Elijah L. Friedman


Friedman, Elijah L., 28, died suddenly, Sunday, August 17, 2014 at his home. Born in Providence, he was the son of Sharon Kurtzer and Robert Sand, both of Warwick. A lifelong Warwick resident, he was dedicated to the field of addiction treatment and recovery.  Elijah was a graduate of RIC and Toll Gate High School, and was a former counselor at Camp JORI.  Dear brother of Mirah Sand of Boston, MA.  Loving grandson of Minnie Kurtzer of Warwick and Isadore and Dorie Sand of Mequon, WI.  Adored nephew of Steven and Donna White, the late Ellen Kurtzer-White, Steven and Ilene Sand, and Michael and Marcia Sand.  Cherished cousin of Hannah, Dena, Tami, Beka, Sagalle, Ben, Mark, Miriam, Mitchel, and Mathew.  Funeral services will be held Thursday at 10:30 a.m. in Temple Am David, 40 Gardiner St., Warwick.  In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to PONI Program – Miriam Hospital, c/o Michelle McKenzie, 164 Summit Ave., Providence, RI 02906.  Shiva will be observed at Temple Am David, 40 Gardiner St., Warwick, Thursday 2-4 & 7-9 p.m.  Minyan at 6:30 p.m.


  1. Lev Poplow
    Aug 19, 2014

    Dear Bob and Sharon… I am so sorry for your loss. Although things seem inconsolable now Elijah’s memory will live on as a blessing for you in your hearts and souls

  2. Betsy Cooper
    Aug 20, 2014

    There are no words to ease your pain. Just know my thoughts and love are with you.

  3. Summers Family
    Aug 20, 2014

    We are saddened by this loss of your loved one at such a young age. Are hearts and prayers are with you. HaMakom yenachem

  4. Jesse Cerro
    Aug 20, 2014

    To Elijah’s family,

    My heart sank when I heard the news of Elijah’s passing. I knew him both in high school and college and I was always fond of him. He was a sweet and truly genuine person. I know that his wonderful spirit will find freedom in whatever lies beyond his life on earth. I am truly sorry for your loss.

    Jesse Cerro

  5. colleen whalen
    Aug 20, 2014

    first I want to give my condolences to his family I am truly sorry for your, Elijah was such a inspiration to so many lives including myself, I will never forget our time we spent together and he has foever changed my life, I’m going to miss you everyday till we meet again. I truly hope you are a peace now and I love you

    • Tracy
      Aug 20, 2014

      Words can not tell you how sorry I am to hear of Elijah’s passing. He will for sure “Rest in Paradise.” We became friends just a short while ago, but never, ever forgotten! My heart is broken~My sincere condolences to his family and friends~

    • Tracy
      Aug 21, 2014

      Friend ~ is what Elijah will be remembered for! Saddened and heartbroken as many~My thoughts and prayers are with Elijah, and with his family and friends. I consider myself to have been lucky to know him. He will be missed beyond words, but fondly remembered & never forgotten~ Thank you Elijah~”Rest in Paradise” – Your Friend Tracy~

  6. Philip Martin
    Aug 20, 2014

    I have known Elijah since junior high school. He was always a great person to be around and like most others, it was both shocking and saddening to hear of his passing. I will remember him as a good friend and someone who was willing to do anything for those he loved. You will be sorely missed by many buddy but may you finally rest in peace.

    To Elijah’s family: I am truly sorry for your loss.

    My condolences,

    Philip Martin Jr.

  7. Shulie Klein
    Aug 21, 2014

    Our deepest condolences on your loss. His memory will live on in the hearts of all who knew and loved him

  8. Andrew Stewart
    Aug 21, 2014

    Elijah and I were peers in Rhode Island College’s Media Center for the length of my college career. He was a genuine, well-balanced, fair person who would treat you with respect as equally as if you were an old friend, even if he had just met you. That sort of compassion and kindness only testifies to his wonderful parents, who can be very proud of their son.

  9. Krissy Britton
    Aug 21, 2014

    My heart is broken beyond words and the world lost an amazing person one in a million.. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. XOXO

  10. Ried and Mindy Redlich
    Aug 21, 2014

    We are so very sorry for the loss of your beloved son Elijah. We were very sad to hear about his passing. We know that his spirit will live on in your hearts forever.

  11. Ellen & Ed
    Aug 21, 2014

    Sharon, Bob and Mirah our deepest condolences – no words can heal or ease what your are all going through – our thoughts and prayers are with you HaMakom yenachem
    our love is with you
    Ellen Nessen

  12. Laura Bromberg and Rob Martin
    Aug 21, 2014

    So sorry for the tragic loss of your beautiful boy. Our thoughts are with you. May Elijah’s spirit soar.

    Laura and Rob

  13. Sarah Goldberg
    Aug 21, 2014

    I was so saddened to hear of Elijah’s passing. The world has lost a sweet, kind, and helpful person. He will be greatly missed throughout the extended Am David community.

  14. Lisa Gallo Rajotte
    Aug 22, 2014

    Please accept my deepest condolences for the loss of your Eljah. While I hadn’t seen Elijah since his elementary school days at Greenwood, I am deeply saddened to hear of his passing. He was a beautiful, intelligent young boy; from all accounts, he touched many lives. So very sorry for your family. Mirah, I remember you as well. May beautiful memories of Elijah comfort you always.

  15. Alyssa Solomon
    Aug 22, 2014

    I have not spoken to Elijah in years, but he was a wonderful person and I am very saddened to hear about his passing. I am lucky to have met you in USY and to have had the honor of getting to know you. I hope you have found peace. It is quite apparent that you have made a great impact in so many peoples’ lives. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.


  16. Roz Raskin
    Aug 22, 2014

    Words can not describe this kind of loss. Elijah and I met at Rhode Island College my freshman year. He was always so welcoming even though I was a few years younger. We had also cross paths years ago at Camp Jori. Elijah loved music and he was one of the first people to book a show for me at Ben and Jerry’s when he was working there. I will never forget how much he encouraged me and how loving he was. I’m sending all his friends and family as much love as I can. He was an unforgettable man with so much heart. Peace be with you all.

    Roz Raskin

  17. Robin & Bill Hadfield
    Aug 25, 2014

    We were so saddened by news of the loss of Elijah! There are no words to ease your pain, but know you are in our prayers. May God comfort you with His presence of peace, hope, and strength.

  18. Carrie Gardiner
    Sep 2, 2014

    My heart goes out to you. VShalom

  19. Marla Waters
    Sep 3, 2014

    I was friends with Elijah during high school and some of my college years. He had such a great heart and an amazing personality. I am so glad he was part of my life and the world is truly a darker place without him. I will miss him and think of him often.

  20. Julie
    Sep 4, 2014

    I am at a loss of word’s. You have touched so many people’s lives. I was so sorry to hear of your passing. I hope all of your worries are gone. I will remember you always . God bless , Julie

  21. Laurie Marsella
    Sep 15, 2014

    As im sitting in the parking lot of my”group” know that I am very sorry for your loss. I have to stop crying before I go home and hug my 2 beautiful children that I don’t appreciate enough til now.I want you to know he helped me in so many ways in such a short time of knowing him.I feel blessed to have been a small part of one another’s lives.I’m sure he touched hundreds of hearts. Again so deeply saddened and sorry. Til we meet again, be at peace, my friend.

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