Rabbi Cohen joined CAS as our spiritual leader on August 1, 2005.
CAS President Howard Rothman described Rabbi Cohen as warm, passionate and energetic. He further stated, “The rabbi has all of the characteristics that we believe are necessary to take on the challenges of our congregation and to grow our membership and establish a vision for our shul.”
Cohen joins the staff at CAS after being spiritual leader of Beth Midrash Hagadol-Beth Joseph in Denver, Colorado for three years. Born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, Rabbi Cohen is a graduate of Yeshiva University in New York and its Azrieli Graduate School. He received his rabbinic ordination from Yeshiva University’s Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary. He and wife, Diane, were married while he was still a student. After his ordination he and his wife spent a year in Israel and returned to the States to serve as an assistant Rabbi in West Orange, New Jersey. His first pulpit as a senior rabbi was in West Hartford where he spent about seven years in which time he doubled their membership. Rabbi Cohen then moved on to a much larger synagogue in Denver.
In commenting about his move back to the East Coast with his wife and six young daughters, he stated “I am thrilled to be joining the Stamford community with my wife Diane and our daughters. We are looking forward to helping catalyze the vibrant growth of the Stamford Jewish community and CAS family. CAS is uniquely positioned to offer multiple gateways of spiritual connection for a diverse Jewish population while increasing the joy and relevancy of Judaism in people’s lives. With God’s help, we will strengthen CAS as a beacon of Jewish unity, learning and living for many years to come.”
Rabbi Cohen also currently serves as the President of the Stamford Board of Rabbis and the Vaad Hakashrut of Fairfield County as well as a national officer of the Rabbinical Council of America for which he chairs the Strategic Planning Initiative.
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