monthly campaign meetings (the fourth Thursday of every month)

The Organizing Path chose its new campaign: the Fair Chance Initiative. To get involved, email Marty and Staci at mtorganizing@ikar-la.org. The Organizing Path meets every fourth Thursday from 7pm to 9pm.

To learn more about our interfaith letter-writing project with those in solitary confinement, please email Rebecca at rebeccaweiker@yahoo.com.

Global Partnership: Advocating for international justice and bringing light and sustainability to Katira, Uganda

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In the developing world, education is the single most effective way to improve children’s health and likelihood of survival, protect their dignity, and work toward a more just and dynamic society.

Since 2011, our community has been in partnership with the village of Katira, Uganda. Through Innovation: Africa, we have brought Israel-developed solar technology to the primary school, medical clinic and to the newly constructed, IKAR-funded secondary school.

Through our partnerships with American Jewish World Service and Jewish World Watch, IKAR’s Global Partnership Path connects IKAR with communities around the world through educational workshops and international advocacy.

Calendar Highlights:

  • Interfaith meetings/actions to aid refugees
  • Light Up Hanukkah Party
  • Jewish World Watch Walk to End Genocide
  • American Jewish World Service educational programs

To join Global Partnership, email Alex and Amy at mtglobalpartnership@ikar-la.org.

To learn more about our AJWS book club, please email Jason at Jason@ikar-la.org.

The Global Partnership Path has regular meetings. To join in, email Alex and Amy at mtglobalpartnership@ikar-la.org.

General Q’s or want to get a coffee? Email Jason, IKAR’s Community Organizer, at Jason@ikar-la.org.

To donate to Katira, click here, and in the form, designate that you want your contribution to go to “Global Partnership.”

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