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What is IKAR?


The challenge today is to be animated by both gratitude and unrest, by humility and audacity, and to feel the exodus from Egypt — our people’s journey from slavery to freedom, from degradation to dignity — in our guts. Our Jewish story calls us to become agents of social change whose fiercest weapons are love, faith and holy hutzpah.” Rabbi Sharon Brous 

In a time of turmoil, uncertainty and fierce polarization, we believe that religious communities must reemerge as voices of moral courage, sources of spiritual strength and first responders to injustice, inequality and indifference. IKAR is working to reanimate Jewish life, to reengage text and tradition not only so that we find personal meaning and connection, but also to help us decipher what it means to be a human being in the world today.

The Big Idea


IKAR is a way in: We see you.
We are diverse and dynamic, proudly opening our doors to newbies and ringers, seekers and cynics, activists and ambivalents. All are welcome here.

IKAR is a holy community: We were put here to do more than just look good.
We’re a sacred collection of people working to awaken the spirit and bring love and justice to the world.

IKAR is a catalyst: It’s not all about you. Or us.
We’re building a spiritual roadmap for creative, courageous, faith-inspired, justice-driven Judaism, in Los Angeles and around the country.

IKAR is a challenge: Don’t get too comfortable.
We are simultaneously animated by gratitude and unrest, by humility and audacity. We’re called to be both wholehearted and brokenhearted, reminded to engage deeply in the world as it is while fighting every day for the world as it ought to be.

Our Story
Animated by Both:
Gratitude & Unrest

Fusing piety and hutzpah, obligation and inspiration, IKAR has been harnessing an untapped energy in the Jewish community –mobilizing Jews to contribute their creative resources to address real world concerns. More…

FAQ
What if I don’t know Hebrew?

No Hebrew, no problem. There’s a lot of Hebrew in the service — but also a lot of music and spirit, and Hebrew is not a prerequisite for getting swept up in both. Humming and random lalalas are highly encouraged. More FAQs here

Latest Word
TED Talk: Reclaiming Religion

Rabbi Brous’ TEDTalk has over 1 million views. At a moment when the world seems to be spinning out of control, religion might feel irrelevant — or like part of the problem. But faith can be a hopeful counter-narrative to the numbing realities of violence, extremism + pessimism.

@SharonBrous' #lasvegas Call to Action: Call Your Reps. Learn what you can do: https://t.co/ZvpsLQ9df7 Find rep : https://t.co/icxHbbos8u