The Parent Council is a team of 15 geographically diverse parents of KAHAL students who liaise with their local Jewish community on behalf of KAHAL and host events that contribute to KAHAL’s mission. The Parent Council’s main goals are to increase KAHAL’s visibility in local communities and raise resources to support the international program. Parent Council members expand KAHAL’s reach in their local area and help more students connect to Jewish life abroad.


Karen Kent spent the majority of her career spent with Flight Centre USA, responsible for all aspects of brand marketing, product development, and supplier partnerships for 6 distinct, mid-to-high end luxury travel brands.  Currently, she is consulting for various clients in the realms of travel/hospitality, retail, and CPG for marketing.  Karen resides in Montvale, NJ with her husband, Martin. They have 2 children. Andie, is a rising senior at University of Texas, Austin and Joshua, an incoming freshman at Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta.

Michael Srulovitz is a Chicago KAHAL Parent Council member that live in Highland Park with his wife Andi. Their son, daughter-in-law, and their 5 grandchildren live near by. Michael is proudly a long time board member of the Chicago office of The American Jewish Committee (AJC) and advocating for the well being of Israel and the Jewish people every where.  Equally, he believes in KAHAL and the mission of supporting students as they study and travel throughout the world, as “students are our future and their exposure to the all things Jewish globally will sustain our existence in the diaspora and in the State of Israel.”

“Last May, KAHAL and Temple Jeremiah in Northbrook gathered students, parents, and staff. KAHAL alumni spoke about their abroad Jewish experiences and how necessary it was for KAHAL to be there and thought of some great ideas to help the Temple Jeremiah community connect Jewishly when its college students go abroad!”