Park East Synagogue and RASPEDS Annual Dinner 2021

On June 8, 2021, the Park East Synagogue and Rabbi Arthur Schneier Park East Day School communities gathered to celebrate at the Annual Dinner at Park East Synagogue.

Rabbi Arthur Schneier opened the program with a reflection on the community’s perseverance amid the COVID-19 pandemic and shared a message of optimism, stating, “The prescription for the year ahead: be confident and don’t give up. Because the impossible is possible.” 

Israel Nitzan, Acting Consul General of the state of Israel, addressed the Park East community and underscored the need for public officials to continue to combat anti-Semitism. Senator Chuck Schumer, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney and Ambassador Gilad Erdan, Permanent Representative of Israel to the United Nations and Israel’s Ambassador to the United States, joined the celebration virtually, sharing their well wishes for the honorees.

S. Daniel Abraham was honored with the Humantarian Award and as Patron of Higher and Jewish Education in the United States and Israel. Lindsey Dresbach, granddaughter of Rabbi Arthur Schneier, accepted the award on Mr. Abraham’s behalf.

Lindsey Dresbach and Rabbi Arthur Schneier
Lindsey Dresbach accepts the Humanitarian Award on behalf of S. Daniel Abraham.

Dayna Langfan and Lawrence Heller were honored with the L’Dor V’Dor Award for Jewish Continuity and Education.

Dayna Langfan and Lawrence Heller with Rabbi Arthur Schneier and Herman Hochberg

Rebecca and David Zwillinger were honored as Patrons of Education. 

David and Rebecca Zwillinger with Rabbi Arthur Schneier

The teachers of the Rabbi Arthur Schneier Park East Day School were honored collectively as educators of the year for their commitment to their students, particularly amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

View the video highlights from the 2021 Annual Dinner.

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Photography by Heidi Green.