Frederick Half is a retired engineer who worked for both large and small aerospace, defense, and intelligence firms. He also has his own consulting firm. He is a member of the North American Advisory Board (NAAB) of the World Union for Progressive Judaism (WUPJ). Fred has been involved in a twinning program with a Progressive congregation in Poltava, Ukraine for 17 years. During that time he was involved with fundraising for the community, as well as for the Netzer Camps that educate youth in the Former Soviet Union (FSU) about Progressive Judaism. Fred was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University in 1966, and an M.S. in Statistics from Stanford University in 1972. Fred and his spouse Cherie joined Congregation Beth Am in Los Altos Hills, California in 1979, and have continued to be active leaders, with Fred serving as a member of the Board of Directors
and Vice President of Congregation Beth Am, as well as chairing and participating in various committees.
Fred and Cherie have three children, Lauren, Jonah, and Julie, and seven grandchildren.