Lisa Friedman

Lisa timidly entered IKAR for the first time at Rosh Hashana services in 2012 expecting an “interesting” experience. A native Los Angeleno, having spent her life engaging with the L.A. Jewish landscape, by the end of the service (especially the magnificent shofar blowing of Marcia Brous!), she knew she had found a new home. She continues to be deeply touched by their welcoming and inclusive embrace and what a happy and joyous space it is, filled with smart and serious people with the courage to “lean into the difficulty” of what it means to be a vulnerable minority, from the one to the many. Being a part of the Minyan Tzedek green action has been a perfect fit for her to express her drive to be a part of the change through environmental justice. A career shift 15+ years ago lead lisa into a deep engagement with the three intersecting passions of her life – Judaism, Israel and environmental education — and lead to her involvement in the emerging Jewish environmental movement, which now thrives as an earth-based portal into Jewish practice. She has been involved with a plethora of grassroots organizations in this space across the spectrum of the Jewish and interfaith landscape here in Los Angeles, the U.S. And in Israel, where she takes special pride in eco-peace projects. Lisa, and her husband Maury, raised their now three adult sons in Agoura Hills, where they helped to build the community from the time of its incorporation. She has a B.A. From Pitzer College in Environmental Studies, an M.A. From Pepperdine University in psychology and an M.A. In Environmental Education from Cal State San Bernardino.