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Douglas Kahn

Rabbi Douglas Kahn is the Executive Director Emeritus of the San Francisco–based Jewish Community Relations Council and founder of Broad Tent Consulting, a JCRC consulting practice. He joined the JCRC in 1982 and became Executive Director in 1989, a position he held until his retirement in June 2016. In that capacity he was heavily engaged in formulating the consensus-based advocacy efforts of the organized Jewish community on issues of vital concern and developing strategic initiatives on many issues. Prior to joining the JCRC staff, he served as Executive Director of George Washington Hillel from 1979 to 1982. In the course of his JCRC career, he helped shape consensus on the major issues of concern to the community, assisted dozens of institutions in navigating sensitive community relations issues, and developed a practice within JCRC in the area of crisis management on behalf of the community. Under Doug’s leadership, the JCRC became the go-to 24/7 organization for trusted support and guidance during moments of crisis, particularly in a polarized environment. Doug serves as a member of the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Jewish Student Life and Campus Climate at UC Berkeley. He served on the Global Council of United Religions Initiative, an international grassroots interfaith organization, and currently chairs its Foundation Board. He also served on the JCPA Civility Committee and numerous Middle East strategy committees. He previously served as co-chair of the Intergroup Clearinghouse, San Francisco’s major organization addressing issues of intergroup tensions, and president of the CRC Directors Association. A fourth-generation San Franciscan who was an early activist in the Soviet Jewry movement, Doug received his rabbinic ordination from Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion in New York and his BA from UC Berkeley. He is the recipient of the Jewish Community Federation’s Executive of the Year award and the community’s Israel in our Hearts award. He has written and spoken extensively on topical issues.