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November 2, 2009

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November 2, 2009

Ikar has been an amazing place for our entire family. It is a place that engages and challenges in the best way in terms of spirituality, social action, and community. Our 2 teenage children were b'nai mitzvahed here and continue to stay connected to both Ikar and their Jewish identities. Every member of the family, all with differing interests and needs, gets so much from Ikar.

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

Figure out how to keep us in better financial shape.

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

...change the world even more than it already is doing!

Ways to make it better...

...we had more money. Then I wouldn't have to worry so much!

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

Financial.

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

Every cent that goes to Ikar is incredibly well used.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 30, 2009

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October 30, 2009

Ikar is the antidote to what's been wrong with Jewish practice for some time. It's about uniting spirituality with social action. The services find a new way to stir your soul and the community outreach program lets you live out the values we believe in. The rabbi rocks. The folks are friendly. It changed my outlook on Judaism.

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

so many ways, both personal and in the greater LA community.

Ways to make it better...

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

find a new facility to provide for all the services and programs.

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

The authenticity of intention in this community.

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

passionate, young and determined.

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

buy a new building and put money into community outreach and social justice.

Ways to make it better...

more people provided financial support and the congregation had the funds to grow.

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

Financial solvency in a down economy.

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

I'm not usually so enthusiastic about my religious life, but ikar has found its way into my heart... and soul.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 20, 2009

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October 20, 2009

After several years of searching for a Jewish community and spiritual home, I was thrilled to find IKAR. From the first time I arrived at IKAR I knew it was a truly unique place. Now, years later, I am still consistently inspired by Rabbi Sharon Brous and by the ways in which the community engages Jews of all backgrounds and interests. There is a place for everyone at IKAR, whether it be serious Torah study, beautiful and soulful prayer, or participation in a variety of social justice initiatives. I am proud to be an active volunteer and member of the board in this time of great growth and opportunity for IKAR.

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

creating soulful and beautiful prayer experiences, providing meaningful life cycle events for members, and executing social justice initiatives that address key issues facing our community.

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

the opportunity to jump in and become personally involved in a variety of leadership roles.

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

sincere, passionate, and community-oriented.

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

create a center for Jewish outreach that would become a model for emerging Jewish communities targeting young adults throughout the country and the world.

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 is a wonderful organization that has changed lives and makes Judaism accessible. By being both progressive and traditional, IKAR has been able to bring together a dedicated community committed to social justice.

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

truly change the Jewish world, making social justice a true priority, involving people throughout LA and inspiring people throughout the nation.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 8, 2009

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October 8, 2009

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.

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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.

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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

October 7, 2009

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October 7, 2009

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!

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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

October 7, 2009

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October 7, 2009

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.

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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

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