Rabbi Rafi Cohen
Rabbi Rafi Cohen is the rabbi of Congregation Beth Torah. A second generation Conservative Rabbi, Rabbi Cohen has a love of Judaism in his veins. He grew up in a home that loved and expressed Judaism through togetherness, family, learning, Torah and Shabbat, and he continues to explore ways of bringing these passions to his current role as a teacher, speaker, writer (blogger), lover of Israel and more.
Rabbi Cohen earned his Bachelor of Arts in Near Eastern & Judaic Studies with a focus on Contemporary Jewish Studies from Brandeis University along with interdisciplinary certification in Journalism. Rabbi Cohen has studied at both the Hebrew University and the Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem and spent a full year of study at Mechon Schechter while in Rabbinical School at JTS. Rabbi Cohen has an MA in Jewish Education from the William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education and was a Legacy Heritage Fellow at JTS.
Rabbi Cohen had a student pulpit at Shaaray Torah Synagogue in Canton, Ohio and was the Rabbinic Intern at the Conservative Synagogue Adath Israel of Riverdale. After ordination, Rabbi Cohen was the Second Rabbi at the Jacksonville Jewish Center in Florida. In 2011, Rabbi Cohen was elected to lead Congregation Beth Torah, where he advocates for Israel Education, the environment, and strengthening the existing Friday night and Shabbat morning community.
A member of the Rabbinical Assembly, Rabbi Cohen is currently in the cohort of Rabbis completing the Rabbinical Assembly's Rabbinic Management Institute. This year, he was also selected to the Dallas ADL's Glass Leadership Institute.
Rabbi Cohen is on Rabbinic Advisory Board of Hazon, a member of the Board of Hillels of North Dallas, Center for Jewish Education advisory committee and the Rabbinic Association of Greater Dallas.
Married to Michele Weber Cohen, originally from Philadelphia and a graduate of Rutgers University and Thomas Jefferson University, Rabbi & Michele Cohen have two amazing and funny boys, Benjamin and Tal. They met at Camp Ramah in the Berkshires during a Shavuot camping retreat and together they enjoy the outdoors and biking. They have biked 300 miles together from Jerusalem to Eilat in a Hazon Israel ride, and were together involved in forming a Greenfaith Committee at the Jacksonville Jewish Center.