Welcome to a website dedicated to The Chief


Lenny Kohm, known to many as “The Chief,” had the qualities of both a leader and a lifelong friend. He was dedicated, humble and grounded with a conviction to influence positive change. Over the past several decades, Lenny touched the lives of thousands of environmental activists, organizers and concerned citizens.

While we should have done this while he was still here to be rightfully embarrassed by it, we created this website as a permanent way to celebrate Lenny’s life and legacy, and for everyone to share their thoughts and memories of The Chief.


Jewish Mourner’s Kaddish

Yit-ga-dal v’yit-ka-dash sh’mei ra-ba b’al-ma di-v’ra chi’r’u-tei, v’yam-lich mal’chu-tei b’cha-yei-chon u-v’yo-mei-chon uv’cha-yei d’chol Yis-ra-eil, ba-a-ga-la u-vi-z’man ka-riv v’i-m’ru: A-mein,

Y’hei sh’mei ra-ba m’va-rach l’a’lam u-l’al-mei al-ma-ya.

Yit-ba-rach, v’yish-ta-bach, v’yit-pa-ar, v’yit-ro-mam, v’yit-na-sei, v’yit-ha-dar, v’yit-a’leh, v’yit-ha-lal sh’mei d’kud-sha, b’rich hu, l’ei-la min kol bir-cha-ta v’shi-ra-ta, tush-b’cha-ta v’neh-cheh-ma-ta da-a-mi-ran b’al-ma, v’i-m’ru: A-mein.

Y’hei sh’la-ma ra-ba min sh’ma-ya v’ch-yim, a-lei-nu v’al kol Yis-ra-el, v’i-m’ru: A-mein

O-seh sha-lom bi-m’ro-mav, hu ya-a-seh sha-lom a-lei-nu v’al kol Yis-ra-eil, v’i-m’ru: A-mein.

English translation

Let the glory of God be extolled, and His great name be hallowed in the world whose creation He willed. May His kingdom soon prevail, in our own day, our own lives, and the life of all Israel, and let us say: Amen.

Let His great name be blessed for ever and ever.

Let the name of the Holy One, blessed is He, be glorified, exalted, and honored, though He is beyond all the praises, songs, and adorations that we can utter, and let us say: Amen.

For us and for all Israel, may the blessing of peace and the promise of life come true, and let us say: Amen.

May He who causes peace to reign in the high heavens, let peace descend on us, on all Israel, and all the world, and let us say: Amen.

May the Source of peace send peace to all who mourn, and comfort to all who are bereaved. Amen.