RABBI SIMEON COHEN started his role as the assistant rabbi at Temple Beth Shalom (TBS), Livingston, on July 1. He will assist Rabbi Geoffrey Spector in spiritual and educational responsibilities including delivering sermons, offering pastoral care, bar and bat mitzvah training, and working with congregational youth.
“I am excited about this period of transition and growth for our temple,” said Spector. Rabbi Cohen is a “welcome addition to our clergy team. He is smart and gentle, and I look forward to mentoring him over the next few years as he embarks on what I am sure will be a very successful future in the rabbinate.”
Cohen is a 2017 graduate of the Jewish Theological Seminary, from where he also received a master’s degree in Jewish education.
Mel Jacobs is the new president. Jacobs has been a member of TBS for almost 30 years; he has served on TBS’ board of trustees and in many other leadership roles.
Jacobs and his wife Linda are recipients of the Prime Minister’s Club award, presented by Israel Bonds, and are Washington Club-level supporters of AIPAC.
Jacobs “not only brings a keen mind and compassionate soul to his position, but also has served as a dedicated lay leader in our Jewish community,” said Spector.