Rabbi David Ellenson, President of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, will award Debra Ann Cohn, RJE, with the Doctor of Jewish Religious Education at Graduation Ceremonies in Los Angeles on Monday, May 16, 2011 at 3:00 pm at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Jack H. Skirball Campus. Cohn will be honored for 25 years of scholarly distinction as an alumna of HUC-JIR.
Debra Ann Cohn, RJE is passionate about learning, teaching, ceremony, and helping others discover, cultivate, and celebrate their uniqueness, life purpose, and relationship with the Sacred. She has a strong background in World Religions, Judaism, and Education, including a B.A. from UCLA (1979) in Anthropology and the Study of Religion with emphasis in Judaism, a Masters in Jewish Education from the Rhea Hirsch School of Education at HUC-JIR in Los Angeles and Jerusalem (1986), a Masters in Counseling Psychology with certificates in Creative Expression and Spiritual Guidance from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology (ITP) in Palo Alto (2002), and a Ph.D. in Transpersonal Psychology with certificates in Clinical Studies and Creative Expression also from ITP (2009).
Cohn has worked in Jewish educational settings, including classrooms, camp, and tutoring since 1979, and served as a congregational educator for ten years in Danbury, CT; Tulsa, OK; and Lafayette, CA. While working on her doctorate, she taught, tutored, and served as Bar/Bat Mitzvah Studies Coordinator at several congregations in the San Francisco Bay area.
Cohn is a student of Mussar, the Jewish path of spiritual transformation through character building and is a member of the Topanga Blue Flag Dare’ community of healers and peace builders, where she is learning indigenous life-ways and shamanic practice with writer and healer Deena Metzger.
Cohn lives in La Canada Flintridge, CA, where she helps care for her elderly parents and is seeking work in congregational consulting and teaching at the college and graduate level.
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