Featured in the CJN - Week of July 4, 2014 - 7 Tammuz 5774

Picture

Serving Jews’ needs in Hillcrest area

The Chabad Family Center in Lyndhurst, established in January, operates out of the home of Rabbi Mendy Freedman and his wife, Chaya, at 5290 Graham Drive. It serves about 2,000 Jewish families living in Lyndhurst, Mayfield Heights, Highland Heights and Richmond Heights.

“Quite a few families contacted Chabad of Cleveland and said they wanted Chabad to come out and serve the needs of this community, instead of having to travel to Beachwood or Solon,” Mendy Freedman said, “especially for the younger Jewish kids.”

Freedman, who was raised in Argentina as a child of Chabad emissaries, said he learned from a young age to devote his life to spreading Judaism and helping all Jews. His mother, Sarah Freedman – Rabbi Leibel and Devorah Alevskys’ oldest daughter – helps run a Chabad house in Argentina with her husband, Rabbi Moshe Freedman.

After his bar mitzvah, Freedman studied at Chabad yeshivot in Israel and Detroit. He also studied at a yeshiva in Montreal and at the Lubavitch Central Yeshiva in Brooklyn, where he prepared for his ordination from the Chabad Rabbinical Court of Israel.

“During my last years at the yeshiva in Israel, I started doing my own outreach at other Chabad centers (around the world),” he said. “I really loved doing this outreach work. It all comes from what the Lubavitcher Rebbe taught us: love your fellow Jew as yourself, the unconditional love he gave out to every single person.”

Chaya Freedman, who runs the women’s programs and children’s activities for the Chabad Family Center, also grew up in the home of Chabad emissaries in Pittsburgh. She studied in Israel and at Beth Rivkah Seminary in Brooklyn.

The Freedmans lived in New York before moving to Lyndhurst. They have a daughter, Shaina, 3, and a son, Sholom, 4 months.

Services and programs are being held in the Freedmans’ home. Mendy Freedman said they hope to relocate to another site at some point.

“With the amount of Jewish families who live in the area, there’s definitely a need to expand,” he said. “Our goal is to eventually have a vibrant Jewish community in this area.”

- For the Full Article in the Cleveland Jewish news click here.