Rabbi Ayelet S. Cohen, Sabbatical Senior Rabbi (October 1, 2021-March 31, 2022)

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

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 been profiled in The New York ‎Times, and was named one of the 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 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.‎