Ross Levinson grew up in Brooklyn, NY, spending his time acting, acting out, and playing violin and football. He began studying piano at age five, and switched to violin at age eight. He has written music for television and film, and is currently a professor at CSULA. He performs live with a number of bands and loves davening and drumming at IKAR.
When Devorah is not drumming at IKAR and soaking up her sister's Torah, she is banging out rhythm as a community organizer. She spent 15 years designing campaigns to advance human rights, community self-reliance, and environmental justice in Israel and the Palestinian Territories. In 1999, she founded BUSTAN, working with the Bedouin in the Negev, and ran it for nine years.
Joshua Corber is originally from Vancouver and now calls Los Angeles (and Jerusalem) home. He is a Reiki Master, activist and, as of May 20, a Conservative Rabbi. Joshua is known for his energetic charisma and Hasidic flavor.
Judah has been playing the drums since he could gather all the toys around himself and bang on them. He has attended IKAR since before he was born, so the music of IKAR is in him. He idolizes Ross and Hillel and also Steely Dan. He began playing with the IKAR daveners at the Shabbaton in 2011. He plays the drums in a rock band, Moose, with his brothers and other friends from IKAR. Being on the davening team is the coolest thing that has ever happened to him. Judah is seven years old and in the second grade.
Gary has been a professional drummer most of his life. He also runs his own law practice, where he represents musicians and helps them navigate the music business. He has published two books on the music industry and teaches a class on music licensing at UCLA Extension.
Like so many American Jews, Gary had lost his love of davening until he was brought to IKAR. There he re-discovered how powerful the union of music and prayer can be.