Karen Taylor has a wealth of experience working at the intersection of Jewish and GLBT issues. Karen received her Masters degree in Jewish Communal Service from Gratz College, where she also received honors in rabbinics and modern Jewish theology. Karen worked at UJA-Federation of New York as an intern, and then as a planner in the Caring Commission, and served as the Vice President of Congregation Beth Simchat Torah, the world’s largest LGBT synagogue. Her essay, "Daughters of Zelaphehad," about coming out and converting to Judaism, is in the Lambda Literary Award-winning anthology "First Person Queer."
She has been active in the LGBT community for over a decade, serving as the Director of SAGE/Queens and later as the Director of Training and Advocacy at SAGE USA, overseeing the development of SAGE affiliates across the country. Karen also developed LIGALY’s project to support and empower GLBT Jewish youth, The Aleph Project, to address the challenges that GLBT Jewish youth and their families face when identifying safe and welcoming Jewish spaces.