The Jewish News of California: OPINION: My synagogue is building affordable housing — and yours can, too

September 27th, 2023

How should a Jewish community build a sacred home? What should be included in a physical space that will serve as a container for the community members’ shared life? My Jewish community, IKAR, has considered this question carefully in the few years since we bought property in mid-city Los Angeles to build a home for ourselves after many years of conducting services in a rented high school gym. We knew we wanted flexible meeting spaces that we could share with our wider multifaith, multiracial L.A. community, classrooms and play space for our children, outdoor space for gathering and gardening. We also wanted to build an expression of our deepest values.