The Song Heard Around the Shul

An inspirational song is played in a 5th grade classroom, and hundreds of “one-day-a-year” Jews remain in synagogue on Yom Kippur. Rabbi Yitzchok Cohen shares how teachers’ seemingly simplest actions can make a world of difference for students, their families, and communities.

Rabbi Cohen counts himself among the lucky teachers who got to hear about the good results!

Rabbi Cohen represented his school at the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ’s Quest for Teaching Excellence Story Slam.

Rabbi Yitzchok Cohen was raised in Staten Island, NY. After high school he studied in Jerusalem for a year at Yeshivat Reishit Yerushalayim and continued to study for three more years at Yeshiva Ohr HaChaim in Queens. He holds a master’s degree in psychology from Touro College and has been involved in Jewish education for 20 years. Currently, he teaches Torah at the Gottesman RTW Academy. Additionally, Rabbi Cohen served as the acting spiritual leader of the Jewish Center of Teaneck for two years and currently serves as the synagogue’s ritual director. He lives in Teaneck with his wife and three daughters.

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