Jews In The News: December, 2015

TOP ROW, FROM LEFT: David Laiderman, Scott Hunley, Brett Eisen, Brock Berenato,  Cantor Joshua Finkel, Anita FeigenbaumSECOND ROW, FROM LEFT: Noa Rose, Dr. Jenna Feigenbaum, Rick Williams, Dr. Gary A. Silverman, Jennifer and Thomas Hillman, Rabbi Yaakov GreenTHIRD ROW, FROM LEFT: Alan Spector, Steve Schwartz, Ariel Ferman, Nancy Friedman, Mark Cantor, Ellen Futterman. Fourth row: Robert A. Cohn

David Laiderman and Scott Hunley have launched a new tech startup, OPER (Order. Pay. Earn. Redeem.). This restaurant loyalty program is a free, central rewards program that offers users mobile ordering and payment abilities as well as 5 percent back on every participating restaurant purchase. Dine-in, carryout and delivery options are located from downtown St. Louis to Ballwin. More than 140 St. Louis restaurants are participating. Laiderman is a member of United Hebrew Congregation, and Hunley attends Congregation Shaare Emeth.

Former St. Louisan Brett Eisen is the sports performance chef for the Sacramento Kings of the National Basketball Association. Eisen is a 2012 graduate of Johnson & Wales University in Denver with a degree in culinary nutrition science. His parents are Marci Mayer Eisen and Rick Eisen.

Brock Berenato has joined the Georgia Tech women’s basketball staff as director of video and player personnel. He is the son of Kristin and Gary Manley and grandson of Steffani and Marshall Brockman. 

Cantor Joshua Finkel, formerly of St. Louis, is  one of 21 people honored by The Forward’s reader-inspired competition to find the best new voices in Jewish music. Finkel’s original song “Jerusalem” was chosen from more than 300 entries for the “Soundtrack of our Spirit, 21 Jewish Voices That Move Us.”  Finkel serves Temple Emanuel in West Essex, N.J.

Anita Feigenbaum is the new executive director of Chesed Shel Emeth Society/Beth Shalom Cemetery. She attends Young Israel of St. Louis.

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Whitfield School senior Noa Rose has been  selected as the YWCA Metro St. Louis Future Leader. She was chosen during a weeklong academy in which participants took part in panel discussions, presentations and other exercises designed to highlight leadership qualities. Daughter of Paulie and Rabbi Carnie Rose of Congregation B’nai Amoona, Noa will receive a scholarship and will be recognized at the annual YWCA Leader Lunch on Dec. 10 at Union Station. At that event, Marilyn Fox will accept the YWCA’s Community Volunteer Award.

Dr. Jenna Feigenbaum has joined Feigenbaum Dental, providing dental care to adult and pediatric patients. She has received extensive subspecialty training in oral surgery, pediatric dentistry, endodontics and periodontics.

Gateway to Hope has honored Rick Williams, owner of Ladue Pharmacy, with its Visionary Award at the organization’s recent KaleidoHope gala. The pharmacy provides critical medications at cost to GTH’s patients. Williams, a member of B’nai Amoona, is an expert on Medicare Part D plans and frequently speaks to seniors to help them navigate the program. 

Dr. Gary A. Silverman has been named the Harriet B. Spoehrer Professor and head of the Department of Pediatrics at Washington University School of Medicine. With the appointment effective in April, Silverman will become pediatrician-in-chief at St. Louis Children’s Hospital and executive director of the Children’s Discovery Institute, a partnership of the school and hospital. A neonatologist, he comes to St. Louis from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

Hillman Hall is the newest building for the Brown School on the Danforth Campus of Washington University. Funded by a donation from Jennifer and Thomas Hillman, Hillman Hall features the Maxine Clark and Bob Fox Forum, a premier event space that offer opportunities for conferences, lectures and town hall meetings. The Hillmans are members of Central Reform Congregation.

Rabbi Yaakov Green, principal of H.F. Epstein Hebrew Academy, participated in Improving Schools: The Art of Leadership, a seminar at the Harvard Graduate School of Education Principals’ Center for emerging leaders. This weeklong institute is part of a yearlong program to enable day school leaders to improve their schools, with special focus on their Jewish mission and vision, sponsored and facilitated by the AVI CHAI Foundation. While a member of Young Israel of St. Louis,  Green regularly attends services at congregations around the Jewish community. 

Alan Spector has written his fifth book, “Body Not Recovered: A Vietnam War/Protest Movement Novel.” It is inspired by one of Spector’s high school classmates, who died when his plane crashed into the South China Sea off Vietnam. Spector is a member of Shaare Emeth.

Steve Schwartz, principal with the Brown & James law firm, is listed as a St. Louis Top 50 Super Lawyer. Schwartz attends B’nai Amoona. 

Two of Ariel Ferman’s photographs have been  selected from among 129 submissions to Wildwood’s Our City Through Your Eyes contest. They will be included in the 2016 Wildwood municipal calendar, one on the front cover and the other for the month of June. A senior at Lafayette High School, Ariel is the daughter of Susan and David Ferman of Wildwood and attends B’nai Amoona.

Nancy Friedman, founder and president of Telephone Doctor Customer Service Training, has been named to the Favorite Speakers for 2015 list in a survey by Meetings & Convention magazine. The magazine asked meeting planners nationwide to name the best speaker they have heard in the past two years. The list of 80 names was compiled from their responses.

Attorney Mark Cantor has announced the opening of Cantor Injury Law LLC in Creve Coeur. Cantor will represent injury victims and their families. He is a member of B’nai Amoona.

Ellen Futterman, editor of the St. Louis Jewish Light,  has received the President’s Volunteer of the Year award from the American Jewish Press Association. She was recognized for her commitment, vision and passion toward the betterment of the association and the field of Jewish journalism. Futterman is a member of Central Reform Congregation. Next year, the award will be renamed in honor of Robert A. Cohn, editor-in-chief emeritus of the Jewish Light. He has been a member of the AJPA for 46 years, serving as president twice. Cohn attends Shaare Emeth.