Rabbi Edward Paul Cohn, D.MIN., D.D.

Congregation Temple Sinai

Rabbi Cohn received his Bachelor of Arts degree with honors from the University of Cincinnati in 1970, his Master of Hebrew letters degree from Hebrew Union College-Jewish of Religion in 1974, and his Doctor of Ministry degree from the St. Paul School of Theology in 1984.

He is a past president of the South West Association of Reform Rabbis. Rabbi Cohn was appointed by the Mayor of New Orleans to Chair the New Orleans Holocaust Memorial Project and has been appointed to the Ethics Review Board by Mayor Landrieu. Dr. Cohn served as founding Chairman of the City Human Relations Committee and is an active leader in the Jewish and larger communities of the New Orleans metropolitan region. The Rabbi served as ethics consultant for MSNBC and appeared on “The Ethical Edge.” Under Rabbi Cohn’s leadership Temple Sinai has become the Jewish address for interfaith married families, Gay, Lesbian, Transgender and Bi-Sexual Jews, Alcoholics Anonymous and Overeaters Anonymous.

Rabbi Cohn was born in Baltimore, Maryland. He is married to the former Andrea Levy and they have two daughters, Jennifer and Debra, a grandson, Maxwell Cohn Kesselheim and two granddaughters, Ryann Eliza Kraar and Sydney Paige Kesselheim.

Sermons and Articles from Rabbi Cohn

Rabbi’s Column: From Where I Stand November 2015

Everywhere we look around New Orleans, we cannot help but realize that this Crescent City is profoundly influenced by its strong and historic Catholic presence. Indeed, a significant percentage of our Sinai Family are of Roman Catholic heritage and many proudly...

Rabbi’s Column: From Where I Stand, October 2015

Well, the three High Holy Day Prayer Books have now been packed away, the stray Memorial Books and High Holy Day handouts have been removed from the pews, and even the splendid Sanctuary Succah has faded and by now its fruit and flowers have been taken down. The many...

“P.S. – I LOVE YOU TEMPLE SINAI… Part 5″

“P.S. – I LOVE YOU TEMPLE SINAI… Part 5″

“P.S. I LOVE YOU TEMPLE SINAI… THE THINGS WE DO FOR LOVE” Part Five A Sermon for the Yizkor Memorial Service 5776 September 23, 2015 Rabbi Edward Paul Cohn Congregation Temple Sinai Every year it means a lot to me that we are here together, “as the closing hour draws...

“P.S. – I LOVE YOU TEMPLE SINAI . . . Part 4″

“P.S. – I LOVE YOU TEMPLE SINAI . . . Part 4″

“P.S. – I LOVE YOU TEMPLE SINAI . . . “FOR THE LIVING OF THESE DAYS” Part Four A Sermon Series for Yom Kippur Atonement Day 5776 September 23, 2015 Rabbi Edward Paul Cohn Congregation Temple Sinai New Orleans, Louisiana We Jews are called this day by our Sacred...

“P.S. – I LOVE YOU TEMPLE SINAI . . . Part 3″

“P.S. – I LOVE YOU TEMPLE SINAI . . . Part 3″

“P.S. – I LOVE YOU TEMPLE SINAI . . . “THE UNCHANGED MELODY” Part Three A Sermon Series for Kol Nidre Eve 5776 September 22, 2015 Rabbi Edward Paul Cohn Congregation Temple Sinai New Orleans, Louisiana More or less, coming from nowhere, the Cantor asked me, in a...

“P.S. – I LOVE YOU TEMPLE SINAI . . . Part 2″

“P.S. – I LOVE YOU TEMPLE SINAI . . . Part 2″

“P.S. – I LOVE YOU TEMPLE SINAI . . . AND YOU AND YOU AND YOU!” Part Two A Sermon for Rosh HaShanah Day 5776 September 14, 2015 Rabbi Edward Paul Cohn Congregation Temple Sinai New Orleans, Louisiana His name was Hillel the Elder. He lived about 21 centuries ago.  He...

“P.S. – I LOVE YOU TEMPLE SINAI”

“P.S. – I LOVE YOU TEMPLE SINAI”

“P. S. – I LOVE YOU TEMPLE SINAI” Part One “THE GUMBO THAT IS LIFE” A Sermon for the Eve of Rosh HaShanah 5776 September 13, 2015 Rabbi Edward Paul Cohn Congregation Temple Sinai New Orleans, Louisiana What a joy and blessing it is to greet you on this Rosh Ha Shanah...