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 South Bay

When:             In Person Conference will be Tuesday May 2, 2023.

Hours:             8:30am-2:00pm.

Theme:           TBD

Where:            Congregation Ner Tamid, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA.



women's dialogue

Conference Information

2022 Amazing Speakers (Previous Year)
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Claire Henning

Claire Henning, D.Min.

I am a poster child for Catholic education. I received a bachelor’s degree in Music from Immaculate Heart College, Los Angeles, a master’s degree in Pastoral Theology from Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, and a Doctor of Ministry Degree from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. I was commissioned in 2009 as a Pastoral Associate in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

I worked in parish ministry for 20 years at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Community in Los Angeles. St. Paul’s is staffed by the Paulist Fathers. Working with the charisms of five different Paulist pastors was an important component of my formation.

In 2012 I left parish ministry to co-found Parish Catalyst, a parachurch nonprofit dedicated to encouraging parish leadership teams nationwide to “Think Creatively, Act Courageously and Renew the Church.” In 2019, Parish Catalyst was acquired by Renew International. Since then, I have been doing retreat work and blogging at
As my blog bio states:

“I’ve preached at liturgies and set up cones in rainy parking lots. I’ve spoken at Oxford University and been the only one left at a parish event to do the clean-up. My Catholic husband and I have raised four kids Catholic, and only one has stuck with it.”

A few years back, after my granddaughter’s baptism, I posted her picture on Facebook with the caption, ‘Welcome to the faith! Grandma is working to build a church you can thrive in.’

So now I’m a blogger, looking for a way to help this damaged and beautiful church that I love step out onto new ground.


Rabbi Karen Fox


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.

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