Rabbi Lori Cohen

Rabbi Lori Cohen was ordained in 2000 when she completed her course of studies at Hebrew Union College Jewish Institute of Religion in Jerusalem and Cincinnati, Ohio. Her path to the rabbinate included a ten-year career as a teacher in Toronto, with an emphasis on special education and a four-year position as director of a group home for troubled adolescents. Her love of teaching and compassion for the vulnerable in our society led her to her calling as a religious leader. During this journey she was the founder of a synagogue and Hebrew school in Newmarket, Or Hadash.

As part of her rabbinate Rabbi Cohen has served as a rabbi at Cedar Village: A Home for Jewish Living, a senior residential centre in Cincinnati and as a Spiritual Care resident at Children’s Hospital in Cincinnati. She was an associate rabbi at Temple Sinai, in Toronto from 2001 until 2008. Since 2008 she has been a teacher of Tanach, Rabbinics, and Jewish History at Tanenbaum CHAT – the Community Hebrew Academy of Toronto, where she was hired as its first woman rabbi.

This is now Rabbi Lori’s 10th year at Temple Shalom and she feels a great affinity and love towards the Temple community. We have seen vibrant growth and energy due to the active involvement of the Board, the Education Committee and other committee volunteers. Rabbi Lori has three adult children, Aaron, Joshua, and Daniel, and is married to Robert Gross.