Rabbi Beryl D. Cohon
Beryl D. Cohon was the Founding Rabbi of Temple Sinai, Brookline Massachusetts. He had a lustrous reputation as an eloquent writer and speaker on Judaism, the Bible and the Jewish backgrounds of Christianity. The annual lecture series named in his honor continues the thoughtful and reflective tradition he helped to create at Temple Sinai.
Dr. Cohon was a member of the faculty of Tufts University, where he taught both the cultural history of Jews and contemporary Judaism, and of the Boston University School of Religious Education and Social Service, where he taught courses in the Bible and in the relationships between Judaism and Christianity. He was widely known as a guest lecturer on many other college campuses.
Rabbi Cohon was educated in the public schools of Perth Amboy New Jersey and Chicago, Illinois; he received his B. A. from the University of Illinois and was ordained Rabbi at Hebrew Union College, Cincinnati, Ohio. In 1950his rabbinical Alma Mater awarded him the degree of Doctor of Divinity. The citation reads in part “Devout Rabbi whose writings stand as a clear exposition of the truths embodied in Judaism.”
Among the books published by Beryl D. Cohon are: Judaism – In Theory and Practice: Jacob’s Well; My King and My God; The Prophets; and two books for children which became standard works in Jewish religious schools throughout the English speaking world, Introduction to Judaism and God’s Angry Men .