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The Amen Effect

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Headshots of Rabbi Sharon Brous and Patrisse Cullors on either side of the book, The Amen Effect, cover.

Author headshot and book cover, courtesy of the publisher; Patrisse Cullors by Ryan Pfluger.

Rabbi Sharon Brous and Patrisse Cullors speak about holding compassion and curiosity, even when our hearts are broken.

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This program took place on
Sunday, April 7, 2024

About the Program

In a time of loneliness and isolation, social rupture and alienation, what will it take to mend our broken hearts and rebuild our society? Join one of our country's most prominent rabbis, Sharon Brous, for a conversation on anecdotes from her national bestseller The Amen Effect: Ancient Wisdom to Mend Our Broken Hearts and World with artist and abolitionist, Patrisse Cullors.

About the Participants

Rabbi Sharon Brous is the founding and senior rabbi of IKAR, a trail-blazing Jewish community based in Los Angeles. A leading voice at the intersection of faith and justice in America, she has been named #1 Most Influential Rabbi in the U.S. by Newsweek/The Daily Beast. She blessed both President Obama and President Biden at their National Inaugural Prayer Services, and her TED Talk “Reclaiming Religion” has been viewed 1.5 million times. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and The Washington Post. She lives with her husband, David Light, and their children in California.

Patrisse Cullors is a New York Times bestselling author, educator, artist, and abolitionist from Los Angeles. In all areas of her life and work, Patrisse intends to continue to uplift Black stories, talent, and creators that are transforming the world of art and culture. She has been at the frontlines of the abolitionist movement, building with Black Lives Matter, Justice LA, Dignity and Power Now, and Reform LA jails. Patrisse has won numerous awards for her art and activism. Patrisse’s mission is to invite all of us to grow toward abolition through intergenerational healing work that centers love, collective care, and art.

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