IKAR

Rating: 4.76 stars   38 reviews

Issues: Religion

Location: 5870 West Olympic Blvd Los Angeles CA 90036 USA

Mission: To promote Jewish spirituality, education and social action.
2009 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

I'd heard IKAR was good. But come on - I was a hardened New Yorker; nothing could impress me...and then it did. By my fourth Shabbat, ten people greeted me on my way from the front door to my seat. I turned to the gentleman sitting next to me, and said, "I can't believe I know so many people here!" "That's why they call it community," he said. Plus, my Yom Kippur at IKAR two weeks ago was the first time in a long time that I felt connected to the spirit of the holiday, the community and to myself, all at the same time...and I made it through the fast with barely a headache. If that's not an endorsement, I don't know what is.

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

their support of me personally and professionally, treating me with warmth and respect.

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

the openness of the community.

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

professional and enthusiastic.

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

complete its plan to build and create a Hebrew school that would better serve parents with children in the community (one of which I am not).

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

Aside from having a spectacular rabbi who is dedicated to social justice and the community at large, the people who are active in IKAR are awesome too. It's the place to be for young jews in LA.

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

the people!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

I wasn't looking to join a shul...I figured I would casually shop around and if something caught my interest I would bite. A good friend brought me in, and after the first Shabbat service I attended I was hooked. The music, the soul, and the intensity of the experience was unlike anything I had ever known. Over the course of many weeks and months, I came to call IKAR home. I have built many strong friendships in this community, and reached spiritual heights I didn't know I could. Rabbi Brous continues to be an inspiration to me and others, and I look forward to my family continuing to grow with the community.

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

the ways in which I have grown as human being and a Jew. I have become more Jewishly literate in the last 5 years than in my previous years of life combined, not to mention more in touch with God and my soul.

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

The relationships I have built, through which I have made lifelong friends and shared important life cycle events, not to mention partners in grappling with the most critical issues of our time and experiencing spiritual connections.

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

More welcoming and inviting than any other place I had been! It helped that I first came with someone I knew, who immediately introduced me to other key volunteers and staff.

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

Hire an assistant rabbi to meet the demands of the rapidly growing community; build a state of the art pre-school unlike any other Jewish educational opportunity out there; build our own spiritual home to house our current programs and those we dream of.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

I am a Second Generation Angeleno. My family has always been involved in Jewish and Jewish Family life. I, like many, as an adult went from temple to temple searching for the perfect fit. My kids turned me on to Ikar more than four years ago. I came and new by the first shabbat this was the place for me. The services reminded me of the incredible experiences I had at Camp Ramah in Ojai in my youth. I cannot express in words how Rabbi Brous' words elevate my spirit and soul. May she always be blessed with the great strength, wisdom and compassion she now commands. Cantor Hillel Tigay is rapsodic in his singing. Everyone attached to Ikar is magnificent. Guess I'm home.

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

Build it's own Shul and be a major force in "tikkun olam".... probably make peace in Israel possible.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

When I moved to LA and began work in the Entertainment world I felt lost. People seemed fake, only cared about who I worked for and how I might help them get ahead. Discovering IKAR was like hitting gold. The environment was inviting and still challenging. I learned so much about who I am and my role in the world away from my profession. I realized how much room I had to grow within a city that can often feel stifeling. And I met people who were eager to help me, to support me and encourage me to make my dreams my reality.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

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

has been their openess to ideas and their willingness to support a great idea and open it up/make it available to the community.

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

unlike any I've met anywhere else!

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

continue to operate (i hope)! I fear what might happen if they don't find some significant monetary support ASAP!

Ways to make it better...

the community had their own space rather then renting out of the JCC. they truly need a home that is authentically theirs!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Not having the money/finacial backing they need to truly facilitate all of the programming desired by the community.

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

IKAR is one of the most exciting and innovative spiritual communities I have ever been a part of. IKAR is a young and dynamic congregation dancing on the edges of serious Jewish engagement promoting a solid awareness that as Jews we have a clear mandate to work to help repair the world and make it a better In addition to our young members, IKAR is now attracting middle age members who can appreciate the personalized and unique way that this community addresses everything that it does. It is a true blessing to have Rabbi Sharon Brous as our spiritual leader.

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

seeing the ways that this organization and the rabbi is able to bring Jews together in serious Jewish engagement. It feels like IKAR is one huge caring community.

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

that it challenges me to grow, learn, study and engage in more gemilut hasadim and tzedakah opportunities.

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

amazing. Everyone is treated as a blessing with unlimited potential. It simply doesn't get any better learning from Rabbi Sharon Brous. Melissa Balaban, the CEO, is a wonderous magician of organizational excellence and caring outreach.

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

*open a preschool for the 40+ children being born into this community each year. *hire Rabbi Brous an Assistant Rabbi *Purchase a building to give this community a personal home. *open an adult Jewish studies center

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

I serve on the Board of this great temple on Los Angeles. My kids attend the Religious School. The congregation is young, vibrant and engaged. The Rabbi and the Staff are the best! I love IKAR!

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

create a multi-cultural center devoted to learning, social activism and justice; open a pre-school and day school; heal the world!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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5 people found this review helpful

My family moved from Shul to Shul to Shul to Shul over a 4 year period, wandering through the Los Angeles landscape searching for a spiritual home for my wife and me, along with our "coming of age" daughters. Our searching ended when we discovered Ikar in the Fall of 2005. We finally found a place that felt like home. Our family joyously celebrated the girls B'Nai Mitzvah at Ikar in July 2007 and we have davened, danced,laughed,kibbitzed, and actively voluteered ever since.

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

Finally launch our Pre-School, hire additional staff and Rabbi, buy a building of our own that would be our home, along with other like minded progressive Jewish organizations

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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