Our Clergy

Thomas A. Louchheim, Rabbi


(520) 512-8500, ext. 106

Rabbi Louchheim has served Congregation Or Chadash since its beginning in 1995.

Photo credit Robert Weintraub PhotographyRabbi Thomas A. Louchheim, MAHL, L.D.Div. was ordained in 1987 and went on to serve as an assistant Rabbi for two years in Kansas City. He moved to Tucson with his wife, Marcia, in 1989, where he was rabbi at Temple Emanu-El for five years. He then served for two years as an executive at Handmaker Hospice. In 1995 he became the spiritual leader of Congregation Or Chadash. He has since served as the Co-Chair of the annual Yom HaShoah service, has been president of the Tucson Board of Rabbis, and a board member for Habitat for Humanity, Tucson Jewish Family and Children’s Services, and Handmaker. If you look up to the heavens, you might see the only space object named after a rabbi: asteroid 9584 Louchheim. Rabbi and Marcia Louchheim have been married for over 25 years and are the proud parents to Katie, Jacob, Daniel, and Benjamin.

Janece E. Cohen, Cantor


(520) 512-8500, ext. 107

Cantor Cohen has served Congregation Or Chadash since 1999.

Cantor CohenAn Arizona native, Cantor Janece Erman Cohen was born on the Navajo Reservation, and has since spent most of her life in Tucson. She has, however, spent 18 years in between serving congregations in California, New York, Sydney (Australia) and Hong Kong.

Starting her career as a cantorial soloist in Tucson while she was earning her Music Education Degree from the University of Arizona, she went from there to study at Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion in both California and New York, graduating with a Master’s Degree in Sacred Music and being ordained as cantor in 1990. Since returning to Tucson, Cantor Cohen has served Congregation Or Chadash, as well as taught music and Judaic Studies at the Tucson Hebrew Academy. Her greatest love is sharing Jewish Choral music, and she founded and directs both the Tucson Jewish Youth Choir, now in its thirteenth year, and Kol Shirah, the Tucson Jewish Community Adult Choir.

At Or Chadash, Cantor Cohen conducts Shirei Simcha (our fabulous Adult Choir), the Friday Night LIVE! Teen Choir, and an adult Klezmer Ensemble known affectionately as the Chailights. She also teaches music and prayers in the Religious School, coordinates the Bar/Bat Mitzvah program, and of course, provides music for all religious services.

Cantor Cohen is mother of Zachary, a Tucson attorney, mother- in- law of Katie, a pediatric nurse and lactation consultant, and proud grandmother of Abbey, the light of her life.