Rabbi Dovid M. Cohen is the YACHAD Director of Community Engagement, Strategy and Development. YACHAD, with an annual budget in excess of $14 million, is a thriving global organization dedicated to addressing the needs of all Jewish individuals with disabilities and ensuring their inclusion in every aspect of Jewish life. It is a flagship program of the Orthodox Union (OU).
In September 2017, Rabbi Cohen will be welcomed as the Rabbi of Congregation Ohr Torah in North Woodmere, NY.
He previously served as the Rabbi of the Young Israel of the West Side from 2006 until 2015. During his tenure, the congregation doubled and became the “hot spot” on the Upper West Side for singles and young families with over 500 people each shabbos morning. He was a dynamic programmer, charismatic speaker and creative leader in the use of social media which he used to help transform and grow his congregation. He also spent five years in Fair Lawn, NJ as assistant to Rabbi Benjamin Yudin at Shomrei Torah.
Rabbi Cohen served a Mashgiach Ruchani at Yeshiva University and Stern College for Women and also directed the Honors Program at the Lander College for Women. He is a Dayan for the Beis Din of America and also maintains a private counseling practice guiding people with relationship issues. He also was twice selected for prestigious seminars offered by the Tikvah Fund in NYC.
Rabbi Cohen received his BA from Yeshiva University in 1994, graduating with honors in History. He was ordained by the Rabbi Isaac Elchanon Theological Seminary (RIETS) in 1997 and obtained a law degree from Columbia Law School in 1999 and a Masters in counseling from University of North Texas in 2007. He worked four years as a lawyer at the firms of Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett and Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson. He also studied at prestigious kollelim in Eretz Yisroel under HaRav Yaakov Friedman Shlita and HaRav Moshe Shapiro zt’l.
He has published many articles on contemporary issues and is a frequent contributor to Mishpacha magazine, the Jewish Press and The Times of Israel and often serves as a speaker in communities throughout North America. He has also been Scholar in Residence for Pesach and Sukkos with VIP Passover, Mark David Passover, Kosherica Cruises and KosherLuxus in Cancun, Mexico.
Rabbi Cohen was invited in 2013 to President Obama’s Chanuka reception at the White House as well as by Eric Cantor, former House Majority Leader to offer the opening prayer in the House of Representatives in July 2014.
He is the author of the popular book “We’re Almost There: Living with Patience, Perseverance and Purpose,” published by Mosaica Press in 2016.
He is married to Ruchi (Eisenberg) Cohen, daughter of Chief Rabbi Emeritus of Vienna, Austria Chaim Eisenberg. Ruchi holds a bachelors degree from Hebrew University with honors in English Literature and Communications and is a Registered Nurse working in the Labor and Delivery Unit of NYU Langone hospital. Ruchi is also completing a masters degree in Midwifery through Frontier Nursing University. The Cohen’s have five children Yedidya, Anaelle, Meir, Aharon and Malachi ages 12,11, 8, 5 and 1.