Karen Bass and her husband, Eric, moved to Louisville 25 years ago. Karen found the Louisville Jewish community to be a welcoming one that helped shape her Jewish identity and supported her and her husband as they raised proud, Jewish adults. Karen serves on the Jewish Community of Louisville Finance Committee, has served on the Louisville Hebrew School Board and recently went on Louisville’s first Momentum trip to Israel in 2016. Karen is honored to be an Ambassador and represent Louisville’s Jewish community.
Karen credits her rejuvenated Jewish spirit to her Federation sponsored Momentum trip for Jewish women in 2016. Since this trip Karen has chaired the Federation’s Challah Bake attended by almost 200 women, she participates in a monthly challah club and also volunteers for the Federation’s Annual Campaign.
Karen believes that Jewish education so important and hopes to see new, creative initiatives inspire Louisville’s Jewish youth.
Jewish life today is clouded in antisemitism, something Karen does not remember experiencing growing up in New York. Karen is concerned with the resurgence of antisemitic news stories. Therefore, she believes it is more important than ever we stand together as a strong, united Jewish community.
Karen is looking forward to the new JCC! She believes it will be an attraction for younger families and a venue that re-engages families who currently are not members. Let’s keep supporting the good work of our community!