The Community Shul is a mainstream shul of Ba’alei Teshuva families who continue to grow and to give back what was given to them. We seek to incorporate Torah into our daily lives and strengthen the bonds between our families and the Jewish people as a whole.
Moshe and Judith Cohen, Rabbi and Rebbetzin
Rabbi Moshe Cohen is the founding Rabbi of the Aish Los Angeles Community Shul. Rabbi Cohen grew up in Belfast, Northern Ireland (famous for its riots and as the home of the Bushmills distillery), before he, his wife, and a few bottles were transplanted into Pico-Robertson.
He graduated with an honors law degree from Queen’s University, Belfast in 1977 and mysteriously disappeared to Eretz Yisroel (Israel) for ten years, during which time he married Judith, originally from Basel, Switzerland, and had two children, who both now live on the east coast.
After receiving semichos from Rav Mordechai Eliyahu (former Chief Rabbi of Eretz Yisroel), Rav Kolitz (former Chief Rabbi of Yerushalayim), and Rav Kopshitz (Tchibin), Rabbi Cohen moved to LA, guided by Rav Noach Weinberg and Rav Yaakov Weinberg, and built this shul and this community, and raised four more children.
Judith is an RN and currently works for the Jewish Family Services, not to mention checking all of the neighborhood ears and throats.
Miryum Schoen, Director
Miryum Schoen, daughter of Rabbi and Rebbetzin Cohen, grew up wandering the halls of The Community Shul and has never left. In 2016, she joined our administrative team as Coordinator and then quickly assumed the role of Shul Director. Now her responsibilities include the administration of programs, special events and fundraisers, shul operations, grants, budget management, accounting, graphic design and marketing. Whew!
She and her husband, Yehuda Schoen are also currently spearheading our newest outreach initiative, Connections, a collaborative program which works to connect unaffiliated young professionals to their Jewish roots and to our Jewish Community. Together they host classes, one-on-one learning sessions, Friday night Shabbat dinners, and a multitude of other events. They also meet with students individually, mentoring and guiding them to a more meaningful Jewish life.
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Jonah Light, Vice President
Shabbos Engagement Coordinator
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