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Mayim Bialik Joins L.A. Shofar Wave that Aims to Bring Jewish Community Together For Rosh Hashanah

The shofar wave involves placing people on corners throughout the city and asking them to blow the shofar one after another.

In ‘A World Upended,’ Los Angeles Jews Gathered to Commemorate Tisha B’Av

“It was soothing to see a gallery view of  fellow Jews from across L.A. on a day that is defined by isolation.”

Rep. Ted Lieu Discusses Race, Israel and 2020 Elections With IKAR Rabbi Sharon Brous

“We need to continue to have a strong U.S.-Israel relationship,” Lieu said. “That doesn’t mean that we need to agree with everything the Israeli government is doing."

A Fourth Grader Solves a Murder in ‘Home Before Dark’

The heroine of the Apple TV+ series “Home Before Dark” is an independent, smart, capable and resourceful journalist who puts her investigative skills to...

Fighting a Virus: Local Community Mobilizes Over Coronavirus

On March 8, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health issued a statement saying that a Los Angeles resident who attended the America...

A Digital Library is Changing Judaism (For the Better)

Who is rich? One who is happy with their lot.  Who is wise? One who learns from every human.  Care for the stranger. Give people the benefit of the...

Hollywood Writer Aron Eli Coleite on Writing From Jewish Values

After the apocalypse wipes out the world’s adult population — turning some into zombies and obliterating the rest — it’s up to the teens...

IKAR’s Rock ’n’ Roll Cantor Has A New Album

When IKAR Cantor Hillel Tigay was first approached to join the progressive Los Angeles congregation 13 years ago, he wasn’t sure he wanted the...

What’s Happening: IDF ‘Shabbat of Heroes,’ Sephardic ‘Papers’

FRI DEC 6 Zamru Friday Night Shomrei Torah Synagogue holds Zamru Friday Night, a unique, musically rich kabbalat Shabbat service and dinner. Cantor Jackie Rafii and...

Finding Hope in Hopelessness

Editor’s note: On Nov. 17, members of IKAR traveled with Rabbi Sharon Brous to Montgomery, Ala. These two pages are reflections from that trip ...

The Continuation of Racial Injustice

Editor’s note: On Nov. 17, members of IKAR traveled with Rabbi Sharon Brous to Montgomery, Ala. These two pages are reflections from that trip ...

Remembering Ruby and Hart Campbell

The most up-to-date statistics released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in October 2018, revealed that drunk drivers killed almost 11,000 people in...

Lawyer and Activist Nancy Lee Aspaturian, 60

For Nancy Lee Aspaturian, being a social justice warrior was not just a job, it was a calling. Aspaturian, who died Sept. 5 after...

Keeping a Child’s Memory Alive Through Random Acts of Kindness

In the past few days alone, one woman made and delivered lasagna to a colleague recovering from knee surgery. Someone else went out of...

L.A. Orgs Announce Grants That Will Aid Jewish Help for the Homeless

Homelessness in the city of Los Angeles is up 16% from last year, while L.A. County numbers are up 12%. However, new grants from...

Gabrielle Giffords, WWII Vet Honored, JVS Scholarships

Former congresswoman and gun violence survivor Gabrielle Giffords wants people to continue the challenging fight for stricter gun control laws.  “Stopping gun violence takes courage, the...

IKAR’s Safe Parking Program for the Homeless

Last December, IKAR became the first Jewish community organization to participate in Safe Parking LA (SPLA), a nonprofit initiative that provides those living in...

Sharing LGBTQ Journeys at IKAR’s Pride Shabbat

Ada Douglass realized she was a lesbian when she was 28. “It was like a revelation from heaven,” she said. “A deeply confusing revelation...

Community Leaders Condemn Sri Lanka Easter Sunday Attacks

Los Angeles community leaders have condemned a string of Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka that left at least 321 people dead and more...

Three Rabbis Discuss Politics on the Pulpit

Should rabbis wade into the political fray with their congregants? That was the burning question at an April 10 forum at the American Jewish University...

Two Civic Engagement Initiatives Awarded Lippman Kanfer Prize

Two Los Angeles-based initiatives, The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles’ CIVruta program and IKAR’s Minyan Tzedek, were among seven winners of the Lippman...

Purim, IKAR-Style

Parodying “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” in a video segment, IKAR’s Rabbi Sharon Brous pretends she is too sick to work. After her husband and...

Interfaith Solidarity in Wake of New Zealand Terror Attacks

After the deadly attacks at the Masjid Al Noor mosque and the Linwood Islamic Centre in Christchurch, New Zealand, last week, Los Angeles interfaith...

What’s Happening: Jill Abramson, Yemen Blues, ‘Foxtrot’

FRI MAR 1 Beatles Shabbat During Friday night services, Reform congregation Kol Tikvah sets popular Shabbat tunes to the music of The Beatles. Rabbi Jon Hanish,...

Update: Judge Grants Citizenship to Twin Son of Local Jewish Same-Sex Couple

On Feb. 21, a Los Angeles federal judge ruled that the son of a local Jewish same-sex couple previously denied U.S. citizenship will now...

Does Tikkun Olam Divide Along Religious and Political Lines?

Seated between Rabbi Sharon Brous and author Jonathan Neumann, Rabbi David Wolpe said, “My chair is exactly equidistant between our two participants.”  Wolpe was referring...

IKAR Brings Supplies to Migrant Shelter in Mexico

“Be the first to greet every person.” — Rabbi Matya, the son of Charash Mention the word “immigrant” and most people agree we have been...

Heading Back to Camp… to Get Married

When Rachel Light and Jeremiah Levine were planning their wedding for March of this year, there was no question about where they would tie...

What’s Happening: ‘Judaism In an Age of Truthiness,’ Gad Elmaleh

FRI NOV 9 Alisa Weilerstein Acclaimed cellist Alisa Weilerstein performs all six of Bach’s solo cello suites in one evening. Weilerstein began playing the cello at...

Community Reactions to Pittsburgh Shooting

In the aftermath of the Pittsburgh synagogue shootings, the Journal asked leaders of our community to provide words of comfort, advice and inspiration, hoping...

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Remembering the Life and Work of the Woman who Championed Women’s Rights: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

"Our Nation has lost a jurist of historic stature. We at the Supreme Court have lost a cherished colleague.”

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Dies At 87

She died from complications of metastatic pancreatic cancer.

3 Holocaust Monuments Vandalized With Swastikas in Ukraine and Russia

Police are investigating the instances of vandalism.

Kosovo to Adopt IHRA Definition of Anti-Semitism

“As a victim of genocidal actions & ethnic cleansing, [Kosovo] understands too well the weight of discrimination & hate.”

86 Jewish Groups Contest Leila Khaled’s SFSU Speaking Event

The groups sent a letter to the SFSU president asking if Khaled is legitimately protected under academic freedom.
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