Rating: 4.76 stars   38 reviews


5870 West Olympic Blvd Los Angeles CA 90036 USA


To promote Jewish spirituality, education and social action.

2009 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 1 stars  

If you do not fit into their clique you will be discriminate against I was humiliated outside by the Rabbis Father who did not like the way I was dressed. I am not even Jewish and came in a suit but a group of them insisted that I should come in pajamas. There is class warfare and economic jealously occurring with this group and the leadership. I sensed anger, resentment and jealously amongst some of the members because I do not think they are able to make a living. Rabbi was very polite though. I choose to go someplace else because personally I choose to soar with the eagles rather than run with the Turkeys.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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Words can't really express how wonderful i think this community is...i grew up orthodox in England, lived in NYC for six years and finally settled in LA two years ago. IKAR is one of the reasons that i will stay! It feels like the community i have always been searching for...the overall vibe is open and welcoming, a true "by the people, for the people" feel...the music and the soul and the sense of spirit that emanates from services every week never ceases to amaze me and as i'm sure everyone notes, Rabbi Sharon is just a gift of a leader. Her sermons are grounded and real and uplifting and lofty all at the same time. I live in Venice, over a half an hour drive away and there is no question that it is worth the commute. The mix of social justice, intellectual inquiry and soulful singing communal singing and dancing is exactly what i think Judaism is and should be all about. My parents came from Chicago and my grandfather came from England to experience Yom Kippur at IKAR this year and said that from now on, wherever they are in the world, they will always endeavor to come to LA to come IKAR for Yom Kippur. That's how moving and wonderful they found it and i concur!

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

i've found the spiritual and religious life that i always wanted inside but had not found. A grounded, community driven welcoming group that feels like home.

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

attending friday night services...beautiful, uplifting and grounding all at the same time...i've really enjoyed becoming a part of this community...when i first attended i knew no-one, now i feel like part of the fabric.

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

welcoming, hard-working, inspiring and amazing people.

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

probably heal the world.

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About every week

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