Rabbi Barbara Kipnis Cohen has been the Spiritual Leader of Congregation Ahavath Sholom since July of 2005. Rabbi Cohen previously served as Spiritual Leader of Temple Anshe Amunim of Pittsfield, Massachusetts where she was also Cantorial Soloist and Director of Religious Education.
A passionate student and teacher of Torah, Kabbalah and Hebrew, Barbara, as she is called by the congregation, leads study groups on periodic Wednesdays and Sundays throughout the year. Friday evening and Shabbat morning services, High Holy Days and special services are filled with community participation, singing, poetry and meaningful silences in a blend of traditional and progressive worship. She has taught in congregations in the Northeast and Florida and local and regional Hadassah and Federation groups.
A compassionate listener, Barbara provides pastoral counseling and officiates at all life cycle events and will conclude a two year training as a Jewish Spiritual Director in the Bekhol Levavkha program at the Hebrew Union College/Jewish Institute of Religion in New York in May, 2019.