At IKAR, Shabbat is our central organizing principle. Shabbat forms the rhythm of our week, and is the constant reminder that things need not be as they are – in our personal lives and in the world. And it is the reminder that each of us is surrounded by blessings, hidden and revealed, but often we must slow down to recognize and celebrate the abundance. Our services are traditional and experimental, contemplative and ecstatic. They are a fusion of spirit and purpose, old and new, east and west, Yair Dalal and Bono.
You don’t have to be a ringer to be touched by Shabbat davening at IKAR. You won’t be the only one who doesn’t read Hebrew, or feels more comfortable with Shavasuna than Shabbes, or is wearing jeans and sneaks. This is truly an eclectic community – the schmoozers in the back are as likely rabbis and rab students as they are comedy writers, rocket scientists (yes, we actually have a few!) and baristas. The service is designed to welcome and stretch us all; wherever we come in, we ought to leave in a different place.
How We Roll
We welcome everyone to our Shabbat morning services, no matter their level of observance, experience or familiarity with Hebrew. Stay for our communal kiddush and lunch – it’s a great chance to meet dynamite folks. Limudim (“studies”), our experiential learning for children ages 5 to 12, is held most Saturdays during the school year. Separate childcare for children under 5 is provided. Bite Size Shabbes Morning for families with kids aged 0-5 happens twice a month during the school year.
1st Friday each month
J’lem Style. Wondering what that phrase means? We made it up. It’s: beautiful & musical, traditional & creative, intense & fluid, short & sweet. On the rocks. This service is followed by an oneg and a chance to shmooze and drink Scotch. Services start at 6:30 PM and TRIBE (20s/30s) gathers after services for FEAST. First Fridays are generally held at IKAR’s Event Space (1729 S. La Cienega Blvd), but always double check on our calendar.
PRAY + STAY: Services + Community Meal
3rd Friday each month
Once per month, let IKAR do the Shabbat cooking, and you do the connecting. Join in a musical, high energy Kabbalat Shabbat service followed by a catered community meal – kosher pescatarian served with vegetarian option, as always.
-6:30 PM Pray: Scotch* + Services (*or non-alcoholic beverage)
-8 PM Stay: Community Dinner (with RSVP link on our cal)
That’s the gist, but always check our website calendar for changes.
Want to honor a special occasion on Shabbat? Read about sponsoring Shabbat AM or PM meals.