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 Cohen

An Arizona native, Cantor Janece Erman Cohen was born on the Navajo Indian reservation and has 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.

A U of A alumna, Cantor Cohen was ordained at the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion, where she received a master’s degree in sacred music and later was honored with a Doctor of Music degree, honoris causa.

Although Cantor Cohen began her cantorial career as the Cantorial Soloist at Temple Emanu-El while a junior in college, she has served Congregation Or Chadash as its cantor since 1999, when she returned to Tucson from Hong Kong. She has also created and conducted a number of Jewish choirs in the Tucson area, most notably the Tucson Jewish Youth Choir, Kol Shirah (a community Jewish choir), and especially Shirei Simcha, the Or Chadash adult choir.

Cantor Cohen is the 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.