Remembering David Allan Cohen

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David Allan Cohen, 64, of White Oak, Silver Spring, Maryland, passed away on December 17, 2017. After a valiant 19-month fight, he succumbed to glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer.

David is survived by his wife, Laurie; daughters, Sarah Bracha Cohen and Toba Cohen; sister, Cheryl Cohen; and mother, Mildred Cohen. He was predeceased by his father, William Cohen.


David was born on August 6, 1953, in Brooklyn, New York. He graduated from Brooklyn College in 1975 with a bachelor’s degree in computer science and sociology, then moved to the Greater Washington area when he was 23. He designed and developed financial systems for 26 years before changing career paths and becoming licensed as a financial planner, integrating his love and knowledge of finances and his desire to help people, joining AXA Advisors in 2002. He was a retirement planning specialist from the Wharton School of Business, a member of the Million Dollar Round Table, and vice president of the local Business Network International (BNI) chapter.

After crossing paths with Laurie for over four years, they finally met at a UJA/Jewish Federation Young Leadership event, and they married in 1989. They attended numerous classes at Aish HaTorah, and became more observant in their Judaism. They moved to White Oak in 1992, and Cohen quickly became involved with their local Orthodox synagogue, Southeast Hebrew Congregation (SEHC), where he developed a close relationship with Rabbi Kalman Winter, z”l. He was the synagogue president for two terms, the membership director, and the financial director for over 20 years. He enjoyed learning with various rabbis, friends, and the Greater Washington Community Kollel, especially Torah, Pirkei Avot (Ethics of the Fathers), and Halacha (Jewish law). He was a member of the chevra kadisha (Jewish burial society), and board member of the Yeshiva of Greater Washington and the Torah School of Greater Washington.

During their 28 years of marriage, David and his family welcomed over 20 high school and young adult boarders to live in their home, as well as countless friends and other guests. David was known for his quick wit, his steadfast clarity and honesty, his voracious thirst for learning and growing in Torah, his conservative views, and his ever-present smile.

The funeral was held at SEHC (video upon request from family) and interment at Mt. Lebanon Cemetery in Adelphi, Maryland; arrangements by Shomrei Neshama of Greater Washington.

Contributions, with the note “In Memory of David Cohen,” may be sent to: Southeast Hebrew Congregation at 10900 Lockwood Drive, Silver Spring, Maryland, 20901 (; Keren HaChesed of Greater Washington at 10711 Huntwood Drive, Silver Spring, Maryland, 20901, (; Yad Yehuda Foundation at 812 Hyde Court, Silver Spring, Maryland, 20902 (; or Bikur Cholim of Greater Washington, 12320 Parklawn Drive, Rockville, Maryland 20852 (