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Scholar in Residence


Rabbi James Kahn is the Executive Director of Liberty Cannabis Cares, the social impact and corporate responsibility team at Holistic Industries, one of the largest, privately held, multi-state cannabis operators in the U.S. Rabbi James, as he's known to colleagues and friends, has been at Holistic since its earliest days - opening the very first Liberty dispensary in 2019 before transitioning to a national position as Director of Community Outreach. His unique blend of cannabis experience and community service inspires Holistic's values as a company and improves the industry as a whole.


Kabbalat Shabbat Services
Friday, November 18, 6 pm
Congregation Sherith Israel

Guest sermon by Rabbi Kahn

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Third Friday YAP Shabbat
Friday, November 18
Congregation Sherith Israel

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Dinner: 8 pm: Rabbi James Kahn will be available for conversation about the role of cannabis in Jewish life, what the changing legalization landscape has meant for the Jewish community and answer questions about our neighborhood dispensary, Liberty Cannabis. Catered by La Med. Free. For Young Adults ages 20-40.

Services: 8:30 pm: Celebrate Shabbat for our monthly third Friday late Shabbat led by Cantor Toby Glaser with special guest Rabbi James Kahn. Followed by a dessert oneg. YAP events are for Young Adults in their 20s and 30s.


Better than Wine? A Gen X Consideration of Cannabis

Saturday, November 19, 7-9 PM

Liberty Cannabis, 2222 Bush St.

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Our neighborhood dispensary, Liberty Cannabis, will host a gathering of the Gen X Social Club. Come schmooze with Liberty’s head of social impact, Rabbi James Kahn, and learn everything they didn’t teach us back in the 80's about cannabis. Rabbi James will touch upon a range of topics, including President Biden’s recent statements on cannabis and why the cannabis industry has attracted so many Jews. Light munchies, drinks and samples will be provided. Free.


Cannabis and the Aging Body
Sunday, November 20, 12:30 pm
Congregation Sherith Israel, Bart Hall

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Rabbi Kahn hosts a lunch and learn about the various ways that cannabis has been demonstrated to alleviate some of the ailments of growing older and can be used to lessen the effects of some medication regimes.

Wed, November 30 2022 6 Kislev 5783