Rabbi Karen Fox's training comes from a variety of fields. In 1978 she was among the handful of first women rabbis ordained at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. Later, she earned her Masters in Counseling Psychology from Pepperdine University in 1996, and became a California licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in 1998. She engages a Murray Bowen based "family systems approach" to consultation and counseling. Karen pursued extensive training in ethics for clergy and congregants and in grief and bereavement counseling. She has recently studied approaches to "Wise Aging", finding meaning and purpose post-retirement.
Rabbi Fox was invited to serve as an advocate for the Reform Jewish movement, as a camp director and as a rabbi at Wilshire Boulevard Temple, the historic Los Angeles synagogue. For 25 years, in addition to lifecycle responsibilities, she guided the psycho-social arm of the Temple, developed lay led Caring Communities, provided spiritual and cultural programming for adults and children, and supervised a large staff. She was invited onto the Ethics Committee of the Central Conference of American Rabbis, and many times, mentored clergy through Tshuvah/Rehabilitation processes.
In addition to her private practice, Rabbi Fox currently guides the next generation of rabbis, as Adjunct Faculty in Pastoral Counseling at Hebrew Union College, Los Angeles where she teaches "Lifecycle and Pastoral Counseling Skills"and "Rabbi as Symbolic Exemplar", a professional ethics course for rabbinic students. Rabbi Fox also leads workshops on: Supervision Skills, Entering and Exiting the Synagogue, Mentoring vs Supervising, Women Rabbis: Work-Life Integration and "Wise Aging", a series of workshops guided by the Institute for Jewish Spirituality.
Rabbi Fox is married, a proud mother and grandmother. She rides a bike, skis and
loves dark coffee and black licorice.