Rabbi Edward Paul Cohn, D.MIN., D.D.Rabbi Emeritus
Rabbi Cohn received his B.A. with honors from the University of Cincinnati in 1970, his Master of Hebrew Letters degree from Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion in 1974, and his Doctor of Ministry degree from the Saint Paul School of Theology in 1984.
Before coming to New Orleans, Rabbi Cohn worked for congregations in Georgia, Missouri, and Pennsylvania. Rabbi Cohn served as Senior Rabbi at Temple Sinai from 1987 to 2016, and remains active as Rabbi Emeritus.
Rabbi Cohn is an active leader in the Jewish and larger communities of the New Orleans metropolitan region. He served as the founding chairman of the New Orleans Human Relations Commission, and is a past president of the Southwest Association of Reform Rabbis and the Rabbinical Council of Greater New Orleans. In 1997 Rabbi Cohn was appointed by Marc Morial, the mayor of New Orleans at the time, to chair the New Orleans Holocaust Memorial Project. From 2005 to 2007, the rabbi served as an ethics consultant for MSNBC and appeared on “The Ethical Edge.” In 2013 he was appointed to the Civil Service Commission by the New Orleans City Council. Rabbi Cohn has also served on the New Orleans Ethics Review Board. Rabbi Cohn currently serves on the Presidential Advisory Board of Xavier University.
In 2014, Rabbi Cohn was honored with the National Urban League’s Living Legend Award, as well as with the Weiss Award from the New Orleans Council for Community and Justice. He was also the guest of honor at Temple Sinai’s 2016 Spring Gala, and received a New Orleans Legend Award from Mayor Mitch Landrieu in 2017.
Under Rabbi Cohn’s leadership, Temple Sinai has become a home for interfaith families, LGBTQ Jews, Alcoholics Anonymous, and Overeaters Anonymous.
Rabbi Cohn and his wife Andrea have two daughters, Jennifer and Debra, two grandsons, Maxwell Cohn Kesselheim and Leo Kesselheim, and two granddaughters, Ryann Eliza Kraar and Sydney Paige Kesselheim.
Rabbi Cohn tribute video from the Spring 2016 Gala held in his honor: