This year’s Annual Dinner of Tribute, scheduled for Wednesday, January 11, will have great significance – in part, the event will mark Central’s 75th anniversary, which has been recognized with events and celebrations throughout the year. It’s a chance for students, parents, faculty, and other members of the Central family to celebrate and reflect on both Central’s incredible past and its exciting future.

This year’s dinner, themed “The Community of Kavod,” will be held at the Woodmere Country Club. Among the Central community members being honored are Dr. Roya & Mr. Michael Samuels, YUHSG Parents of the Year, and the parents of Eliana Samuels (’23). Dr. & Mr. Samuels have made invaluable contributions to the Central community with their service on the Parent Council and the Parent Strategic Advisory Board, and the award is an expression of Central’s gratitude for their time and care.

“The 75th anniversary of an institution committed to excellence in the education of Jewish women is certainly a milestone to be recognized, celebrated, and whole-heartedly supported,” Dr. and Mr. Samuels said. “It is due to schools such as Central that the next generation of Jewish women will achieve a greater understanding of the world, reach for personal academic achievement, and make a lasting difference in our community.”

This year’s Ethel Dworetsky Morrow z”l Inspired Teaching Faculty Award goes to Mrs. Amy Katz, who marks 21 years of teaching History at Central. In addition to her creativity and guidance in the classroom, and her service as Central’s History Department Coordinator, Mrs. Katz also organizes the Central Update, the school’s weekly newsletter, as well as acts as the faculty advisor for Central’s Mock Trial team. The award recognizes her work inspiring generations of students, as well as her support for and collaboration with her colleagues.

“It is a privilege to be honored,” said Mrs. Katz. “I know I’m following a long line of talented educators, and I am humbled to be counted among them – and especially on Central’s 75th anniversary.”

And this year’s YUHSG Alumna of the Year is Mrs. Rachel Sterman Rosenbaum (’10), who facilitates Central’s cultural arts program. Mrs. Rosenbaum has given her time, energy, and dedication to making the Central performing arts experience meaningful and accessible for students. Most notably, Mrs. Rosenbaum made student participation in the performing arts possible for Central at the height of the pandemic.

Many Central students are expected to attend the dinner alongside faculty, staff, and supporters, granting added significance to the event. The dinner will be a celebration of the school’s achievements – past, present, and future.