Diller Educator Awards Virtual Celebration

September 30, 2021
4:00 PM


Learn with Keynote Speaker Rabbi Angela Buchdahl and Honor the 2021 Award Recipients

The community is invited to learn virtually with Rabbi Angela Buchdahl, Senior Rabbi of Central Synagogue in New York City and honor the outstanding educators receiving the 2021 Diller Educator Award and inaugural Diller Prize for Distinguished Lifetime Achievement

4:00 PM PT / 7:00 PM ET

Welcome and Awards

4:20 PM PT / 7:20 PM ET 

Keynote Presentation

4:40 PM PT / 7:40 ET

Awardees Panel

This year's recipients are:

Lilach Mousseiri in the Early Childhood category;

Jamie Zimmer in the Day School category;

Heather Howe in the Congregational and Supplementary category.

Meg Adler in the Jewish Communal and Experiential category; and

Irene Resnikoff with the Diller Prize for Distinguished Lifetime Achievement. 


Read our press release to learn more about each of the recipients.

All are invited.


Organized By: 
Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund
Helen Diller Family Foundation
Event Contact Person: 
Madeleine Simpson
Rabbi Angela Warnick Buchdahl
Rabbi Angela Warnick Buchdahl serves as the Senior Rabbi of Central Synagogue in New York City and is the first woman to lead Central’s Reform congregation in its 180-year history. Rabbi Buchdahl first joined Central Synagogue as Senior Cantor in 2006. In 2014, she was chosen by the congregation to be Senior Rabbi.

Rabbi Buchdahl was invested as a cantor in 1999 and also ordained as a rabbi in 2001 by the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York where she was a Wexner Graduate Fellow. She earned a bachelor of arts in religious studies from Yale University in 1994. Born in Korea to a Jewish American father and a Korean Buddhist mother, Rabbi Buchdahl is the first Asian American to be ordained as a cantor or rabbi in North America. Prior to her service at Central Synagogue, Rabbi Buchdahl served as Associate Rabbi/Cantor at Westchester Reform Temple in Scarsdale, New York.

Rabbi Buchdahl has been nationally recognized for her innovations in leading worship, which draw large crowds both in the congregation’s historic Main Sanctuary and via livestream and cable broadcast to viewers in more than 100 countries.

Rabbi Buchdahl has been featured in dozens of news outlets including the Today Show, NPR, and PBS and was listed as one of Newsweek’s “America’s 50 Most Influential Rabbis.” She serves on the boards of the Avodah Jewish Service Corps, AJC, the New York Board of Rabbis and UJA-Federation of New York.

Rabbi Buchdahl and her husband Jacob Buchdahl have three children.
Lilach Mousseiri
Chai Preschool
Honored in the Early Childhood Education Category
Jamie Zimmer
Yavneh Day School
Honored in the Day School Category
Heather Howe
Temple Isaiah of Contra Costa
Honored in the Congregational and Supplementary Category
Meg Adler
Camp Tawonga
Honored in the Jewish Communal and Experiential Category
Irene Resnikoff
Studio 70
Honored with the Diller Prize for Distinguished Lifetime Achievement