The World Union for Progressive Judaism is led by a team of diverse, dedicated individuals around the world who are committed to pursuing and realizing the World Union’s mission together.

Our leadership comprises rabbis, educators and congregation officials as well as young people, from their teens through their twenties, who are the leaders of tomorrow. The World Union also works in close cooperation with leaders of major organizations of Reform and liberal Judaism in the United States and worldwide.

Representatives from dozens of countries sit on our International Assembly, the World Union’s legislative body, ensuring that the organization’s objectives are fulfilled. The Executive Board and Management Committee are the organizational bodies that oversee policy and operational efficiency.

Our Leadership:

Carole SterlingCarole Sterling, Chair

Carole has held many communal leadership positions in the Jewish community, including President of the Canadian Council for Reform Judaism, President of Temple Sinai Congregation of Toronto, Chair of UJA of Greater Toronto Women’s Campaign, and Chair of the URJ Biennial in 2011. She has been serving as Senior Vice Chair of the WUPJ since 2013.

Carole serves on many boards including Holy Blossom Temple, Union for Reform Judaism, Hebrew Union College- Jewish Institute of Religion, CIJA LPC, Rachael’s Centre for Torah and Mussar, The Leo Baeck Day School and ARZA Canada.

Carole earned her both her Bachelor of Arts Degree and a Diploma in Secondary Education from McGill University. She is a graduate of the Wexner Heritage Program and has received numerous awards including the Granovsky Award for Campaign Excellence, the UJA Federation of Greater Toronto Young Leadership Award and the United Israel Appeal Leadership Award.

Carole and her husband Jay live in Toronto, Canada, have two children, Lauren and Cory, and two beautiful grandchildren.

Carole Sterling can be reached at

Rabbi Daniel Hillel FreelanderRabbi Daniel Hillel Freelander, Immediate Past President (2015-2019)

Rabbi Daniel Hillel Freelander served as president of the World Union for Progressive Judaism from 2015 through June 2019. 

Rabbi Freelander served the North American Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) as a staff member since 1975. As a NFTY Director, UAHC Regional Director, North American Director of Program and URJ Senior Vice President, he provided creative vision and management to dozens of programs and projects, including URJ Biennial conferences, music and worship initiatives and publications, camping and Israel programs.

A gifted musician and keen observer of the North American Jewish scene, Freelander is well known for lecturing on trends in Reform synagogue life. Together with Cantor Jeff Klepper, he has composed dozens of popular Jewish melodies including the well known “Shalom Rav” and “Lo Alecha.”

He is a native of Worcester, MA, and holds degrees from Trinity College, Hartford, and the Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion in New York. He serves on the boards of the Zamir Choral Foundation and Odyssey Networks, an interfaith media group. Rabbi Freelander is married to Rabbi Elyse Frishman, editor of the Reform siddur Mishkan T’filah, and former rabbi of the Barnert Temple in Franklin Lakes, NJ. 

Rabbi Freelander can be reached at:

Senior Staff:

  • Eyal Ronder, Vice President for Operations, Israel
  • Danny Jaffe, Chief Financial Officer, Israel
  • Naomi Smook, Chief Advancement Officer, USA
  • Dr. Alex Kagan, Head of Global Strategic Planning and Rector of the Institute for Modern Jewish Studies (Moscow), Israel
  • Ziva Haller Rubenstein, Director of Marketing and Communications, Israel
  • Rita Fruman, Director of Programs and Operations in Russia, Belarus and Ukraine, Israel
  • Lior Argaman, Director of Youth and Young Adult Engagement, Netzer Olami, Israel