On Friday, Feb. 16, 2018 the Board of Appeals of the Central Conference of American Rabbis issued its final opinion in which it voted unanimously “in the interest of substantial fairness” to reverse my suspension (reported here in the Arizona Jewish Post in September) and reinstate me immediately. I can now work as a rabbi in all capacities, performing life-cycle ceremonies, leading services, teaching, preaching and in all other functions.
I am deeply grateful for the tremendous support I have received during this very difficult period from so many people. It has been my honor to serve this Jewish community for more than 18 years, and to always dedicate my energy and commitment to deepening Jewish knowledge, engagement and meaning in Southern Arizona.
If anyone has any questions for me about this process, or any other issues arising out of this situation, I urge them to speak directly with me. It is always best to talk to the person involved rather than to rely on outside information, and I welcome those conversations.
I can be reached directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
L’Shalom, in peace,
— Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon
P.S. I have been asked frequently about my weekly radio show, “The Too Jewish Radio Show with Rabbi Sam Cohon and Friends,” now in its 16th year on the air in Arizona. The show remains on the air every Sunday morning at 9 a.m. on KVOI-1030 AM as well as streamed through the website, toojewishradio.com, and it is podcast on itunes at http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/too-jewish/id391627329.