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 is a network of people of diverse faiths and beliefs from across the country working together to build a resilient democracy and fulfill America’s promise of religious freedom and civil rights not just for some, but for all. We mobilize powerful coalitions to challenge Christian nationalism and religious extremism, while fostering a better understanding of the healthy boundaries between religion and government. We advocate at all levels of government for an equitable and just America where the freedoms of belief and religious practice are protected, and where all persons are treated with dignity and have the opportunity to thrive. For more information visit