The Scholar-in-Residence weekend begins on Friday evening, February 7, 2020. We will start with Shabbat evening services at WJC at 6pm. This will be followed by a catered community dinner and opening lecture by Rabbi Sharon Brous on What Does it Take to Reclaim a Soulful, Purposeful, Inclusive Vision of Religious Life?
For registration and more information on weekend events and sponsorship opportunities, please fill out the brochure and submit payment by Friday, January 24, 2020 to:
Westchester Jewish Center
Palmer and Rockland Avenues
Mamaroneck, New York 10543
Call or e-mail the synagogue office at 914-698-2960, Rosie@wjcenter.org. Please be prepared to indicate which events you’d like to attend.
RABBI SHARON BROUS is a leading voice in reviving religious life in America, working to develop a spiritual roadmap for soulful, multi-faith justice work in Los Angeles and around the country.
Rabbi Brous is the Senior and Founding Rabbi of IKAR, founded in 2004. With the goal of reinvigorating Jewish practice and inspiring people of faith to reclaim a moral and prophetic voice, IKAR quickly became one of the fastest-growing and most influential Jewish congregations in the country. Today, IKAR is a model for Jewish revitalization in the US and beyond, sparking a rethinking of religious life in a time of unprecedented disaffection and declining affiliation.
Rabbi Brous’s 2016 TED talk, “Reclaiming Religion,” has been viewed by more than 1.3 million people and translated into 22 languages. In 2013, she blessed President Obama and Vice President Biden at the Inaugural National Prayer Service, and Mayor Eric Garcetti at his LA inauguration in 2017. She spoke at the Women’s March on Washington, DC in 2017, and at the opening of the National Memorial for Peace and Justice in 2018. Brous was named #1 on the Newsweek/The Daily Beast list of the most influential rabbis in America and has been recognized by The Forward and the Jerusalem Post as one of today’s fifty most influential Jews. She was featured on the cover of TIME magazine in 2018, based on Norman Rockwell’s Four Freedoms.
Rabbi Brous is in the inaugural cohort of Auburn Seminary’s Senior Fellows program, which unites top faith leaders working on the frontlines for justice. She sits on the faculties of the Shalom Hartman Institute-North America and REBOOT, serves on the International Council of the New Israel Fund, and the national steering committee for the Poor People’s Campaign. She is a graduate of Columbia University, was ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary, and lives in Los Angeles with her husband and three children.