Temple Emanuel welcomes new president

Courtesy photoMarc Freedman is the new president of Temple Emanuel.

Peabody native Marc Freedman is the new president of Temple Emanuel in Andover.

Freedman, president and CEO of Freedman Financial in Peabody, joined Temple Emanuel five years ago with his family.

He plays the piano for the temple's in-house band The Abbas, and has served as the second vice president of the temple.

Freedman is a professional speaker, and travels the world helping financial advisers serve their clients.

“It’s my honor to assume the role as president of Temple Emanuel," Freedman said in a prepared statement. “This year we will celebrate our 100th anniversary, prepare for Rabbi Robert Goldstein’s retirement after 30 years of spiritual leadership, and launch our Campaign for the Generations. I’m excited about our momentum, our community of openness and sustaining ourselves as the home for Jewish life in the Merrimack Valley.”

Freedman and his wife, Laura, have five children: Mindy, a senior at Babson College; Ilana, a sophomore at the University of Rhode Island; and three who are North Andover High School students — Jerry, a senior; Noah, a sophomore; and Corey, a freshman.

Freedman follows Amy Riemer, who completed her two years as president of the temple.

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