Rabbi Melvin Glazer
Larry Arnold Cohen, age 80, of Athens died Saturday, April 28, 2018. The world has lost a truly unique, larger-than-life husband, father, brother, friend and physician. He was a truly remarkable man of many talents. Larry was born in Macon in 1937 and attended the University of Georgia, where he was the president of Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity and graduated early magna cum laude. He went on to the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, where he studied radiology and again graduated with honors. He served as a captain in the Air Force from 1966 to 1968. He was stationed at Tachikawa Air Base in Japan and worked as a radiologist, attending to the wounded from the Vietnam War. He returned home to set up his own private practice in Athens, where he worked at St. Mary’s Hospital until he retired. Outside medicine, he loved playing tennis, building his own 1937 MercedesBenz, fishing and watching his Georgia Bulldogs. Anyone who knew Larry knows he also loved to collect things like bolo ties, caps, belt buckles, watches and cowboy boots, just to name a few. He never stopped learning and stayed up to date on the stock market and the latest technology. He had quite the sense of humor, and he was a brilliant man who never lost his zest for learning. Survivors include his wife, Edie Fay Cohen of Athens; daughter Robyn Cohen (Jennifer Wall) of Roswell; son Mark (Sara) Cohen of Johns Creek; son John (Lisa) Cohen of Mount Juliet, Tenn.; and grandchildren Elyssa, Jacob, Cayla and Dylan. Also surviving are his sisters-in-law, Rhalda Kahn of Atlanta and Sandy Cohen of Atlanta, and a brother-in-law, Les “Nermine” Rubin of Clearwater, Fla. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, the Jewish Educational Loan Fund (JELF), Congregation Children of Israel in Athens or Jewish Family & Career Services in Atlanta. A graveside service was held Monday, April 30, at Arlington Memorial Park in Sandy Springs. Arrangements by Dressler’s Jewish Funeral Care, 770-451-4999. Sign the online guestbook at dresslerjewishfunerals.com.
Rabbi Melvin Glazer, congregational rabbi and grief specialist, died peacefully Sunday, April 22, 2018, 7 Iyar 5778, at the age of 71. Born and raised in Atlanta, Rabbi Mel earned a B.A. from Columbia University and the Jewish Theological Seminary, was ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary in 1974, and received a doctor of ministry from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1995. Rabbi Mel served congregations in South Orange, N.J.; Grand Rapids, Mich.; Nashville, Tenn.; Princeton, N.J.; London, Ontario; Fairfax, Va.; Miami; Stroudsburg, Pa.; Colorado Springs; and The Villages, Fla. He specialized in working with the chevra kadisha (Jewish society that ritually prepare bodies for burial). He trained Jewish communities to establish their own chevra kadishas, hosted a weekly radio show about grief and healing, and counseled hundreds of people experiencing loss, allowing them to lay their grief gently down and find peace. His writings include “The London, Ontario Hevra Kaddisha: A Critical Reflection on the Nature of the Experience to Those Who Perform It” (1995); “When Death Visits a Jewish Home: 99 Actions for Mourners” (2007); “And G-d Created Hope: Finding Your Way Through Grief With Lessons From Early Biblical Stories” (2007); and “A GPS for Grief and Healing: 3 Powerful Steps to Help You Move From Mourning to Morning” (2013). Known for his kindness, quick wit and boisterous sense of humor, Rabbi Mel always encouraged people to find hope for a better future. Survivors include his wife, Ellen (Glanz) Mossman Glazer; his sons, Ilan Glazer (Sherri Vishner Glazer), Rafi Glazer (Lauren Glazer) and Avi Glazer (Debbie Glazer), his daughter, Shoshi Glazer; his stepsons, Jeremy Mossman and Matt Mossman (Jes Skillman); his grandchildren, Baruch, Mordi, Yitzi, Eli, Meir, Rivka and Yehuda Glazer and David and Mitchell Mossman; his sister, Gail Saloff (Barry Saloff); and his brother, Jerry Glazer (Debbie Glazer). The funeral took place Wednesday, April 25, at Arlington Memorial Park. Donations to benefit the new Rabbi Mel Glazer Chevra Kadisha Educational Fund can be made to Kavod v’Nichum at www.jewish-funerals.org or 8112 Sea Water Path, Columbia, MD 21045. Arrangements by Dressler’s Jewish Funeral Care.
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