David Friedman Will Be Honored for his Service to Ohev Sholom

On Saturday, January 20th, during Shabbat morning Services, Congregation Ohev Sholom will honor David Friedman with the Moe Deutch Distinguished Service Award.

David has been a mainstay in both leading services and reading Torah for many years. He joined Congregation Ohev Sholom in 2003 and throughout the years has served on the Board of Directors, as Vice President of Worship and Vice President of Education. Just this month he began yet another term as Vice President of Worship.

David Friedman

David Friedman

David leads Friday evening services at Village Shalom once a month for the residents. Along with longtime friends Richard Baumgarten and Lisa Siegel for the past 15 years he has read Torah and lead Shabbat morning services once a month at Village Shalom. He loves the challenge of Torah reading and bringing that to others in our Jewish community.

As Ohev’s Vice President of Education, David has organized Beit Midrash sessions, Café Ohev speakers along with the Congregation’s yearly Shaw Scholar in Residence Weekend. He is always open to suggestions from committee members for new ideas. He currently leads morning minyan at Ohev. David is quite humble about his years of volunteer work. When past president Larry Gordon told him that he would receive this award, his first words were, “Why me? What have I done?”

David has a love of learning and is an avid reader. Along with his wife, Elaine, he loves classical music – chamber music of Shubert, symphonies of Mahler and operas of Verdi are favorites.

The community is invited to attend Services on Saturday, January 20th at 9:30 a.m. to honor David as he receives the Moe Deutch Award. A kiddush luncheon in David’s honor will follow the service.

If you would like to make a donation in David’s honor visit our online donation page or send your donation to the office.

About the Award and Moe Deutch

Moe Deutch was a long-time member of Ohev Sholom. In fact in 1926 he was the first Bar Mitzvah at the 7th and Sandusky location. He served as President, Gabbi, and numerous other official positions. He cared deeply about Ohev Sholom and it was a very important part of his life. In his honor and in recognition of his devotion and extraordinary service to the synagogue, Ohev Sholom developed the Moe Deutch Distinguished Service award. This prestigious award is presented to an individual or individuals that embody the spirit and caring of Moe.

Read more about Moe.