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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.