Jews in the News: April 2016

Top row, from left: Bob Olshan, Maddie Lapp, Frank Keller, Noah Grossman, Ronnie Brockman, and Lynn Friedman Hamilton, Nanci Bobrow, Rob Shapiro, and Beckie Jacobs.Second row, from left: Abby Eisen, Danny Babitz, Danny Solomon, Eli Abeles, Alex Berger III, Virginia Scharff, Barry Worth, Charles Eisenkramer, and Corey Wallis.Third row, from left: Susan Grammer, Carolyn Amacher, Marian Gordon, Joey Granillo, Linda Woolf Pearl  Kessler, and Joey Granillo.

The Men’s Clubs of Kol Rinah and Congregation B’nai Amoona will honor their respective Man of the Year and Youth of the Year at a special luncheon Sunday, April 10, at Kol Rinah. 

Bob Olshan, senior manager at Boeing, is receiving the Man of the Year award for his support for Kol Rinah’s Men’s Club. Maddie Lapp, a senior at Ladue Horton Watkins High School, is Kol Rinah’s Youth of the Year for her commitment to the Jewish youth of St. Louis. Daughter of Sue and Mark Lapp, Maddie is president of KRSTL, Kol Rinah’s USY chapter; is a madricha at the religious school; and is known as the official Shabbat greeter. She will be attending Fontbonne University in the fall. 

Congregation B’nai Amoona’s Men’s Club is honoring Frank Keller as its Man of the Year for his many contributions, such as the annual Build-a-Pair program and bar mitzvah workshops. All of the children know him as the candy man because he hands out chocolate bars each Shabbat. The Youth of the Year award for B’nai Amoona goes to Noah Grossman, a senior at Parkway Central High School. Son of Marla and Jeff Grossman, he is a model of leadership and commitment to his Jewish identity serving as the vice president for communications and a regional board member of USY.

Ronnie Brockman (youth enrichment) and Lynn Friedman Hamilton (older-adult services) have been named as two of the 2016 Women of Achievement. They will be honored Tuesday, May 10, during a luncheon at the Ritz-Carlton in Clayton. Brockman is a member of Congregation Shaare Emeth; Hamilton attends Temple Emanuel. The other honorees are Maimuna Baig, Carol Beeman, Etta Daniels, Carol Swartout Klein, Marlys Schuh, Annie Guyton Seal, Kathryn Winter and Patricia Wolff. The Women of Achievement organization’s mission is to honor and recognize the volunteer efforts of women in St. Louis.

Nurses for Newborns will honor psychologist Nanci Bobrow on Sunday, April 17, at the 18th annual A Night for Newborns Dinner Auction at the Hilton Frontenac and presented by World Wide Technology Inc. A member of Shaare Emeth, Bobrow will be the third recipient of the Champion for Families Award, a special award honoring those who dedicate their lives to helping children.  

Orthodontist Rob Shapiro has opened his second office in Sunset Hills. Orthodontic Specialists is located on Sunset Office Drive off Watson Road. 

Beckie Jacobs, owner of Serendipity Homemade Ice Cream in Webster Groves, and attorney Matt Armstrong have purchased the Fire & Ice Cream Truck. The truck, which will retain its look and name, will be stationed in downtown’s City Garden on most summer days. It will feature Serendipity’s homemade ice cream and other treats. The truck also is available for private and corporate events. Jacobs is a member of Shaare Emeth. 

Abby Eisen has joined Jewish Rock Radio (JRR) as director of young adult engagement. Her role will be to engage and connect young adults through the power of music locally and nationally. She is responsible for developing and implementing JRR programming, managing the Gift of Music national initiative, artist relations and hosting live onstage events. 

Danny Babitz has been named chief development officer for the Northwestern Mutual office in Clayton. His responsibilities include overseeing the recruitment, development and training of new and current financial representatives, and leadership development and training  in Missouri and Illinois. Babitz, a member of United Hebrew Congregation, is the youngest chief development officer among all Northwestern Mutual offices nationwide, the company says. 

Danny Solomon has joined Emmis Communications as the general sales manager for radio station KSHE (94.7 FM). He is a member of Shaare Emeth.

Eli Abeles has been named president of Abeles and Hoffman, a certified public accounting firm. He specializes in audit and consulting services. A member of Kol Rinah, Abeles succeeds his father, a co-founder of the firm.

Alex Berger III and Virginia Scharff will be inducted into the Clayton Alumni Hall of Fame. They are being recognized for their accomplishments as Clayton High School graduates who continue to bring pride and inspiration to the Clayton school district, community and society. Berger has devoted much of his life to public service in Clayton, serving as an alderman for the past 13. He is chairman of the Clayton Recreation, Sports and Wellness Commission and director of the Board of the Clayton Education Foundation. Scharff is a historian and is associate provost for faculty development, professor of history and director of the Center for the Southwest at the University of New Mexico. Alan Engelsman is a posthumous inductee into the Clayton Alumni Hall of Fame Distinguished Educators. He taught a variety of English classes at Clayton  High School throughout his 38 years of teaching. He is most known for organizing the FM radio station at CHS and for his love of theater. The Clayton Education Foundation induction ceremony will be held on Saturday, June 4, at the St. Louis Club, 7701 Forsyth Blvd.

CHADS Coalition for Mental Health has added Barry Worth to its board of directors and Charles Eisenkramer to its community advisory board. Both are members of Shaare Emeth. Worth is a partner at Brown Smith Wallace accounting firm, and Eisenkramer is senior vice president and director at Enterprise Bank and Trust.

Corey Wallis has joined the Chesterfield office of Gershman Mortgage as a loan officer. He is a member of United Hebrew Congregation. 

Susan Grammer has been named a 2016 Illinois Leading Lawyer by the Law Bulletin Publishing Co. and its Leading Lawyers division. A sole practitioner based in East Alton, she was recognized in the areas of adoption and reproductive technology, family law and Social Security disability law. Only 5 percent of the 93,000 lawyers licensed to practice in Illinois achieve this distinction. Grammer attends United Hebrew Congregation.  

Carolyn Amacher has been named community engagement manager for the American Diabetes Association. A member of Central Reform Congregation, she is responsible for generating financial and human resources to support the well-being of those living with diabetes. 

Marian Gordon has been named the first executive director of Traditional Congregation. She will be responsible for member recruitment and retention, community relations, facility and office operations, human resources, communications, and finance and development. Gordon is a member of Traditional Congregation.

Robert Friedman has been sworn in as an officer in the U.S. Air Force JAG Corps Reserve. After completing Commissioned Officer Training and the Judge Advocate Staff Officer Course, he will serve annually as a member of the Air Force Reserve. Friedman works for the in-house legal department for Panera Bread and is a member of both Young Israel of St. Louis and Nusach Hari B’nai Zion synagogues. 

The American Psychological Association has named Webster University psychology professor Linda Woolf to a new ethics panel that will review the APA’s ethical standards. She attends Shaare Emeth. 

Pearl Kessler and Joey Granillo of the Lil’ Lego Engineers team received the Master Programmer Award at the Junior FIRST LEGO League expo hosted by Boeing. Pearl, 5, is the daughter of Megan and Karsten Kessler and attends B’nai Amoona’s ECC. Joey, a second-grader at Torah Prep, is the son of Carole and Toy Granillo. Joey and Pearl used the Lego Mindstorms system to design and build a working recyclebot concept prototype. The Kessler family attends B’nai Amoona, and the Granillos attend Kol Rinah. Junior FIRST LEGO League encompasses the core concepts of all FIRST programs to “inspire, excite, and introduce” kids to science, technology and engineering.