Jews in the News: April 3, 2013

Dr. James Feigenbaum recently opened a new dental office located at 11722 Studt Avenue in Creve Coeur. Services offered run from general dentistry, cosmetic and restorative dentistry to endodontics, orthodontics, and periodontal therapy. Feigenbaum is a member of United Hebrew Congregation.

Jenny Present, custom jewelry designer, opened a new showroom in Chesterfield at 14222 Ladue Road. Present, a member of Congregation B’nai Amoona, offers hand stamped, personalized charms that can be added to necklace chains, bracelets, and earrings for any occasion. Her jewelry has been recognized in People and Real Simple magazines.

Dr. Rob Shapiro, of Orthodontic Specialists of St. Louis located in Creve Coeur, won the Give Kids A Smile “Hero of the Year” award for his generosity.  One of the hundreds of dentists and orthodontists in the group, Shapiro provides underserved children free comprehensive dental care.

Dr. Darryl Cohen, a pediatrician, has joined the Mercy Clinic/Mercy Children’s Hospital practice in Chesterfield. He is a member of Temple Israel.

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Ladue High School senior Samantha Shanker was an honorable mention winner in the C-SPAN student video documentary competition, which attracted 3,500 entries nationwide. Her documentary, “On Education,” addressed the question: What’s the most important issue the president should consider in 2013? Shanker is the daughter of Wendy and Scott Shanker of Ladue and a Congregation B’nai Amoona member.

Joanne Kohn will be one of six Grand Center Inc. Visionary Awards honorees for her support of the arts in St. Louis. As the Lifetime Achievement honoree, Kohn has had an immense impact on the cultural scene in St. Louis through her extensive service as a board member, art advocate, educator, and fundraiser. The awards ceremony will be held on May 13th at the Sheldon Concert Hall.

The Camp Rainbow Foundation has named Debbie Braunstein as its executive director. Founders Ronnie and Allen Brockman will transition away from being in the forefront of the organization and Braunstein will now be the face of Camp Rainbow. Braunstein, a member of Congregation B’nai Amoona, is the parent of a former Camp Rainbow camper who is now a counselor.

KDSK (Channel 5) reporter and cancer survivor Leisa Zigman will be the 2013 recipient of JDRF’s ( formerly the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) Living and Giving Award, which will be given at its annual gala on May 4th at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis. Zigman is a member of Central Reform Congregation. Also being honored is Dr. Alan Permutt, who is receiving the Star of Hope Award posthumously for his lifelong dedication to diabetes research. Proceeds from the event will also support the newly created Alan Permutt Career Development Award, which will encourage young doctors to seek specialties related to diabetes research.

Peter Cohen, independent St. Louis coffee roaster and owner of Stringbean Coffee Company, announced all nine of the company’s coffee roasts are now kosher certified. Stringbean Coffee can be purchased all over the St. Louis area including Ladue Market, Winslow’s Home and Straubs, as well as the Clayton Farmer’s Market.

Esther Cohen has joined Simcha’s Events as a corporate event manager. Cohen brings more than 10 years of experience managing event planning and logistics and has coordinated a wide range of functions, including galas, national and international corporate meetings and team-building retreats. 

Bonnie Laiderman, founder of Veterans Home Care, said the company is celebrating a decade of service to veteran families. The company has offices in eight states in addition to its Missouri headquarters, and has helped more than 6,000 veterans or their widows to access VA benefits for the care they need. Laiderman is a member of United Hebrew Congregation.

For the seventh year in a row, KTRS Creative Services Director Steve Wein has been nominated for two International Radio And Production Awards: in the Best Commercial-Large Market and the Best Promo-Large Market categories.

St. Louis native Jason Evans is appearing Off-Broadway in Stephen Sondheim’s “Passion,” portraying Private Augenti and acting as understudy for the lead role. The production, running through April 19 at Classic Stage Company, earned rave reviews from the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and others. Evans, who became a bar mitzvah and was confirmed at Congregation Shaare Emeth, is a 2005 graduate of Parkway North and attended Missouri State University. He is the son of Judy and Tom Evans of Maryland Heights.

Richard Weiss, editor at the St. Louis Beacon, has taken a three to six months leave of absence to work on some book projects. One involves a biography of the late Max Starkloff written by Charlie Claggett, a former local ad executive known for bringing the Budweiser frogs to television. Clagett was a good friend of Starkloff’s and is chairman of the board for the Starkloff Disability Institute. The other involves working on the memoir of Marshall Cohen, a 2012 Unsung Hero of the Jewish Light. Cohen started the Lift for Life Gym and Lift for Life Academy, a charter school that has created opportunities for many inner city kids.


 Attorneys John B. Greenberg and Jeffrey H. Pass have joined the St. Louis office of Lewis, Rice & Fingersh, L.C. Both are formerly associated with The Stolar Partnership LLP. In addition, Elizabeth J. Schlesinger has joined the Estate Planning Department as an associate. She is experienced in assisting clients with pre-death estate planning and wealth preservation as well as post-death trust and probate administration.

The Edward Berg M.D. Memorial Eye Clinic is now operating at SSM St. Mary’s Health Center in Richmond Heights. The eye clinic, which treats people who cannot afford eye care and is run by Dr. Kenneth Green, is named in memory of Berg, a St. Louis ophthalmologist who practiced here for roughly 40 years. He died in 2008 at the age of 69 of pancreatic cancer.

Adam Birenbaum, CEO of Buckingham Asset Management and BAM Advisor Services, was named the most influential person in the registered investment advisor industry for 2012 going into 2013 by RIA Biz, a trade publication for the advisor business.

Editorial Assistant  Elise Krug  compiles ‘Jews in the News,’  which highlights recent academic and professional achievements in the St. Louis Jewish community.  ‘Jews in the News’ is published in the first edition of each