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Liturgical Artist

About Me

About Me

Karen is a liturgical, teaching/performing artist, and poet who makes her home in Baltimore, Maryland. Ordained as a Reform cantor in 1990, she has been as a holy day, guest, and

cantor-in-residence and currently serves congregations in MD and VA.

A recipient of small arts grants in Pennsylvania and Tennessee, Karen designs innovative music/theatre pieces performed in colleges, eldercare facilities and community centers. Themes range from Folk music to Jewish women in comedy.  

She partnered with Mental Health Association of Maryland to create a unique musical wellness series targeting older adults and focusing on positivity, creativity and self care. Based on this work,  her workshop, 'All kinds of Weather': Teaching the Model was presented at the Alternatives Conference 2021.

Her poems and essays have been published in chapbooks, magazines, and on-line. Her work is included in the Haftorah commentary published by CCAR press 2021

Work Experience

Work Experience

Peer Mentor: Johns Hopkins Research Study 

Provide Peer support to older adult mentees with depression thru education, encouragement, and connection to services in the community

Peer Facilitator: Mental Health Association of Maryland

Created and implement a four part musical wellness series "Keep On the Sunny Side" for older adults, around themes of positivity and resilience to combat isolation and loneliness. Co-facilitate wellness groups.


Cantor: Temple Beth Shalom, Arnold Maryland

for B'nei Mitzvah and special events

Cantor: Bolton St Synagogue, Baltimore Maryland

for B'nei Mitzvah and special events

Cantor: Wing & Prayer

build unique curriculum to prepare non-traditional learners, many with special needs for Bar/Bat Mitzvah.


Teaching Artist:

Create musical, theatrical, interactive programs for eldercare facilities, classrooms and community centers.



Certified Peer Recovery Specialist (CPRS)                                              Winter 2021
Maryland Addiction and Behavioral Health Certification Board    

Maryland Micro Credentials (Creative Aging)                                        Winter 2021
Maryland State Arts Council

Pongo facilitator:techniques for Therapeutic Writing Through Poetry              Fall 2021
Pongo Poetry Project

WRAP Facilitator (Wellness Recovery Action Planning)                         Summer  2021 certified by On Our Own of Maryland
co-facilitating pilot of WRAP for Healthy Aging        



Clinical Pastoral Education: 2 extended units

Twin Towers; Methodist Eldercare Facility

2003, 2004

Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion
Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music

Ordained as a cantor and earned Master of Sacred Music -1990

Honorary Doctorate for 25 years of service - 2015

Contact Me

Contact Me

1706 Mt Washington Ct. #L

Baltimore, Maryland 21209
Tel: 240.578.5013

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