Melissa and Robert Friedland will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary on Aug. 7. They met in D.C. in 1981 while attending medical and graduate schools, and married in Greenbelt at Mishkan Torah in 1982. They have lived in the Washington area ever since and are members of Kol Shalom.
They have three children: Rebecca Friedland (Joel Finbloom), based in San Francisco; David (Roxanne) Friedland, based in Tulsa, Okla.; and Eli Friedland, based in Potomac. Robert and Melissa are expecting their first grandchild later this year. To celebrate their anniversary, the family is going on a long-awaited cruise in Alaska to do what they love most — spend time together in the great outdoors.