About Rabbi Cohn…
James D. Cohn is the Rabbi of Temple Israel in Charleston, West Virginia. Rabbi Cohn has focused on developing his professional skills in response to human needs and opportunities for creative education and spirituality.
In the wider community, Rabbi Cohn strives to encourage diverse populations to affirm each other’s right to live with mutual respect and to engage in civil, non-violent discourse for the betterment of the community. He is a frequent presenter and panelist at congregations and colleges. He has served as a member of the National Diversity Visiting Committee of West Virginia University; as President of the Kanawha Pastoral Counseling Center; as a member of the FestivALL Board; on the Steering Committee of OneKanawha (committed to pluralism and inclusiveness for all citizens); and as Adjunct Faculty at Marshall University. In recognition for extraordinary service to the citizens of West Virginia in the struggle for equality, he has been a recipient of an award from the Governor and the Human Rights Commission for outstanding contributions in the area of civil rights.
Rabbi Cohn’s leadership in education and community enrichment is illustrated in projects hosted at Temple Israel and benefiting the public, such as singer/songwriter Jill Sobule’s concert, physicist Brian Greene’s visit, and the Julian Jaynes Society Conference on Consciousness. Rabbi Cohn has taught classes open to the public on Jewish subjects, as well as on multidisciplinary views of the points of contact between religion and law, philosophy, psychology and medicine.
Rabbi Cohn received his B.A. in Humanities at New College of Sarasota, and his Master’s Degree and Ordination at Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion. He is a graduate of the Diversity Leadership Academy and offers diversity training programs for congregations, schools, businesses and communities.