Rabbi Elizabeth Bonney-Cohen

Kansas City Devotee, Kiddush Schmoozer Extraordinaire, Soulful Seeker

Elizabeth was the Rabbi of Base BSTN, 2019-2022.


Elizabeth is originally from Overland Park, KS and credits her Presbyterian upbringing as a foundational component to her rabbinic leadership.  As a convert to Judaism, she understands what it feels like to be on the "outside" of Jewish community and to be intimidated by the learning curve that is so often a barrier for people--whether they are born to Jewish parents or not.  She is driven by her background to bring inspiring and empowering Judaism to all who seek it.  Elizabeth serves as Congregation Kehillath Israel’s Assistant Rabbi and Director of Outreach & Innovation, especially focused on education and programming for KI’s 20s & 30s community through her work with Base BSTN.

Rabbi Bonney-Cohen is an alumna of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship and Hillel International's Office of Innovation Fellowship for Rabbinic Entrepreneurs.  She holds a B.A. from William Jewell College in Religion, Philosophy, and Gender Studies & Human Sexuality, an M.Div. from Yale Divinity School, and Rabbinic Ordination/M.J.Ed. from Hebrew College.

While her academic and professional achievements take up most of the space on her resumé, Elizabeth’s most proud accomplishments pertain to her family, taking her roles as daughter, sister, wife, and imma (mother) as primary in her life.