Sharon Brous didn’t want to be a Rabbi
Steve BodowReboot Board Member
Steve Bodow is a 14-time Emmy-winning American television writer and producer. Most recently he was Executive Producer and showrunner of Netflix’s Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj. From 2015 to 2019 he was Executive Producer of The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, following his 13 years at The Daily Show with Jon Stewart as EP, Head Writer and staff writer. Steve is also a co-founder and a past artistic director of the New York theater group Elevator Repair Service, best known for Gatz, its full-text, 7-hour adaptation of The Great Gatsby.
Rabbi Sharon BrousRabbi at IKAR and Reboot Faculty
Rabbi Sharon Brous is the senior and founding rabbi of IKAR (www.ikar-la.org), which launched in 2004 with the goal of reinvigorating Jewish tradition and practice and inspiring people of faith to reclaim a moral and prophetic voice. IKAR, one of the fastest growing and most influential Jewish congregations in the country, is credited with sparking a rethinking of religious life in a time of unprecedented disaffection and declining affiliation. Brous’s TED talk, “Reclaiming Religion,” has been viewed by more than one million people and translated into 14 languages. In 2013, she blessed President Obama and Vice President Biden at the Inaugural National Prayer Service, and in 2017, she spoke at the Women’s March in Washington, DC. Brous was named #1 on the Newsweek/The Daily Beast list of the most influential Rabbis in America, and has been recognized numerous times by The Forward and the Jerusalem Post as one of the fifty most influential Jews. Brous, who graduated from Columbia University and was ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary, is an Auburn Senior Fellow, sits on the faculty of the Shalom Hartman Institute-North America and REBOOT, and serves on the International Council of the New Israel Fund.