My relationship with IKAR started ten years ago. In December of 2007 I volunteered to make lasagna for a Christmas volunteer event at the downtown Salvation Army (with Ethan Goldstine). I met a small group of nice young Jews trying to make a difference in the world. Then, a month later, Doug Petrie and Alexa Junge invited me to the Wandering Jew event that started with dinner at their house. There I met an even larger number of cool Jews trying to make a difference. I even bid and won the Balaban Hawaii condo! (I highly recommend it.) I went to services a number of times and joined IKAR in 2009. At my new members’ Havdalah event we went around and introduced ourselves; and more than half the new members were rabbis and I wondered what I’d gotten myself into!
Since those early days, I have co-chaired Wandering Jew (French Surrealist in the Timberman-Redlich backyard and Mad Mensch at The Fig House) as well as serving on the committee for IKAR’s Bat Mitzvah. My husband, Scott, and I have hosted several IKAR events in our home. More recently I’ve become involved with Minyan Tzedek—attending the monthly meetings, training with LA Voice, participating in protests, planning High Holiday campaigns, etc.
I grew up in a small town in Pennsylvania where the only synagogue was a small, male-dominated, Conservadox place where speed reading Hebrew so fast it sounded like buzzing passed for praying. Despite this, I’ve always liked shul I am one of the rare IKARites who actually believes in G-d! And I have to say I’ve had more spiritually connected, prayerful moments while davening at IKAR than I ever could have imagined.
Since I’ve gotten married and ‘adopted’ a stepson, IKAR has also become more of a community center and friendship circle for me. To a person, I find IKARites to be smart, engaged, and genuinely caring people—and it is such a relief and blessing to know that they are there for me and my family.
It is an honor to think about and help plan this valuable institution’s future.
I have also been a TV writer and producer for 15 years. And I have served on volunteer committees for both the Hampshire College Alumni Association and the Writers Guild of America.