He was born Daniel Ronnie Cohen, the third son of Moshe and Yetta Cohen, joining brothers Norman and David. His father owned House of Israel, a Judaica store in Los Angeles.
From the age of nine, Ronnie was involved with Ha Bonim, moving through the ranks of camper, counselor, business manager and finally Director. A competitive gymnast, Ronnie lettered at Fairfax High. In 1965, at age 19, he met Hilda Konig. They were married at Temple Beth Shalom in San Francisco in 1969.
Ronnie was accepted into a Linguistics Doctoral program at Columbia University so he and Hilda moved to New York. Joshua Avi Chai Cohen (Jay) was born in 1974 and in 1975 the family headed back to Los Angeles.
Ronnie completed his studies to become a CPA. He later joined forces with Al Pivo to form Cohen Pivo, a business management firm in Beverly Hills.
In 2002 Ronnie entered American Jewish University to become a rabbi. While at AJU he applied to become a Rabbinic Intern at Jewish Hospice Project, Los Angeles’ first end of life care for the Jewish community. He became its Chief Financial Officer when the organization expanded to become JHCLA. He later returned to teaching at AJU.
When son Jay married Sandy, Ronnie got the daughter he had always wanted.