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
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.
- Bi-monthly meal service at PATH Westside
- Monthly game nights with homeless youth at Covenant House
- Thanksgiving and Christmas Tikkun
- Nightly 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 email@example.com.
To tutor young mothers and/or plan family events at PATH Gramercy in Koreatown, please email Jordyn and Nili at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For volunteers 5 years old and up, email Hanne at email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
To learn about our Thanksgiving and Christmas Tikkuns or with other questions, please email Jason, IKAR’s Community Organizer, at email@example.com.
Green Action: Healing our planet through education and advocacy, sustainable living, and urban gardening
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
- 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 email@example.com.
To join the IKAR Kids Nature Club for children grades 1-5 with any age siblings, email Ingrid at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Green Action Path has regular meetings. To join in, email Alisa at email@example.com.
General Q’s or want to get a coffee? Email Jason, IKAR’s Community Organizer, at firstname.lastname@example.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.
- House parties, rallies and gatherings with our interfaith coalition partners, LA Voice and Homeboy Industries
- 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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Global Partnership: Advocating for international justice and bringing light and sustainability to Katira, Uganda
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.
- 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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.”