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Rabbi Daniel M. Sherman
Senior Rabbi

Rabbi Daniel Sherman was raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma and is a lifelong product of the Reform Movement, having grown up in a Reform congregation, attending URJ summer camps, and being involved in NFTY. He received his BA in history from Yale University in 1993, and has a Masters of Arts in Hebrew Letters from HUC-JIR.

Rabbi Sherman was ordained at the Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1999. Following ordination, Rabbi Sherman served as the Assistant and Associate Rabbi at Temple Shalom in Naples, Florida until 2006. He was Rabbi of the Tree of Life Congregation in Columbia, South Carolina for nine years, and most recently served as Senior Rabbi at Temple Dor Dorim in Weston, Florida.


Cantor Joel Colman

Cantor Joel Colman has served as the cantor at Temple Sinai since 1999. Previously, he served as the cantor at Temple B’rith Kodesh in Rochester, New York, and as the cantor/educator at Greenwich Reform Synagogue in Greenwich, Connecticut.

Cantor Colman graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a B.A. in Special Education. He then received a Master Degree in Sacred Music from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, School of Sacred Music, where he was ordained as a cantor in 1995. Cantor Colman’s master thesis on Sidor Belarsky was published by the Journal of Synagogue Music. He is also a past regional director for the B’nai B’rith Youth Organization and taught high school in Texas and Israel.

Cantor Colman has sung in concerts in New Orleans, Rochester, St. Louis, Miami, Detroit, Tulsa, Los Angeles, Atlanta, New York City and Jerusalem, and has been the featured artist at two concerts held at the UN Headquarters in New York. Cantor Colman has also sung with some of the finest male college choirs in the country, such as the Wayne State University Men’s Glee Club and the University of Michigan Men’s Glee Club. Cantor Colman has sung the national anthem at the 2002 Nokia Sugar Bowl, which was heard nationwide on ABC-TV, and for the New Orleans Hornets.

Cantor Colman recently appeared in a feature role in the New Orleans Opera production of Samson & Delilah. He also serves the community as a chaplain with the New Orleans Fire Department, and as an emergency coordinator for Amateur Radio communication within Orleans Parish.


Rabbi Edward P. Cohn
Rabbi, Emeritus, D.MIN., D.D

Rabbi Cohn received his B.A. with honors from the University of Cincinnati in 1970, his Master of Hebrew Letters degree from Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion in 1974, and his Doctor of Ministry degree from the Saint Paul School of Theology in 1984.

Before coming to New Orleans, Rabbi Cohn worked for congregations in Georgia, Missouri, and Pennsylvania. Rabbi Cohn served as Senior Rabbi at Temple Sinai from 1987 to 2016, and remains active as Rabbi Emeritus.

Rabbi Cohn is an active leader in the Jewish and larger communities of the New Orleans metropolitan region. He served as the founding chairman of the New Orleans Human Relations Commission, and is a past president of the Southwest Association of Reform Rabbis and the Rabbinical Council of Greater New Orleans. In 1997 Rabbi Cohn was appointed by Marc Morial, the mayor of New Orleans at the time, to chair the New Orleans Holocaust Memorial Project. From 2005 to 2007, the rabbi served as an ethics consultant for MSNBC and appeared on “The Ethical Edge.” In 2013 he was appointed to the Civil Service Commission by the New Orleans City Council. Rabbi Cohn has also served on the New Orleans Ethics Review Board. Rabbi Cohn currently serves on the Presidential Advisory Board of Xavier University.

In 2014, Rabbi Cohn was honored with the National Urban League’s Living Legend Award, as well as with the Weiss Award from the New Orleans Council for Community and Justice. He was also the guest of honor at Temple Sinai’s 2016 Spring Gala, and received a New Orleans Legend Award from Mayor Mitch Landrieu in 2017.

Under Rabbi Cohn’s leadership, Temple Sinai has become a home for interfaith families, LGBTQ Jews, Alcoholics Anonymous, and Overeaters Anonymous.

Rabbi Cohn and his wife Andrea have two daughters, Jennifer and Debra, two grandsons, Maxwell Cohn Kesselheim and Leo Kesselheim, and two granddaughters, Ryann Eliza Kraar and Sydney Paige Kesselheim.


Jennifer Daley
Executive Director

Jenn Daley was raised in Hollywood, Florida and attended Temple University in Philadelphia, graduating with a B.A. in Radio-TV-Film and completing all coursework for their master’s program in Sports Administration, with an emphasis on public relations and marketing.

For 23 years until the pandemic, Jenn Daley owned and operated JD Sports Mobile, providing preschool sports instruction to more than 800 students at 140 child-care centers in Dallas/Ft. Worth and Greater New Orleans, managing a staff of 12 instructors.

During this time, Jenn began her leadership journey with Women of Reform Judaism (WRJ) and followed her passion and dedication to Reform Judaism. She is known as a relationship-builder and creative thinker within her volunteer organizations, having served as Sisterhood President at Congregation Gates of Prayer in Metairie and at Congregation Beth Shalom in Arlington, TX and most recently as President of WRJ Southwest District (encompassing nine states, 38 sisterhoods and 3,500+ members). Jenn is a designated public speaker and governing board member of WRJ North America (WRJ NA), an Executive Committee member of WRJ NA, where she serves as the Marketing & Communications Chair. For the past nine years, she has been a WRJ NA workshop presenter on Innovative Programming, Multi-Generational Programming, Engaging Members and Creative Fundraising.

Jenn and her husband Ken moved to New Orleans in 2013 from North Texas, have been married for 23 years with two wonderful children (Eileen and Jace), and one rambunctious pandemic puppy Exene.


Shea McCoy
Communications Manager

Mississippi native, Louisiana raised; Shea has been a part of the Temple Sinai team since 2019. Prior to Sinai, she acquired diverse experience by serving her community as both an Associate and Circulation Manager for Parish Libraries, and was then able to use those experiences to start and maintain all digital and print media for several restaurants in the New Orleans Metro area. She curently lives Uptown with her dog, Delko, and enjoys live music, cooking, horror movies and finding ways to serve and support her community. 


Rachel Chamness
Finance & Office Administrator

Like most “Navy brats”, Rachel grew up in a dozen different places - though she’ll always be a Florida girl at heart. She graduated from Florida State University in 2013 with a B.A. in History, focusing on the Jews of Germany. In both her adopted home of Florida and her current state of Louisiana, Rachel has worked and volunteered for Jewish, LGBTQ, and HIV/AIDS awareness causes. Temple Sinai has been her spiritual home since 2017, shortly after moving to New Orleans from Tallahassee, Florida. Whenever she’s lucky enough to find some free time, Rachel enjoys board games, cooking Israeli food, snuggling her cat, and watching old Godzilla movies with her husband Silas.


Ed Abraham
Administrative Assistant

Ed Abraham graduated from U. of Louisiana at Lafayette in 2019 with a BFA in studio art. While at university, Ed won the Student Engagement & Leadership Outstanding Community Service award. Before joining the team at Temple Sinai, Ed served New Orleans Photo Alliance as an administrative coordinator through AmeriCorps. Ed completed his conversion to Judaism at Congregation Gates of Prayer in November 2020. He has been an active participant in Tribe, Gates of Prayer’s 20s/30s group, since 2019. Ed currently resides in Mid-City with his dog-nephew, Schnitzel. 

Sat, March 25 2023 3 Nisan 5783