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Lyon Cohen

Birthplace: Budwitcher, Poland
Death: Died in Montreal, Canada
Immediate Family:

Son of Lazarus Cohen and Fraidie Garmaise
Husband of Rachel Friedman
Father of Nathan Bernard Cohen; Horace Rives Cohen; Lawrence Zebulum Cohen and <private> Cohen
Brother of Abraham Z. Cohen

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About Lyon Cohen

Lyon Cohen, Paternal grandfather of singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen, was also a very distinguished man who helped found many of the institutions that defined Jewish life in Canada. He was a vice president of the first Zionist organization in Canada. He made a trip to the Holy Land.

It was a very interesting journey. He met Baron de Hirsch and he planned and helped establish, for Canada, the Jewish Colonization Association,which was to settle Jewish refugees in the prairie provinces and on farms. He was the founder of the first Anglo Jewish newspaper in North America. It was called the Jewish Times, published in Montreal. He was also one of the founders of Congregation Shaar Hashomayim in Montreal. Also was was one of the organizers of the Baron de Hirsch Foundation, B'nai B'rith, the Jewish General Hospital and the Hebrew Free Loan Association. Source

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Lyon Cohen's Timeline

May 11, 1868
Budwitcher, Poland
February 17, 1891
Age 22
Montreal, Canada
December 1, 1891
Age 23
Montreal, Canada
Age 26
July 26, 1900
Age 32
Montreal, Canada
Age 68
Montreal, Canada