Rabbi Friedman currently serves as the Chairman of the Joint Placement Commission of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations, the Central Conference of American Rabbis and Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. He also serves as a member of the Board of the CCAR and served for many years as a member of the UAHC’s (now URJ) Commission of Synagogue Affiliation. His service on national and regional boards has included the National Conference for Community and Justice (formerly the National Conference of Christians and Jews), The Central Conference of American Rabbis, Interns for Peace, The American Jewish Committee (N.E. Region) and Meretz. He has also served as Adjunct Clinical Faculty for the H.U.C.-J.I.R.
Rabbi Friedman has been actively and passionately engaged in the work of Jewish Education, the pursuit of Social Justice, the resettlement of Southeast Asian and Soviet Jewish immigrants and the establishment of Interfaith and Inter-group Dialogue. His interest in the use of the Myers-Briggs Type Inventory has led him to create workshops and programs using the MBTI as a tool for teambuilding. He has been married to Irene (Neumann) Friedman since 1972 and they are the parents of two sons, Zachary and Jesse (z’l).