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Henry Cohen


Henry Cohen, British rabbi. Club: Judeans (New York). Compiler: Talmudic Sayings, 1894, 2d edition., 1910. Prayer in Bible and Talmud (translation from German), 1894 (2d edition.), 1910.


Cohen, Henry was born on April 7, 1863 in London, England. Son of David and Josephine Cohen.


Educated Jews Hospital, Lower Norwood, London. Jews’ College Evening Classes. Doctor Hebrew Law, Hebrew Union College, Cincinnati, 1924.

Doctor of Divinity honoris causa, Jewish Institute Religion, 1939. Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, Texas Christian University, 1948.


Formerly wife of Rabbi E. Frisch), Harry. Ordained rabbi, 1884. Pastor Kingston, Jamaica, 1884-1885, Woodville, Mississippi, 1885-1888, Galveston, 1888-1950, now rabbi emeritus.

Elected for life in 1903. President gentlemen’s committee, Lasker Home for Homeless Children, Galveston. Former member of advisory board Hebrew Union College.

Member American Friends of the Hebrew University. Honorary vice president Jewish Publication Society America. Former member Executive Committee Union of America Hebrew Congregations.

Member of council of direction Immigrant Publication Society New York. Supervisor district 18, department of synagogue school extension, Union American Hebrew Congregations. Member executive council American Jewish History Society.

Former president Texas History Society, Galveston. Honorary president Texas Creative Community. Member of advisory council Library of Southern Literature (Atlanta, Georgia.), B’nai B’rith.

Member Executive Committee Jewish Immigrants Information Bureau. One of 100 mems. of The Peoples Lobby of the United States. Member of advisory board Galveston Community Chest, 1925-1927.

Appointed by Governor Dan Moody of Texas, member Texas Prison Board, 1927. 1st president and member board American Red Cross, Galveston. A founder and member board Galveston Open Forum (ex-president).

Member administrative committee Jewish Agency for Palestine, 1936 and 1937, executive member 1939. Honorary vice-chairman United Palestine Appeal for 1936 and 1937. Co-chancellor Texas Kallah, 1936.

Elected deputy member Administrative Committee of Jewish Agency, Zurich, 1937. Honorary vice chairman United Palestine Appeal, 1943. Member board directors American Council for Judaism, 1944.

Appointed by Governor James V. Allred of Texas, chairman advisory committee Southwestern States Probation and Parole Conference, 1936. Member Galveston County Parole Board since 1937. Member Commision on International Justice and Goodwill, Federal Council of Churches.

Member Executive Board Boy Scouts Bay Area Council, Galveston. Vice president Adoue Seamen’s Bethel. Member executive council of Galveston United Charities.

Member Texas State Recovery Board under NRA. Member Committee of 1,000 of China’s Children Fund, 1939. Member of advisory committee Texas Commission Inter-racial Cooperation, 1938.

Local worker Jewish Immigrants’ Information Bureau, 1907-1914. Honorary life member Leo N. Leir Memorial Hospital, Hot Springs, Arkansas Received Certificate of Merit, American National Red Cross. Honorary life member Central Conference of America Rabbis.

Member American Oriental Society. Vice president Philosophical Society of Texas, 1936. Member executive council American Jewish History Society, 1892.

Honorary vice president Jewish Publication Society. Vice president Texas Folklore Society. Member International Society Theta Pi, honorary member Zeta Beta Tau.


  • Other Work

    • Author of many pamphlets on Biblical and history subjects. Wrote brochure, One Hundred Years of Jewry in Texas. Contributor to Jewish Eucy., Universal Jewish Encyclopedia, 1 volume of Jewish Encyclopedia Delivered baccalaureate address, Hebrew Union College, 1916.Commencement address, Medical College University of Texas, June 1927. Baccalaureate sermon, University of Texas, 1928. The Henry Cohen Community House erected in Galveston, 1928, to commemorate 40 years of continuous community service.Took charge of the United States refugees from Mexico (Congress sending him $75,000 for distribution), 1912. Author of Jewish Chaplain Navy Bill signed by President Wilson. Lecturer on prison problems.Received medal and ribbon from Veterans of Foreign Wars (Galveston), 1941, for outstanding citizenship, service bar from Washington lldqrs. American Red Cross, 1942, for 26 consecutive years membership. Address, 1920 Broadway, Galveston, Tex.


Club: Judeans (New York). Compiler: Talmudic Sayings, 1894, 2d edition., 1910. Prayer in Bible and Talmud (translation from German), 1894 (2d edition.), 1910.


Married Mollie Levy, March 6, 1889. Children: Ruth (died 1934.

David Cohen

Josephine Cohen

Mollie Levy

Ruth (died 1934 Cohen