James Q. Kahn

What people call you: Rabbi James

OrganizationJewish Social Service Agency (JSSA)

Location:  200 Wood Hill Rd, Rockville, MD 20850

Denomination: Conservative

Ordained from: Hebrew College Rabbinical School

What do you love most about your work? Being a rabbi, especially at JSSA, has been an invitation to work with people during some of most profound moments of their lives.  As a rabbi, I am invited into hospital rooms, welcomed under wedding canopies and asked to counsel families in the midst of mourning.  It is an immense privilege to say the least.  I view myself as a Jewish treasure hunter, mining millennia of Jewish wisdom for gems that speak to the big questions and great challenges of our lives!

How is Judaism valuable in your life? As a drummer, I see Judaism as providing rhythm to life.  Shabbat is a chance to pause, to soak in the silence and the sacredness of being.  When everything really works, it transforms everyday life into song.      My journey to become a rabbi began with my father (who served on pulpits for more than 25 years), and my mother, who raised me in a home infused with Jewish music, ethics, art and wisdom.  I was also greatly influenced by the many teachers I met while interning at Elat Chayyim, a Jewish Spiritual and Medication Center in Upstate New York, and while training at the Jewish Healing Center in Manhattan post 9/11.

Programs/Services you run/offerWeddings and other Lifecycle Events, Group Learning, LGBTQIA Counseling, Couples Classes, Young Family opportunities, Counseling