In this program, Podcast #6 in our series, Rabbi Address chats with Rabbi Douglas Kohn of Congregation Emanu El, Redlands, CA about his two books, Life, Faith, and Cancer, about his own battle with cancer, and his newest book, Broken Fragments, which offers a Jewish perspective on Alzheimer’s Disease.
Rabbi Douglas Kohn became the fifth Rabbi of then San Bernardino’s 150 year-old Congregation Emanu El in 2001, coming from Illinois where he had been Rabbi of Hoffman Estate’s Beth Tikvah Congregation for seven years. Previously, Rabbi Kohn was Assistant and Associate Rabbi of large, east coast synagogues. At Congregation Emanu El, Rabbi Kohn has invigorated Israel programming, generated creative festival observance, introduced conversational Hebrew and family education in the Religious School, and developed communal study programs.
Especially concerned with social justice, community relations and Israel, Rabbi Kohn served for eight years on the Reform Movement’s National Commission on Social Action, and as a member of the National Board of ARZA – the Association of Reform Zionists of America. In 2006, Rabbi Kohn was an ARZA delegate to the 35th World Zionist Congress in Jerusalem, at which he participated in deliberations, debate and decision-making on the future of Zionism. A speaker at national and regional conferences, especially on Israel matters and teaching Hebrew, Rabbi Kohn also has taught “Judaism” and “The Holocaust” at local colleges.
Locally, Rabbi Kohn is involved in community life. He regularly is a speaker or participant in community events, and has spoken or taught at the University of Redlands, California State University San Bernardino and Loma Linda University. Rabbi Kohn serves on the boards of several local and regional organizations, including the Arrowhead United Way, and is a Past President of the San Bernardino Clergy Association.
Rabbi Kohn graduated from Antioch College in Yellow Springs, OH, in 1981, and received his Masters Degree in Hebrew Letters from the Hebrew Union College (Los Angeles) in 1985. Rabbi Kohn was ordained at the Hebrew Union College (Cincinnati) in 1987. He has published numerous popular articles in the press and in Jewish periodicals, and in his academic interest, American Jewish archives and history, and is “foreign correspondent” for the San Bernardino Sun, as he has written several feature series in his travels to Israel and Europe.
Rabbi Kohn is married to Susan Reva Bloom, a Holistic Health Practitioner, and is the father of two children, Benjamin and Elena. He resides in Redlands, CA.
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