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March 24, 2022 41 min

Rabbi Michael Beyo and Dr. Adrian McIntyre talk with Karolyn Benger about orthodoxy, inclusion, and prayer.

Karolyn Benger is the principal of KB Enterprise, a consulting firm in Phoenix, AZ to nonprofit organizations specializing in social justice. Karolyn is a student at Yeshivah Maharat and was appointed by Phoenix’s Mayor to serve on the Human Relations Commission for the City of Phoenix. She serves on the Jewish Advisory Board for the Phoenix Police Department, the Arizona Interfaith Movement, is a member of the Valley Interfaith Project’s 3rd Monseigneur Ryle Public Policy Faith Leader Institute, a mentor in the Women’s Leadership Institute, and a board member of the Albert Einstein Academy, a new STEAM and Hebrew/Arabic language charter school being developed. She was the founding Executive Director of the newly created Jewish Community Relations Council in Phoenix and served as the Executive Director of the Jewish Interest Free Loan of Atlanta.

Ms. Benger is a graduate of Emory University with a degree in Political Science and a specialization in the Middle East where she studied Arab and Islamist opposition groups in Egypt. She has taught at Emory University, Georgia Tech, and Emerson College and is passionate about interfaith dialogue, race relations, and community relations between Jews and non-Jews. She regularly speaks on Women in Orthodoxy, Women in Islam, Democratization in the Middle East, Social Movements, Anti-Semitism, and Islamist organizations. Her publications can be found with Blue Avocado, eJewish Philanthropy, Kveller, Times of Israel, Binah, and the Arizona Republic.

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