Karen L. Fox - Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion
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Karen L. Fox, Rabbi, MFT

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213 631-0503
Instructor in Practical Rabbinics

HUC-JIR/Los Angeles

Academic Field: 
Professional Development
Research Interests: 
Pastoral Counseling; Marriage; Family Therapy

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Rabbi Karen L. Fox is Instructor of Practical Rabbinics at HUC-JIR's Skirball Campus in Los Angeles. She is uniquely qualified to instruct rabbinical students in Practical Rabbinics and Pastoral Counseling. She is among the first women rabbis ordained by Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, in 1978. She received her Masters 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 Wilshire Boulevard Temple for 25 years and now, as an Instructor in Practical Rabbinics and Pastoral Counseling at HUC LA since 2014. She has served in leadership of the CCAR, as a Board member, Ethics committee participant and mentor and President of PARR, 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.

Degrees:BA, UCLA 1973MA, HUC LA, 1976Rabbinic Ordination, 1978MA in Counseling Psychology, Pepperdine University, 1991LMFT in California, 1994

Selected Publications and Edited Works

Various articles in CCAR Journal, Journal of Reform Judaism
"Menopause", The Sacred Encounter, Grushow, L. CCAR Press
Seasons for Celebration, Putnum-Perigee, 1992

Current and Future Courses
Practical Rabbinics, 2nd Year Students
The Hillside Rabbinic Practicum for 2nd Year students: Lifecycle and Pastoral Counseling
The Hillside Rabbinic Practicum for 3rd Year students: Rabbi as Symbolic Mentor
Public Lecture Topics
Building Spiritual Care within the Congregation
Women's Issues in Lifespan
Psychosocial Concerns in Torah
Text Study, using Hasidic Commentary
Women and Jewish Practice
Developing A Spiritual Life
Ethical Concerns and Self Care for Clergy
Supervision and Mentoring