Between the Lines: The Amen Effect

Date: May 20, 2024

Time: 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Sponsor: The Library

Location: JTS

Category: Book Talks

The Amen Effect: Ancient Wisdom to Mend Our Broken Hearts and World

Part of Between the Lines: Author Conversations from The Library of JTS

Monday, May 20, 2024
7:30–9:00 p.m. ET

In Person at JTS 
3080 Broadway (at 122nd Street) 
New York City  

Named America’s #1 Most Influential Rabbi by Newsweek and The Daily Beast, JTS alum Rabbi Sharon Brous returns to JTS for a discussion with Chancellor Shuly Rubin Schwartz about her latest book.

The Amen Effect: Ancient Wisdom to Mend Our Broken Hearts and World makes the case that in an era of loneliness, social alienation, and ideological extremism, our deepest spiritual work is finding our way to one another—in celebration, sorrow, and solidarity. Relationships of care and curiosity, Brous argues, are essential to both personal healing and social change. This is how we reawaken our humanity.

With original insights and practical tools, The Amen Effect translates foundational ideas into simple practices that connect us to our better angels, offering pathways to a world built on love, rooted in justice, and propelled by our moral imagination.

About the Author

Sharon Brous is the founding and senior rabbi of IKAR, a trail-blazing Jewish community based in Los Angeles. Built in 2004, IKAR has grown into a diverse, dynamic, multi-generational community, one of the fastest growing and most influential in the country. Rabbi Brous 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.