Lazarus & Lyon Cohen (Great-Grandfather & Grandfather of Leonard Cohen) Honored As Presidents Of Congregation Shaar Hashomayim

During his stay in Montreal last week, Maarten Massa visited Congregation Shaar Hashomayim where he took these photos of the portraits and plaques honoring Lazarus Cohen, Leonard Cohen’s great-grandfather and Lyon Cohen, Leonard’s grandfather, both of whom served as president of Congregation Shaar Hashomayim.

Leonard Cohen On His Mother’s Reaction To His Career Choice

From left: Adam Cohen, his mother Suzanne Elrod, his father Leonard Cohen & Leonard’s mother Masha Cohen – Montreal 1972 . Posted Feb 13, 2014 by Adam Cohen at Leonard Cohen Facebook page

Was your mother disappointed because you did not choose a proper profession [rather than singer-songwriter]?

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Disappointed? She was in despair and convinced I could not survive in the world out there.quotedown2

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From Man Bleibt Ein Absoluter Anfaenger by Christoph Dallach and Marianne Wellershof. Der Spiegel: 10/1/2001 (40, 2001). Found & translated into English by Rike

Leonard Cohen On Being Mothered

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I was in my mid-thirties and wanted to prove to my mother that she no longer needed to worry about me. So I invited her to a beautiful and expensive steakhouse in Montreal. We had a lovely evening, but when it was time to pay, my mother discreetly placed a bill on my knee under the table.quotedown2

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From Man Bleibt Ein Absoluter Anfaenger by Christoph Dallach and Marianne Wellershof. Der Spiegel: 10/1/2001 (40, 2001). Found & translated into English by Rike

Note: Originally posted June 11, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen’s Mother Advises Him: “Follow Your Own Little Heart”

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I felt very free to follow whatever direction I wanted and my mother, who was very generous and open,  just said, ‘follow your own little heart.’quotedown2

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From Leonard Cohen: Exclusive JC Interview by Jenni Frazer (The Jewish Chronicle: July 19, 2007)

Leonard Cohen Describes His Mother, Masha: “A Generous Chekhovian Spirit”

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[My mother was] a generous Chekhovian spirit, very accepting in her way. She was alarmed when she saw me running around Montreal with a guitar under my arm, but she was very kind in her observations She would occasionally roll her eyes, but that was about as far as it went.quotedown2

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From Sylvie Simmons’ interview with Leonard Cohen, reported in her book, “I’m Your Man: The Life of Leonard Cohen”