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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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....
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.
Awesome community. Brilliant Rabbi. Fiery discussions. Rocking music. Just can't believe the mega-donors haven't found a way to bottle up IKAR and bring it to the far reaches of the Judaism.
I can connect with my Judaism and Jewishness when I go to services at IKAR. I just wish there were Friday night services every week as they are something I look forward to.
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.
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.
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.