NEW YORK, N.Y. – Senator Joseph I. Lieberman and Rabbi Daniel and Diane Cohen of Stamford were honored by the National Jewish Outreach Program (NJOP) at the organization’s 18th Annual Dinner was held on Monday, Feb. 13.
Lieberman, who is currently completing his fourth and final term as Senator from Connecticut is also the author of a new book “The Gift of Rest: Rediscovering the Beauty of the Sabbath,” which, according to a statement released by the NJOP, “dovetails beautifully with efforts of the National Jewish Outreach Program to promote Shabbat observance through its acclaimed ‘Shabbat Across America and Canada.’
Rabbi Daniel Cohen is spiritual leader of Congregation Agudath Sholom in Stamford. He and his wife, Diane, were presented with the NJOP’s Leslie Nelkin Special Service Award. Rabbi Cohen also serves as chairman of the Vaad Hakashrut of Fairfield County.
He is a national officer of the Rabbinical Council of America, a regional board member of the ADL, and a member of AIPAC’s National Council. Throughout his years in the rabbinate, Rabbi Cohen has worked closely with NJOP introducing many of NJOP’s programs and establishing a significant outreach presence in his congregation.
Other dinner honorees included Dr. David Samadi and his wife, Sahar Danielpour. Natives of Iran, the Samadis fled their homeland after the overthrow of the Shah.
Dr. Samadi is a world-renowned urologist and surgeon at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City; Susan Hecht and David Cohen, who were presented with the NJOP’s Carl and Sylvia Freyer Young Leadership Award; and Rabbi Yitzchak Rosenbaum, NJOP’s retiring associate director.