Team

Brooke Wirtschafter

Director of Community Organizing


Brooke and her husband, Jonathan Golub, discovered IKAR shortly after it was founded and immediately recognized the community that felt like home. It was the passion for social justice, prayer that felt alive, and people they wanted to get to know. Brooke was an early leader in IKAR’s organizing work and with PATH (People Assisting the Homeless). She served as a board member and helped write grants.

Professionally, Brooke has been a city council aide, journalist, editor, grant-writer and community organizer. Most recently she served as Social Justice Program Manager at Valley Beth Shalom organizing around homelessness and affordable housing.

Brooke holds a B.A. from Barnard College and an M.A. from San Francisco State University in History. Her college senior thesis was about Jewish women in New York City organizing market boycotts when the price of chicken rose beyond their means.


Brooke is also proud of her family’s IKAR engagement: Jonathan is IKAR’s resident Purim DJ, her son Judah has been part of the davening team since he was five, and he and his brothers, Leo and Ezra, enjoy drinking coffee in the lobby, kibitzing with friends, and singing loudly in services.