Community Services

Ahavas Chesed Society

7937 Teasdale Court

St. Louis, Mo. 63130


In keeping with the traditions and laws of bestowing dignity after life has ended, volunteer members of this organization are on call to prepare the departed for burial.

Pnina Glassman is president.

American Jewish Committee

7751 Carondelet Avenue, Suite 501

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St. Louis, Mo. 63105

314-721-8866 • fax: 314-721-8626

email: [email protected]


Nancy Lisker – St. Louis Regional Director

The goals of the American Jewish Committee, a national leadership organization, are to ensure the security of Jews in the United States and throughout the world; to safeguard democratic values, nurture pluralism and enrich the quality of Jewish life.

AJC’s basic programs combat anti- Semitism, support Israel, promote international and intergroup relations, influence public policy and strengthen Jewish identity. It is an accredited non-governmental agency to the United States Mission to the United Nations.

Benjamin H. Hulsey is Regional Board President.

American Jewish Congress – St. Louis Region

P.O. Box 16678

St. Louis, Mo. 63105

314-993-5505 • fax: 314-628-9733

email:  [email protected]


The American Jewish Congress is dedicated to fighting anti-Semitism and racism, advancing civil rights, defending religious liberty and helping Israel develop in security and peace.

Locally, AJCongress sponsors the annual Constitutional Conference at Washington University Law School, the Jacobs Lecture, in coordination with Congregation Shaare Emeth, addressing issues of concern to the Jewish community and the Gateway Older Adult Legal Services (GOALS) program, which provides free legal services to the indigent elderly.

Jay Umansky is Region President.

Anti-Defamation League, Missouri/Southern Illinois

34 North Brentwood Boulevard, Suite 2

St. Louis, Mo. 63105

314-721-1270 or 816-471-2028 (from Kansas City)

email: [email protected]

Karen Aroesty – Regional Director

The Anti-Defamation League was founded 95 years ago to combat anti-Semitism and other forms of bigotry. The ADL exposes extremists, promotes civil rights and builds bridges of understanding between people of different backgrounds.

League activities include the anti-bias training of the A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE® Institute, response to hate crimes, assistance to victims of civil rights violations, advocacy for church-state separation and for religious freedom, campus outreach and education, intergroup partnerships and Holocaust education.

The St. Louis office serves all of Missouri, the Overland Park, Leawood areas of Kansas City, Kansas, and Southern Illinois.

David Grebler is ADL Regional Board Chair.

Association for the Advancement of Brit Milah

8001 Gannon Avenue

St. Louis, Mo. 63130


email: [email protected]


Rabbi Michael Rovinsky – Executive Director

Information on ritual circumcision is provided by this service through personal meetings, brochures and classes. The association provides the services of a mohel as a community service, regardless of financial ability. The association works closely with community rabbis of all denominations to insure a quality and meaningful brit milah procedure and ceremony for all members of our community.

In addition to the St. Louis area, Rabbi Michael Rovinsky C.M., Executive Director of the association, travels throughout the United States providing the Association’s services.

Association of Reform Rabbis


The Association of Reform Rabbis brings together the Reform rabbis in the St. Louis area to share ideas and coordinate collaborative programs of the local Reform congregations and the national Reform movement, the Union for Reform Judaism. Rabbi Jim Bennett of Congregation Shaare Emeth is president.

Barnes-Jewish Hospital

One Barnes-Jewish Hospital Plaza

St. Louis, Mo. 63110



Barnes-Jewish Hospital at Washington University Medical Center is a non-profit, 1,228 licensed-bed, tertiary-care, teaching hospital that is consistently ranked on the Honor Roll as one of the best hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report. The hospital’s 1,845-member medical staff includes full-time academic faculty from Washington University School of Medicine, as well as community physicians. Barnes-Jewish Hospital’s unique services for the Jewish community include the presence of a rabbi to attend to the diverse religious and spiritual needs of affiliated and unaffiliated Jewish patients, families and staff. Kosher meals are available upon request, and the Refugee Health and Interpreter Services department provides case consultation and interpreter services to all refugees and immigrants that come to Barnes-Jewish Hospital for care. Richard Liekweg, is hospital president. Rabbi Dale Schreiber, M.A., serves as Chaplain Rabbi and Jewish Care Coordinator of Barnes-Jewish Hospital through the Spiritual Care Department.

Bikur Cholim Visitors Network


Contact: Miriam Florans

Volunteers for Bikur Cholim Visitors Network visit sick, elderly, and incapacitated individuals in hospitals and nursing homes in the St. Louis area. We are a resource for out-of-towners visiting for medical purposes and can assist those in medical need in the way of transportation and hospitality.

Saul Brodsky Jewish Community Library

12 Millstone Campus Drive

St. Louis, Mo. 63146

314-442-3720 • fax: 314-432-1277

email: [email protected]


Barbara Raznick – Library Director

The Saul Brodsky Jewish Community Library occupies 4,700 square feet of newly remodeled space in the Jewish Federation Kopolow Building. The library houses more than 23,000 volumes of fiction and non-fiction. It contains a children’s area, reference section and the St. Louis Jewish community archives.

The library carries newspapers, periodicals, compact discs and large print novels, as well as a large collection of feature films of Jewish interest. The library has public access computers for reference and internet access, WiFi and gourmet coffee.

The library is open Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, 9 a.m-5 p.m.; Tuesday, 9 a.m.- 8 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.; and Sunday 10-2.

M. Paul Kravitz is Chair.

Central Agency for Jewish Education

12 Millstone Campus Drive

St. Louis, Mo. 63146

314-432-0020 • fax: 314-432-6150

email: [email protected]


Sonia Dobinsky – Executive Director

The Central Agency for Jewish Education serves all branches of Judaism and all age groups. Among the programs and services offered by CAJE are:

• Councils for directors of camps, day schools, early childhood centers, religious/Hebrew schools, family education and youth programs

• For families: Our Jewish Home, Jewish Family Education Program Bank

• For teachers: Cutter Creativity Center and on-line resource center, education fair, teacher training workshops, school enhancement grants, teacher certification program, teacher awards and conference grants.

• For Israel: School matching programs, Israel Fellows, Passport to Israel, Teen Trips and Israel Scholarships for Teens.

• Teens: JOLT – Jewish Opportunity and Learning for Teens, Choices College Fair, B’nai Tzedek Youth Philanthropy Program

• Special Needs: Kulanu Hebrew tutoring

• Adults: Florence Melton Mini-School, Center for Adult Jewish Learning.

Marcia Moskowitz is President.

Chevra Kadisha Ohave Sholom Association

6833 Waterman Avenue

St. Louis, Mo. 63130


The Chevra Kadisha Ohave Sholom Association, founded in 1937 as a congregation of German-Jewish refugees, helped new arrivals find jobs and homes. Members purchased part of the property at 7400 Olive Boulevard to use as a cemetery. At 88 by 91 feet, it is perhaps the smallest Jewish cemetery west of the Mississippi River.

Lindsay Cann is President.

Community Chaplaincy Program

Jewish Family & Children’s Service

10950 Schuetz Road

St. Louis, Mo. 63146

314-812-9382 • fax: 314-812-9398

Rabbi Elizabeth Hersh – Chaplain

The Community Chaplaincy Program brings the Jewish community to residents of skilled nursing and assisted living facilities who otherwise may be unaffiliated with the Jewish community. Group programming and individual pastoral care visits are provided.

Community Rabbinic Service

1 Barnes Jewish Hospital Plaza

St. Louis, Mo. 63110

Mail Stop 9053391

Jewish Care Coordinator

314-454-5681 • fax: 314-362-0149

email: [email protected]

Rabbi Dale Schreiber, MA, serves as Chaplain/Rabbi and Jewish Care Coordinator of Barnes-Jewish Hospital through Spiritual Care Services. Rabbi Schreiber is available to assist Jewish patients, family and staff with religious and spiritual needs Monday – Wednesday. Rabbi Laurence Glestein provides rabbinic/chaplain support on Friday.

Rabbi Schreiber oversees the festival cycle at the hospital and responds to inquiries regarding Shabbat and other services on an individual basis. Rabbi Laurence Glestein is Chaplain Rabbi through BJC West Monday through Thursday.

ElderLink St. Louis

10950 Schuetz Road

St. Louis, Mo. 63146

314-812-9300 • fax: 314-432-4058

email: [email protected]


Lori Zimmerman, LCSW

What would you do if your elderly mother’s physician told you that she should not live alone any longer, but you have no idea how to begin searching for an assisted living facility? Or imagine being told that you need to give up your driver’s license, but you don’t know where to turn for transportation for errands and doctor’s appointments? Now, Jewish older adults, their children and caregivers can call on ElderLink St. Louis, a centralized resource providing free advice and referrals on all issues affecting seniors.

The program is a project of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis, administered by Jewish Family & Children’s Service. Staff members, who hold masters degrees in social work and are experts in gerontology, put users in contact with programs and resources available to Jewish seniors in the area. They connect users with advice and information on everything from aging in place and caregiver resources, to employment, end-of-life services, financial resources, housing, learning and recreation, physical and mental health, safety issues and much more.

ElderLink St. Louis is funded by the Lubin-Green Foundation, the Carl & Fay Simons Endowment and BJC Health Care.

Holocaust Museum and Learning Center In Memory of Gloria M. Goldstein

12 Millstone Campus Drive

St. Louis, Mo. 63146


email: [email protected]


Jean Cavender – Museum Director

Daniel Reich – Curator & Director of Education

Andrew Goldfeder – Museum Coordinator

The Holocaust Museum and Learning Center contains a permanent collection of educational exhibits on the Holocaust including artifacts, photographs, text and audiovisual displays.

A theater/auditorium that seats more than 100 is used for lectures, special exhibitions and a monthly film series. The facility is one of a few that focuses on the Holocaust as seen through the eyes of many of the 350 Holocaust survivors who made St. Louis their home. The center offers teacher training programs, a speaker’s bureau and a resource library. A self-guided audio tour is available for visitor use.

The Museum is open Monday through Thursday 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Friday 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday 10 p.m. to 4 p.m. Docent led tours by appointment.

The Holocaust Museum is a department of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis.

Margi Lenga Kahn is Chairperson.

Jewish Community Center



Lynn Wittels – President

• Staenberg Family Complex (SFC)

2 Millstone Campus Drive

St. Louis, Mo. 63146

• Marilyn Fox Building (FOX)

16801 Baxter Road

Chesterfield, Mo. 63017

The stunning Staenberg Family Complex in Creve Coeur and the equally impressive Marilyn Fox Building in Chesterfield offer a world-class fitness experience to JCC members. Each features the latest in equipment technology, full gymnasiums that can accommodate basketball, volleyball and badminton; indoor and outdoor running tracks; three indoor pools, including a recreational pool in the Staenberg Family Complex and two outdoor pools. The SFC also offers racquetball, handball, international squash and tennis courts, and batting cages are available at FOX. All memberships include free group exercise, yoga, Spin and mat Pilates classes.

While health and wellness is our mission, the JCC isn’t just about fitness. Hundreds of programs educate and challenge people of all ages and abilities. The Early Childhood Center (both locations) offers child care and the award-winning Ethical Start® program education for children six weeks through five years. A new Adult Day Center (SFC) provides the highest-quality care for loved ones, and senior adult programming provides catered and home-delivered meal services.

The JCC hosts a variety of summer day camps at both locations, and Camp Sabra provides a residential sleep-away camp experience on the Lake of the Ozarks. Professional cultural programming, including the St. Louis Jewish Book and Film Festivals, live theater from renowned New Jewish Theatre, and children’s theater round out offerings that serve the minds, bodies and souls of the Jewish community, and the community at large, well.

Jonathan Deutsch is Board Chair.

JCC Helene Mirowitz Center of Jewish Community Life

email: [email protected]

Rabbi Brad Horwitz – Director

• Staenberg Family Complex

2 Millstone Campus Drive

St. Louis, Mo. 63146


• JCC Marilyn Fox Building

16801 Baxter Road

Chesterfield, Mo. 63005


The JCC Helene Mirowitz Center provides Jewish engagement, education, cultural, Israel and community outreach programs in the St. Louis Jewish community through the JCC Cultural Arts department, the JCC Adult and Nutrition Services department, Nishmah: The St. Louis Jewish Women’s Project and the JCC Family Centers. 

Young family programs include parent/toddler classes, Jewish holiday programming, playgroups, Shalom Baby, Tour de Fun, a birth education class for first-time parents called “Lamazel Tov,” Tot Shabbat and more. 

Jewish adult cultural programs include St. Louis Jewish Book Festival, New Jewish Theatre and St. Louis Jewish Film Festival. Community programs offered include the Hazon CSA organic food, Yom Ha’atzmaut and Songleader Bootcamp programs.

A weeklong Festival of Jewish Life is planned for March 2012 in partnership with the St. Louis Rabbinical Association and CAJE.

In partnership with B’nai B’rith, the center also provides special programming for Jewish active adults. Adult Day Center program and kosher community meal services are provided as well. Staff includes Zelda Sparks, Susan Kaplansky, Sara Winkelman, Emilie Brockman, Marianne Chervitz, Marcia Evers-Levy, Diane Maier and Kathleen Sitzer. 

Steven Goldenberg is Center Chair.

Jewish Community Relations Council

12 Millstone Campus Drive

St. Louis, Mo. 63146

314-442-3871 • fax: 314-989-1361

email: [email protected]


Batya Abramson-Goldstein – Executive Director

The Jewish Community Relations Council is an organization of 17 local Jewish organizations that provides a forum for discussion and coordinated action on public policy issues of concern to the Jewish community at the international, state and local levels.

A constituent agency of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis, the JCRC conducts educational and advocacy efforts on international and domestic issues of interest to the community. The JCRC also works to promote understanding among religious, ethnic and racial groups through coalition efforts and dialogue activities. JCRC areas of focus include Israel, international human rights, social justice and religion/state among others. JCRC activity with youth includes the Student-to-Student Program, the Israel Teen Advocacy Group (ITAG) the Teen Jewish Environmental Initiative, a teen Jewish/Muslim Teen Dialogue group (JAM) and the St. Louis-Israel Connection (SLIC) for young adults.

The JCRC administers the Jewish Fund for Human Needs (JFHN), which it co-sponsors with the St. Louis Rabbinical Association. The JFHN provides Jewish engagement in philanthropic efforts in the general community. The Bohm Social Justice Initiative educates and engages the Jewish community in a broad range of activities in the arena of social justice. The Michael and Barbara Newmark Institute for Human Relations at the Jewish Community Relations Council was established in 2010. It is dedicated to advancing pluralism by organizing, supporting and promoting programs and activities that foster good human relations between people of diverse backgrounds.

Gerald P. Greiman is President.

Jewish Family & Children’s Service

10950 Schuetz Road

St. Louis, Mo. 63146

314-993-1000 • fax:314-812-9398

email: [email protected]


L. Louis Albert – Executive Director

For over 140 years, Jewish Family & Children’s Service has provided help to individuals and families dealing with serious physical and emotional difficulties, as well as everyday concerns. Programs and professional therapy focus on marital difficulties, individual personality disorders and mental illness, family relationships, elder care planning, the Harvey Kornblum Jewish Food Pantry (see separate entry), child abuse prevention, homemaker care, community chaplaincy outreach and psychological assessments.

Frederic Steinbach is Board President.

JF&CS – Jewish Connections Program

10950 Schuetz Road

St. Louis, Mo. 63146

314-993-1000 • fax: 314-812-9398

email: [email protected]

The Jewish Connections Program offers education and linkage to community resources for individuals and families in the Greater St. Louis area living with mental illness, addictions and/or in violent situations.

JF&CS provides individuals with case management and counseling, psychiatry services and gives support to the caregivers.

For information, contact Ai Ling Nunn.

Jewish Federation of St. Louis

12 Millstone Campus Drive

St. Louis, Mo. 63146

314-432-0020 • fax: 314-432-1277


Barry Rosenberg – President and CEO

Jewish Federation of St. Louis is the Jewish community’s central philanthropic, planning and community-building organization. Founded in 1901, it is one of the region’s most respected and effective nonprofit organizations.

Federation is committed to the ongoing development and enhancement of a thriving Jewish community through a family of more than 50 local, national and international agencies, programs, services and innovative projects. Local agencies and programs supported by Jewish Federation include: Jewish Community Center, St. Louis Holocaust Museum and Learning Center, Jewish Family & Children’s Service, community website and ‘next generation’ programs such as NextDor, Moishe House, Jewish Student Union, Concierge Services, Hillel at Washington University and the University of Missouri-Columbia, the Employment Assistance Program, PJ Library, One Happy Camper, no-cost Israel trips such as Birthright Israel, the Rubin Israel Experience and Otzma.

Federation’s Annual Community Campaign, targeted giving and ongoing Planned Giving opportunities raise funds necessary to provide services to ensure a thriving and vibrant Jewish community through six strategic priorities:

• Create a community that will retain and attract young adults and families with young children

• Support Jewish learning and identity of future generations

• Educate and advocate for a strong Israel and safe Jewish world

• Provide a safety net for vulnerable Jews

• Develop exceptional human resources

• Strengthen and optimize the community’s infrastructure to meet present and future realities and challenges.

Federation represents the Jewish community in Jefferson City and Washington D. C. and is also the community’s central connection to worldwide Jewish communities. Federation supports 20 national and two international agencies, the Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI) and the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC). Since 1945, Jewish Federation donations have rescued Jews from dozens of lands of distress and brought three million new immigrants to Israel. Federation links St. Louis and Israel through the Partnerhship2Gether sister-city program. Federation is a United Way beneficiary.


Jewish Federation is committed to the development and enhancement of a thriving, vibrant Jewish community. Federation provides leadership, convenes the community to face challenges and adopt best practices to meet them. Federation’s commitment to the strength and welfare of the entire Jewish community encompasses each Federation strategic priority.


Volunteers serve on boards and committees, raise funds, oversee endowments, secure grants, examine needs, plan for the community and distribute funds to meet the needs. To attract, enhance and improve the Jewish community’s pool of volunteer and professional leaders, Federation launched the I.E. Millstone Institute for Jewish Leadership.


Annual Community Campaign – The Jewish community’s largest fundraising effort supports high-quality agencies, programs and services that sustain our community’s vision of a thriving, vibrant and engaged Jewish community – as reflected in Jewish Federation’s Strategic Plan.

Funds are raised face to face, online at, over the phone, at special events and through direct mail and e-philanthropy.

Giving opportunities:

Jewish Community Foundation of St. Louis (JCF) – Our community’s central resource for endowments and planned gifts. A new planned giving fundraising strategy has been implemented, “Create a Jewish Legacy,” that is working with 21 Jewish community agencies and congregations. Since January 1, 2011, 79 bequest commitments have been made valued at nearly $6 million. Nearly 200 individual legacy conversations have taken place and 55 presentations have been made to groups across the community.

Federation conducts Emergency Campaigns in response to national and international crises to provide food, clothing, medical support, emergency relief and rescue efforts.

Federation’s Lifeline Fund gives financial help to St. Louis Jewish individuals and families who are in immediate need as a result of the nation’s economic and employment situation.

Jewish Federation hosts and supports many special projects and events sponsored by individuals, corporations and foundations. The Lubin-Green Foundation, a supporting organization of Jewish Federation, and the Millstone Foundation are a prime example. These two foundations are funding the new I.E. Millstone Leadership Institute.

Jewish Federation’s affinity groups connect people by gender, age, common interests and profession. They support Federation through fundraising and a variety of social, educational, networking and donor-recognition events. Groups include:

·Lion of Judah – a giving society for women who contribute $5,000 or more to Jewish Federation’s Annual Community Campaign.

·Young Professionals Division (YPD) – for men and women in their 20s and 30s.

·Women’s Connection – for all ages, backgrounds, interests, lifestyles and income levels.

·Professional societies include: Maimonides Society for medical professionals; Cardozo Society for legal professionals and Montefiore Society for financial and insurance professionals.

Robert Millstone is Jewish Federation Chair.

Harvey Kornblum Jewish Food Pantry

10950 Schuetz Road

St. Louis, Mo. 63146

314-812-9309.fax: 314-812-9398

email: [email protected]

The Harvey Kornblum Jewish Food Pantry (HKJFP), a program of Jewish Family & Children’s Service, provides food, personal care items and social service referrals to help individuals and families through difficult times.

More than 1.2 million food and personal care items are distributed each year to those in need. Kosher food and some special dietary needs can be accommodated. Client confidentiality is of paramount importance.

The HKJFP utilizes volunteers to provide assistance in the pantry, sort donations and make Bima Baskets to raise funds for pantry operations. If you are interested in learning more about the HKJFP or would like to host a food drive, please contact Donald Meissner, Community Outreach Coordinator at 314-812-9307 or [email protected]. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Kelly Mueller, Volunteer Coordinator of JF&CS, at 314-812-9386 or [email protected].

Kosher Meals on Wheels

Brith Sholom Kneseth Israel – Marilyn Dien


Kosher Meals on Wheels provides supplementary meals for the elderly homebound and persons recuperating from a hospital stay. Participating congregations are Brith Sholom Kneseth Israel and Shaare Zedek.

Stanley A. Marcus Shaare Zedek Meals on Wheels

Shaare Zedek Synagogue Office


Stanley A. Marcus Shaare Zedek Kosher Meals on Wheels provides a limited number of supplementary meals for the elderly, homebound and persons recuperating from a hospital stay. The program is run by the Sisterhood of Shaare Zedek and staffed by volunteers.

MERS/Missouri Goodwill Industries

Lewis C. Chartock Ph.D. – Executive Director

• Aftergut Center

1727 Locust Street

St. Louis, Mo. 63103

314-241-3464 • fax: 314-241-9348

• Lippman Center

2545 S. Hanley Road

St. Louis, Mo. 63144

314-647-7453 • fax: 314-647-9364

MERS/Goodwill is a nonsectarian rehabilitation agency that administers placement, counseling, evaluation, skill training, employment and vocational services. In addition, MERS/Goodwill develops alternative vocational opportunities, offers specialized programs for persons with specific disabilities and houses a sheltered workshop and two halfway houses for women.

A Jewish Federation-funded program that targets the Jewish community is Careers in Transition, a job placement program for the unemployed and underemployed in the Jewish community.

Kraig Kreikemeier is Board Chair.

New Jewish Theatre

Marvin & Harlene Wool Studio Theatre

2 Millstone Campus Drive

St. Louis, Mo.  63146



Kathleen Sitzer – Artistic Director

Providing award-winning professional theater in an intimate setting, the New Jewish Theatre produces a season of five productions between September and May. Selections are provocative and challenging, examining universal issues reflected through the lens of the Jewish experience.

Season subscriptions and individual tickets are available. Visit our website to purchase tickets online, either individually or as a Season Series. New Jewish Theatre is a program of the Jewish Community Center. In addition to a full season of theatre, NJT also offers a Chamber Music series.

Sheri Sherman is Board Chair.

New Mt. Sinai Cemetery Association

8430 Gravois Road

St. Louis, Mo. 63123



Daniel P. Brodsky – Executive Director

New Mt. Sinai Cemetery, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is St. Louis’ oldest and largest Jewish cemetery, offering in-ground and mausoleum interments, as well as cremations. Floral Placement Service is also available on our website. Owned by B’nai El, Shaare Emeth and Temple Israel, the association was established in 1850.

Edward Hirsch is President.

Rabbinical Assembly of St. Louis


The Rabbinical Assembly of St. Louis is an organization of local Conservative rabbis. The members seek to advance the goals of Judaism through the lens of the Conservative Movement. Rabbi Josef A. Davidson, Interim Senior Rabbi of Congregation B’nai Amoona through July 31, 2012 while Rabbi Carnie Shalom Rose is on Sabbatical, is President.

St. Louis Circle of Jewish Music

c/o Shaare Zedek Synagogue

829 North Hanley Road

St. Louis, Mo. 63130

314-727-1747 • fax: 314-432-8053

email: [email protected]

The St. Louis Circle of Jewish Music was founded in 1970 as an association for area cantors and other musicians, professionally involved in Jewish congregational music, to enhance the level of Jewish music in St. Louis, provide scholarship aid to young musicians and Hazzan Joanna Selznick Dulkin from Shaare Zedek Synagogue is President; Cantor Sharon Nathanson from B’nai Amoona is Vice-President; Cantor Seth Warner from Congregation Shaare Emeth is Secretary and Cantor Howard Shalowitz is Treasurer.

St. Louis Hillel at Washington University

6300 Forsyth Boulevard

St. Louis, Mo. 63105 

Phone:  314-935-9040 • Fax: 314-935-9041

email: [email protected]


Jacqueline Ulin Levey – President & CEO

Rabbi Andy Kastner – The Silk Foundation Campus Rabbi

Since its founding in 1946, St. Louis Hillel has enhanced the lives of thousands of Jewish college students throughout St. Louis.  We currently serve the more than 2,000 Jewish students who attend 
Washington University in St. Louis, Saint Louis University, and other local colleges and universities. Our vision is to inspire Jewish college students to make an enduring commitment to Jewish life. Our mission is to enrich the lives of Jewish undergraduate and graduate students in St. Louis so that they may enrich the Jewish people and the world. We realize our mission through diverse programs and meaningful Jewish experiences in the areas of social justice and service, religious life, Israel, Jewish culture and education, and leadership development.

In addition to facilitating projects like the recent “Sukkah City STL” design competition and exhibition at Washington University, as well as other events, St. Louis Hillel also welcomes students every Friday night for Shabbat. We offer student-led Reform, Conservative and Orthodox services followed by a festive kosher Shabbat dinner at various locations on the Washington University campus.  Our popular “Shabbat In-a-Box” and “Do Your Own Seder” programs also allow students to create enduring Shabbat and holiday traditions on their own in their dorms and apartments with friends.  In addition, we organize alternative break experiences such as Taglit-Birthright Israel and numerous service trips around the world.

St. Louis Hillel is accredited by Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life and is a beneficiary agency of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis.  To learn more about St. Louis Hillel, or for information on how you can get involved or join us for Shabbat, holidays or other events, please visit our website.

Alan Bornstein is Board Chair.

St. Louis Jewish Light

Phone: 314-743-3600 • fax: 743-3690

email: [email protected]


Larry Levin – Publisher/CEO

Ellen Futterman – Editor

Mike Sherwin – Managing Editor

Robert A. Cohn – Editor-in-Chief Emeritus

Brent Kornblum – Advertising Manager

• Address for general correspondence:

6 Millstone Campus Drive, Suite 3010

St. Louis, Mo. 63146

• Address for payments:

P.O. Box 955519,

St. Louis, Mo. 63195-5519

The St. Louis Jewish Light is the newspaper of the Jewish community of St. Louis, serving the community with both a print and an online edition at The Jewish Light publishes local, national and worldwide news, feature stories, editorials and book, theater and film reviews. The Jewish Light publishes the Ohr Chadash (‘New Light’) teen page once a month during the school year. The community is encouraged to share their viewpoints through letters to the editor and commentary submissions. The Light also publishes the quarterly Oy! Magazine.

The Jewish Light is an active member of the American Jewish Press Association, the International Jewish Media Association and the Press Club of Metropolitan St. Louis.

Jenny Wolkowitz is President.

St. Louis Rabbinical Association


Steve Sorkin -Administrative Director

The St. Louis Rabbinical Association serves as the rabbinical presence in the Jewish and general communities. The membership comprises Orthodox, Conservative, Reconstructionist, Reform and Renewal rabbis in congregational and agency positions. The SLRA helps provide a voice for the Jewish community in St. Louis area media and through leadership in many inter-religious coalitions, interfaith dialogues and social service and advocacy organizations.  

The SLRA sponsors several Jewish adult education opportunities throughout the year, and co-sponsors, with the JCRC, the Rabbi Robert P. Jacobs Jewish Fund for Human Needs. SLRA members meet monthly and also come together annually for a day of Jewish text study.  

The association is funded through an annual communitywide campaign at Hanukkah.

Rabbi Brigitte Rosenberg of United Hebrew Congregation is President.

St. Louis Rabbinical Council


The St. Louis Rabbinical Council is the rabbinic body that represents the Orthodox community.It is comprised of the rabbinic leadership of all

Orthodox congregations, schools, outreach and communal institutions in St. Louis. As the rabbinic arm of the Vaad Hoeir of St. Louis, the council provides halachic oversight for the activities of the Vaad, including its Kosher supervision, and the operation of the mikvahs of the Taharath Israel Mikvah Association. The council advocates on behalf of the Orthodox community’s interests,and seeks to educate the general community regarding its views and concerns. Additionally, members of the Rabbinical Council assist individuals of any affiliation with obtaining a halachic Jewish religious divorce (get) and with other issues of Jewish personal status. 

Shalom Baby

Jewish Community Center

2 Millstone Campus Drive

St. Louis, Mo. 63146


Shalom Baby is a program that welcomes Jewish babies and their families to the St. Louis Jewish community. Sponsored by the Jewish Community Center, the program includes a scheduled visit by a volunteer who arrives with gifts and a copy of Shalom Baby’s Parents’ Resource Guide containing information about services for children and families. This is a free program open to all new and adopted Jewish and interfaith babies under the age of one year in the St. Louis area. For information, contact Marianne Chervitz at 314-442-3454 or [email protected].

Batya Wertman is Chair.

Shalom St. Louis

12 Millstone Campus Drive

St. Louis, Mo. 63146


Shalom St. Louis is a program that welcomes Jewish newcomers to the St. Louis Jewish community with information and materials about the area’s Jewish organizations, temples and synagogues. A joint program of the Jewish Federation and the JCC, it is free and open to any newcomers to St. Louis or those considering a move to the area. For information, contact Rabbi Brad Horwitz at 314-442-3271 [email protected] or Rose Kilgore at 314-442-3841 [email protected].

Vaad Hoeir of St. Louis

4 Millstone Campus Drive

St. Louis, Mo. 63146

314-569-2770 • fax: 314-569-2774

email: [email protected]


Rabbi Zvi Zuravin – Executive Director

Under the supervision of the Rabbinical Council of St. Louis, the Vaad Hoeir, United Orthodox Jewish Community, provides kosher certification to retail stores, hotels, restaurants, community institutions and kosher certifies industrial manufacturing of both raw materials and finished goods.

The Vaad also maintains the Taharath Israel Mikvah, located on the Millstone Campus, for ritual immersion and conversions. A second Shabbat and Yom Tov mikvah is maintained at Young Israel in University City.

The annual Moas Chitim Fund Drive before Passover provides Kosher-for-Passover items for those in need. The newly established Barbara Mendelson Tomchei Shabbos Fund assists those in need for Shabbos and Yom Tov.

Perry Mendelson is President and Rabbi Avraham Bloch is Head Shochet.