Rabbi Phil Cohen, PhD. Phil Cohen received rabbinic ordination from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York City. He came to the rabbinate from the desire to receive the Jewish education he'd never had and found a profession teaching Torah, and helping people find their paths to the Torah and to the Jewish tradition. After rabbinical school he continued his education at Brandeis University, where he received a Ph.D. His doctorate is in Near Eastern/Judaic Studies, with a specialty in Jewish thought. Rabbi Cohen considers himself a theologian with interests in Bible, biblical commentary, medieval and modern Jewish thinkers, bioethics, as well as American Jewish history.
Rabbi Cohen is particularly interested in the state of Israel. He has visited Israel more than sixteen times. He also has a long-standing interest in interfaith matters, and has taught in churches and other houses of worship. He is on the board of Interfaith Ministerial Association and is the president of Interfaith Action (formerly the Interfaith Ministerial Association).
He loves to write scholarship and fiction and is published in both areas. He considers himself a bona fide movie junkie, with a particular love of Israeli cinema. Rabbi Cohen is married to Betsy Gamburg and is the proud father of Elisheva (Elly) and Talia (Tali).
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