Rabbi Norman Cohen, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus of Midrash

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school/program: Rabbinical School (US)
academic field: Rabbinics and Liturgy
campus: New York

Rabbi Norman Cohen was born in Astoria, Queens. He graduated from Columbia College in 1964, attended Hebrew University from 1962-63, and from 1963-66 attended the Jewish Theological Seminary. From 1964-67 he attended Columbia University in the department of Near and Middle Eastern Languages. He was ordained from HUC-JIR/New York in 1971 and received his Ph.D. from HUC-JIR/Cincinnati in 1977. In 1985 he became a Professor of Midrash, and in 1986 became the director of the HUC-JIR/New York Rabbinical School. In 1988 he became Dean of HUC-JIR/New York, and in 1996-2006 served as Provost of HUC-JIR. In 2001 he became Acting President, and as of 2009 he is an Emeritus Professor of Midrash. He has three children from his first marriage, and two children with his current spouse, Terry Redston Cohen. He has ten grandchildren and lives in Briarcliff Manor, NY.

RAB 412 – Introduction to Midrash

RAB 518 – Creating Modern Midrash

PDE 403N – Fourth Year Integrative Seminar

B.A., Columbia College, 1964

M.A.H.L. with Honors, HUC-JIR, 1971

Ph.D. in Midrash, HUC-JIR, 1977