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Simon Wiesenthal Center Appoints Englewood’s Michael Cohen its New Eastern Director

The Simon Wiesenthal Center and the Museum of Tolerance NY announced the appointment of Michael D. Cohen, councilman for Englewood’s Ward 2, as its new Eastern Director.

Having served as the Simon Wiesenthal Center and the Museum of Tolerance’s principal lobbyist for the past three years, Michael Cohen was instrumental in securing significant funding for the Center’s acclaimed Tools for Tolerance diversity training program for the NYPD and for the NYC Corrections Department.

“Michael Cohen has a long record of passion and dedication to the issues most critical to the mission of the Simon Wiesenthal Center and the Museum of Tolerance. From his communal work in bringing people together to his ability to provide innovative strategies for organizational development I am confident that Michael will help bring about a new level of achievement to our Eastern Region,” said Rabbi Meyer May, Executive Director of the Simon Wiesenthal Center.

Most recently Mr. Cohen had served as the NYS Director of Political & Strategic Affairs at one of New York’s most prestigious government relations firms, Pitta, Bishop, Del Giorno & Giblin. Previously, Mr. Cohen spent over 15 years in government, working as both a staff member for a senior member of the Congressional Black Caucus followed by almost a decade working for the NYS Senate leadership. Mr. Cohen also currently serves as an elected member of the Englewood, New Jersey, City Council.

“I am both humbled and terrifically excited about the opportunity to lead the Eastern Division of the Simon Wiesenthal Center and the Museum of Tolerance. The Center has long been an international leader in understanding the complex pluralistic nature of our society, and bridging the gaps necessary to protect the future of both the Jewish community and our partners in building a more tolerant tomorrow. I have built my career around those same valued objectives and greatly appreciate the chance to forward the Center’s critical mission,” said Michael Cohen.

The Simon Wiesenthal Center—New York is located at 226 East 42nd Street in the heart of Mid-Town Manhattan.

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