RABBI JOHN FRIEDMAN is the founder and national chair of Brit Tzedek's Rabbinic Cabinet, where he leads the effort to provide the nation’s Jewish spiritual leaders with a voice, an outlet, and a source of peer-to-peer guidance as they work to articulate a spiritual, moral, Torah-informed approach to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the possibility of achieving a peaceful resolution. In this capacity, Rabbi Friedman has spearheaded the production of publications such as A Rabbinic Guide to 40 Years of Occupation and Pointing the Way to Peace and Security: A Resource for Rabbis and Cantors on Israel's 60th Birthday, and has provided leadership in articulating Brit Tzedek’s message to both the Jewish community and the American people. He was also the founding chair of Brit Tzedek’s Durham/Chapel Hill chapter, and serves on the organization’s national board.
Rabbi Friedman has been rabbi of Judea Reform Congregation in Durham, North Carolina for twenty-six years. He was ordained at Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1976, has visited Israel frequently since, and received his doctorate from HUC in 2001. In 1997, Rabbi Freidman was a member of a rabbinic delegation that met with Palestinian Authority leadership in Ramallah. He has published extensively on the question of Israeli-Palestinian peace