Sharon Brous: On Honors and Journeys

There’s been a lot of press about Rabbi Sharon Brous lately, since she became the first woman to crack the top 5 on the Newsweek America’s Top 50 Rabbis list. Of course, this wasn’t the first recognition of Brous for her work building IKAR, a vital and exciting Jewish community in Los Angeles; she’s already been recognized by the Forward, Jewish Women International, the Jewish Community Foundation of LA, and others, who herald her as a leader in reimagining Jewish life for the 21st century.

Next month she’ll be honored by Auburn Theological Seminary at their annual Lives of Commitment Breakfast, which recognizes the contributions of women of different faiths and generations as leaders who “trouble the waters and heal the world.” (JWA’s own Gail Twersky Reimer was an honoree last year.)

While all honors are nice, of course, this one seems particularly fitting for Brous because the mission of Auburn is so closely aligned with Brous’ own vision: that religion and spirituality can be powerful catalysts for creating a new world, that they serve to shake us out of our complacency and help us connect our lives to a larger pursuit of justice and dignity for all people.


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