A person is three names:
one that he is called by his father and mother;
one that people know him by,
and one that he acquires for himself.
Enoch David Goodfriend loved the art of making good food and pleasure of good company.Some say it all started in Betty Goodfriend’s kitchen, where the smells of Shabbos greeted everyone coming to the house on Friday afternoons. Some say it all started with the quest of kosher barbeque.
Whenever it started, it ended too soon. Enoch Goodfriend was a fixture of the Atlanta Jewish community. He owned and operated, Goodfriend’s Grill at the Marcus Jewish Community Center from 2009 until his death in June, 2016. As a community caterer for over a decade, Enoch worked with and served several organizations in the Atlanta area including Yeshiva High School, The Weber School, Davis Academy and the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta. Enoch was the son of Cantor Isaac Goodfriend, a Polish-born Holocaust survivor and Betty Goodfriend, a Lithuanian-born Holocaust survivor. Isaac and Betty Goodfriend, along with their sons Mark, Enoch and Perry, moved to Atlanta from Cleveland in 1965. Isaac Goodfriend served as the cantor at Ahavath Achim Synagogue for more than 30 years. Over his life, Enoch was an accomplished musician, and owned and could play any stringed instrument from the mandolin to the koto. He collected rare books and could read, write and speak Hebrew and Yiddish.
“Enoch had a big heart and a genuine love of the Jewish community, which was always evident in everything he did,” Marcus JCC CEO Jared Powers said. “We offer our heartfelt condolences to Enoch’s wife, Kim, a longtime friend and staff member of the MJCCA, and to Avi and Miriam, his children, and his brother, Perry. May Enoch’s memory be a blessing to all who knew him.”
Parshat Vayakhel I