The family of Abe and Mitzi Friedman — including their children, Morris, Marna, Robin, Debbie and David — were honored by the Hebrew Academy of Cleveland (HAC) with its M’dor L’dor Award for their multigenerational achievements.

The award was presented on March 11 during HAC’s 75th anniversary dinner in Cleveland.

The Friedmans lived in Cleveland and attended HAC before moving to Arizona in 1975 “with nothing but a paper shredder and a dream,” according to Friedman Recycling’s website. The company Abe founded in the 1970s now bills itself as one of the largest recycling companies in the Southwest. Abe died in 2000, and the company is currently run by Abe’s sons, David and Morris.

The Friedman family has played a leadership role in the founding of the Phoenix Community Kollel, Shearim Torah High School for Girls, Torah Day School of Phoenix, Yeshiva High School of Arizona and Congregation Ohr Torah. They are also active in Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix, Chevra Kadisha of Phoenix and the American Diabetes Association. JN

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