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 Sherry 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: Rabbi Sharon Brous and 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.”
R’ Brous blesses Biden/Harris in the National Inaugural Prayer Service
“Give us strength, God, as we usher in the dawn of a new America, a justice-driven, multiracial democracy… A new America, built on love, rooted in justice and propelled by our moral imagination.” – Rabbi Sharon Brous blesses President Biden and VP Harris in the National Inaugural Prayer Service.
JTA: Rabbi Sharon Brous calls for ‘a new America’ at National Prayer Service
Rabbi Sharon Brous, the California spiritual leader known for her rousing speeches fusing politics and Judaism, spoke at the National Prayer Service on Thursday morning, saying “Give us strength, God, as we usher in the dawn of a new America.”
NPR: At The National Prayer Service, A Plea To Avoid ‘Simplistic Calls For Unity’
“Help us today to imagine a new America,” said Rabbi Sharon Brous from the IKAR Jewish congregation in Los Angeles, “A new America that abolishes the heresy of white supremacy and enlists all of us in dismantling racism and lifting up a theology of radical equality.”
To truly heal as a nation, we must have a deep national reckoning
“We have to remember, the deepest darkness is the moment just before the dawn. The contours of the joyous morning we yearn for will be shaped by the boldest and most imaginative dreams we allow ourselves to dream from within the weepy night. This is no end; it’s a new beginning.”
Religious Leaders Share Messages of Healing For the Holidays
“Faith is both vertical (between us & the Holy One) & horizontal (between each of us & one another). When vertical faith falters or frays, re-tether to the human community. Give love/ show up/ fight for a just society. Horizontal faith– faith in humanity– opens all kinds of doors—including the door to a deeper, richer spiritual life.” – Rabbi Sharon Brous. Listen to her, Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry, & Imam Idris Abdul Zahir on The Today Show with Al Roker, Sheinelle Jones, & Craig Melvin talk about having faith in these uncertain times.
‘Beautiful in its own way’: Converting to Judaism amid the pandemic
“‘Pre-COVID, I would hear from someone interested in conversion… maybe once every two months,” she told JI. “But as soon as COVID hit, I started receiving calls from people wanting to convert or at least to explore their Jewish heritage, no longer every other month, but every other week.’” – Rabbi Keilah Lebell Read more of her insight on converting to Judaism during COVID ‘Beautiful in its own way’: Converting to Judaism amid the pandemic.