Rabbi Lori Cohen

Rabbi Lori Cohen was ordained in 2000 from 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.

During her rabbinical studies, Rabbi Cohen served as rabbi for four years at Cedar Village: A Home for Jewish Living, a senior residential centre including both independent living apartments and nursing care. She also was the Principal for Mercaz – a community high school program. Subsequent to her ordination, she continued her studies as a Chaplaincy resident at Children’s Hospital in Cincinnati.

From 2001 until June 2008 she was an Associate Rabbi at Temple Sinai where she was involved in all aspects of community life – teaching multiple age ranges, family programs, officiating at life-cycle events and leading religious services and rituals.

Presently she is teaching at Tannenbaum CHAT in the Jewish Studies Tanach Department as well as being the Rabbi of Temple Shalom in Kitchener-Waterloo.

Rabbi Cohen is active in interfaith relations and was a co-chair of the Habitat for Humanity, Women of Faith Build this fall. She is also on the Steering Committee for Jewish Culture and Heritage at the Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care.

Rabbi Cohen is married to Robert Gross and they have four adult children: Aaron, Joshua, Daniel and Silvia.