Malcolm Cohen

Rabbi Malcolm Cohen left the gray skies and rain of London, U.K. for the burning desert of Las Vegas, Nevada to continue the work of community building with his family, albeit in a very different context. His basic, Buberian, philosophy of, “All real living is meeting” informs every aspect of his work as does his community organizing training with the Industrial Areas Foundation. Malcolm has been involved in fighting against human trafficking and for public education funding in Nevada beyond his congregation. He began “Pop-Up Shul” by singing Jewish songs outside the Harley Davidson showroom in Downtown Vegas to see with whom he could randomly engage. He has also used inspiration from mega churches to feed into worship experiences. When others denigrate the idea that his rabbinic career has taken him to Vegas, he uses his wife, Sarah’s comeback: “Gotham needs Batman!”