Rabbi Herman L. Cohen, 81, of East Brunswick died Jan. 20, 2016. Born in West Mahanoy, Pa., he lived in many places, including Yarmouth, Nova Scotia; Rochester, NY; Mobile, Ala; Jerusalem; New York City; Wheaton, Md.; Somerset; Altoona, Pa.; Winnipeg, Manitoba; Meriden, Conn.; and Old Bridge before moving to East Brunswick 33 years ago.
Before retiring in 2003, Rabbi Cohen, a member of the Rabbinical Assembly, was a chaplain for Bergen Regional Hospital for 15 years and rabbi of the Jewish Congregation of Concordia. He served as rabbi to several congregations, including in Somerset, Winnipeg, Meriden, and Johannesburg, South Africa.
He received his bachelor’s degree from Dalhousie University in 1960, his rabbinical degree from The Academy for Jewish Religion in 1968, a master of social work from Yeshiva University in 1982, and a doctorate of divinity from Jewish Theological Seminary in 1999.
He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Rhoda (Rahn); his son, Neil (Sherry) of Riverdale, NY; two daughters, Rina (Dan) Schwarz of New York City and Nadine (Steve Dickstein) of Yonkers, NY; a brother, Aaron of Teaneck; and six grandchildren.
Services were held Jan. 21 at East Brunswick Jewish Center with arrangements by The Crabiel Home, Milltown. Memorial contributions may be made to The Good People Fund or Young Judaea Year Course.