We are so proud of our very own board member, Steve Friedland, for receiving the Daniels-Danieley Award for Excellence in Teaching at Elon University. He is our Anshei Greensboro feature of the week, and we’re so excited for you to learn more about him!
• Why Federation? When we moved to North Carolina 14 years ago, I was on the outside looking in. I sought a community. Federation provided me with a natural fit, a future, and friends. I am grateful to be a part of a group of people who are so service-oriented and epitomize what community means.
• What inspires you? I am inspired by people who give so much of themselves to others selflessly and with compassion and by the opportunity to experience nature, travel and observe how others frame their lives.
I am driven to continue growing, especially in my relationships and teaching. I am driven to make a difference, from trying to be a better mentor to others and active participant in the community. I heard that the consolation prize for aging is wisdom — although unfortunately not everyone gets the consolation prize. I am trying to avoid that latter category.
• If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why? It would be great to have a magic Harry Potter-like wand that upon one wave, could save or help others.
• Why do you love being Jewish in Greensboro? I am much more aware of being Jewish in Greensboro than I was when I lived in large cities. Despite or perhaps because of the smaller size of the community, it is easier for me to do Jewish things and experience Jewish values. I appreciate the Jewish leaders and the community; there are so many people here from whom I can learn.
• How long have you been at Elon Law and what do you enjoy most about it? I started at Elon with the original group of professors 14 years ago, when the building was still being transformed from the downtown public library. Both my parents were teachers (much better than I am) and teaching law has been like holding a winning lottery ticket.
• In one sentence – who are you? Someone who is grateful for where he is, appreciates the relationships he has, and enjoys what might lie ahead.
To read more about Steve's award, please CLICK HERE.