Imagine a Bible With No Moses, No Story of the Exodus
“The story of the Exodus leaves us with a moral imperative: Our perpetual challenge is to build a society in which every person is treated as an image of the Holy One, living in full dignity.”
California bill could make it easier for houses of faith to build affordable housing
“As we began the process of thinking about what it means for us to have a home in Los Angeles, and to live out our values, it means creating homes for other people because that is the greatest need right now.” – Brooke Wirtschafter, IKAR’s Director of Community Organizing. We’re proud to work alongside our co-sponsors, Assemblywoman Buffy Wicks, L.A. Voice, Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern California, Southern California Association of NonProfit Housing, & United Way of Greater Los Angeles. Thank you to Religion News Service & Alejandra Molina for your coverage of our important work.
Our spiritual leaders need to step up to heal our political divisions. By Simone Campbell, For Religion News Service
“My friend Rabbi Sharon Brous recently shared with a group of us where she finds hope. She quoted Psalm 126: “Those who sow in tears, reap in joyous song.”
Rabbi Brous reminded us that “we have wept sacred tears, crying out for justice and equity, love and fairness. Those tears have not been wasted. For years, our tears have cultivated the soil for transformation, making it possible for a true multiracial democracy to one day flourish. So I remain hopeful, knowing that yesterday’s tears will one day bear the fruit of the beautiful world yet to be born.”
Amen, Rabbi, amen”
“Whoopi Goldberg Apologized. Punishing Her Further Is Un-Jewish.” By Nathan Hirsch, NY Times Opinion Section
“If what you want is to change someone’s mind, I have to think education is more effective than public shaming and punishment. Particularly when that person shows a sincere willingness to learn and apologize,” tweeted Sharon Brous, the senior rabbi of Ikar, a Jewish congregation in Los Angeles, in reaction to the news about Ms. Goldberg’s suspension.
The Native American Judaism of LA By Jeremy Stern, Tablet Magazine
“Look, the prevailing narrative is ‘Oh my god, we’re disappearing,’” Feinstein says. “And yet a dying people doesn’t produce a genius like David Wolpe or Sharon Brous or Craig Taubman and Danny Maseng. There’s a thing here called The Braid. It used to be called the Jewish Women’s Theater, it’s a wonderfully creative group of people. A dying people doesn’t do that.”
Los Angeles as the Center of American Jewish Life By Mark Horowitz, Tablet Magazine
Has less power and influence translated into fewer Jews or Jews being less Jewish? Just the opposite. LA today feels more Jewish, not less. And it’s not just the bagels. Growing Orthodox communities have their new shuls and yeshivas, while liberal and reform neighbors have been revitalizing old institutions and exploring progressive alternatives to traditional synagogues with organizations like IKAR, led by Rabbi Sharon Brous, and the Pico-Union Project founded by Craig Taubman.
Did ABC miss a learning opportunity by suspending Whoopi?, By Jane Har, Associated Press
Others echoed the sentiment that discussion was better than punishment.
“If what you want is to change someone’s mind, I have to think education is more effective than public shaming and punishment. Particularly when that person shows a sincere willingness to learn and apologize,” tweeted Sharon Brous, a rabbi in Los Angeles.
Are Jews white? Is Whoopi Goldberg Jewish? ‘The View’ Holocaust controversy, explained By Gabe Friedman, JTA
And yet many prominent Jews were willing to give Goldberg, if not a pass, then a second or third chance, especially in the name of using the controversy as a teachable moment.
As Rabbi Sharon Brous of the Ikar community in Los Angeles tweeted, “If what you want is to change someone’s mind, I have to think education is more effective than public shaming and punishment. Particularly when that person shows a sincere willingness to learn and apologize.”
Interfaith Alliance’s “The American Purpose w/ Rabbi Jack Moline: Rabbi Sharon Brous”
Rabbi Jack Moline, host and president of Interfaith Alliance, speaks with Rabbi Sharon Brous about how her faith motivates her to work toward building a more just, more inclusive nation.
Rabbi Brous In The New York Times, Speaking On The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
“What most American Jews desire is to see Israelis and Palestinians living in dignity, in a just and equitable society,” said Rabbi Sharon Brous, the leader of IKAR, a large progressive synagogue in Los Angeles. “It is imperative that we support a third way,” she said, “recognizing the generational trauma and suffering of both peoples and creating a just and shared future for everyone.” – Rabbi Sharon Brous. Read the full article here.
Rock ‘Hazzan’ Hillel Tigay Shines Light on Progressive L.A. Synagogue Where Steven Spielberg, Eric Garcetti Are Members
We’re kvelling! Our rock-star Hazzan, Hillel Tigay, who was “raised on the Bible and the Beatles” talked to Variety about his unique IKAR melodies, how Rabbi Sharon Brous found him, and what it was like hearing 88.5 FM Radio’s Nic Harcourt playing songs from his upcoming album, Palms Station.
Passover Plans at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
Sharon Brous, senior rabbi at IKAR, a non-denominational synagogue in Los Angeles, will emcee a virtual Passover celebration featuring live remarks from the second gentleman, Doug Emhoff.
What Biblical Moses and Rey From ‘Star Wars’ Taught Me
Author Becky Diamond chatted with Rabbi Sharon Brous to learn more about how the Passover story is a blueprint” for a survival story. She says, “It builds a kind of ‘spiritual muscle memory’ or a toolkit that helps us survive challenging moments.”
Israel’s Conversion Battle, Unpacked
Israeli and Diaspora Jews are reacting to the Supreme Court decision and what it means for the Jewish state practically and symbolically. We reached out to Rabbis Sharon Brous, Amitai Fraiman and Joel Meyers to help us unpack this story.
A Candid Conversation About Figuring Out Faith
“In addition to the pandemic of COVID-19 and the pandemic of racism in this country, there is also a pandemic of loneliness” –Rabbi Sharon Brous spoke with Tamron Hall, Pastor Keion Henderson, & Pamela Ayo Yetunde this morning on Tamron Hall Show’s in “A Candid Conversation About Figuring out Faith”
Spiritual Activism: An Interview with Rabbi Sharon Brous
An interview with Rabbi Sharon Brous, the Founding and Senior Rabbi of IKAR in Los Angeles. Rabbi Brous is a leading voice in reanimating religious life in America, working to develop a spiritual roadmap for soulful, multi-faith justice work in Los Angeles and around the country.
IKAR From Afar
IKAR member Sherri Morr and Membership and Community Engagement Manager Zvi Zobin detail the IKAR from Afar designation, which attracts members from all over the world.
Anti- Semitism: Lisa Sharon Harper with Rabbi Sharon Brous and Rabbi Jill Jacobs
Join host, Lisa Sharon Harper and guests, Rabbi Sharon Brous (IKAR) and Rabbi Jill Jacobs (T’ruah) as they engage in this transparent, vulnerable, mind-blowing conversation that leans into critical questions that we all must understand in this current moment: What is anti-Semitism? What are its roots? How do we recognize it when it is in the room? And what can we do about it?