Sally Karasov grew up in a suburb of Minneapolis and received her bachelor’s degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Minnesota. After a year of working as a physical therapist, she moved to Israel with twenty other young people to join a young kibbutz in the center of the country. She was a member of the kibbutz for most of the next 20 years, raising a family and working in many different jobs, both on and off the kibbutz. During the last eight years she studied Civil Engineering in Israel and commuted to Jerusalem to work for the Israeli Department of Infrastructure, as part of administration of new road construction projects.
She and her family moved to New Jersey in 1998 to start a new phase in her life. Her career took a few different directions: she worked as a municipal engineering inspector, did highway design in a large engineering consulting firm and was employed by Rutgers doing Roadway Safety Audits for the New Jersey Department of Transportation to improve safety at high crash locations. She recently retired and is embracing new challenges.
Although never having been formally involved in interfaith work, her experiences living in Israel as well as current events have sparked something, and she is steadfast in her commitment to bridging the gap between Jewish and Muslim women on a personal level.