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Rabbi Ayelet S. Cohen, Writer/ Consultant

Rabbi Ayelet Cohen is the Senior Director at the New Israel Fund, NY/Tri-State Region.

Rabbi Cohen became a full-time rabbi at CBST in August, 2002, three months after she was ‎ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. Passionately committed to ‎progressive and feminist Judaism, she is an activist and an advocate for full inclusion and ‎celebration of LGBT Jews in the Conservative movement and the larger Jewish world.‎
She is also an advocate for LBGT civil rights, including the right to marriage for same-sex ‎couples in New York state and nationally. Rabbi Cohen has been profiled in The New York ‎Times and was named one of the “Heeb Hundred,” Heeb Magazine ’s “hundred people you ‎need to know about.” She was honored at the 2005 Ma’yan Seder as a leading young Jewish ‎feminist activist.‎

Rabbi Cohen lectures and facilitates university, synagogue and other Jewish and interfaith ‎groups on Jewish, feminist, and gay and lesbian issues. She worked as a volunteer chaplain ‎at the Family Assistance Center for families of victims and survivors of September 11 and ‎participated in an interfaith panel for Women's History Month at the Riker's Island Correctional ‎Facility.‎

Rabbi Cohen has received numerous awards for her scholarship and leadership. At her ‎ordination, she received the Albert Pappenheim Prize for Practical Rabbinics and the Israel H. ‎Levinthal Prize in Homiletics. Rabbi Cohen was a recipient of the Dorot Fellowship in Israel. ‎She graduated with honors from Brown University in Comparative Literature and Judaic ‎Studies in 1996.‎

As a rabbinical student, Rabbi Cohen served communities in France, England, and her native ‎Montreal. She was a rabbinical intern at Ma’yan, the Jewish Women's Project of the JCC of ‎Manhattan, conceiving and developing Ma'yan's database of innovative Jewish rituals with ‎other national Jewish feminist organizations. Rabbi Cohen worked as a translator for Dr. Yossi ‎Beilin when he served as Israel's Minister of Justice and in his office in the Knesset. She also ‎studied at Elul, a beit midrash in Jerusalem where secular and religious Israelis study ‎together.‎

Rabbi Cohen is a member of the Rabbinical Assembly and the New York Board of Rabbis, ‎and serves on the executive committee of the Downtown Kehillah, a consortium of downtown ‎New York City synagogues and Jewish institutions.‎