Cantor Richard Cohn is a native of Pensacola, Florida. He holds degrees in music from Louisiana State University and the University of Illinois, and he has been a soloist with orchestras such as the Chicago Symphony and the Jerusalem Symphony. He received his cantorial certification in 1992 under the auspices of the School of Sacred Music, HUC-JIR-NYC. Prior to joining Temple, he served for 19 years at North Shore Congregation Israel in suburban Chicago, where he was also the founding conductor of Kol Zimrah, a large Jewish community choir.
From 2001 to 2007, he was president of the American Conference of Cantors. As well as leading music for worship, Cantor Cohn oversees our Bar and Bat Mitzvah program, participates in Life Cycle events, serves on the Pastoral Care team and is involved in music instruction for the Religious School. He and his wife, Marsha, have four adult children.