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October 17, 2009

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October 17, 2009

My family is so fortunate to have found Ikar. We begin every weekend by going together on Saturday mornings. The day starts with an inspirational joint session with the whole community. Then children go to religious school and parents participate in services and adult programming, followed by a kiddish lunch. Our school director is a treasure. It is a wonderful routine to wake up to on Saturday. My kids love Judaism, religious school, Shabbat and holidays. Everyone knows my children's names at Ikar and it is a 2nd home for them.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

kind, sincere, passionate, hard working, and genuine.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 17, 2009

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October 17, 2009

I am a proud, engaged Jew thanks to Ikar. I like to be there. My children like to be there. It's our family's second home. And the Rabbi challenges me to be a better person. It's part of the fabric of my life.

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Engage the majority of disaffected Jews in the city.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 17, 2009

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October 17, 2009

My high holidays have truly changed my life here -- and isn't that what it's supposed to be about? Plus, my kids actually LOVE Hebrew school. Where else does that happen? Ikar is an extraordinary place.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

High Holidays and Religious School

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

High Holiday services

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Lovely.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Buy a building!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 17, 2009

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October 17, 2009

I honestly didn't know it could be like this. I was looking for a place for my kids and realized there could be something in it for me, too. I'm constantly challenged, in a good way.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Dedicated, thoughtful, and helpful.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Expand its vision to other cities and countries.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 17, 2009

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October 17, 2009

IKAR is a great place for spirituality, learning, community and social justice. I am so happy to be a part of the IKAR community. I look forward to weekly services (although I am not able to make it every week). Services recharge my batteries and put me in touch with my deepest values and feelings. I also have benefited deeply from participating in Minyan Tzedek, a social justice project where the entire IKAR community works together to heal and transform our city and world.

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Hire community organizers to help bring more members into effective social justioe action.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 15, 2009

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October 15, 2009

My husband, my 86 year old father from England, and I came to LA last week with the sole purpose of sharing an IKAR Yom Kippur. Our daughter had told us how amazing it was and we really wanted to experience it for ourselves. There were many times during the 25 hours that I personally was so moved. To mention just a few – Rabbi Sharon’s explanation of Unsaneh Tokef really resonated with me. Being able to stand in front of the ark at Neilah was particularly wonderful. My grandfather always had the honour of opening the ark and standing by it at neilah and as a female, growing up in an orthodox community I never thought I would have that opportunity. When we came into the service on Kol Nidre the atmosphere, with the humming was magical and the feeling continued for the whole 25 hours. Reading through the Minyan Tzedek literature was so awesome. Ikar has an extraordinary Rabbi, and an incredible group of people who have created something so very special.

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

do such good things to help people become more spiritual, and also to encourage those people to give of themselves to the wider world. The ripples spread out and out in so many directions. This really is a gift of an organisation that keeps on giving.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 14, 2009

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October 14, 2009

Awesome community. Brilliant Rabbi. Fiery discussions. Rocking music. Just can't believe the mega-donors haven't found a way to bottle up IKAR and bring it to the far reaches of the Judaism.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Finally ,Judaism that isn't watered down!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Warm welcoming. Perfect integration of political, social, and religious.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 13, 2009

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October 13, 2009

I can connect with my Judaism and Jewishness when I go to services at IKAR. I just wish there were Friday night services every week as they are something I look forward to.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

how connected I feel to the community.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

how involved I could become and have become.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 12, 2009

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October 12, 2009

Do you remember those overzealous friends in High School that ran for student government? The speeches that started off with: "If I am elected Senior Class President, I will ensure that there are vending machines in every classroom. You've got my word - There will be NO homework on weekends and NO school on Fridays!" Even then nobody really believed that could happen - but we appreciated the thought! IKAR is like that dream - turned reality! When Rabbi Brous and the amazing founders of this community began their quest to establish a vibrant a, they dreamed big and made those seemingly ludicrous promises a reality! If you're looking for a welcoming and vibrant place to call your Jewish home - IKAR is it! If you have become increasingly disconnected from your Judaism and still have nightmares of the horrific place we all remember as "Hebrew School" - fret no more! THIS AIN'T YOUR BUBBE'S JUDAISM!! Come check it out - you won't be disappointed!

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 12, 2009

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October 12, 2009

Whether you are a devoted observer of Judaism or a culturally devoted individual without any knowledge of Hebrew, IKAR is a welcoming place for all. The environment is hamish; pleasing to all age groups. So many young families are involved in the Jewish community by way of IKAR; setting an example for this next generation of Jewish children. The lively services with singing, dancing; the inspiring messages brought forth each week by Rabbi Brous are what you find at IKAR. But what you cannot see immediately is the work that each and every member is doing behind the "scenes" to make our world a better place. Our Rabbi has structured programs giving us the opportunities to make a difference and has given me personally a greater sense of purpose.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

being motivated to do more to help others.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

so devoted to making my experience a good one as well as working to make IKAR the best it can be.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

provide a home (permanent location) away from home for its members where we could meet to study and learn, teach our children and provide further services for those in our community less fortunate than ourselves.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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