Jonathan Freirich

Originally from New York City, I received ordination from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in 1999. I lived and studied in Israel at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, the Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem, and WUJS in Arad, as well as volunteering at several kibbutzim, and at the Knesset. Since becoming a rabbi, I have worked with varied age groups and interests, including college students, unaffiliated Jewish 20- and 30-somethings, residents at a home for the aged, Jewish prisoners in a Nevada state prison, a small mountain resort congregation, and now a large Reform congregation in the dynamic South.

In July 2011, I began serving as associate rabbi at Temple Beth El, in Charlotte, NC.

My family of origin is your typical complicated American family with lots of step-siblings and in-laws representing multiple religious and ethnic identities – what a blessing!

As an adult, I have had a wealth of interfaith experiences. I fell in love with and then later married a non-Jewish woman, Ginny Reel, who converted to Judaism and is a caring rebbitzen and a professional Jewish artist (see her work at We have a wonderful son, Jude, and an amazing daughter Sadie, whom we are teaching to navigate through the complications of being empowered Jews in a non-Jewish world.


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