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Rabbi Michael M. Cohen


Contact: [email protected] or (802) 753-2484 (o) or (802) 362-7220 (h)

Rabbi Michael M. Cohen graduated from the University of Vermont (History-Honors) and received ordination from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in 1990. The first rabbi in the history of the Israel Congregation in Manchester Center, Vermont; he served for ten years, and was elected to a term as the President of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association. He presently is the rabbi emeritus of the Israel Congregation. Rabbi Michael was a founding faculty member of The Arava Institute for Environmental Studies in 1996 whom he is still affiliated with. Presently also on the faculty and staff at Bennington College where he teaches classes on conflict resolution for the College’s Center for the Advancement of Public Action.  In 2002 he co-founded the Green Zionist Alliance, and in 2009 he co-founded the Arava Power Company. In his capacity with the Arava Institute he helped establish the Alliance for Middle East Peace. He has written numerous articles on the environment and the Middle East peace. He is the author of "Einstein's Rabbi: A Tale of Science and the Soul."  Presently he serves on the Board of Trustees of the Burr & Burton Academy, the Mount Equinox Preservation Trust, Jerusalem Peacebuilders, and the Jewish Communities of Vermont.








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What is PJ Our Way?



PJ Our Way offers the gift of exceptional books with Jewish themes to kids ages 8½-11 – books that they choose themselves!
Monthly Choice

Every month, from the 1st – 10th, kids visit this website to choose a book from a selection of four high-quality titles that have been reviewed by a panel of PJ educators, parents, and kids. That's 12 free books a year! To make the choice easier, every title offered comes with a synopsis and author bios, ratings and reviews, and video trailers. Kids can also take polls and quizzes, participate in monthly interviews and challenges, and comment on blog posts.
Parent Input

On the Parent Blog, parents are invited to read about each book and find suggestions for family conversations. These blog posts give parents tools to help children make book choices that are appropriate for them.
A Safe Website

The PJ Our Way website is a safe place where kids can choose books, write reviews, and share ideas with others from around the country. All content on the website is moderated by PJ educators.
Design Team

Every fall, members of PJ Our Way may apply to be part of our national Design Team. Design Team members have early access to PJ Our Way books and create videos and reviews for the website. To become more involved with writing reviews and blogs, connect with us at [email protected]
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