Rabbi Dovid M. Cohen

Rabbi Dovid M. Cohen is the Director of New York synagogues and in this capacity serves as the Ambassador of the Orthodox Union to the New York Jewish community. He is also the Director of Community Engagement for Yachad, a thriving global organization dedicated to addressing the needs of all Jewish individuals with disabilities and ensuring their inclusion in every aspect of Jewish life.

He previously served as Rabbi of the Young Israel of the West Side from 2006 until 2015. During his tenure, the congregation doubled and became the “hot spot” on the Upper West Side for singles and young families with over 500 people each shabbat morning. He was a dynamic programmer, charismatic speaker and creative leader in the use of social media which he used to help transform and grow his congregation. He also spent five years in Fair Lawn, NJ as assistant to Rabbi Benjamin Yudin at Shomrei Torah.

Rabbi Cohen received his BA from Yeshiva University in 1994, graduating with honors in History. He was ordained by the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS) in 1997 and obtained a law degree from Columbia Law School in 1999 and a Masters in counseling from University of North Texas in 2007. He worked four years as a lawyer at the firms of Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett and Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson. He is currently a Dayan for the Beis Din of America and a popular columnist for Mishpacha magazine.

He is the author of “We’re Almost There, Living with Patience, Perseverance and Purpose,” published by Mosaica Press in January 2016.

He also conceptualized and organized the educational components of the OU Day of Torah Study at Citi Field.

Visit his website at www.rabbidovidmcohen.com

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