The Atlanta Scholars Kollel brought in Rabbi Mayer Freedman, most recently from Phoenix, Arizona to be the rabbi at Anshi in August 2015. As the Associate Rabbi of an established congregation there, Rabbi Freedman taught day school students, directed the Phoenix Vaad Hakashruth, and ran outreach programs, in addition to rabbinical duties. Rabbi Freedman is a certified narrative therapist and marriage educator. Rabbi Freedman and his wife, Shani, are both originally from Baltimore, where Rabbi Freedman studied in Ner Israel Rabbinical College. Shani is a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) and teaches nutrition at a community college. The Freedmans lived for several years in Jerusalem, Israel, while Rabbi Freedman studied in the Jerusalem Kollel and received rabbinical ordination from Rabbi Yitzchak Berkovits.
Talking about Judaism is his number-one favorite thing to do, but Rabbi Freedman also enjoys road trips, graphic design, programming websites, and playing several musical instruments. Rabbi Mayer and Shani are the proud parents of Aryeh Yehuda, 7.5, who just learned how to read, Sara, 6, who loves all things princess, Rachel, who proves to the world that a 4 year old can keep up with anyone, Yehudis, 2, who toddles around busily doing nothing much, and 2 month old Leah who is just getting used to having 4 older siblings looking after her. The Freedmans love to host guests and to get to know new people, so they are looking forward to meeting you!