IKAR (Jewish congregation)

IKAR is a post-denominational Jewish congregation and community founded in Los Angeles and led by Rabbi Sharon Brous.[1][2]

IKAR ("essence" in Hebrew) was founded in 2004 by Brous along with Melissa Balaban and others, including David N. Myers, Andrea Blaugrund Nevins and Daniel Sokatch. [3] Its membership includes Eric Garcetti, the mayor of Los Angeles.[1]

IKAR's musical director is Hillel Tigay. [4]


  1. ^ a b Weiner, Rex (December 30, 2012). "IKAR Looks To Build Without Losing Magic". The Jewish Daily Forward.
  2. ^ Gruenbaum, Julie (June 23, 2010). "How Different Is IKAR; Rabbi Sharon Brous Inspires Change … and Controversy". The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles.
  3. ^ IKAR Our Story retrieved October 24, 2017
  4. ^ Trakin, Roy (2021-03-26). "Rock 'Hazzan' Hillel Tigay Shines Light on Progressive L.A. Synagogue Where Steven Spielberg, Eric Garcetti Are Members". Variety. Retrieved 2022-10-06.

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