Jessica Cohen

Jessie Cohen served as editor of the Jewish Review and Observer for most of her life, maintaining an important resource for Jews in the city of Cleveland. Cohen, whose parents were early settlers of Cleveland, graduated from what would become the School of Education at Case Western Reserve University and taught briefly in the public school system she herself had attended. She then moved to Memphis, Tennessee, where she served as associate editor of the Jewish Spectator for five years, until the 1899 merger of two Cleveland papers to create the Jewish Review and Observer drew her home to become editor of the newly formed paper. She ran the Jewish Review and Observer for decades, finally retiring due to ill health, and remained editor emeritus until her death in 1945. Cohen was also active in the Temple Women’s Association and the National Council of Jewish Women, and was an honorary member of the Cleveland Women Writers Association.


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Date of Birth

Cleveland, OH
United States

Date of Death
Educator, Editor

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