This year, world-renowned teachers and scholars will challenge us to think more expansively, mindfully & creatively. Mark your calendar, because 2017 is the year to get learned.

Death Over Dinner: Jewish Edition

We’ll be continuing our exploration of death and dying (and living!) in the coming months. Check out our Death Over Dinner – Jewish Edition website to poke around, read up, and sign up to host a dinner. Here’s a breakdown of our upcoming programming.


Dignity + Death: R’ Elliot Dorff & Dr. Ira Byock
in conversation with R’ Brous

Tuesday, Feb 7, 6:30-8:30pm, Beth Chayim Chadashim
What are the spiritual and practical steps we should be taking now to ensure dignity for ourselves and our loved ones? Professor & bioethics expert R’ Elliot Dorff and author & physician Dr. Ira Byock will talk with R’ Brous about Jewish and medical perspectives on end-of-life practices. RSVP.

Advance Directive Workshops
Mondays, Feb 13 or Feb 27
An Advance Directive helps your loved ones know what matters most to you. We will take what we learn with Rabbi Dorff and Dr. Byock and put it into writing. All ages encouraged. Email Marnina for more information.

The Soul – R’ Elie Spitz
Wednesday, Feb 22
Author & scholar on spirituality R’ Spitz takes on some of our most challenging questions about the soul, the afterlife, and what Judaism has to say about it. RSVP.

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*DoD Jewish Edition was created in partnership with Reboot and is supported by a generous grant from the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles.

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Guest Speakers

How Deep Is Your Love?
Dr. Aaron Amit
Tuesday, Feb 14, 7:30pm, Fields-Meyer home (mid-city)
Explore why love is such an essential value in learning Torah with author and professor Dr. Amit, head of the Talmud Department at Bar Ilan University. RSVP.

The Fight for Women’s & LGBT Rights in 2017
Dr. Jay Michaelson
Friday, Feb 17 (at SlowDown Shabbesregister for dinner)
Michaelson, an author & columnist specializing in religion & sexuality, looks back at the 2016 election through the lens of LGBT and women’s issues.

Consumerism & the 10th Commandment
Dr. Jeremy Benstein
Saturday, Feb 18, lunchtime, no signup needed
Co-Founder/ Deputy Director of the Heschel Center for Sustainability in Tel Aviv asks: Are we cultivating a culture of coveters?

Complex Images of Peace and Hope
Dr. Rachel Korazim
Saturday, Feb 25, Havdallah at the Timberman/Redlich’s
Master educator Dr. Korazim uses Israeli literature and poetry to explore the nuanced and complex realities of Israel past and present. RSVP.

Rob Bell
Friday, March 17, at SlowDown Shabbes
Author, motivational speaker & former pastor

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And check our calendar for:

-House parties with Rabbis Brous and Tsadok in your ‘hood
-Monthly exploration of the Parsha (weekly Torah portion) with R’ Avi Havivi
-Justice and Righteousness Sunday lecture series through the Hartman Institute
-Wednesday AM Minyan & Midrash – a spiritual boost for your workweek

Email 411@ikar-la.org for more info.