The Big Idea: David Hartman was right when he said a shul should be judged not by the number of people sitting in its pews, but by the power of the ideas it communicates. Our mission is to bring some imagination and creativity into a very old idea — the idea that human beings ought to live in full dignity, driven by a profound sense of purpose and grounded in holy community.
IKAR on the go
“To my mind, Jewish spiritual and ritual depth is wed inextricably to social responsibility and the mandate for social change – so my davening on Friday night is directly linked to our ability (or inability) to pass decent gun laws that Wednesday.” -Rabbi Sharon Brous
Today we must resist the pull toward sacred narrative as nostalgic entertainment and ritual only as a balm for the troubled soul, rather than a tool for social transformation. Hear this sermon + others.
Our music is so much of what brings people back week after week. Learn more about the role of music in our davening, the IKAR Music Lab, and more. I want it.
Listen to what some of our youngest IKARites have to say about the Passover. Let them school you.
Read Rabbi Brous Yom HaShoah reflection in the Jewish Journal, and check out our library of articles and writings here.
World-renowned teachers and scholars will challenge us to think more expansively, mindfully and creatively. Mark your calendars.
This just does not get old. Our mayor has pipes! Watch this Purim Shpiel delicious nonsense.