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Temple Sinai

50 Sewall Avenue
Brookline, MA 02446
Phone: (617) 277-5888

History of the Cohon Lecture

Upon the death of our founding rabbi, Beryl D. Cohon, a group of his loyal followers convened to establish a fitting memorial. It was decided that any such memorial would have to convey Rabbi Cohon’s love of Temple Sinai, and also encompass his writings and teaching. The Cohon committee created the Cohon Publication Fund, charged with keeping the Rabbi’s books and other writings available to the congregation, and decided to launch a speaker series. Around the time of Rabbi Cohon’s yarhzeit each year, a guest speaker would come to Temple Sinai and deliver a compelling, interesting, and thought-provoking lecture about an aspect of Jewish life in which the speaker specialized. The committee hoped that any speaker would have known or been influenced by Rabbi Cohon. The first lecture was presented on May 13, 1977 (Iyar 26, 5737) by Dr. Abram Sachar , Chancellor of Brandeis University, and a close friend of Rabbi Cohon.

For over 30 years, the Cohon Committee has delivered on the vision of the rabbi and the original committee by presenting programs of remarkable diversity surrounding Jewish contemporary thought and practice. Every speaker has presented ideas of great value and substance to our congregation. A special feature of the Kabbalat Shabbat service preceding each lecture has been the inclusion of the prayer, Sheha-shalom Shelo, for which the music and English translation were written by Rabbi Baruch Cohon, Rabbi Beryl Cohon’s nephew.

The Cohon Committee continues to search out outstanding speakers for Temple Sinai in Rabbi Cohon’s memory. Donations of any amount can be made to the temple’s Cohon Fund in order to support this effort.

The distinguished list of past speakers: Dr. Arthur Green, Rabbi Jeffrey Summit, Dr. Abram Sachar, Ely E. Pilchik, Cantor Baruch Cohon, Jerome R. Malino, Robert I. Kahn, Jacob Petuchowski, Cantor Samuel Cohon, Gunther Plaut, Harry M. Orlisnky, Leonard S. Kravitz, Samuel Schafler, Eugene Borowitz, Dr. Michel Cook, Terry Bard, Frances Malino, Henry Skirball, Jack L. Sparks, Maynard W. Bell, Leon A. Jick, Alexander M. Schindler, Paul J. Menitoff, Dr. David M. Gordis, Norman Cohen, David Saperstein, Richard Levy, Eric Yoffee, and Martin Weiner.