Rabbi Daniel Freelander will be the scholar-in-residence at Temple Israel of Ridgewood the weekend of March 24 to 25. The program, part of the Rabbi Selig Salkowitz Memorial Distinguished Speaker Series, is co-sponsored by Temple Avodat Shalom of River Edge.
Friday night’s presentation, at 8 p.m., is “The Disorganization of Organized Judaism — A View from Ridgewood,” and Saturday’s talk, at 12:30 p.m., will be on “The Disorganization of Organized Judaism — A View from Jerusalem.”
Rabbi Freelander will talk about his perspective on the challenges and developments of the institutions of the Jewish denominational movements. The Friday night presentation will address local and national trends. The Saturday morning talk will look at Israeli and international developments.
Rabbi Freelander recently retired after 45 years of leadership in the North American Reform synagogue movement. He was first the New Jersey regional director and later senior vice president of the North American Union for Reform Judaism. In 2014 he was president of the World Union for Progressive Judaism. A gifted musician, Rabbi Freelander has composed and recorded dozens of contemporary Jewish melodies. For the last 30 years he has coordinated the annual North American Jewish Choral Festival. He sits on many nonprofit boards, including the Jewish Agency for Israel and the Zamir Choral Foundation.
For more information about the program, go to www.synagogue.org or www.avodatshalom.net.