Rabbi Howard Cohen



HCohen Headshot

Conversion requirements

Brit milah/Hatafat dam brit:

I use natural bodies of water primarily

Beit din:

Rabbis and/or cantors of any denomination; lay Jews

Conversion location:

Willing to be flexible about locations, but prefer that the final steps (beit din, mikvah) take place in VT or MA

Mentoring sessions available in:


Conversion requirements during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

Brit milah/Hatafat dam brit:
Beit din:

I am happy to work with

Families with children, People who identify as LGBTQ+, People in interfaith or dual-faith relationships

Personal statement

Rabbi Howard A Cohen has been the rabbi of Congregation Shirat Hayam, in Duxbury, M for the past ten years.  Prior to that he was the rabbi of Congregation Beth El, in Bennington Vermont for 12 years.  He has also served as the visiting rabbi to congregations in Tupper Lake, NY, Fairbanks Alaska.  He was the interim dean of Jewish life at the now closed American Hebrew Academy.  He served as a chaplain for five years in a prison outside of Philadelphia.  Howard also owned and operated Burning Bush Adventures, guiding Jewishly informed wilderness trips.
Howard is the retired Deputy Chief of the Bennington, Vermont Fire Department and online program coordinator for Africa Fire Mission, an organization dedicated to training first responders in eastern Africa.  He is also the president of the Green Mountain Crisis Stress Management team, providing intervention services to volunteer fire departments that have experienced traumatic events.  Howard has three children, one of whom lives in Tel Aviv with her husband and three month old daughter.
Rabbi Cohen also has mental fitness and leadership coaching practice called Code3 Leadership Coaching.


Smicha, Reconstructionist Rabbinical College
Masters in Hebrew Letters, Reconstructionist Rabbinical College
Bachelor of Arts, University of Minnesota