“I continue to marvel at your versatility and talent for capturing the audience's imagination.

—John Rauch, Center for Jewish Culture And Creativity


“Your mixture of music with your stories created a delightful warmth of Yiddishkeit that still lingers in our sanctuary.”

—Mitch Weiss, Temple Beth El 

J E W I S H   P R O G R A M S

Jewish Stories From Up Your Street and Around the World.

  • Karen shares stories from her rich Jewish heritage, tales both old and new. Holiday and theme programs available. (preK-adult, up to 90 minutes)
  • Karen tells Jewish tales both old and new, many blended with music she plays on her saxophone, accordion, ocarina and nose flute. Stories come from a variety of sources, including the Torah, Midrash, folktale traditions, her family and her rich imagination. Karen’s father was born in a shtetle (Jewish ghetto) in Lithuania. She grew up in a traditional Jewish home with five older brothers and sisters. Karen began her journey into storytelling at a very young age from listening to the tales of her parents who were both native Yiddish speakers. This love of Judaism and folklore led Karen to Israel as a young adult. She lived there for seven years and received an MA from Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Her fluency in Hebrew and knowledge of Yiddish and Jewish culture is passed on in all of her stories. Audiences learn about the Jewish people, their various cultures, foods and traditions through her colorful stories. 

Elijah is Alive and Well and Living in Los Angeles

  • Learn about the role Elijah plays in the Passover Seder and open the door for more random acts of kindness in your life. An interactive workshop for kids and adults. 

Torah Talk

  • A multi-part arts residency where Karen will come to your Synagogue and work with your students and teachers to produce a storytelling performance on a theme of your choosing. 


Jewish Artist in Residence Weekend

  • Invite Karen to come to your community for a weekend. The program can include a mix or performances (including Love From Jewish Kitchens or Small Kindnesses, see adult programs for a full description), workshops and individual coaching sessions for kids and adults. The theme can be a holiday, parsha of the week or other theme of your choosing.