Yael R. Cohen PHD

November 13, 1952May 1, 2021

Yael R. Cohen (nee Rosenfeld) beloved wife of Kenneth. Loving mother of Roni Cohen, Liat (Nir) Finer, Karen Gabai, Rabbi Matthew (Erin) Cohen and Rachelle Cohen. Devoted grandmother of Mai, Aviv, Ofir, Ayden, Geva, Rahm, Yarden, Ido and Netta. Dear sister of Rachel (Samuel) Schacham.

Private family graveside services will be held Monday, May 3.

Shiva will be observed at the residence, 3895 Tradewinds Circle, Pepper Pike (Sterling Lakes), OH. MONDAY EVENING 6 PM-8 PM, TUESDAY 2 PM-4 PM & 6 PM-8 PM, WEDNESDAY 6 PM-8 PM.( Social Distancing and Masks would be appreciated).

Friends who wish may contribute to the Kosher Food Bank or the Julie Abrams Minyan Fund c/o B'nai Jeshurun Congregation.

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Yael R. Cohen PHD

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Susan Baruch

May 10, 2021

My first job was working behind the counter at The Sabra in the early 70's. I was just sixteen and didn't know how to do anything. Yael and Rachel showed me the ropes. They were very kind to me and I grew to love the whole Rosenfeld family. I'm so sorry to hear this sad news. Rest in peace, beautiful Yael.

Sharyn Koppelman

May 5, 2021

To Kenny and Family,

Every time I was with Yael I learned something. It saddens me to hear of her passing. Wising your family the fondest of memories of a truly amazing Daughter, Wife and Mother and Friend.

Best and Love,
Sharyn Koppelman

Naomi Felsen Mucha

May 5, 2021

I still cannot believe she is gone. When I got the news of her passing away, I was in total shock. I actually sent her a text message a few days before, asking when they would be coming down to Florida so we can plan our next dinner gathering. Yael was a family friend since childhood. I think my parents played cards with her parents as far back as I can remember. They were more like family than just friends. Every time Yael and I would meet up, it was like a family reunion to us. Hugs, kisses and reminiscing. We have gone through 3 generations of this kind of relationship. Our parents, us and even our kids. She was so smart and never stopped trying to educate herself about everything under the sun. How proud she was in getting her PhD. Now that's an accomplishment. Her family was the most important thing in her life. Kenny, the kids and those beautiful grandchildren. I am sure everyone will miss her. The world will be a lot emptier without her in it. I hope she is in a better place and is watching over all of us. I'll miss her tremendously.

Lynn Bercu Krumholz

May 4, 2021

Yael was our Hebrew teacher during my adult Bat Mitzvah at Temple Tifereth Israel years ago. She was a fabulous enthusiastic teacher.

As time progressed, she arranged for me to meet Yoni Peres in Cleveland to advise him on grants for his non-profit in Israel. It was such a thrill to be with both of them. Both so bright and supportive of Israel.

Throughout the years we touched base periodically as our daughter now lives in Tel Aviv.

Yael was smart, enthusiastic and true to her beliefs - eager to share them with others.

Rest In Peace Yael. It was wonderful to have known you.

Lynn Bercu Krumholz
Shaker Heights

Cindy Hazelton

May 3, 2021

I spent many happy afternoons playing mahj with Yael and our friends in her beautiful home. I will miss her very much.
Rest In Peace, Yael.

Penny Kaufman

May 3, 2021

It was a shock to learn the news about Yael. Although we hadn't been in touch for some time, she occasionally entered my thoughts. Our acquaintance began at her parents' restaurant (Sabra) at Cedar and Taylor decades ago, and we "bumped into each other" over the years.
Kenny and family - May sweet memories comfort you at this time.

Debbie Garson

May 3, 2021

I remember meeting Yael and Ken when I first moved into Sterling Lakes. They were so warm and welcoming. I was so sad to hear she was ill and then to learn of her passing. I learned so much about Yael at the service; not the least of which is she was a very bright woman. My deepest sympathies are extended to Ken and their family.

Debbie Garson

Mina and Jerry Saidel

May 3, 2021

We remember shared activities working on behalf of the Schechter Jewish Day School. Also, we recall a vacation day we spent together at a kibbutz resort on the Kinerret.

Ellen Wohl

May 2, 2021

Yael and I shared a best friend . . and although we were very different . . there was common ground in our shared history, upbringing at Taylor Road Synagogue, friendship, and then our children's friendships. And of course who could forget her eyes.
As we grew to adulthood I respected her fortitude and strength in her beliefs. May her memory be an inspiration and a blessing...

Frances Ritsky Kluter

May 2, 2021

I am stunned to learn of Yael’s death . Yael and I wrote together in a creative writing group I chaired in Orange Village . She had a lot of literary talent and shared her memoirs of her early life in Cleveland Hts .
Yael loved her husband, children and grandchildren deeply, and was passionate about Israel and her home there . We were both congregants of Bnai Jeshurun where we interacted pre Covid.

In deep sympathy . May her memory be for a blessing .
Frances Ritsky -Kluter