Torah Fund Honoree-Janet Cohen

As the youngest of four children, and the daughter of Holocaust survivors, I was born in Trenton and moved with my family to Ewing Township when I was five. I attended Ewing Township schools and graduated from Ewing High School. I then went not too far away to what was Trenton State College, now known as The College of New Jersey, to earn my Biology degree, with certification to teach 6-12th grade Science. I met my husband Howard during the summer before my senior year of college, and I began working as a technical specialist for Mettler Instrument Corp. when I graduated. I worked at Mettler for almost 10 years.

In 1986 Howard and I were married. We have been living in Lawrenceville most of our married lives. I feel our greatest accomplishment has been our three wonderful daughters, Lauren, Shelly, & Hannah, who have kept our lives busy and have always made us very proud. While I grew up going to Ahavath Israel Congregation and Howard grew up going to Brothers of Israel, we felt we needed a synagogue of our own. Our family has been part of the Adath Israel family for over 20 years.

When I “retired” from Mettler Instruments, I began doing Homebound Instruction in Math & Science for students who were unable to attend school because of health issues for Lawrence and surrounding township public schools. This lead me to a position as a part time science teacher of high school aged patients at the Eating Disorder Unit of the University Medical Center of Princeton, first in located Princeton and then in Plainsboro. This is my 14th year at the hospital. I have also held the position of operations manager of our family real estate management business, Howco Management Co. in Lawrenceville for the past 16 years.

Through the years I have volunteered for various committees of Adath Israel and Jewish Family and Children’s Services and have been on the boards of the JCC Ring Nursery PTO and Lawrenceville Elementary school PTO, serving as vice president, as well as the Adath Israel Women’s League, where I served as the immediate past co-president for 3 years. Having been so involved with our Women’s League has been an honor and a privilege for me. I truly enjoy the wonderfully creative and smart group of women I have sat on the Women’s League Board with over the last 10 years years or so, as well as the other Women’s League members. We’ve shared a common goal to enhance Jewish knowledge, engage in mitzvot for our synagogue and the community, and to explore new places and ideas, while enjoying ourselves and each other.