Karen Perolman is the associate rabbi at Congregation B'nai Jeshurun in Short Hills, NJ. Ordained in 2010 by the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Karen credits her involvement with NFTY, URJ Camp Harlam, and the Maryland Hillel community with her desire to pursue the rabbinate, including a pivotal summer traveling with the NFTY in Israel program. Karen is a voracious reader which fuels her passion to understand the intersections between food, politics, Judaism, feminism and social justice. She lives with her wife Andrea, a Chef, and rescue puppy Archie in Jersey City, NJ. She can be found on twitter @rabbikrp.
I knew I wanted to be a rabbi before I knew I was gay. Though neither gave me much pause or worry, the integration of the two kept me closeted until my first year of rabbinical school. I spent the…next few years wondering and worrying about how my identity would impact my desire to serve the Jewish people. In my first job as a student, I didn’t come out for fear of having to face my multiple identities. So I lived what some might call a double life: rabbinical student by day, lesbian by… >> Read More
I fear that I am about to sound like Oprah preaching, “I eat bread!” all over late-night TV, but it’s true: I love bread. I love all carbs, especially the home-baked variety.
Growing up in…the 1980’s and 90’s, the diet fad was all about fat. Full fat was bad, but low fat was good, and fat-free was even better. Almost two decades later, the winds of diet trends have changed again. Fat is good now! The pastel packet sugar substitutes of my youth are out of style, replaced by… >> Read More