Daniel Freelander Member of the Board of Governors

Rabbi Daniel Hillel Freelander is the President of the World Union for Progressive Judaism as of September 2014. In his previous position, Rabbi Freelander served as senior vice president of the Union for Reform Judaism. A gifted musician and keen observer of the North American Jewish scene, he has been on the staff of the Reform synagogue movement since 1975, supervising virtually every aspect of the programs and operations. He has served as a director of NFTY, regional director of the Union’s New Jersey–West Hudson Valley Council, executive editor of Reform Judaism magazine and advisor to the Movement’s camping and Israel travel programs.


Well known for lecturing on trends in synagogue life and worship, Rabbi Freelander was the guiding force behind many of North American Reform’s signature programs, including the growth of URJ Biennial conventions, music publications and its worship transformation initiatives. A lifelong musician, Rabbi Freelander has, together with his friend, Cantor Jeff Klepper, composed dozens of popular Jewish melodies including the well-known “Shalom Rav” and “Lo Alecha.”


Freelander is a native of Worcester, MA, and a graduate of Trinity College and the Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion. He serves on the boards of the Zamir Choral Foundation and Odyssey Networks, an interfaith media group. Rabbi Freelander is married to Rabbi Elyse Frishman, senior rabbi of Congregation B’nai Jeshurun in Franklin Lakes, NJ and editor of the Movement’s siddur, Mishkan T’filah. They have three grown children and live in Ridgewood, NJ.


He is a Board member since October 2014.