Rabbi Daniel Hillel Freelander serves 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 Union since 1975, supervising virtually every aspect of the Unions programs and operations. He has served as a regional youth advisor and director of NFTY, regional director of the Unions New JerseyWest Hudson Valley Council and executive editor of Reform Judaism magazine. He supervises URJ administrative and financial operations and is an advisor for the Movements camping and Israel travel programs and URJ Books and Music.
Well known for lecturing on trends in Reform synagogue life and worship, Rabbi Freelander was the guiding force behind many of the Movements signature programs, including the growth of URJ Biennial conventions. 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 CollegeJewish Institute of Religion. A lifetime Reform Jew, he is an alumnus of NFTY, Eisner Camp and Kutz Camp. 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 of Congregation Bnai Jeshurun in Franklin Lakes, NJ. Rabbi Frishman served as editor of the Movements new siddur, Mishkan Tfilah. They have three grown children and live in Ridgewood, NJ.