Lyon Cohen – Leonard Cohen’s Grandfather

Lyon Cohen - Leonard Cohen's Grandfather

Lyon Cohen

Lyon Cohen (born May 11, 1867; died 1937), Leonard Cohen’s paternal grandfather, was the eldest son of Lazarus Cohen, who came to Canada from Lithuania in 1869, and the father of four children, the oldest of whom, Nathan Bernard Cohen, was the father of Leonard Cohen.

From The Canadian Jewish Heritage Network:

Born in 1868, Lyon Cohen was a businessman and a philanthropist. He was a co-founder of the Canadian Jewish Times, the first Anglo-Jewish periodical in Canada; treasurer of the Montreal Reform Club; former President of Jewish Colonization Association in Canada, Baron de Hirsch Institute, Federation of Jewish Philanthropies, Canadian Jewish Congress 1919, Montreal Va’ad Ha’ir; organized Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Canada. He died in 1937

See also Rabbi Zvi Hirsch Cohen: Leonard Cohen’s Great Granduncle

Lyon Cohen - Leonard Cohen's Grandfather

Lyon Cohen and Hirsch Cohen (Lyon’s uncle and Leonard Cohen’s great granduncle) can also be seen in the Jewish relief movement group photo taken in 1918. (Otzar.org)

Lyon Cohen - Leonard Cohen's Grandfather

Program – Lyon Cohen testimonial dinner, Dec 16, 1935 (The Canadian Jewish Heritage Network)

Lyon Cohen - Leonard Cohen's Grandfather

A group picture of Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook, the Chief Rabbi of Palestine (bottom centre), with Rabbis Epstein and Shapira, and local dignitaries including Lyon Cohen (top right), the mayor of Montreal (top, 2nd to left) and Rabbi Hirsch Cohen (lower left corner). Picture dated 1924. Despite Rav Kook’s stature and attempts at mediation, the rupture caused by the Kosher Meat War would continue. (Courtesy of CJCCCNA; found at Third Solitude Series)