by the Forward

Rabbi Valerie Cohen

Beth Israel Congregation | Jackson, Mississippi | 41 years old
Reform | Hebrew Union College

“Upon moving to Jackson last June, I was expecting to find a dearth of Jewish life and Jewish learning. Instead, I found the complete opposite: a weekly Talmud class; a weekly Torah study; Reform-style Friday night services; Conservative-style Saturday morning services, and diverse events and speakers almost every Shabbat — supported and organized by Rabbi Valerie. As the only pulpit rabbi in Jackson, she sustains the community, bringing together diverse groups of Jewish and non-Jewish people, constantly teaching, learning and growing!”


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