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Our Rabbi
Rabbi Howard Cohen is a graduate of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. Rabbi Cohen most recently led Congregation Beth El in Bennington, VT. In his rabbinical capacity, he has been a prison chaplain, fire department chaplain, campus rabbi and wilderness guide/rabbi. Rabbi Cohen has also been a middle school substitute teacher, firefighter, go-kart manager, and Outward Bound instructor for delinquent and at-risk teens.

Two of Rabbi Cohen’s goals as the new rabbi of Shirat Hayam are to assist our members in finding the best way to connect with Judaism and to provide rabbinic guidance to the community as a whole in the task of identifying and meeting the constantly changing needs and wants of its members. He looks forward to helping us tackle the many existential and theological questions that invigorate religious life. His wide range of religious and secular experiences has provided him with numerous creative ways to address these questions and help guide us toward our individual paths to Judaism.



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