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Remember, Do Not Forget! - Memory, Aging & Dementia in Jewish Life

Sunday, March 7, 2021 23 Adar 5781

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Author, dynamic speaker and activist will speak about his book "Broken Fragments: Jewish Experiences of Alzheimer's Disease."
Rabbi Douglas Kohn became the Rabbi of Temple Beth Jacob, in Newburgh, NY in 2019. Previously, he was Rabbi at Congregation Emanu El in San Bernardino/Redlands, CA from 2001 through 2014, where he steered the congregation through a relocation, capital campaign and construction program Rabbi Kohn served for five years as a rabbinic transition specialist.
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 was a member of the National Board of ARZA – the Association of Reform Zionists of America. In 2005, Rabbi Kohn was an ARZA delegate to the 35th World Zionist Congress in Jerusalem, where he participated in deliberations on the future of Zionism, and he was on the ARZA slate for the recent World Zionist Congress in 2015.
 Rabbi Kohn graduated from Antioch College in Yellow Springs, OH, in 1981, and received his Master’s 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, from which he also received an honorary doctorate in 2012.
He has published numerous articles in the press and Jewish scholarly and general periodicals in his academic interest, American Jewish history, and has written several feature series on his frequent travels to Israel and Europe.
After his diagnosis and treatment for cancer in 2004, Rabbi Kohn focused on writing and teaching about Judaism and health. His first book, on Judaism and cancer, was published in 2008 by URJ Press. Life, Faith, and Cancer: Jewish Journeys through Diagnosis, Treatment, and Recovery.
Since then, Rabbi Kohn has traveled broadly to speak on the themes of the book, and to bring support to the Jewish and wider cancer communities. Also, Rabbi Kohn is a contributing author of the textbook, World Religions for Healthcare Professionals (Routledge Press, Oxford, 2009).
Rabbi Kohn’s most recent volume, titled, Broken Fragments: Jewish Experiences of Alzheimer’s Disease Through Diagnosis, Adaptation and Moving On, was published by URJ Press (2012), and was nominated for the National Jewish Book Award.
Rabbi Kohn is the father of two children, Benjamin and Elena. He resides in Beacon, and is lovingly engaged to his fiancée, Susan R.S. Wertheim.
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