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November 5, 2009

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November 5, 2009

IKAR ignites a fire in my soul, spirit and drive to do the work that needs to be done in our community and beyond. Rabbi Brous constantly challenges me to question my place in this world and how we can change the injustices in the world in a truly authentically Jewish way. We found IKAR after searching for a spiritual and passionate community for a long time. IKAR was like a light at the end of the tunnel and there was always a smiling, welcoming face to usher us in. It is now a home to our family.

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

the davening, spiritual ferver, and acts of social justice and change

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

our nurturing and passionate community members, opportunity to participate in a variety of projects to support both our community and the community at large, constant learning

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

passionate, incredibly hard and selfless workers

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

find itself a home to work on spiritual, social and equality causes; hire more staff to assist with the extraordinary work that takes place in IKAR

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

November 3, 2009

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November 3, 2009

IKAR offers what few Jewish organizations can - a spiritual, intellectual, and practical home in which to explore a personal relationship with Judaism without judgement or pressure.

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

the joy and satisfaction I feel attending life cycle events and Jewish holidays with this community.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

November 1, 2009

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November 1, 2009

I grew up in war-time and post war Sweden in a community with 50 Jewish souls. My school years were spent in an orthodox school in England, and my married life centered around a conservative community in the Valley. It took over 60 years for me to find my spiritual home. IKAR was the answer to my lifelong yearning for spirituality merged with joy and social activism. Thank G-d for Rabbi Sharon Brous, IKAR's passionate, warm, inspiring spiritual leader, who has opened up Judaism to so many people, young and old. IKAR is Judaism with joy not guilt!

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

The ability of Rabbi Brous and the IKAR community to embrace everyone - traditional, non-traditional, alienated, newly minted, inquiring, young and old alike, as well as the just curious. This is Judaism in action, not as spectator sport!

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

Extraordinary!! Melissa Balaban, an IKAR founder, is a dynamo, always there, making things work. Maya wears countless hats & is tirelessly devoted to IKAR and its service to the community. All staffers & volunteers are devoted, reliable and passionate.

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

Establish a pre-school for the rapidly growing population of its members' children. Hire an assistant rabbi (or two) to help Rabbi Brous in her extraordinary work. Expand IKAR's outreach and aid to the homeless, hungry and disenfranchised.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 19, 2009

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October 19, 2009

IKAR helped me rediscover Judaism and connect with it in ways I never thought were possible. Thanks to its commintment to serious study and serving the community IKAR has become not only a safe place for my spirituality but also has been halping me become a better person.

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

... get its own space, get more clergy, expand the learnign component, and do more in the social action department.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 18, 2009

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October 18, 2009

I was searching for a synagogue and found IKAR to be an incredibly inspiring Jewish experience. Rabbi Sharon Brous is a very charismatic leader, and under her leadership IKAR combines spiritual inspiration and a strong commitment to community outreach and action. IKAR is a very friendly, young-thinking shul, and attracts people of all ages.

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

the spiritual inspiration of the services, the opportunity to help others, and the people I meet.

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

See previous box.

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

Superb. No other word for it.

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

Maintain its programs and expand. One desirable new thing would be an inspiring Jewish preschool. I don't have kids, but I still think that would be a great idea.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 18, 2009

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October 18, 2009

IKAR touches my soul. It is a place that allows me to stop, recharge and remember who I am and pushes me to be the person I want to be in the world. The organization is constantly striving and improving. The Rabbi is brilliant and authentic. Ikar is an integral part of my family's life-- thank goodness.

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

Every part of my life

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

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

there are so many ways to be involved and help to engage in repairing the world

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

dedicated beyond belief

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

Have a building- affect real change, have a Rabbi and Executive Director who could sleep at night (but actually they would be up planning how to affect real change).

Ways to make it better...

they had the resources to do everything they hope...

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

Financial

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 18, 2009

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October 18, 2009

In my opinion IKAR is the most thought-provoking and engaging Jewish institution in the city. Worship services at IKAR are inspiring. And the Rabbi and davening team continue to innovate with new melodies, excercises in prayer, and torah discussion in order to improve on an already excellent worship experience. Politically and socially IKAR is a highly engaged organization with big plans. It's approach is admirable and visionary.

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

At its inspiring worship services.

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

The diversity of peoples (interms of age, ethnicity, and culutre).

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

Deeply committed and kind.

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

Change our city and perhaps the world.

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

Every time I come to IKAR (which is becoming more and more often) I find something or someone that inspires me to do my part in helping heal the world. Through IKAR, I've started cooking meals for a nearby homeless shelter, organized volunteers for the Purim justice event, and devoted my Saturday mornings to teaching five-year-olds about social action. I look forward to many more wonderful opportunities in the future.

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

get many more people involved in serving our community.

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

IKAR is the most spiritual and giving, environment I've come into contact with in all of my adult years. I believe everyone assocaited with IKAR has a connection to this energy we call God, to live life to its fullest through the constant connection off giving. It is a true honor to be a part of this community... and encourage everyone to experience and grow with the strength of this organiztion. Out of a little idea to form a Jewish community of giving people; this synagogue accepts everyone, gives everyone love and opportunity to join, regardless of income or background. Not only is it a living testament to what can be achieved but they are an inspiration to what we can achieve, do and become as individuals....

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

more ways than I could list here.

Ways to make it better...

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

Supply them with their own building

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

The way they concstantly give and give and continue to give

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

Perfect.

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

Have it's own building, hire more people to help and probably give much of it away in order to help other communities.

Ways to make it better...

I was able to share it with more people.

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

Lack of sufficient money and the same people volunteer time and time again - might be getting a little burned out.

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

Rabbi Brous has a connection and speaks the words of GOD in a way where you know without any doubt, she is guided by God and all that listen to her are always moved in a guided direction...

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

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