Interfaith Alliance Mourns the Passing of
Board Member Norma Cohen
Washington, D.C. – Interfaith Alliance President, Rev. Dr. C. Welton Gaddy, expressed his condolences on the passing of Norma Cohen on behalf of the staff and Board of Directors of the organization.  Norma was a longtime member of Interfaith Alliance’s board, and was honored this past November with the President’s Award at the Walter Cronkite Faith & Freedom Award Gala for her commitment to religious freedom.
We have lost a vigorous supporter and an activist for freedom and justice everywhere. I know of no one who has devoted more passion, incited more enthusiasm or expended more energy to advance the work of Interfaith Alliance than this dear woman. I remember the effervescent pleasure that covered her face last November when she received the President’s Award. And I will always be grateful for her wise counsel, meticulous attentiveness and sustained encouragement as a cherished friend.
Norma stood up against injustice, marched for peace, argued for what she believed was right and never waivered in her support of America’s first freedom: religious freedom.  Never has so much energy been packed into such a small package.  
If you knew Norma, you knew that she was a force of nature.  Interfaith Alliance is grateful and honored that she was a part of our family and that her family shared her with us.
We will miss her humor, her energy and her tenacity.  She inspired us.
Norma Curtis Cohen was a retired clinical social worker.  She was married to Harvey and is survived by three adult children and six grandchildren.  Norma was a longtime member of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock, and a founder of the Long Island Affiliate of Interfaith Alliance.


Interfaith Alliance celebrates religious freedom by championing individual rights, promoting policies that protect both religion and democracy, and uniting diverse voices to challenge extremism. Founded in 1994, Interfaith Alliance brings together members from 75 faith traditions as well as those without a faith tradition to protect faith and freedom. For more information visit