Cohen (1934-2016) was a Canadian folk singer songwriter, poet & novelist.
Cohen grew up in an Orthodox Jewish home. His Lithuanian-born mother was the daughter of a Tamuldic writer, Rabbi Solomon Klonitsky-Kline, and emigrated to Canada in 1927. His paternal grandfather, whose family had moved from Poland to Canada, was Lyon Cohen, the founding president of the Canadian Jewish Congress. His parents gave him the Jewish name Eliezer, which means 'God helps'.