Cohen to be installed as Temple’s assistant Rabbi

By Sam Griswold

“It is funny how life’s tangents can become our paths,” said Rabbi Matthew Cohen, the new Assistant Rabbi at Congregation Ahavath Chesed. “I always saw myself as married. I always hoped to raise a family. The rabbinate, on the other hand; this I never expected.”

Rabbi Cohen became the Temple’s new Assistant Rabbi in early July, but his official installation ceremony will be at 10:30 a.m. on Dec. 15. Playing a leadership role in the ceremony will be Rabbi Marc Kline of Temple Adath Israel in Lexington, Kentucky.

“I learned more about being a rabbi from him in my year as a rabbinic intern than I did in four years in school,” Rabbi Cohen said. “He taught me how to love my congregants — and give lots of hugs — and inspired me to think deeply about what I write and teach before I do it.”

Cohen credits his friend and mentor with helping to get him through rabbinical school.

Cohen’s Installation Ceremony will include a creative Shabbat Morning worship experience with both the Temple Chorale and the Temple’s teen band, the Jew Crew, participating.

Cohen’s Transition Committee, co-chaired by Joanne Cohen and Brian Mendelson, will host an open Kiddush luncheon after the service.

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