Who are we?

We believe that all people are equal and have infinite worth, regardless of race, age, sexual orientation, ability, gender identity, socio-economic status, faith, or anything else you can think of. We’re proud that IKARites come from all Jewish (or not) backgrounds, a diversity which only enriches our learning and praying together.

Most of the folks who are drawn to IKAR come because they desire a different kind of Jewish experience — one that stimulates them spiritually, socially and intellectually, and challenges them, in community, to make sense of what it means to be a Jew and a human being in the world. IKAR really is a collaborative undertaking that relies on the contribution of a wealth of talented and dedicated people. Meet our team and learn about our community members.

The Mission

IKAR’s mission is to reanimate Jewish life and develop a spiritual and moral foundation for a just and equitable society. Fusing piety and hutzpah, obligation, and inspiration, IKAR is a dynamic, multi-generational community that fosters a yearning for personal, purposeful, creative engagement in Jewish life, particularly among young and disaffected Jews. Rooted in Los Angeles and reaching globally, we strive to actively and intentionally celebrate the vibrancy and diversity of the Jewish people.

In a time of great upheaval and great possibility, we, as a faith community, stand with our multifaith partners as voices of moral courage, sources of spiritual strength, and first responders to injustice and indifference. Together, we are building a community fueled by Jewish traditions, texts, and audacious dreams, and working to lay the foundation for a society built on love, rooted in justice, and propelled by our moral imagination.