Wise Aging Cohort - Fall 2020
Tuesdays, November 10, 17, 24; December 1 and 8
4:00-5:15 pm PT (7:00-8:15 pm ET)
Wise Aging is a 5 session virtual seminar for women considering what life looks like after the intense rabbinic career, after retiring from the active rabbinate.
Communities in your area might be offering Wise Aging seminars but this one is for you and you alone. We rabbis know how significant it is to find a safe place to talk, to let our hair down,to open our hearts. When considering the next steps, opening up to the women who have followed a similar sacred path is a great opportunity for learning, support and re-engagement.
Consider Letting Go of titles and institutions; consider letting go of ‘that young image of ourselves’; consider letting go of rhythm, routine and specific people. Accept that challenges and joys will be in this stage, as they have been in our lives so far. Open to new kinds of learning and relationships. Change happens; let’s talk about it together!
Before the webinar begins please purchase the impactful and inspiring book, Wise Aging: Living with Joy, Resilience and Spirit by Rabbi Rachel Cowan and Dr. Linda Thal (Behrman2015). The book will be our guide however, our group energy and experience will make it ‘real’ together.
The webinar will be facilitated by Rabbi Karen Fox. Karen is retired from Wilshire Boulevard Temple, is a licensed psychotherapist (LMFT in CA) and is experiencing these issues on a daily basis. She’s looking forward to Aging Wisely: Exclusively for Women Rabbis of a Certain Stage. She’ll guide the webinar using Zoom, through the WRN.
Rabbi Karen L. Fox is a trailblazer as a woman and a rabbi. She is the first woman to rabbi to serve at historic Wilshire Boulevard Temple, the fourth woman rabbi in Jewish history, and one of the few rabbis licensed as a Psychotherapist. During Rabbi Fox’s twenty-five years of service to Wilshire Boulevard Temple, she shared her unique spiritual and pastoral skills and built relationships with many generations of Wilshire Boulevard Temple families. Rabbi Fox continues to be Rabbi Emerita of Wilshire Boulevard Temple, a psychotherapist at Rabbi Karen Fox: In Context and an Adjunct Professor at Hebrew Union College.
Rabbi Fox is an activist on behalf of Israel, leading specialized adult trips to Israel, initiating the Israeli-American student exchanges programs at Wilshire Boulevard Temple schools and vigorously advocating for the Reform Jewish movement in Israel. Rabbi Fox was the national Rabbinic Associate Chair of ARZA (Association of Reform Zionists of America) which promotes the Reform voice in Israel.
Engaging in the larger Jewish community, Rabbi Fox served as President of the Pacific Association of Reform Rabbis, as member of the Board of Israel Bonds, and member of the Board, Israel Convention Committee and Ethics Committee of the Central Conference of American Rabbis (the world-wide organization of 1700 Reform rabbis). She mentored dozens of rabbinic students and cantors, & continues to guide the next
generation of rabbis as an Adjunct Professor at Hebrew Union College, Los Angeles.
After completing her B.A. at UCLA in 1973, she earned a Masters in Hebrew Literature and was ordained at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, New York in 1978. She earned an additional Masters in Counseling Psychology from Pepperdine University in 1992 and is a licensed California Marriage and Family Psychotherapist.
Rabbi Fox was the first woman rabbi to serve the national Reform Jewish movement, the Union of American Hebrew Congregations (now Union of Reform Judaism), as a regional director from 1978-82. In 1980 she and her brother (Rabbi Steven Fox) were the first sister-brother rabbinic family in Jewish history.
Rabbi Fox has published a user-friendly guide to Jewish holidays, called Seasons for Celebration (Putnam, 1992) and has published numerous articles on psychosocial issues related Jewish thought and women’s experiences in religious and therapeutic journals.
She is married to Michael Rosen, and is a proud mother to Avi (Liz) and Benjy (Julie) and an Omi (Grandmother) to David, Lena and Izzy. She likes dark chocolate and licorice, skiing and biking.