Rabbi Yonatan Cohen
Rabbi Yonatan Cohen is the spiritual leader of Congregation Beth Israel, a Modern Orthodox community in Berkeley, California.
Under R. Cohen's leadership over the last seven years, Congregation Beth Israel
has significantly grown its membership and broadened its educational programming for youth and adults.
Recognizing the community's innovative educational programming CBI together with R. Cohen were awarded a prestigious grant from the Legacy Heritage Innovation Project for Congregational Education.
Rabbi Cohen regularly teaches classes at Congregation Beth Israel and for the broader San Francisco and East Bay Jewish community.
He is a frequent teacher of Kevah learning groups and at larger community learning opportunities on topics including Rabbinic Literature, Jewish Law, Prayer, and Jewish Thought.
He has been a guest lecturer on Jewish Medical Ethics at the University of California, Berkeley and on Jewish Liturgy at the Magnes Museum of Jewish Art and Life.
He also teaches Jewish Thought to middle school students at Oakland Hebrew Day School.
Rabbi Cohen serves on a variety of Jewish community related boards of directors, including Kevah and Oakland Hebrew Day School.
He is a member of the Hartman Rabbinic Advisory Board and is a Rabbinic Mentor for Yeshivat Chovevei Torah rabbinical students.
He is an advisory member of the Merkavah Torah Institute for Women and is a mentor to Kevah Teaching Fellows.
He previously served on the Board of Directors of Berkeley Hillel.
Rabbi Cohen received his rabbinic ordination from Yeshivat Chovevei Torah (YCT Rabbinical School).
recently completed a Fellowship at the Rabbinic Leadership Institute
program of the Shalom Hartman Institute
He was born in Israel and grew up in Montreal, Canada, where he received his BA in Philosophy from McGill University and studied at Kollel Torah Mitzion.
Rabbi Cohen is passionate about teaching students of all ages and leading community events that integrate children and adults.
is married to Frayda Gonshor Cohen, a consultant and doctoral candidate in education at Mills College
(and a Wexner Graduate Fellow/Davidson Scholar Alumna).