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Fred Reichman, Sam Bliman, and Bob Grossweiner (left to right) volunteering with City Harvest

Fred Reichman, Sam Bliman, and Bob Grossweiner (left to right) volunteering with City Harvest

Fred Reichman was one of the original members of the Engage Men's Group, which started approximately five years ago, and he enjoys the passionate volunteerism of the group.

When Fred joined the group, he looked forward to interacting socially with other men of a similar age, while doing good works for others throughout the city. The social aspect of the Men’s Group has included going out for dinner together, visits to a comedy club, going to movies and baseball games, and other activities.

Fred is very involved with the Engage Group’s Tech Soup program at JASA Club 76 every Friday. The program provides technical assistance to seniors who want to learn or improve their skills on smartphones, tablets, and computers.

In conjunction with other Men’s Group members, Fred has worked with New York Cares, a nonprofit agency that serves as a clearinghouse for volunteering at various events, such as at the Javits Center Fancy Food shows, where he is involved with sorting and labeling kosher products for distribution to many organizations around the city. New York Cares also provides lunches and interacts with people in need in other ways, including planting seeds at Wards Island for their residential community.

Devoted to meditation, Fred has been a participant in JCC's Makom Havurah group for four or five years as well. The group meets twice a month for two hours, from October through May, combining meditation and discussion to explore many meaningful subjects. He also attends Makom's daily meditation sessions once or twice a week at the JCC.

As if all of these activities were not more than enough, Fred also volunteers as a tour guide one day a week at the American Museum of Natural History. As a kid, Fred loved going to the museum with his father and brother, especially to see the dinosaurs and the Hayden Planetarium. The original Art Deco-style planetarium and its very special dome were torn down to make room for the much larger Rose Center for Earth and Space, which opened to the public in February 2000. It was the beauty and functionality of this new Rose Center that ignited Fred’s interest in training to become a tour guide, which he did in 2001. Fred’s tours usually cover four or five of the 45 exhibition halls in the museum. As Fred says to the visitors on his tours, “You would have to spend a week with me if you wanted to see all the highlights in the museum.”

Before retiring, Dr. Fred worked as a school psychologist in the public school system and with adolescents and adults in a private practice.

Clearly, Fred Reichman is a person who loves being involved in endeavors of great value to others, especially those in need.