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Jews in the News: February 2019

Steve Rosenzweig has joined the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra as its chief financial officer. He previously served as the CFO and chief operating officer of the St. Louis Jewish Community Center. A member of Congregation B’nai Amoona, Rosenzweig is an adjunct professor at Washington University’s Brown School of Social Work, teaching financial concepts to graduate students.

Evan Waldman has been named chief executive officer at Essex Industries, an aerospace and defense manufacturer.  A third-generation member of the company’s family, he is the third CEO in the company s 70-year history. Waldman attends Congregation Shaare Emeth. 

Benjamin Lipman is the new general counsel for the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the largest daily paper in Nevada, and the company’s six other smaller publications. Lipman was with the Lewis Rice law firm in St. Louis and was a member of the St. Louis Jewish Light board of trustees. 

Agudas Israel of St. Louis will honor Dr. Dovid and Gitty Greengart at its annual dinner March 10 at the Clayton Crown Plaza Hotel. The Greengarts are strongly committed and dedicated to Agudas Israel and the Jewish community, the synagogue said.

Dr. Alan and Marcia Weiss, Sidney Guller, Rabbi Eli and Devora Kamins and Hindy Anton will be honored at Torah Prep’s annual dinner Feb. 10 at the Four Seasons Hotel. The Weisses are being recognized as Guests of Honor for their support of the school from its founding in 1987.

Guller will receive the Michael Staenberg Hearts of Gold Award for his generosity in supporting the school. He started the Torah Prep Bobbi Guller Scholarship Endowment Fund in memory of his late wife. The fund benefits Jewish girls of St. Louis.

Rabbi Kamins is the Alumnus of the Year in addition to being honored with his wife for their leadership in the school and community. He is the executive director of Esther Miller Bais  Yaakov, and she is a teacher at Torah Prep preschool.

Anton, who teaches second grade at Torah Prep, is being recognized for her 25 years of dedication and service to the school.

Ed Balk was recently honored at the Lynn Myers Congregation-Wide Mitzvah Day sponsored by B’nai Amoona. Gary Myers and Rabbi Carnie Shalom Rose presented Balk with a cape reading “Mitzvah Mensch,” recognizing how Balk “lives and breathes being a mensch … it’s who he is and how he lives every day,” said Liessa Alperin, B’nai Amoona’s director of innovative learning and engagement.

Saraann Parker, a partner at Armstrong Teasdale, has been  named one of the Best Lawyers in America for 2019. She was the only woman ranked in the area of technology law in St. Louis. Parker attends Shaare Emeth.

Rabbi Orrin Krublit of B’nai Amoona will be the new rabbi at Southwest Orlando Jewish Congregation beginning in mid-July. Krublit has been with B’nai Amoona for more than four years.

Nadiv Lev (Levi) Rose was selected to represent Emtza Region USY (United Synagogue Youth) and BAUSY (B’nai Amoona chapter) at the first USY National Israel Conference, which took place in New Jersey last month. He also represented BAUSY at the International AIPAC Policy Conference in Washington, D.C., in March. A junior at Whitfield School, he is the son of Rabbi Carnie and Paulie Rose.

Seniors Jason Garland, Moses Okpala and Josh Thomeczek were members of the Ladue Horton Watkins High School football team that won the school’s first Missouri Class 4 championship in December. The Rams defeated MICDS 48-11. Jason, son of Amy and Burton Garland, is undecided about which university he will attend in the fall.

Moses, son of Kim and Gary Bussard, will study law and psychology at the University of Illinois. Josh, son of JoAnne Levy and Jim Thomeczek, is also undecided. He is president of TIFTY, Congregation Temple Israel’s youth group. Jason and Moses also were named all-state football players. All four students are members of Temple Israel.

Ethan Deutsch, a sophomore, was also on the winning varsity team. He is the son of Jennifer and Jonathan Deutsch.

Maryville University Hillel director Erin Schreiber has received the university’s Core Values award for going above and beyond as related to two of the six core values, innovative leadership and diversity and global awareness. Schreiber, a member of Shaare Emeth, created an innovative model for student engagement, bringing diverse programs to Maryville through the creation of a Hillel that serves both Jewish and non-Jewish students.

Former St. Louisan Meredith Friedman has joined JCC Denver as chief development officer. She is responsible for the strategic direction of the development department, focusing on achieving fundraising goals.

Alan Taxman, wealth management adviser with Merrill Lynch in Clayton, has been named a Forbes magazine Best-in-State Wealth Advisor. The list includes about 30 wealth advisers in Missouri. Taxman is a member of B’nai Amoona.

Stacy Abeles has joined Pedal the Cause as the director of development. She will be responsible for the sponsorship program and the 100 percent giving model in which 100 percent of participant-raised donations are given to Siteman Cancer Center and Siteman Kids at St. Louis Children’s Hospital to fund this lifesaving cancer research. Abeles attends Kol Rinah.

Michael Tessler, president of BUI (Brokerage Unlimited Incorporated), has received the Douglas Mooers Award for Excellence from the National Association of Independent Life Brokerage Agencies. The award is given to the individual most committed to the association’s core value of promoting financial security and consumer choice. Tessler is a member of United Hebrew Congregation.

Alice Handelman was recently honored as a 35-year member of  the National Federation of Press Women at the recent MFPW Professional Communication Conference. She is on the Jewish Light’s board of trustees and is a member of Temple Israel.

Simone Picker is program coordinator for the Beyond Boundaries Program at Washington University. The interdisciplinary curriculum will teach students how to view major issues from multiple frameworks through teamwork and collaboration with teams of professors from the university’s seven schools. A member of Bais Abraham Congregation, Picker will support in the design and implementation of programs and initiatives for the students, coordinate programming with faculty, staff and other campus groups, as well as working and mentoring students in the program.

Sunshine Drapery and Interior Design will celebrate its 50th anniversary this month. Started in 1969, it provides custom window coverings and interior design for home owners and commercial businesses. Owner Bruce Bernstein has worked for the company for over 20 years and purchased it in 2008.

Mark Cantor and John Gaskin III

Mark Cantor recently received a Lifetime Membership award from the St. Louis County NAACP at a Jan. 24 event at The Sheldon. Above, Cantor is pictured with St. Louis County NAACP President John C.E. Gaskin III.

Mark Cantor recently received a Lifetime Membership award from the NAACP.  He and his law firm, Cantor Injury Law, have partnered with the NAACP to focus on community service and outreach, helping to increase and fund community events. Cantor is a member of B’nai Amoona.