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About Aryeh Cohen Aryeh Cohen is a rabbi, professor, social justice activist, and lecturer. The Hebrew University of Jerusalem awarded him a BA in Philosophy and Jewish Thought. A graduate of the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies, he received a Ph.D. from Brandeis University. At American Jewish University, Rabbi Aryeh Cohen teaches Rabbinic literature and chaired the Rabbinic Studies program from 2001-2005. Currently, he is on the board of Rabbis for Human Rights – North America and was president of the Jewish Progressive Alliance in the past. The Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, Hebrew Union College and Brandeis University are among the colleges where he has taught. Academic Work Talmudic discussions and contemporary issues of justice are the focus of his academic work. As part of his earlier research, he developed a methodology for reading Talmudic legal texts as literary texts and asking questions about gender and diaspora. In 2012, Rabbi Aryeh Cohen Minneapolis published Justice in the City: An Argument from the Sources of Rabbinic Judaism. In 1998, he published Rereading Talmud: Gender, Law, and the Poetics of Sugyot. Currently, he is working on a project entitled The Space of Politics in Rabbinic Literature and the Contemporary World. Currently, he lives in Minneapolis with his family, and he lectures regularly across the country. Rabbi Aryeh Cohen In this role, Rabbi Aryeh Cohen represents Bend the Arc: Jewish Action. Aryeh Cohen Minneapolis works with Bend the Arc as the Rabbi in Residence to advance domestic issues, including the protection of undocumented immigrants and asylum seekers. In the past five years, Aryeh has led five direct actions that helped pass California's sanctuary law (SB54) and removed Los Angeles from the immigration enforcement process. Social Activism As the chair of the Progressive Jewish Alliance (Bend the Arc's predecessor organization), Rabbi Cohen served as an activist who specialized in economic justice, criminal justice reform, and articulating Jewish social justice theory and practice. Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice is the organization on which he currently serves on the board. World-renowned for his wisdom, Rabbi Aryeh Cohen is a well-known scholar of Jewish history and ethics. His vision, humor, and commitment to helping those in need make him a sought-after rabbi and frequent lecturer on Jewish ethics, spirituality, and social justice.