Rabbi Karen Kriger Bogard grew up in Memphis, Tennessee, as part of a proud Southern Jewish family. She graduated from Newcomb College at Tulane University with a double degree in Jewish Studies and Religious Studies, and continued her learning at Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion as a rabbinical student. It was at rabbinical school that Karen met her husband, Daniel Bogard, and after ordination at the Cincinnati campus they began sharing a pulpit at Anshai Emeth in Peoria, Illinois. In addition to her pulpit responsibilities, Karen spent much time working as the Judaics Director of Peoria Hebrew Day School and creating new and exciting programs for the congregation. Karen and Daniel love working together; it provides them with a life/work balance, and gives them time to spend with their three young children: Gavi, Yael, and Noa.
After 5 amazing years in Peoria, Karen and Daniel continued their co-rabbi model at Adath Israel in Cincinnati, Ohio, for two years.
Karen is so excited to now be serving Central Reform Congregation and living in St. Louis. She loves the way CRC feels like an extended family, and is very much looking forward to being a part of CRC’s present and future.
Karen is also honored to have been a Brickner fellow with the Religious Action Center, a part of the Shalom Hartman Women’s Rabbinic Cohort, and along with CRC a recipient of the Jonas Weil Endowment Interfaith Inclusion Grants which will fund new and exciting programming for multifaith families at CRC.