Karolyn Benger is a Rabbinical student at Yeshivat Maharat (2026). She was the Executive Director of the Phoenix Jewish Community Relations Council and Executive Director of the Atlanta Jewish Interest Free Loan. She graduated from Emory University with a degree in Political Science, specializing in the Middle East, and studying Arab and Islamist opposition groups in Egypt. Karolyn has taught at Emory University, Georgia Tech, and Emerson College. She is a board member of the Arizona Interfaith Movement, was a member of the Valley Interfaith Project’s 3rd Monseigneur Ryle Public Policy Faith Leader Institute, and was a mentor in the Women’s Leadership Institute. Karolyn speaks regularly about Women in Judaism, Dynamic Changes in Jewish Law, Modern Day Challenges to Halacha, and much more. Her writing has been published in the Arizona Republic, eJewish Philanthropy, Ritualwell, The Times of Israel, and Bina.