Miles B. Cohen

 Miles B. Cohen
Address3080 Broadway
New York, NY 10027

Senior Lecturer, Professional & Pastoral Skills, Jewish Theological Seminary of America

Rabbi Miles B. Cohen is senior lecturer of Professional and Pastoral Skills at The Jewish Theological Seminary.

Rabbi Cohen teaches synagogue skills, such as chanting the Torah, Megillot, and prayers of the weekday, Shabbat, holiday services, and special life-cycle occasions. He has been teaching these skills to JTS rabbinical students and education students for over ten years.

He also specializes in Hebrew grammar, which he teaches in both the Hebrew Language and Bible Departments and in Masoretic studies.

Rabbi Cohen grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He received his bachelor’s degree in Hebrew Studies from the University of Minnesota in 1969. He received his rabbinic ordination in 1974 from JTS, where he also earned a master’s degree and received an honorary doctorate.

He worked for over twenty years at the Melton Research Center for Jewish Eduation at JTS. He served as curriculum writer and supervisor, and trained teachers in afternoon schools and day schools across the United States. He developed curriculum materials for teaching biblical Hebrew and Bible in Jewish schools.

Prior to his ordination, he spent many summers as director of the synagogue at Camp Ramah in Wisconsin.

His publications include a monograph on the syntactical and rhetorical functions of the cantillation marks (ta’amei hamikra) and several articles in the field of Masoretic studies. His four volumes of Nusah Guides for the Cantillation of the Te’amim are in use at JTS and in congregrations and schools throughout the United States and Canada. He also has written and produced Hebrew Grammar Guides, a volume of original materials for the teaching of Hebrew grammar, now in use in JTS Hebrew classes.

Rabbi Cohen lives with his wife, Leslie, in the Bayside area of Queens, New York.

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