Program Image

Scholar in Residence Weekend: Benzy Kogen

Sunday, January 23rd, 2022

Join us as we welcome Ben Zion (Benzy) Kogen as our Scholar-in-residence from Friday, January 21st - Sunday, January 23rd, 2022.

Ben Zion (Benzy) Kogen is a Consultant for Leadership and Education. He has devoted his career to senior leadership positions within the Jewish community—in the worlds of Jewish Education and Nonprofits.

Benzy serves as a faculty member of the Melton School for Adult Jewish Studies (of the Hebrew University). His course offering include both Undergraduate and Graduate students in the areas of Jewish History, Jews and Islam, Jewish Ethics, Samuel 2, and Beyond Borders.

Benzy has had a long and fruitful relationship with Camps Ramah, currently serving in a summer leadership role at Camp Ramah in California.

Additionally, Benzy serves as Cantor at the Jewish Home for the Aging in Reseda, CA during the year, as well as over the High Holidays.

Founder and creator of “Your Shabbat Guest,” a program of enhanced Shabbat celebration, learning, and growth,| Benzy is a master educator who has devoted himself to the building of communities and the enhancement of Jewish life, He has led seminars for educators and taught in congregations across the United States and Canada. He has taught through the age spectrum – from elementary school, to learners at the adult level. His joy as a teacher is bringing the joy of classical Jewish text and tradition to learners of all ages.

Benzy has enjoyed a life-long love affair with Camps Ramah — currently serving as a YOETZ (advisor) at Camp Ramah in California.

Benzy lives in Reseda, California. He has served as a member of the Board of Trustees and the Executive Committee at Shomrei Torah Synagogue in West Hills., CA, and is currently Chair of the Pacific Southwest Region of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism.

Benzy also serves as a member of the Board of Overseers for the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies in Los Angeles.

Benzy holds undergraduate degrees from Columbia University and the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, as well as dual Masters degrees in Educational Administration from Teachers College of Columbia University.

Benzy lives in Reseda, CA with his wife Gail. Together they are the proud parents of three adult children, and grandparents of six!