Jonathan Cohen is one of the advisers for OurJewishCommunity.org.
Dr. Jonathan Cohen, an Israeli-born scholar, is the dean of the Cincinnati campus of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. In 1998, he was appointed Assistant Professor in Talmud and Halachic Literature at HUC-JIR, and in 2001 as Director of the Hebrew Union College-University of Cincinnati Center for the Study of Ethics and Contemporary Moral Problems.
In November 2003, he was awarded the Rabbi Michael Matuson Professorship for Emerging Scholars, he was named Affiliate Member of the Laboratoire Des etudes sur les Monotheismes of the French CNRS (National Center for Scientific Research) in August 2005 and he was promoted to Associate Professor of Post-Talmudic Halachic Literature in July 2006..
Dr. Jonathan Cohen’s interests include history of law, law and religion, and, in particular, the evolution of Jewish law in Christian Europe. He read law at the University of Kent, Canterbury, and earned his Ph.D. (Law) from the University of Liverpool. His research focused on the evolution of restitution as a civil remedy in medieval Jewish law. At the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, he was the first David Patterson Junior Fellow in Jewish Law. Dr. Jonathan Cohen has written on the status of married women in Jewish households, on the evolution of Jewish welfare law, modern Jewish commercial law, on rabbinic perceptions of Jewish solidarity, and on Jewish law (halachah) and modernity.