Family Thanks 1,000 Supporters, Much More Needed

The tragic and untimely passing of R’ Elias (Eli) Friedman OBM in Crown Heights at the young age of 48, from sudden cardiac arrest, a month shy of his first wedding anniversary and 4 days after the birth of his firstborn daughter, has touched the hearts of thousands of people.

Elias led a life of goodness and kindness, always first to help a fellow person, whether in his job as a Critical Care Paramedic for Senior Care, or volunteering with Chevra Hatzala of the Upper West Side, or in the Shuls he frequented. He was a beloved member of Cong. Ohav Sholom in the Upper West Side, and Young Israel of Pelham Parkway in the Bronx.

A $500,000 fund has been set up for the benefit of the young widow Rivka Friedman (daughter of Gershon and Nina Orenstein from Crown Heights), and newborn baby Malya Leah, to give them the chance to have a stable normal life.

Almost $75,000 have been raised from over 1,000 supporters, and the family is very thankful to all those who have already donated. However, this amount is only the beginning, and much more is needed.

Please donate generously, and share the link with all your friends and relatives:

The fund is administered by a board consisting of Rabbi Aaron Mehlman (Cong. Ohav Sholom – Upper West Side), Rabbi Yosef Orenstein (Woodcliff Lake, NJ), Rabbi Sholom Shuchat (Crown Heights) and Mrs. Devora Steigman (Flatbush).


  • 1. MP wrote:

    BDE, this is terribly tragic, and My heart goes out to the family. May they be comforted by Hashem, and may they only experience joy and happiness here on!

    I tried donating through the link and my cc was not being authorized. Is there another way to donate?

  • 2. Patrick Campbell wrote:

    My condolence to the family ,sorry to hear of your loss, l pray their strength at this time,

  • 4. A plea wrote:

    We have to do our part in assisting the widow. Don’t jump all over me but please, stress the importance of life insurance. Term is cheap and not a luxury esp when having children. The community has an obligation to support widows and orphans but still men should never leave their family in desperate need.


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