R’ Brous’ TED Talk printed in the Jewish Journal

Click here to read the article as it originally appeared in the Jewish Journal. It’s time to reclaim religion BY Rabbi Sharon Brous | PUBLISHED Apr 12, 2017 | Opinion   This is a transcript of a speech delivered at TEDWomen 2016. I was a new mother and a young rabbi in the spring of 2004 and the world was in shambles. Maybe you remember. Every day, we heard devastating reports from the war in Iraq. There were waves of terror rolling across the globe. It seemed like humanity was spinning out of control. I remember the night that I read about the series of coordinated bombings in the subway […]

Posted: May 1st, 2017|Latest Word, Press

Auburn Senior Fellows in the Washington Post

Click here to read the article as it originally appeared in The Washington Post. People are looking for a ‘Religious Left.’ This little-known network of clergy has been organizing it. By Julie Zauzmer April 26 The Rev. Michael-Ray Mathews, from left, Valarie Kaur and the Rev. angel Kyodo Williams attend a meeting of the Auburn Senior Fellows. (Courtesy of Auburn Seminary) When Linda Sarsour got involved in planning a massive Women’s March for the day after President Trump’s inauguration, she needed dozens of speakers to give brief remarks onstage. Sarsour, a Muslim activist, quickly found diverse and willing participants of faith, including […]

Posted: April 26th, 2017|Press

Muslim, Jewish communities show mutual support through storytelling – KPCC

Click here to read the article as it originally appeared on April 11, 2017 Leora Wolf-Prusan took to the stage at The Hayworth Theatre in Los Angeles earlier this spring to recount her grandmother’s final hours in choosing physician-assisted suicide over life with a progressive neurodegenerative disease. Moments before taking the prescribed suicide pills, her grandmother, “in a very pained, slow speech,” asked for gin, said Wolf-Prusan. “[The nurse] goes into the hallway to call the physician and comes back in and says, ‘The doctor says he doesn’t know if it’s going to kill her…,” she said, then chuckled […]

Posted: April 13th, 2017|Latest Word, Press

Women in the World Visits L.A. for Annual Salon

Click here to read the article (and see video) as it originally appeared in The New York Times. — Women in the World held its annual L.A. salon Tuesday night at Neuehouse Hollywood on Sunset Boulevard. The event was streamed live on our Facebook page and complete footage of all of the panels can be seen above. The salon kicked off with opening marks from Women in the World founder and CEO Tina Brown, who then led a panel discussion with three powerhouse women on how to seize the momentum, unleash action and move the women’s agenda forward. Carmen Perez, the national […]

Posted: March 8th, 2017|Press

A Tuneup for Jewish leaders at ‘Boot Camp’

Click here to read the article as it originally appeared in St. Louis Jewish Light. Shira Kline leads a session Monday during Songleader Boot Camp at the Jewish Community Center. The event draws hundreds of Jewish community leaders to St. Louis each year. February 22, 2017 By Eric Berger, Staff writer Rabbis David Ingber and Sharon Brous have some key things in common. Not only did a founder of the Songleader Boot Camp (SLBC) label them as “rock stars,” but they also each formed their own congregations. Ingber started Romemu, a New York group that fuses “Eastern spiritual practices with […]

Posted: February 23rd, 2017|Press

Trump’s immigration order elicits action from Jewish community

Click here to read the article as it originally appeared in the Jewish Journal. By Kylie Ora Lobell PUBLISHED Feb 9, 2017 Jewish leaders around Los Angeles have begun speaking out —  some more forcefully than others — against President Donald Trump’s immigration ban. And many temple congregants are doing more than merely listening. “People are stepping forward because they see a direct call to their Jewish values in this moment,” said Senior Rabbi Ken Chasen of Leo Baeck Temple. “The values in the Torah and rabbinic literature are clear, and they are now being threatened. [Activism] feels like a […]

Posted: February 9th, 2017|Press

Why Jewish Leaders Rally Behind a Palestinian-American Women’s March Organizer- Ha’aretz

Linda Sarsour makes no secret of her opposition to Israel and support of BDS, the women’s rights activist kept that rhetoric out of the event — to the relief of her Jewish allies. Debra Nussbaum Cohen Jan 25, 2017 Linda Sarsour speaking during the Women’s March on Washington on January 21, 2017 in Washington, D.C. Theo Wargo/Getty Images/AFP NEW YORK — When online attacks against Women’s March co-chair Linda Sarsour started this week, progressive Jews were among the first people to back her on social media. “Jews are some of my biggest supporters,” Sarsour told Haaretz in an interview. Sarsour, […]

Posted: January 26th, 2017|Press

As Trump Era Dawns, 2 Rival Jewish Tribes Descend on Washington

Click here to read the article as it originally appeared in the Forward. By Ron Kampeas January 24, 2017 WASHINGTON (JTA) – “Cantor Kaufman!” Rabbi Jonah Pesner shouted across the intersection of 3rd and D in Washington’s Northwest quadrant, packed sidewalk to sidewalk with women in pink pussycat hats and their male friends. “A song!” Jason Kaufman, the cantor at Beth El in Alexandria, Virginia, draped in a rainbow tallit and in the middle of telling a joke, cocked an eyebrow and pivoted gracefully from the guy hanging with his buddies at Saturday’s Women’s March on Washington to the religious […]

Posted: January 24th, 2017|Press

Panelists Debate Trump & the Jews – Jewish Journal

Click here to read the article as it originally appeared in the Jewish Journal. Facebook Live video can be seen here. by Eitan Arom How is the Jewish community reacting so far to the election of Donald Trump? At what was effectively the country’s first public forum on the new political reality for American Jews, the panelists and their audience struck  alternating notes of fear, anxiety, uncertainty — and a touch of hope. On Dec. 13, more than 400 people gathered at Shalhevet High School in Los Angeles for a  Jewish Journal’s Crucial Conversations event titled, “The New Reality: Jews […]

Posted: December 19th, 2016|Latest Word, Press

Calls for mercy & an end to deportations at interfaith service

Click here to read the article as it originally appeared in Angelus. November 11, 2016 – By JD Long-Garcia A group gathered at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels Nov. 10 for an ecumenical service to pray for peace, solidarity and unity after the Nov. 8 elections. Archbishop José H. Gomez called for mercy and an end to deportations during an interfaith prayer service Nov. 10 for peace, solidarity and unity at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. “In this country, we need to start building bridges and bringing people together,” he said. “We need to reach […]

Posted: November 15th, 2016|Latest Word, Press