PhD, Yeshiva University
M.S., New York University
Dr. Karen Kass was born in the Bronx and grew up in a secular home in Long Beach, Long Island. Her young adult years were spent in New York City where she attended graduate schools at NYU and Yeshiva University. She and her husband moved to Los Angeles in 1978. They joined Temple Beth Am in Los Angeles, where she began her Jewish education as an adult learner.
Since the early 1990s, Karen has facilitated support groups for people converting to Judaism through the Miller Introduction to Judaism Program. In this role, Karen has helped hundreds of Jews by Choice explore issues related to conversion, family and friends, holidays and lifecycle events, Jewish identity, and differing levels of observance. While she always had a Jewish soul, she continues to expand her knowledge and commitment to living an educated, informed Jewish life with her volunteer involvement at Temple Beth Am and also serves as Shabbat and High Holiday Gabbai.
Karen is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (Lic.M0294) and an AET Board Certified Educational Therapist in private practice in Los Angeles. She teaches graduate students in the Educational Therapy Certificate/Master program at California State University, Northridge.