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?
We asked 13 rabbis: How should we process 500,000 American COVID deaths?
For thoughts on how to process the milestone of 500,000 deaths from the COVID-19 pandemic, we turned to rabbis from across the country for their wisdom, both on how we should mourn those lost to the pandemic and on how we should move forward. Included in this list is Rabbi Sharon Brous, Co- Founder and Senior Rabbi at IKAR in Los Angeles.
Rabbi Brous & Bishop Curry on The 3rd Hour of TODAY
“What do you do with all of the vulnerability that comes with the awareness that everything can turn upside down in an instant? Our tradition says you do two things: find joy and make meaning.” – Rabbi Sharon Brous
Religious leaders on overcoming hardship: ‘You are stronger then you know’
Bishop Michael Curry and Rabbi Sharon Brous discuss ways to overcome hardships especially as we approach one year of the pandemic. They talk about the importance of finding community and spreading joy even as shutdowns continue.
Death Penalty Focus Honors Heroes, Reflects on Progress Achieved and Work to be Done
Death Penalty Focus (DPF), a nonprofit founded in 1988 by California death penalty abolitionists, hosted its 29th annual awards event last Thursday to honor heroic members of the criminal justice defense community, and reflect on the progress achieved while acknowledging the fight for peace and justice is nowhere near finished. IKAR’s Rabbi Sharon Brous was one of the honorees highlighted during the event.
Rabbi Brous Honored at The Death Penalty Focus 29th Awards
“I believe that every human being has a unique story to tell in this world and therefore the death of one person, whether guilty or innocent, is the death of an entire world.” – Rabbi Brous
MTV Entertainment Group Marks International Holocaust Remembrance Day
To help MTV Entertainment Group fully understand this context, we’ve invited Rabbi Sharon Brous – who just took part in President Biden and Vice President Harris’s National Inaugural Prayer Service – to join the conversation.
Pepperdine: Intersection of Faith, Social Justice, and Racial Reconciliation
Rabbi Brous was featured in a discussion at Pepperdine in honor of MLK Day: “Intersection of Faith, Social Justice, and Racial Reconciliation” with Pastor Eugene Cho
The People’s Inauguration: Rabbi Brous on Day 4
A Redemption Story: “We don’t accommodate cruelty. We eradicate it and we embrace the humanity.” – Rabbi Sharon Brous weaves masterfully our ancient texts with our contemporary struggles—showing us that we have the wisdom we need to birth a new world. Listen to her prophetic storytelling and fiery call to honor the humanity in each other. – Valarie Kaur, Founder of The People’s Inauguration
Jewish Journal: IKAR Rabbi Sharon Brous Offers Prayer at National Inaugural Prayer Service
“Give us strength, God, as we usher in the dawn of a new America, a justice-driven, multiracial democracy,” Brous said. “A new America, that lifts up the poor and protects those most vulnerable. Help us today to imagine a new America that leaves behind the fallacy of profit over people, and instead affirms that every one of us deserves to live in full dignity.” In her blessing, she hopes that Americans protect and sustain the Earth, and finally abolish white supremacy and do the necessary work to dismantle racism in all forms.
NY Times: In Biden’s Catholic Faith, an Ascendant Liberal Christianity
Unlike four years ago, when many of the participants in the post-inaugural prayer service were conservative evangelicals or prosperity gospel preachers, this year’s Thursday service included a broad array of religious progressives, including two transgender faith leaders. Rabbi Sharon Brous of IKAR, a Jewish community in Los Angeles, prayed for the coming of a new America, one “built on love, rooted in justice and propelled by our moral imagination.”