Cary A. Friedman
Chaplain, Speaker, Consultant, Author

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Audience Feedback

“Spiritual Survival for Law Enforcement is a valuable workshop
that helps  police officers rebuild their spirits. Officers have assaults to their
spirit every day,  seeing man's inhumanity to man, lives cut short and the
many other stressors that come their way. Often, the spirit is neglected, leading to
mental health and other issues.

This workshop is non-denominational in nature.  It focuses on the officers'
well-being. It affirms the crucial and honorable role that officers play in our
communities - roles that are often questioned and criticized by our communities.  
Spiritual Survival for Law Enforcement is a place where officers can replenish
their spirits and return to their jobs with new-found energy and hope.”

Louise Pyers, M.S., B.C.E.T.S., Executive Director, CT Alliance to
Benefit Law Enforcement, Inc.



“On a daily basis, law enforcement officers see the worst that people can do.
They are first responders in times of natural disaster or man-made calamity.
Such routine exposure to extraordinary events can and do wear down the
emotional and spiritual well-being of the men and women who are pledge serve
and protect. The suicide rate among law enforcement officers is formidable, as
are the rates of alcoholism and divorce. All too often good men and women
simply burn out and leave the profession no longer able to cope with the human
tragedy and abuse that they are eye-witness to. That's why Shield of Faith
of Louisville, Kentucky hosted Chaplain Cary A. Friedman to host a full
day, two session course about "Spiritual Survival For Law Enforcement."
This topic is so timely and so critically important to the men and woman
of local law enforcement in Louisville, Kentucky that attended.

 The Mission of Shield of Faith is to build community amongst members
of law enforcement that have faith in Jesus Christ as a common bond so
as to encourage one another to “walk by the Spirit” (Gal. 5:16-26); to help
 all officers and their immediate family in time of need (Mark 12:31); and
to build bridges between the local community of faith and law
enforcement personnel (Gal. 6:10). Romans 1:16-17 – “For I am not
ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone
who believes…as it is written, ‘The righteous shall live by faith.’”

Shield of Faith

Louisville, KY


"Rabbi Cary A. Friedman has a keen understanding of the issues facing 
law enforcement officers on both an emotional and spiritual level. … I 
have had the privilege of … hearing him speak and teach at various 
seminars. His reputation has spread quickly throughout the International 
Conference of Police Chaplains (ICPC) and he has been asked to a number 
of their regional as well as national seminars. … It is without reservation or 
hesitation that I commend Cary to you as an outstanding instructor 
and speaker.  Your audience will be incredibly blessed by his presence."

Sergeant Craig Hungler

Dublin Ohio Division of Police

President (2005-2007), International Conference of Police Chaplains



“Rabbi Friedman’s unique blend of comedy, spirituality, and
keen insight makes him an engaging speaker. Moreover, his
warmth and depth of experience make him an engaging person.”

 Elana Stein Hain

Resident Scholar

The Jewish Center (Manhattan)



Rabbi Friedman's greatest strength is teaching Torah to literally everyone.
 Rabbi Friedman skillfully presents Torah and Jewish teaching through lenses
 that allow everyone to learn. Rabbi Friedman has many 'lenses' that he can use
 including the use of Batman and other comics. Rabbi Friedman is an excellent
story teller. When you hear him speak, you feel like you are listening to a
story from Zeyde or a Rebbe.

Rabbi Daniel Schweber
Shaarei Tikvah
Scarsdale, NY


It has been our delight to host you at Ohev Shalom of Bucks County, this
medium-sized progressive-leaning Conservative synagogue, for the last two
years as our guest speaker for our Global Day of Jewish Learning programs.
That our congregants were so moved by your first presentation to ask that
we invite you back the following year, speaks volumes.

For “Jews in the pews” who are not usually attracted to serious Torah study,
 you are the perfect antidote! Your presentations ... enabled our adult learners
to see how engaging, fun and relevant to their lives Torah learning can be.
With erudition, passion and wit you present Jewish texts and teachings so
that non-Orthodox Jews can hear them and appreciate them. Best of all, you
make people think and you leave them wanting more.


Rabbi Dan Aronson
Director of Congregational Learning
Ohev Shalom of Bucks County
Richboro, PA




"It was such a pleasure having you at Yale. It's very difficult to
find speakers who can really "speak" to my students at Yale, and
no one does it like you do! Your story so uniquely shows the
koach of real Torah and I'm always inspired from it. … "


Rabbi Adam Heavenrich

Director, Meor

Yale University