Biography of Rabbi Claudio Javier Kogan, MD, MBE, MEd

Rabbi Kogan was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. In 1987 he simultaneously began medical school at the University of Buenos Aires and rabbinical school at the Latin-American Rabbinical Seminary in Argentina. In 1993 he went to Houston for medical trainee at Baylor College of Medicine and at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.


In 1995 he became a medical doctor. In 1997 he became a mohel (the professional who performs circumcisions) in Jerusalem, at the Bichur Cholim Hospital. He led Jewish congregations in Argentina from 1992 until 1999. (Chana Senesh, Beth Israel and Hebrew Congregation of Lomas de Zamora). In 1998 he received the degree of Hebrew teacher. He started his rabbinical degree at Hebrew Union College in 1999, where he served as a student rabbi in four congregations: Temple Sholom (Ishpeming, MI); Temple Beth Sholom-(Miami Beach, FL); Mount Zion Temple (Sioux Falls, SD) and Temple Sholom-(Cincinnati, OH). In 2002 he finished the first unit of Pastoral Care Education at Children’s Hospital in Cincinnati.


From 1999-2003 he led monthly Shabbat services at Four Courts Senior Center in Louisville (KT). He received a Master of Hebrew Letter at the Hebrew Union College in May 2002. He also studied at Xavier University, where he received his Master’s in Educational Organization. He was ordained as a Reform rabbi in May, 2003. His rabbinical thesis was “Human Cloning from a Jewish and Medical Standpoint.” He worked at Anshe Emeth Memorial Temple from 2003-2009 as the Associate Rabbi-Director of Education. Rabbi Kogan served as a Fire Chaplain for the city of New Brunswick, NJ. He served as a Chaplain at the Robert Wood Johnson and Saint Peters Hospital in New Jersey. He finished a Master of Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania –Medical School in 2009.


From July 2009 to June 2012 Rabbi Kogan was the Senior Rabbi at Temple Beth Tikvah in Madison, Connecticut. In Madison, Rabbi Kogan also served as the Police Chaplain. Rabbi Kogan served as member of the Human Review board at Yale University, Medical school and he served as member of the Ethics Pediatrics committee at Yale Hospital.


Rabbi Kogan became the rabbi in McAllen in July, 2012, where he lives with his wife Ana Sverdlick and his daughter Milena Yael and his son Ezekiel Yair.


The awards and honors that He has received are:

  • 2003 HUC-JIR. The Rabbi Emil William Leipziger Prize for the best essay in community service, Don’t cry for Me Argentina, Your Jewish Brothers will Help You.
  • 2001 HUC-JIR The Selma Straus Prize for the best essay on Judaism as a Source of Universal Faith.
  • 2000 HUC-JIR. The Israel I. Mattuck Memorial Prize for the essay Jewish View of Euthanasia.
  • 1993 Second Congress of Internal Medicine in Buenos Aires, Argentina: The Best Poster: Neurological Diseases in HIV+ Patients.