Michael Freidman, Ed.D.

Michael is an applied psychologist who served over 15 years in the public sector as an educator, psychologist and administrator and has over 30 years of clinical experience. He created and manages an independent practice that provides a unique blend of organizational consulting and clinical intervention for individuals & families as well as business & organizational leaders. He is both a certified school and licensed psychologist.

Active participation in the Reform Movement has marked every stage of Michael’s life. He is Past President of his congregation and URJ’s Philadelphia Federation and has consulted with the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR) on governance issues. He is currently a member of URJ’s North America Board and serves on the Oversight & Long Range Planning Committees. In addition, he is Chair of the URJ-CCAR Joint Commission on Outreach, Membership & Caring Communities and serves on a number of workgroups for current URJ initiatives. Most recently, he co-authored “Clergy Retirement: Endings & New Beginnings for Clergy, Their Families & Congregants”.

Michael is particularly interested in applying his professional skills and experience to work with clergy, congregations and Jewish organizations and has therefore created Congregational Consulting Network as an independent service provider to the Jewish community. Numerous rabbis and cantors from various denominations are among his coaching clients. He seeks to draw continued vision and purpose in these endeavors through greater understanding of Torah and texts of our Jewish ancestors.


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