On March 23, 2023, the four recipients of the Diller Educator Awards and the recipient of the Diller Prize for Distinguished Lifetime Achievement were announced.
The recipient of the Experiential and Communal Diller Educator Award is Morgan Blum Schneider, Director of the Jewish Family and Children’s Services (JFCS) Holocaust Center, who has been an instrumental leader in the development and success of the Center since 2005. Morgan leads a team that inspires more than 28,000 students, teachers, and individuals annually to be socially responsible and morally courageous citizens, and is known as an esteemed expert in Holocaust and genocide education.
“I see this award as a celebration of the extraordinary work and accomplishments of the JFCS Holocaust Center team. Upon receiving an education award, I reflect on the greatest teachers in my life: The Holocaust survivors that I have had the privilege to learn from over the past 16 years.”Morgan Blum Schneider, Director, JFCS Holocaust Center
Established in January 2001, the Diller Educator awards recognize and honor educational professionals engaged with pre-collegiate Jewish learning who have made an extraordinary impact on the youth of our community. Award categories include early childhood, day school, congregational and supplementary, and Jewish communal and experiential. Morgan was nominated for the Diller Educator Award by community leader Lydia Shorenstein.
“Morgan is deeply passionate about Jewish values and service, which she exemplifies via role modeling when leading workshops and study tours to Europe and Israel, when she helps students recognize and confront antisemitism, and in her own education. To Morgan, the most essential element of her work is empowering young people to proactively confront hatred and antisemitism so that we can stop discrimination in its tracks.”Lydia Shorenstein, Chair of the JFCS Holocaust Center’s Advisory Council
Recipients will be honored at an in-person event on May 18, 2023. Read about all of the 2023 recipients here.