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IKAR
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

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & Prepare food and serve the homeless through PATH. Cook and support Alexandria House, a shelter for women and children.