Howard Cohen

Rabbi Howard Cohen

Rabbi Howard Cohen

Rabbi Cohen is a graduate of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. He is currently the rabbi of Congregation Shirat Hayam in Marshfield, MA and interim rabbi (once again) of Congregation Beth El in Bennington, VT. In addition to serving these two small congregations, Howard is an officer with the Bennington Fire Department (where he is also the department chaplain) and runs Burning Bush Adventures, a outdoor adventure educational program combining wilderness travel with Judaism. He has been a prison chaplain, campus rabbi and Outward Bound instructor for delinquent and at-risk teens. Howard also moonlights as a substitute teacher. He likes to think of himself as a wilderness theologian, though he readily admits he is not sure what either of those words means. He also likes to point out that he first learned how to drive a stick shift vehicle on a zamboni at an ice rink designed by Frank Loyd Wright.

He helps (maybe) people tackle the many existential and theological questions that invigorate one’s life. His wide range of religious and secular experiences provides him with numerous creative ways to ask insightful and guiding questions to life’s persistent questions and to share a Jewish perspective on them.