Jen E. Krause
Nationally renowned writer, author, speaker and educator
By drawing unique points of connection between ancient wisdom,
literature, and the spiritual, cultural, and social issues of the day, Jen brings a fresh voice and unique perspective to any topic.
The author of The Answer: Making Sense of Life, One Question at a Time (Perigee), her writing and commentary also have been featured in Newsweek, The New York Times, The Huffington Post, The Daily Beast, and O, The Oprah Magazine.
Dubbed "one of NYC's Hippest Rabbis" and "the Jewish Katie Couric" by WNET's MetroFocus, Jen serves as the High Holidays rabbi at Manhattan's 92nd Street Y, and is the first woman to hold that post in 92Y's 139-year history.
Jen frequently appears at 92Y as a host, presenter, moderator, and guest. She has shared the stage with such notable thought leaders, artists, and innovators as: New York restaurateur Danny Meyer, actor and photographer Leonard Nimoy, financial journalist Jean Chatzky, "Sex and the City" and "Modern Family" writer/producer Cindy Chupack, pioneer
in integrative medicine Dr. Andrew Weil, Everything Is Illuminated and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close author Jonathan Safran Foer, film critic Jeffrey Lyons, religious thinker and Charter for Compassion creator Karen Armstrong, When Bad Things Happen to Good People author Rabbi Harold Kushner, Ambassador Dennis Ross, actor/comedian Jason Alexander, sex therapist and author Dr. Ruth Westheimer, PEN/Malamud award-winning author and contributor to The New Yorker Nathan Englander, and Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel.
Jen received her BA, with Honors, from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri in English Literature and Jewish, Islamic, and Near Eastern Studies, and an MA in Hebrew Literature and Rabbinic Ordination from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Jerusalem and New York.