Rabbi Friedman is from Baltimore, Maryland. He was born in Vienna, Austria, as the son of Holocaust survivors. Rabbi Friedman graduated from the NJSD (New Jersey School for the Deaf) in 1964; from there, he attended Gallaudet University. In 1969, he graduated with a BA in Political Science. After 40 years of public service, he retired from the Library of Congress. Rabbi Friedman was ordained by the Ner Israel Rabbinical College in 1985. He is happily married to Connie and has 5 children and 14 grandchildren. Rabbi Fred Friedman has been involved with the NCJD and JDC for many years.
Rabbi Friedman is the current 2011-2013 Conference Rabbi.