Welcome to the website of Rabbi Dr Jeffrey M Cohen

Jeffrey Cohen retired from the rabbinate in January 2006 after a distinguished career, the last 20 years of which he was rabbi of Stanmore Synagogue in N.W. London, with the largest membership of any Orthodox congregation in Europe.

Rabbi Cohen has always combined scholarship with his rabbinate, and has served as lecturer at Jews' College, London and at the University of Glasgow. He has also been a scholar in residence on both coasts of America. He strongly believes that an educated rabbinate is an enlightened and tolerant rabbinate, and that this is the way to eradicate obscurantism. Hence his strong belief in a university education for rabbis, and his vocal denunciation of "the powers that be" that presided over the demise of Jews' College, the only academic training-ground for the Orthodox rabbinate.

Rabbi Cohen has been hailed as a champion of Modern-Orthodoxy, and has strongly promoted that philosophy, for some forty years, within the Anglo-Jewish rabbinate, in the pages of the Anglo-Jewish press, and in his own writings. In that capacity, he was invited, at its inception, to become the rabbinic adviser and a governor of Immanuel College.

In retirement, Rabbi Cohen furthers his literary pursuits with added vigour, but he is also happy to provide help to others wishing to avail themselves of his literary and rabbinic skills or to synagogues in need of a lecturer, a scholar-in-residence, or other occasional rabbinic services.

Please browse this site to read further about Rabbi Cohen and obtain information about his many publications over the years, as well as the rabbinic and literary services he is able to offer. There is also a booking form for these various services.

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