Taus Lecture Tuesday February 26, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.


Instructor in Practical Rabbinics, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Los Angeles

“Getting Older Today”


Rabbi Karen L. Fox uniquely qualified to instruct rabbinic students in Practical Rabbinics and Pastoral Counseling. She was among the first women rabbis ordained by Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, in 1978. She received her master’s in counseling psychology from Pepperdine University in 1991 and became a California licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in 1994. She has extensive training in bereavement, spiritual practice, and law and ethics for clergy and psychotherapists.

Rabbi Fox has served the community as an advocate for the Reform movement (UAHC, now URJ), as a camp director and pulpit rabbi at the Wilshire Boulevard Temple for 25 years, and currently as an Instructor in Practical Rabbinics and Pastoral Counseling at HUC LA since 2014. She has served in the leadership of the CCAR, as board member, ethics committee participant and mentor, and President of the Pacific Association of Reform Rabbis.

Over her career, Rabbi Fox was privileged to study at the Sholom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem and the Institute for Jewish Spirituality.

She is the principal of Rabbi Karen Fox: In Context, a private practice targeted to clergy of all faiths, providing a safe, compassionate and confidential place for clergy to be heard, reflect and strategize.

Rabbi Fox has written articles on women and the rabbinate and on practical rabbinic concerns, as well as published Seasons for Celebration (Perigee-Putnam, 1992).

Rabbi Karen Fox is a wife, mother and proud grandmother, an “Omi.” Additionally, she is a cross country skier and cyclist and lover of good coffee, black licorice and apfel strudel.

Our Taus Lecture Series is perhaps one of a kind in Southern California. The brainchild of Esther Taus, Ph.D., z’l, the Series brings noted scholars and academics to Temple Beth El for an afternoon or evening of thought-provoking learning and dialogue.

Each session offers a thorough exploration of a subject of Jewish interest presented by a distinguished Rabbi, educator, speaker, or faculty member from a Southern California college or university.