Jonathan Freund received a BA in Theater Directing from Oberlin College, and for over 20 years worked in various capacities in theater, film and television at Manhattan Theater Club, Williamstown Theater Festival, Paramount Pictures, HBO, Warner Bros. and Punch Productions, among many others, on both the east and west coasts. He was Editor of The Official Star Trek Fact Files, for which he also wrote "The Star Trek A-Z," a 9000-entry serialized encyclopedia, and articles such as "Baseball in the 24th Century."
In 2006, he received a Masters in Jewish Education from the University of Judaism. Prior to joining the Board of Rabbis of Southern California, he ran programs with the Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation, Storahtelling, and Camp Alonim. He has taught Torah and Judaica, to adults and youth, at Wilshire Boulevard Temple, Adat Ari El, University Synagogue, Shomrei Torah Synagogue and Milken Community High School. As a writer, he has contributed to the 2007 edition of the Encyclopedia Judaica, and to Murder Most Merciful: Essays on the Ethical Conundrum of 'The Judgement of Herbert Bierhoff' (Studies in the Shoah), edited by Michael Berenbaum.
Mr. Freund has taught Interreligious Dialogue and Leadership as an adjunct professor at Claremont Lincoln University/Claremont School of Theology.
Prior to assuming the position of Interim Execuitve Director, Mr. Freund served as the first Program Director for the Board of Rabbis of Southern California, and its first Director of Educational & Interreligious Programs, where he directed interreligious activities, including interfaith missions and other programs advocating a positive, nuanced vision of Israel; the One People, One Book transdenominational literary program; and education for judicatory leaders, clergy and community leaders.