Cantor Aaron Cohen has served Woodbury Jewish Center since 2001 where he proudly shares the pulpit with Rabbi Neil Tow. As a product of the Conservative movement, he is a graduate of Solomon Schechter, Prozdor and attended Camp Ramah. He is a second generation hazzan and has studied cantorial music with world renown cantors. Cantor Cohen graduated from the Institute for Leaders from Abroad in Israel as well as Queens College, majoring in both Judaic Studies and History and also graduated as a family educator from SAJES. He teaches family education programs about Jewish concepts, giving families the opportunity to explore the many unique aspects of our rich Jewish tradition in an interactive and creative setting.
Cantor Cohen has received the Israel Freedom Award and has been honored by the State of Israel Bonds. He is the recipient of the Keter Shem Tov award, an Honorable Citation from the office of the town of Oyster Bay, a Citation award from Senator Kemp Hannon, an award from the Nassau County Executive Thomas Gullota - all given for his years of outstanding service to the Jewish community. Cantor Cohen’s prayer CD has received awards from the Metropolitan region of the United Synagogues as a teaching CD for both children and adults.
Cantor Cohen is extremely involved in our synagogue, overseeing our Bar/Bat Mitzvah program, rehearsing with our children prior to their Bar/Bat Mitzvah, teaching in our religious school both prayer and music, teaching adult ed courses and arranges speakers for our annual Yom Hashoah program. Cantor Cohen teaches a 2 year adult Bat/Bar Mitzvah class and his graduates participate as regular synagogue attendees. His inspirational musical style of congregational singing fills our sanctuary with voices of prayer as everyone participates. He has developed a unique Friday Night Chai service with modern, fun and upbeat melodies and trains and rehearses with his Chai Chorus who join him for this service.
Cantor Cohen has organized and joined 200 congregants on trips to Israel and prepared and officiated at the B’nai Mitzvah of 20 of our congregants while on these journeys.
He is active in countless charitable organizations and voluntarily entertains at Gurwin and Solomon Schechter Day School, all of the above while being a mentor to many of his colleagues giving his vast musical knowledge to the next generation of Cantors.