The Orthodox Union Department of Synagogue and Community Services presents a Community Weekend at the Bialystoker Synaogue on the Lower East Side with OU Manhattan and Regional Director Rabbi Dovid M. Cohen from Friday, January 15 to Saturday, January 16, Shabbat Parshat Bo.
The historic OU-member synagogue is located at 7-11 Willett St. (Bialystoker Place).
Friday evening there will be an oneg (festive gathering) at the Orenstein Building, 15-17 Bialystoker Place, where Rabbi Cohen will speak on “Communication and Intimacy in the Age of Facebook, Twitter and the iPhone.”
Shabbat morning Rabbi Cohen will deliver a sermon at the synagogue on “Failed Leadership: Lessons for Change in the Rabbinate and Beyond.”
Rabbi Cohen will culminate the community weekend with a talk during Seudat Shlishit at the synagogue on “The Blessing of Difference: Living With and Raising a Child with Special Needs.”
Rabbi Zvi Romm, spiritual leader of the Bialystoker Synagogue, said, “We are thrilled to welcome Rabbi Cohen to the Lower East Side and the Bialystoker Synagogue for Shabbat. We are eagerly looking forward to his presentations, which touch on relevant contemporary topics. We are pleased to cement our connection to the Orthodox Union through Rabbi Cohen, whose warmth and insight promise to create an inspiring Shabbat for us.”
As OU Regional Director, Rabbi Cohen serves synagogue constituencies in Manhattan, the Bronx, Westchester and Connecticut. In addition, Rabbi Cohen is Director of Community Outreach for Yachad, the OU’s agency for individuals with special needs.
He holds a Juris Doctor degree from Columbia Law School; a Masters in Counseling from the University of North Texas; and sits as a rabbinical judge for the Beth Din of America. He is also a popular guest columnist for Mishpacha magazine. He recently published his first book with Mosaica Press entitled “We’re Almost There: Living with Patience, Perseverance and Purpose” now available in stores.