Judaism was always an important part of Kate Cohen’s life. It’s why this former teacher – now turned mother and Macks Center for Jewish Education (CJE) Connector – is hoping others will discover the beauty in Jewish life – in ways that work for their families.
By bringing her creativity and organizing skills to the Lutherville-Timonium neighborhood in which she lives, she is developing a variety of “fun” Jewish experiences for families across her community.
Like a Havdalah swim party at the Kids First Swim Schools in Cockeysville. And a Tu B’Shevat program at Irvine Nature Center, where families taste-tested dried fruits – while listening to stories and singing songs.
Kate is an open resource for Jewish families, meeting with them over coffee and providing them with information about the community.
And, of course, the CPR program for parents in which Julie Wohl brought in some Jewish learning. Not only did they receive these critical life-saving skills, they learned how saving any life and helping others is a core Jewish tenet.
Many of these events include partnerships with area synagogues, where the rabbis and/or cantors lead the activity. “If someone is interested in joining a synagogue, they get a taste of what each rabbi is like.”
In addition to planning events, Kate is an open resource for Jewish families, meeting with them over coffee and providing them with information about the community. Many of the families want to learn about Jewish preschools, and Kate provides them with background information on the schools. She also offers suggestions about other programs in town that might appeal to these parents with young children, like the JCC’s Hello Baby Program, or local Tot Shabbats.
“I’m excited that I am giving families opportunities to feel comfortable being Jewish in our community by exposing families to Jewish experiences that resonate with them. I am inspiring them to make Judaism a part of their family’s life.”
Get to Know Kate Cohen
My favorite Jewish childhood memory is: going to sleep away camp at Camp Louise and singing the Friday night services and songs.
I love to bake. My go-to recipe: is whatever my mom wants to make.
When I’m not connecting families, I’m: doing activities with my son or playing Mahjong.
Favorite PJ Library book: to read to my son is Listen.
The best part of living in Lutherville-Timonium: is being in a central location to many different places.
My philosophy on being a Mom: is do what you have to do to survive.
Best advice I have for other Moms on raising a child Jewishly: is make it your own. Start new traditions that work for you and your family.
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