Rabbi Amy B. Cohen joined Temple Beth Shalom as our Rabbi Educator in July, 2012, following her ordination at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York. Raised in Sudbury, Massachusetts, she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in social work with a double major in Jewish history and civilization and a Master of Arts degree in social work from New York University. Rabbi Cohen also earned a Master of Religious Education and Master in Hebrew Letters degrees from Hebrew Union College.
Previously, Rabbi Cohen worked as a Youth Educator at Temple Beth Shalom in Needham, Massachusetts. During her time at Hebrew Union College, Rabbi Cohen worked at Congregation Beth Elohim in Brooklyn as a Family Educator; she spent a year at New York University Hillel teaching an adult B'nai Mitzvah class and advising the Reform students at the Bronfman Center for Jewish Student Life; and she spent a year at Jewish Family and Children's Services leading support groups and offering counseling services.
Rabbi Cohen has always felt passionate about making Jewish Education relevant and engaging for learners of all ages. She has been teaching since her senior year in high school, she was an active youth grouper in NFTY-NE, and a president of New York University NYU Hillel. She enjoys working with community members of all ages and embracing innovative trends in the field of Jewish education.
As a Rabbi-Educator, Rabbi Cohen has combined her passion for social work, education, and Jewish life. Rabbi Cohen serves on the Jewish Family Services Cabinet and she believes that the Jewish community has the potential to create large-scale social change, as well as provide support for individuals experiencing life transitions and mental illness. Rabbi Cohen believes in the power of relationships and she feels extremely blessed to be a part of a community that values each and every one of its members.
Rabbi Cohen, her husband Ian, and their dog Tahina quickly fell in love with Austin when they arrived. Their newest family members, Adi and Lev, have felt a part of the Temple Beth Shalom family since birth and they cannot wait to join Torah Tots! The Cohen family enjoys spending time outdoors, hiking and exploring gourmet food trucks in Austin. Rabbi Cohen's door is always open and she especially enjoys meeting congregants for coffee to learn about their lives.