David Friedman

David Friedman and his beloved wife Lisa joined Ohr Kodesh around 1983. But, David and Lisa’s connection to Ohr Kodesh goes back to 1955, when grandparents Joe and Bertha Friedman moved themselves and the families of their three sons and daughter to Washington. They all joined MCJC and became active members of our community.

Like so many in our congregation, David’s commitment to Judaism dates back to his childhood. He learned some chazzanut while in Hebrew School at Bnai Israel, where he was also active in USY (Bnai Israel?! That’s another story better told at another time). David spent the summers of 1969 and 1970 at Camp Ramah in Glen Spey, NY, where he sharpened his conversational Hebrew and cultivated his love of Israel and its people. During his high school years, David was a leader in the local ZOA youth group, and in 1971, took his first trip to Israel with that organization. In the summer of 1973, after high school graduation, David worked as a staff member at Camp Ramah in Palmer, MA.

After getting his bachelors at Washington University and attending two years of graduate school, David and Lisa wedded in St. Louis in 1979. Then, David uprooted Lisa from her home town, and they immediately moved to Maryland. Upon settling in, Lisa began her 40 year career working mostly in the Jewish community, spending the past 16 years fundraising for the Charles E. Smith Life Communities (CESLC). David became an IT consultant, starting out at The MITRE Corporation, where he spent his first 16 years. From there, over several years, David worked for a few other consulting firms, until he landed at KPMG in 2000, which became KPMG Consulting, which became BearingPoint, which became Deloitte Consulting, where he has worked for the past 11 years. Since 1995, David’s work focus has been managing large projects teams that implement and support financial systems for government agencies.

Over the years, thanks to Ed Gerber, David has led the psukei d’zimrah service on either Rosh Hashanah or Yom Kippur. Every year from 1996 to 2013, David also led services at CESLC’s Revitz House on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. He likes to tell about how, in many of those years, he would show up for p’sukei d’zimrah at Ohr Kodesh, then hop in his car to make it in time to conduct the service at Revitz House, then high-tail it back to Ohr Kodesh for rest of the service.

David can’t remember how long ago it was when Alan Kahan drafted him onto the Floor Gabbai team.  David said that at first, he was nervous about messing up the Shabbat services, but with Alan’s encouragement, the anxiety quickly gave way to sheer enjoyment. He combines the seriousness of the role with a sense of playfulness as he schmoozes and weaves his way through the sanctuary: catching up on the news, sharing a laugh, and sometimes cajoling people into accepting an honor.

David and Lisa are extremely proud of their children, Rachel and Noah who grew up in Ohr Kodesh. Today, Rachel lives in Manhattan and manages IT security operations for Madison Square Garden. Noah and his fiancé Christianna live in Philadelphia, where Noah has started his own graphic design practice, applying his creativity to help non-profits in the region.
When he has spare time, David enjoys riding his bicycle and tending his vegetable garden, but not at the same time. However, on occasion, he does get to do three of his other favorite things at once: play golf, drink beer, and have a cigar. David and Lisa have shared some incredible vacation journeys across the USA and around the rest of the world, treasuring their adventures together.

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