James Cohen grew up in the Boston area and is happy to be back in his hometown and working with Keshet and the LBGT Jewish community. During his 15 years in South Florida, his career focused primarily on the restaurant and food supply industries, but it was a personal experience that led him to a career in Jewish communal service. At a time when it was not legal for openly gay people to adopt in Florida, James became a licensed foster parent, and when the law changed in 2010, he began the process to adopt his son, Jason. Raising Jason and sharing Jewish values with him inspired James to reconsider many aspects of his life. He was fortunate to be able to combine his passions for social justice and Judaism into a position at the Greater Miami Jewish Federation, where he served as Donor Relationship Manager and worked closely with attorneys, financial professionals, and other donors to deepen their involvement in the organization and the local Jewish community. At the same time, James served on the Board of Directors of Next@19th, a nonprofit promoting Jewish culture in South Florida. He and Jason were active volunteers at Temple Israel of Greater Miami, a synagogue with a commitment to inclusiveness and to social justice. James received a BA in Communications from the University of Miami.
Articles by James Cohen
We Can’t Go Back Now – LGBTQ Pride and the Challenges of 2017
Keshet's James Cohen shared this d'var at Temple Beth Zion's annual Pride Shabbat service in Brookline, MA.
Jewish Resources for World AIDS Day
Today marks the 28th World AIDS Day, a day dedicated to raising awareness about HIV/AIDS and mourning those we lost ...
T’u B’Av: A Day of Love
Sarah is barren, Rachel is barren, Rivka is barren. As a single man, I too am barren, unable to conceive ...