L.A. Synagogues Mark Tree of Life Anniversary – Jewish Journal
Congregations across Los Angeles, including Wilshire Boulevard Temple, Shomrei Torah Synagogue and IKAR, marked the one-year anniversary of the deadly shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh by urging Jewish Angelenos to show up to synagogue for Shabbat.
Jewish Groups Close, Evacuate, Offer Support During Getty Fire – Jewish Journal
As the fire rages, Jewish organizations around the city are stepping up to provide support. We’re so grateful for all the IKARites who reached out to offer support to those affected by the fires, and proud that IKAR was included in this Jewish Journal piece on community aid efforts. Read it here.
Of Tao and Torah: New Age Beliefs Are Making Serious Inroads in U.S. Jewish Life – Haaretz
La nueva cara del desamparo: profesionales que viven en sus autos – La Opinion
IKAR Safe Parking program featured in La Opinion.
L.A. Rabbis wrestle with talking about Trump – Los Angeles Times
There’s no such thing as decoupling religion and politics… It’s a talking point used to silence those who come from the prophetic tradition, people who really believe our tradition calls us to stand with the poor, the vulnerable and the stranger.
Synagogues Discuss Security Ahead of High Holy Days – Jewish Journal
Melissa Balaban speaks with the Jewish Journal about security ahead of the High Holy Days.
Rabbi Brous’s remarks to Israel’s President Rivlin – NY Jewish Week and L.A. Jewish Journal
“We need more than ever to hear one another despite our differences, to work together to determine what our shared Jewish inheritance demands of us.” Coverage of Rabbi Brous’s speech to Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin.
Rabbi Brous co-writes about the Sandy Hook public service announcement – USA Today
A heart-stopping school shooting ad: No child should have to text last words to mom.
Making Judaism Alive Helping To Attract Jewish Millennials – The Jewish Herald-Voice
Rabbi Brous and the people around her envisioned making Judaism alive. There was no plan or manifesto. And, no funding. They imagined if they created a community committed to social justice and Jewish learning, with programs aimed at formerly neglected groups, people would come.
Rabbi Brous on Netanyahu’s ban on Omar and Tlaib – The Forward
It’s Not Enough To Call Out Netanyahu’s Ban On Omar And Tlaib. Oppose The Racism That Led To It.
The Idea of Israel vs. The State of Israel – Jewish Insider
Rabbi Brous answers Should American Jews learn to view Israel as more of a state and less of a projected lofty ideal?
“Ethical Eating” – Rabbi Brous interviewed on CNN
Rabbi Brous talks to CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta about ethical eating.
#ClosetheCamps Tisha b’Av Protest
Coverage of the #ClosetheCamps Tisha b’Av protest
IKAR’s Safe Parking Program for the Homeless – Jewish Journal
Esther Kustanowitz writes about Safe Parking at IKAR. “It’s an opportunity for us to really think about why we have this crisis of homelessness and what we are called to do about it.” — Brooke Wirtschafter
Rabbi Sharon Brous Interview on Women in Charge – Slate
Women in Charge: Sharon Brous, the senior founding rabbi of LA congregation IKAR talks about what it takes to run a synagogue. By Allison Benedikt
After shooting at San Diego area synagogue, Jewish leaders share their thoughts on the rise of violence directed at religious groups – KPCC Air Talk
Listen to Rabbi Sharon Brous on KPCC’s Air Talk, talking about how we respond to the tragic shooting at the Poway synagogue on Saturday.
After shooting at Chabad of Poway, how are local synagogues responding? – KCRW Press Play
Tune in to hear Rabbi Sharon Brous on KCRW’s Press Play with Madeleine Brand discussing how our local community is responding to the heartbreaking synagogue shooting in Poway on Saturday.
How the Battle Over Israel and Anti-Semitism Is Fracturing American Politics – The New York Times Magazine
Rabbi Sharon Brous featured in Nathan Thrall’s NYT Magazine article exploring how the growing prominence of the B.D.S. movement — and the backlash to it — is widening fault lines from college campuses to Capitol Hill.
Ties Between Jews, Democratic Party Face New Pressures – Wall Street Journal
Rabbi Sharon Brous is among those who say progressives should offer fair criticism of the Israeli government, adding that the biggest threat to Jews comes from violent extremists on the right, like the white supremacist who killed 11 people in a Pittsburgh synagogue last year. Still, she said the normalization of anti-Semitism on the left was also a danger. “The Jewish community perceives itself to be really vulnerable,” Rabbi Brous said. “That’s something our friends and allies need to understand.”