Rabbi Douglas Kahn is the Executive Director Emeritus of the San Francisco-based Jewish Community Relations Council, and founder of Broad Tent Consulting through the JCRC. 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 education and advocacy efforts of the organized Jewish community on issues of vital concern and developing strategic initiatives on many issues ranging from civil discourse to combatting the delegitimization of Israel. One initiative he co-founded, the Institute for Curriculum Services, has achieved more than 10,000 edits improving accuracy about Jews, Judaism and Israel in public school textbooks throughout America.
He served on the Global Council of United Religions Initiative, an international grassroots interfaith organization and currently chairs its Foundation Board. He also serves on the JCPA Civility Committee. 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. Prior to joining the JCRC, he was the Executive Director of Hillel at George Washington University.
A fourth generation San Franciscan, Doug received his rabbinic ordination from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York and his B.A. from U.C. 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.