Temple Jeremiah


Temple Jeremiah Community Update – Oct. 31, 2018

Dear Friends,
I want to share with you plans for this weekend. Along with congregations throughout the country we are opening our doors to the community and asking people to #ShowUpForShabbat. Please bring your friends and neighbors to worship as one as we draw strength and comfort from one another and welcome our Scholar in Residence, Rabbi Dr. Samuel Joseph (click here for more information) on this Solidarity Shabbat.
Danny Glassman has been in conversation all week with law enforcement and security experts. We have reviewed and upgraded our security with a keen eye towards balancing safety and security with our warm and welcoming approach. We will continue to evaluate and adjust. On the advice of the experts, we will have uniformed police officers at the building throughout Shabbat and on Sunday morning. We feel that this is a sad but necessary step at this time. You can click here for a resource to help talk to children about the attack and anti-Semitism. And, as always, you can call Danny with any questions about our plans.
I want to close with the beautiful lyrics of a song dedicated to the memories of the 11 victims from the Tree of Life Synagogue which we will include as part of our worship on Friday night.
“The Tree of Life” Nefesh Mountian
(Eric Lindberg and Doni Zasloff)
O sweet spirit
Hear my prayer
Help these words
Heal someone, out there
I am but a voice
Just a cry in the air
But I sing nonetheless
Through this pain we share
O sweet friends
Come and dry your eyes
And hold each other
By this tree of life
I am angry, and I am tired
Of this great divide
But I sing nonetheless
With love on our side
O sweet souls
Who feel broken now
We’ll heal together
Somewhere, somehow
Time and again
We have been let down
But we sing nonetheless
Still whole and still proud
I look forward to being with all of you Friday night.
Rabbi Paul F. Cohen, D.Min, D.D.
Rabbi Paul Cohen

About Rabbi Paul Cohen

Rabbi Paul F. Cohen, D.Min., D.D. is originally from Chicago. He graduated with a bachelor's degree from Grinnell College where he studied biology and comparative religion. Upon graduation, he moved to Minneapolis where he worked for two years in a short-term residential treatment program for delinquent adolescents. Rabbi Cohen received his Masters of Arts and rabbinic ordination and the honorary degree, Doctor of Divinity, celebrating 25 years in the rabbinate in March 2015, from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, Ohio. While there, he served as the student rabbi for the United Hebrew Congregation in Ft. Smith, Arkansas and the auxiliary chaplain at the Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio. Rabbi Cohen's rabbinical thesis was titled "Modes of Divine Communication: Some Aspects of the Rabbinic Views" which focused on some of the less conventional ways rabbis expect to send and receive communication vis a vis heaven. Rabbi Cohen was awarded a Doctor of Ministry degree from the Bangor Theological Seminary in May 2001. His dissertation is entitled "Digging Our Parent's Wells" and deals with congregational renewal. While in Cincinnati, Rabbi Cohen met his wife, Cathy, and together they moved to Norfolk, Virginia where he served as the assistant and then associate rabbi of Ohef Sholom Temple. Active on many community boards of directors, Rabbi Cohen was the founding president of the South Hampton Roads Campaign for the Homeless. Immediately prior to serving Temple Jeremiah, Rabbi Paul Cohen was the spiritual leader of Congregation Bet Ha'am in South Portland, Maine and served on the boards of the Jewish Federation, Cedars Nursing Home, the Equity Institute and the Cancer Community Center. He was the president of the Greater Portland Interfaith Council, a founding member of the Religious Coalition Against Discrimination and the Maine Interfaith Coalition for Reproductive Choices and sat on its executive board. Politically and communally active, Rabbi Cohen has been asked on several occasions to offer testimony before state legislative committees. Rabbi Cohen served as chair of the Rabbinic Advisory Committee of Olin-Sang Ruby Union Institute, he is President of the Chicago Association of Reform Rabbis and is a past board member of the Interfaith Housing Center of the North Shore (now called Open Communities), was a founding board member of Family Promise of Chicago North Shore, served as President of the Chicago Board of Rabbis and is a member of the Winnetka Interfaith Council, served on the Ethics Committee of the North Shore Senior Center. He is a graduate of the Kellogg Management Education for Jewish Leaders program, sits on the Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation Board of Directors and the Jewish Center for Addiction Advisory Board and serves on the Clergy Advisory Board for the Public Defender of Cook County. He is a Senior Rabbinic Fellow of the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem.

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