https://opensiddur.org/?p=47670Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives: Rabbi Edward Paul Cohn on 13 September 19892022-11-27 17:18:06The Opening Prayer given in the U.S. House of Representatives on 13 September 1989.Textthe Open Siddur ProjectAharon N. Varady (transcription)Aharon N. Varady (transcription)United States Congressional RecordEdward Paul Cohnhttps://opensiddur.org/copyright-policy/Aharon N. Varady (transcription)https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/United States of AmericaOpening Prayers for Legislative BodiesEnglish vernacular prayerHouse of RepresentativesPrayers of Guest Chaplains101st Congress20th century C.E.תחינות teḥinot58th century A.M.
Guest Chaplain: Rabbi Edward Paul Cohn, Temple Sinai of City of New Orleans, Louisiana
Date of Prayer: 13 September 1989
Sponsor: Rep. Lindy Boggs (D-LA)
Sen. Boggs: Mr. Speaker, I rise to offer my expression of gratitude to Rabbi Edward Paul Cohn, for the beautiful prayer with which he has opened our session today. Rabbi Cohn, born in Baltimore, received his B.A. degree from the University of Cincinnati, his master’s from Hebrew Union College and his doctorate from the St. Paul School of Theology. He has served in Atlanta, Macon, Georgia, Kansas City, Missouri, and in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
In 1987 he came to us in New Orleans as rabbi of the prestigious Temple Sinai to lead a congregation with a long and distinguished history of service to our city and our State.
This year is one of special preparation for the auspicious celebration of Temple Sinai’s 120th anniversary, the length of days of Moses’ life and worthy of the comparison.
Steeped in the tradition of significant leadership carried forward in recent years by my good friends the late Rabbi Julian Leibelman and Rabbi Murray Blackman, Temple Sinai is fortunate to have Dr. Cohn as rabbi at this precious moment in its history.
Rabbi Cohn is married to the lovely former Andrea Levy and they have two daughters, Jennifer and Debra.
We regret that they are not with us today, but we are pleased to have with us the presence of Dr. Cohn’s parents, Rebecca Weiner Cohn and Rudolph J. Cohn, who are celebrating a very special wedding anniversary, and his aunt and uncle, Gertrude Weiner and Ben Weiner.
We pray in the words of the Psalmist: Zeh Hayom Asah Adonai
Nagilah V’nism’cha Vo!
This is the day which the Lord has made,
let us rejoice and be glad in it.
in these soul-stir-ring times, O Lord,
when from one comer of the world to the other,
the hope of liberty
and the hunger for freedom
are being proclaimed and celebrated,
let us give great thanks
for the privilege which is ours
to live in this day and age.
the people of this glorious land of liberty and democracy;
all of our Nation’s leaders,
and each one of the Representatives
who serve in this distinguished House.
May they successfully labor to address
the pressing and complex issues of our times
and with wisdom.
For the blessing of all
and for the hurt of none;
For the abundance of all
and for the scarcity of none;
For the life of all
and for the distress of none. Amen.
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Edward Paul Cohn was born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1948. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree with honors from the University of Cincinnati in 1970, his Master of Hebrew letters degree from Hebrew Union College-Jewish of Religion in 1974, and his Doctor of Ministry degree from the St. Paul School of Theology in 1984. From 1974 to 1976, Cohn was the Assistant Rabbi at The Temple, in Atlanta, Georgia. He served as the Rabbi of Beth Israel in Macon, Georgia from 1976 to 1979, and of the New Reform Temple in Kansas City, Missouri, from 1979 to 1983. Before his selection as Senior Rabbi of Temple Sinai in New Orleans in 1987, Cohn was Rabbi of Temple Sinai in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is past president of the Southwest Association of Reform Rabbis. He was appointed by the Mayor of New Orleans to chair the New Orleans Holocaust Memorial Project. He also served as founding chairman of the City Human Relations Committee and is an active leader in the Jewish and larger communities of the New Orleans metropolitan region. From 2005-2007, Cohn served as ethics consultant for MSNBC and appeared on “The Ethical Edge.” Cohn was named contributing editor of the prestigious national journal of preaching, Pulpit Digest, and was asked to serve on the Union for Reform Judaism Congregation Committee on the Family. He was appointed to the Joint Commission on Interfaith Relations sponsored by the Central Conference of American Rabbis, The Men of Reform Judaism and the Union for Reform Judaism. He is past president of the Rabbinical Council of Greater New Orleans and has served as adjunct professor at Dillard University. Cohn currently serves on the Board of Visitors of Xavier University.
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ויהי נעם אדני אלהינו עלינו ומעשה ידינו כוננה עלינו ומעשה ידינו כוננהו "May the pleasantness of אדֹני our elo’ah be upon us; may our handiwork be established for us — our handiwork, may it be established."–Psalms 90:17
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