Adult Learning

This year, world-renowned teachers and scholars and programming will challenge us to think more expansively, mindfully & creatively. Mark your calendar, because 2017 is the year to get learned.

  • Speakers
  • Death Over Dinner Jewish Edition
  • Other
  • Classes

Past Guest Speakers

Peter Beinart:
Jewish Responsibility & Jewish Vulnerability in the Age of Trump
Thursday, July 6, 7pm
Discuss our role as Jews in the Trump era. Is the American Jewish community meeting its moral responsibilities to defend liberal democracy as it faces growing perils both in the US and in Israel?

Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman with R’ Brous
Monday, June 5th, 8pm, Pico Union Project
In their new book Kingdom of Olives and Ash, Chabon and Waldman, two of today’s most renowned novelists, team up with big-time writers and the Israeli NGO Breaking the Silence, an org comprised of former Israeli soldiers who served in the occupied territories. As part of IKAR’s Culture Series, R’ Brous talks with them and Yehuda Shaul from Breaking the Silence.

Etgar Keret
Wednesday, May 10, 7:30pm, AJU

Dr. Yakir Englander
Saturday, May 13 at Shabbat AM
Hartman scholar, former Visiting Scholar at Harvard Divinity School and current VP of Kids4Peace International

Rob Bell
Friday, March 17, at SlowDown Shabbes
Author, motivational speaker & former pastor

Complex Images of Peace and Hope
Dr. Rachel Korazim
Saturday, Feb 25, Havdallah
Master educator Dr. Korazim uses Israeli literature and poetry to explore the nuanced and complex realities of Israel past and present.

The Soul
R’ Elie Spitz

Wednesday, Feb 22
Author & scholar on spirituality R’ Spitz takes on some of our most challenging questions about the soul, the afterlife, and what Judaism has to say about it.

Consumerism & the 10th Commandment
Dr. Jeremy Benstein
Saturday, Feb 18, lunchtime
Co-Founder/ Deputy Director of the Heschel Center for Sustainability in Tel Aviv asks: Are we cultivating a culture of coveters?

The Fight for Women’s & LGBT Rights in 2017
Dr. Jay Michaelson
Friday, Feb 17 (at SlowDown Shabbes)
Michaelson, an author & columnist specializing in religion & sexuality, looks back at the 2016 election through the lens of LGBT and women’s issues.

How Deep Is Your Love?
Dr. Aaron Amit
Tuesday, Feb 14, 7:30pm
Explore why love is such an essential value in learning Torah with author and professor Dr. Amit, head of the Talmud Department at Bar Ilan University.

Dignity + Death: R’ Elliot Dorff & Dr. Ira Byock
in conversation with R’ Brous

Tuesday, Feb 7, 6:30-8:30pm
What are the spiritual and practical steps we should be taking now to ensure dignity for ourselves and our loved ones? Professor & bioethics expert R’ Elliot Dorff and author & physician Dr. Ira Byock will talk with R’ Brous about Jewish and medical perspectives on end-of-life practices.

Death Over Dinner Jewish Edition

We’ll be continuing our exploration of death and dying (and living) in the coming months. Check out our Death Over Dinner – Jewish Edition website to poke around, read up, and sign up to host a dinner.

*DoD Jewish Edition was created in partnership with Reboot and is supported by a generous grant from the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles.

Check our calendar for:

-House parties in your ‘hood with Rabbis Brous, Tsadok and DeGroot
-Monthly exploration of the Parashah (weekly Torah portion) with R’ Avi Havivi
-Sunday lecture series through the Hartman Institute
-Wednesday AM Minyan & Midrash – a spiritual boost for your workweek

Email 411@ikar-la.org for more info.

  • Text Study with Jody Myers
    Shabbat morning, 11/18 from 8:45-9:30 am

What can we learn from the Torah’s three tales of sexual harassment? Come before services for a text study with Jody Myers, Ph.D, professor of Religious Studies. The topic: Repeating his father’s strategy of self-protection , Isaac tells the local king Abimelech that his wife Rebecca is his sister – but this time the king does not fall for it AND rebukes Isaac.  No Hebrew necessary.

  • Rabbi Avi Havivi’s Shabbat classes and NEW Monday evening classes too!

Parsha with Commentaries
Shabbat morning, 12/9 from 8:45-9:30 am
Get some pre-services, deep dive leaning in one the upstairs classrooms – look for signs.
Wrestling with the Shabbat Prayerbook
Monday nights, 12/4, 7:15 pm, private residence 90048 (address available upon RSVP)

In this monthly class, we will study the Shabbat morning prayerbook. Touching on its history and literary qualities, we will mainly focus on how the Siddur’s ideas can challenge the pray-er to develop a personal theology.

RSVP for December 4th class !