We are pleased to present this year’s Parents of the Year Award to Rabbi Daniel and Diane Cohen. Rabbi and Mrs. Cohen are deeply dedicated to the values of community, Jewish education, and personal development, as is manifest in their work as Senior Rabbi and Rebbetzin of Congregation Agudath Shalom in Stamford, CT.
Their fidelity to these values is also evident in their volunteer activities on behalf of Ma’ayanot, including hosting Shabbatonim, giving shiurim to our students, and serving as a panelist on both our Open House Parent Panel and our annual Mishmover Community Leadership Panel. As the parents of three Ma’ayanot alumnae, one current student and one future Ma’ayanoter, the Cohen’s are certainly expert in all things Ma’ayanot. When asked separately what they value most about the school, their answers were strikingly similar. Both expressed admiration for Ma’ayanot’s dedication to developing students’ commitment to, and connection with, Hashem by thoughtfully balancing outstanding academics with extensive extra and co-curricular programming that consistently stresses personal and spiritual growth.
In addition to serving as Senior Rabbi at CAS, Rabbi Cohen is a noted author and speaker. In this regard, Rabbi Cohen authored the newly released book, What Will They Say About You When You're Gone?: Creating a Life of Legacy, and also co-hosts a nationally syndicated weekly radio show, The Rabbi and the Reverend. In addition to serving as Rebbetzin for the CAS community, Diane works as a professional organizer.
The Cohens are the proud parents of six daughters: Sara Malka works as a genetic counselor; Michal (‘12) attended Stern College and is currently pursuing a Masters in Counterterrorism at IDC Herzilya; Adina (‘14) learned at Nishmat, did a year of sheyrut leumi, and is currently studying at Stern College; Elisheva (‘16) is learning at Sha’alvim and plans to go to Stern College next year; Tamar is in 11th grade; and Shalhevet plans to begin her career at Ma’ayanot next year.
It is our honor and privilege to be able to bestow this well-deserved award on Rabbi Daniel and Diane Cohen.