Remembering Suzette Cohen

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Suzette Cohen, who was among the first Mothers Circle coordinators and facilitators in the country. Suzette served as the second facilitator of The Mothers Circle in Atlanta, GA, where the program began, and went on to coordinate the Circle there for several years. She was also a kindergarten teacher at Temple Kol Emeth, as well as the lead teacher of the primary grades, and additionally, served as the Director of Community Outreach for Atlanta Area Psychological Associates, P.C.

Below is Suzette’s obituary, posted in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

Mrs. Cohen was a social worker employed by the Atlanta Area Psychological Associates and an active Jewish educator, but her main emphasis and source of much pride was raising her three sons. Along with being lead teacher at Temple Kol Emeth, she also was lead teacher at Gesher L’Torah in Alpharetta. Mrs. Cohen graduated from Georgia State University with a B.A. degree in Urban Life, and also received a M.A. in Judaic Education from the Siegal College of Jewish Studies. She was a member of Temple Kol Emeth in Marietta and Shalom B’Harim in Dahlonega, where her husband serves as spiritual leader. Survivors include her husband, Mitchell of Alpharetta; sons, Dr. Zachary, Jordan and Eric Cohen; mother, Mrs. Rose Sowadsky of Alpharetta; sister, Jeanine (Zvi) Bekerman of Atlanta; brother, David (Jennifer) Felsberg of Atlanta; mother-in-law, Roslyn Cohen of Alpharetta; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Howie and Deborah Cohen of Alpharetta, and Sandra Cohen-Goldberg and Jack Goldberg of Savannah; nieces, Elana Frank of Israel, Arielle Furman and Carey Felsberg of Atlanta, and Lainey and Rachel Cohen of Alpharetta; and nephews, Daniel Bekerman and Noah Felsberg of Atlanta. She is loved and will be greatly missed by all whose lives she touched and the people she transformed. An online guestbook is available at In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Kfar Chassidim (contact Mitch for information) or to the Temple Kol Emeth Adult Education Fund. Services will be 1:00 PM TODAY, Monday, January 14, 2013 at Temple Kol Emeth, 1415 Old Canton Rd., Marietta, GA 30062, and will be officiated by Rabbi Steven Lebow. Burial will follow at Arlington Memorial Park in Sandy Springs. Arrangements by Dressler’s Jewish Funeral Care, 770-451-4999.

The staff of Big Tent Judaism / Jewish Outreach Institute sends our condolences to Suzette’s family, and is so happy to have had the opportunity to work with such a wonderful advocate of Jewish outreach.


  1. I just learned this morning of the untimely death of Suzette Cohen. How very sad. She was such a passionate and tireless advocate for our Mothers Circle moms and for interfaith families. She was always willing to share her wisdom, knowledge and experience with her facilitator colleagues. She will, indeed, be missed … what a loss. May her memory be a blessing to her family and to all of us.

    Comment by Patti Freeman Dorson — January 16, 2013 @ 8:29 pm

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