Aish LA Community Leadership
Moshe and Yehudit Cohen, Rabbi & Rebbitzen
Rabbi Moshe Cohen is the founding Rabbi of the Aish Los Angeles Community shul. Rabbi Cohen grew up in Belfast Northern Ireland, famous for its riots and home of the Bushmill’s distillery, before he, his wife, and a few bottles were transplanted into Pico Robertson.
He graduated with a law degree from Queen’s university, Belfast in 1977 and mysteriously disappeared to Eretz Yisroel for ten years, during which time he married Judith, originally from Basel, Switzerland, and had two children, Simchi and Menachem, who both now live on the east coast.
After receiving semichos from Rav Mordechai Eliyahu (former Chief Rabbi of Eretz Yisroel), Rav Kolitz (former chief Rabbi of Yerushalyim), and Rav Kopshitz (Tchibin), Rabbi Cohen moved to LA, where he presently resides with his four other children.
Judith is an RN and currently works for Jewish Family Services, not to mention checking all of the neighborhood ears and throats.
Saul Blinkoff, President
Saul Blinkoff began his career as an animator for the WALT DISNEY STUDIOS working on the hit films Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Mulan and Tarzan. He made his directorial debut in 2000 with the hip action-adventure series, Spy Groove, for MTV. Shortly thereafter, he revisited Disney, co-directing the animated features Winnie the Pooh: Springtime with Roo and the hilarious Kronk's New Groove. Currently, Saul is directing the hit show Doc McStuffins for DISNEY and traveling the country inspiring students with the story of his journey in Judaism.
Saul currently lives in the Pico Robertson community with his wife, Marion, and their four children.
Justin Levi, Vice President
Justin Levi first became involved with Aish HaTorah when he took part in the 2007-2008 Israel Adventure with Rabbi Yitz Jacobs. Following the trip, he was a founding member of the young professionals' group, Aish Kodesh, with Rabbi Jacobs, and later helped start Aish Ignite, with Rabbi Mordechai Teller. He has served on Aish LA's steering committee for the past three years, and was appointed as the shul's Vice President in September 2014.
In March of 2014, Justin married the love of his life, Rebecca, whom he met on the first night of Sukkot, 2012, at the home of Aish LA president Saul and Marion Blinkoff.
Together, Justin and Rebecca are committed to building a rich, vibrant community that encourages our members not only to grow as individuals and families, but to constantly strive to reach out to the broader Jewish community as well. In his professional life, Justin works as an elder care consultant. In this capacity, he advises assisted living facilities on matters such as initial licensure, marketing, and compliance. He is the past Committee Chair of the Los Angeles Walk to End Alzheimer's.