Honoring Jerry Friedmanby Representative Eliot L. Engel
Posted on 2013-12-19
of new york
in the house of representatives
Thursday, December 19, 2013
Mr. ENGEL. Mr. Speaker, Jerry Friedman is a wonderful example of
someone who has continually given back to his community over the course
of his 85 years.
Jerry was born in Brooklyn on December 9, 1928. He entered the service in 1948, and served in the Army Medical Corps before being discharged as a First Sergeant in 1953. In 1955 he married Lillian and they had two children, Lynn and Stuart, and are grandparents to Sophie and Benjamin.
The family moved to Co-op City and lived there for the next 42 years. There Jerry served on the Board of Directors for six years and was with the Boy Scouts for 20 years, becoming a Scout Master.
He has been a member of the Knights of Pythias for 25 years serving as Chancellor.
Jerry has a long work history with the Gateway Counseling Center where he worked with consumer of mental health services. He was appointed to the Board of Visitors of the Bronx Psychiatric Center, a 360-bed facility accredited by the Joint Commission on Healthcare Organizations and affiliated with the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Bronx Psychiatric Center has three inpatient services and a comprehensive outpatient program.
Jerry's photography hobby led to his pictures being shown at a variety of venues, including synagogues and senior citizen centers.
I wish Jerry the happiest of birthdays and thank him for his many years of service and his many contributions to the community.