Zachary Lainer

Zachary was first exposed to the “essence” of IKAR when Rabbi Brous was his Jewish Studies teacher at Milken Community High School. A few years later, he attended an IKAR potluck Kabbalat Shabbat at Roxbury Park and was hooked, eventually becoming a member. Zachary appreciates IKAR’s unique ability to use social justice as an expression of Jewish teachings and values. Zachary is a real estate attorney at Elkins Kalt Weintraub Reuben Gartside LLP, representing real estate developers, operators and investors in a variety of complex commercial real estate transactions, including doing some pro bono work on behalf of IKAR. Prior to law school, Zachary served as an aide to Congressman Howard Berman (the former-chairman of the house foreign affairs committee and long-time representative of the San Fernando Valley) and remains passionate about politics and government. Zachary is a proud University of Michigan alum (go blue!) And former CORO fellow in public affairs. He lives in Beverlywood with his wife, Hannah, and dog, Filibuster. Zachary is honored to be serve on the IKAR board, and is excited about contributing to IKAR’s growth as it looks to settle into a new and permanent home.