Rabbi John Friedman has been rabbi of Judea Reform Congregation of Durham, North Carolina for twenty-four years. He has served as president of Durham Congregations in Action and was instrumental in founding Genesis Home, a shelter for homeless families. He is a recipient of the Martin Luther King "Keeper of the Dream" Award, the City of Durham "Better Human Relations" Award, and the Elna Spaulding Medal for Social Justice for his work in race relations. From 1991 to 1995, Rabbi Friedman was chair of the Central Conference of American Rabbi's Interreligious Affairs and is immediate past-president of the Mid-Atlantic Region of the CCAR. He is currently the chair of the United Way’s Emergency Food and Shelter Program, and serves on the national board of Brit Tzedek V’Shalom. His articles on Bible, Jewish literature, Jewish education, and Black-Jewish relations have been published in a variety of journals. He has served as a visiting professor at Duke University, and lectured at the College of William and Mary and the University of North Carolina.

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