Trump’s immigration order elicits action from Jewish community

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 very organic way to live out our Jewish values.”  Trump’s effort to restrict entry […]

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 From left: Jewish Journal senior writer Danielle Berrin, Shalhevet’s Rabbi Ari Segal, IKAR’s Rabbi Sharon Brous, ADL’s Jonathan Greenblatt and USC’s Dan Schnur. Photo by Carla Acevedo-Blumenkrantz 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. […]

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

Jerusalem Post Names R’ Brous Among the 50 Most Influential Jews

Posted: November 1st, 2016|Press, Uncategorized

IKAR & Reboot Awarded JCF Grant – Death Over Dinner: Jewish Edition

Click here to read the press release as it was originally posted on the Jewish Community Foundation Los Angeles’ website. Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles Awards $2.3 Million in Cutting Edge Grants to Launch Twelve Innovative Programs More than $15 Million Awarded to 84 Transformative Initiatives Since 2006 August 16, 2016 LOS ANGELES (Aug. 16, 2016)—The Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles (The Foundation) today announced $2.3 million in grants to twelve new Jewish initiatives focused on innovation.  This year’s Cutting Edge Grants recipients include programs that range from engaging Jewish millennials through the performing arts, to creating connectivity […]

Posted: August 16th, 2016|Latest Word, Press

Jewish Emergent Network Gathers in NYC

Click here to read the story as it originally appeared in eJewish Philanthropy. August 4, 2016   From today through Monday, the Jewish Emergent Network – a collaboration between seven Jewish organizations from across the United States – is kicking off its inaugural project, the Rabbinic Fellowship, with a dynamic, content-rich Shabbat-based New York City convening to welcome its first cohort of rabbinic fellows. The convening will be hosted by Romemu, one of the Network’s New York-based organizations. Kabbalat Shabbat and Shabbat morning services will be held at Romemu and open to the broader Jewish community. The goal of the […]

Posted: August 9th, 2016|Latest Word, Press

R’ Brous on The RobCast podcast

June 19, 2016 New York Times bestselling author, speaker and former pastor Rob Bell in conversation with Rabbi Sharon Brous on TheRobCast. Hear Rob’s interview with Rabbi Brous.  

Posted: June 20th, 2016|Latest Word, Press

IKAR Shavuot in the Jewish Journal

Click here to read the article as it originally appeared in the Jewish Journal. By Esther Kustanowitz IKAR, a politically liberal Jewish community with a focus on social justice, went progressive in another sense during a June 11 Shavuot Torah study program. That’s when about 130 participants started at one member’s home and, over the course of the night, walked to the backyards of two other IKAR members to continue studying. At each stop of the IKAR Shavuot Street Crawl, attendees basked in the warmth of heat lamps, consumed vegetarian chili and mini-desserts of the brownie and cheesecake variety, and […]

Posted: June 16th, 2016|Latest Word, Press