Rabbi Daniel H. Freelander

President, World Union for Progressive Judaism
Daniel Freelander

Rabbi Daniel H. Freelander

Rabbi Daniel Hillel Freelander serves as president of the World Union for Progressive Judaism (WUPJ), representing 1.8 million Reform and Progressive Jews and over 1,200 congregations globally. Rabbi Freelander served the North American Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) in senior leadership positions dealing with youth, Jewish education, camping, publications, adult literacy, worship and leadership development for almost 40 years.

A gifted musician and keen observer of the North American Jewish scene, Freelander is well known for lecturing on trends in synagogue life. Together with Cantor Jeff Klepper, he has composed dozens of popular Jewish melodies, including the well known “Shalom Rav” and “Lo Alecha.”

A native of Worcester, MA, he received Rabbinic ordination at the Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) in New York. 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 the Barnert Temple in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey.