Rabbi Sharon Brous
Rabbi Sharon Brous is the founding rabbi of IKAR, a vibrant Jewish Spiritual Community in Los Angeles dedicated to the integration of spiritual and religious practice and the pursuit of social justice. She was included in the Forward's annual list of the 50 most influential members of the American Jewish community for three years in a row, and was recently noted in Newsweek as one of the leading rabbis in the country. In 2008, she was the inaugural recipient of the Jewish Community Foundation's Inspired Leadership Award, recognizing inspired leadership, vision and impact in the Los Angeles Jewish community. In 2001 Rabbi Brous was ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary and she received a Master's Degree in Human Rights from Columbia University, where she also received her Bachelor's Degree in History. After ordination, she served as a Rabbinic Fellow at Congregation B'nai Jeshurun in New York City (BJ).
For the past seven years, Rabbi Brous has served on the faculty of REBOOT and on the regional council of Progressive Jewish Alliance. She serves as adjunct faculty at Hebrew Union College and sits on the rabbinic advisory boards of American Jewish World Service and Hebrew College.
Rabbi Brous is married to David Light, a comedy writer; they have three children.