Newsmaker: Eileen Freedman
Noteworthy: The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh recently named Freedman the recipient of the 2016 Ira and Nanette Gordon Community Professional Achievement Award, which recognizes outstanding professionals in the early years of their career.
Residence: Squirrel Hill
Family: Husband, Jeff; sons, Noah, 18, and Ari, 15
Occupation: Music director at the Community Day School
Education: Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Physiology, University of Pittsburgh; bachelor’s degree in Music Therapy, Duquesne University
Background: Freedman in 2005 joined Community Day School, where she teaches general music and organizes music events. Those include the regular Kabbalat Shabbat, the biannual Zimriah and the Drum Olam ensemble she created. Previously, Freedman worked as a music specialist at the Jewish Community Center of Pittsburgh’s James and Rachel Levinson Day Camp. She was a Kindermusik educator and served as a cantorial soloist at Tree of Life Congregation. She taught Sunday school music at Congregation Beth Shalom for 10 years.
Quote: “A child’s education is not complete without the arts. Music is expressed, felt and experienced. Music enriches children’s academic experience and connects them to the world and to each other.”