TED Video and Discussion Series

Date: March 23, 2019
Time: 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM


March 23



Room N111


Free Admission


Rabbi Sharon Brous

“It’s Time to Reclaim Religion”


Our next TED talk is a very timely talk by Rabbi Sharon Brous, entitled “It’s Time to Reclaim Religion.” At a moment when the world seems to be spinning out of control, religion might feel irrelevant -- or like part of the problem. But Sharon believes we can reinvent religion to meet the needs of modern life. In this impassioned talk, she shares four principles of a revitalized religious practice, and she offers faith of all kinds as a hopeful counter-narrative to the numbing realities of violence, extremism and pessimism.


Sharon is a leading voice in reanimating religious life in America, working to develop a spiritual roadmap for soulful, multi-faith justice work.  Based in Los Angeles, she is the senior and founding rabbi of IKAR, a community built in 2004 that has become a model for Jewish revitalization in the US and beyond. IKAR’s goal is to reinvigorate Jewish religious and spiritual practice, inspiring people of faith to reclaim a moral and prophetic voice in counter-testimony to the small-minded extremism now prevalent in so many religious communities. IKAR quickly became one of the fastest growing and most influential Jewish congregations in the country, and it's widely credited with sparking a rethinking of religious life in a time of unprecedented disaffection and declining affiliation.


In 2008, Sharon was the youngest person on the Newsweek/Daily Beast list of the most influential Rabbis in America, and in 2013 she was named the list’s most influential rabbi.


We hope you can join us for a very timely talk, not just for the Jewish religion, but for all religions and atheists.



TED stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design, and the TED talks feature experts in a variety of fields who present unique ways of looking at their respective fields of expertise.


Everyone is welcome to these free sessions.


A discussion will take place after the lecture.


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