This year, world-renowned teachers and scholars will challenge us to think more expansively, mindfully & creatively. Mark your calendar, because 2016 is the year to get learned.

Our speakers thus far in 2016….

Dr. Avivah Zornberg – “And I am a Stranger”
Tuesday, May 17
Acclaimed Biblical scholar, writer and author, Dr. Zornberg has been teaching in Jerusalem for thirty years and travels widely, lecturing in Jewish, academic, and psychoanalytic settings.

Rabbi Mel Gottlieb – Intro to Kabbalah
Wednesdays, April 13 & 20
R’ Gottlieb helped shaped the Academy of Jewish Religion from its early years, as Dean of the Rabbinical School, founding Dean of the Chaplaincy School, and President from 2008 through 2012. See more here.

Ali Abu Awwad & Rabbi Hanan Schlesinger – Paths to Peace
Saturday, April 2
Palestinan activist and pacifist Ali and Israeli activist and scholar R’ Hanan formed “Roots”, a group based in the West Bank to promote dialogue and eventually trust between Israelis and Palestinian as a path to peace. See more here.

Rachel Korazim (Scholar in Residence)
Friday, March 11 & Saturday, March 12
A graduate of Haifa University, Rachel is a master educator and Jewish education consultant, specializing in curriculum development for Israel and Holocaust education. Since 1985, she has been creating and implementing training programs for educators, writing educational materials, counseling and teaching both in Israel and around the world.

Clarence Jones
Saturday, February 20
MLK Jr’s close personal counsel and adviser and now scholar-in-residence at Stanford’s MLK Jr. Institute. He’ll speak on his involvement in the civil rights movement and the work that he’s doing to reinforce its legacy – including solidifying and re-ingiting the bond between the Black and Jewish communities. Check out this profile in Vanity Fair.

Reza Aslan
Friday, February 19, over Shabbat dinner
Internationally-acclaimed writer (including NYT Bestselling author), scholar of religions, frequent news commentator and professor of creative writing at U.C. Riverside, Reza will be speaking over dinner.

Abdullah Antepli
Saturday, February 13
Senior fellow on Jewish-Muslim Relations at the Hartman Institute and Co-Director of its Muslim Leadership Initiative.

Moshe HalbertalPOLITICAL VIOLENCE: Two Faces in the Book of Samuel
Saturday, Jan. 30, during services

Moshe Halbertal is a Senior Fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute, professor of Jewish thought and philosophy at the Hebrew University and writer with academic appointments at the NYU School of Law, IDC and visiting professorships at Harvard Law, UPenn Law and Yale.

Yiscah Smith – A Journey of Gender Identity and Spirituality
Saturday, Jan. 23
, during services
Activist and former member of the Chabad Hassidic community in Jerusalem, Yiscah will speak about the joys and struggles she has had with her own gender identity and spirituality, followed by a Q&A. Check out her book.

Ohad Elhelo – An Infrastructure of Hope
Friday, January 22, during services
Former IDF Officer and activist on Israeli/Palestinian conflict.

Rabbi Brad Artson – Wisdom For The Journey – Wednesdays in January
Enter the mind of the Talmudic sages with R’ Brad Artson, big deal author, professor, and Dean of the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies at AJU – and, of course, beloved IKARite.

Beth Steinberg – Inclusion in Jerusalem
Saturday, January 9, during Beit Midrash with the teens
Beth is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of Shutaf, which offers inclusive education programs for kids & teens with and without disabilities.

And check our calendar for:

House parties with Rabbis Brous and Tsadok in your ‘hood
Music Nights w Hillel and the Davening Team
Monthly exploration of the Parashah (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.