Jews in the News: February, 2015

The Academy of Science St. Louis will award Dr. Steven Teitelbaum the Peter H. Raven Lifetime Achievement Award at the St. Louis Scientist Awards dinner April 9 at the Chase Park Plaza. He is being honored for his research into cellular mechanisms that lead to osteoporosis. Teitelbaum is the Wilma and Roswell Messing professor of pathology and immunology at Washington University School of Medicine.

Freelance journalist Randall Hyman has been awarded a $40,000 Alicia Patterson Foundation fellowship grant. One of eight winners from a pool of 276 applicants, Hyman also was selected for the foundation’s highest honor, the Josephine Patterson Albright fellowship. His project is titled “High Stakes at High Latitudes: Climate Change in the Norwegian Arctic.” It focuses on commercial fishing, technology and adaptation to environmental damage.

J Associates has announced the dancers for its next Dancing in the Loop event, March 7 at the Pageant. The event’s “St. Louis Stars” are Jimmy Deutsch, president and CEO of Smith Moore; Michelle Hoberman, sales assoicate with Coldwell Banker Gundaker in Town & Country; Ted Isaacs, financial adviser with IFG Advisors LLC; Maxine Mirowitz, registered dietician and doctor of optometry; Ken Rubin, partner of RubinBrown LLP; Toby Warticovschi, partner of Millstone Capital Advisors; Janie Roodman Weiss, program nurse manager at Gateway to Hope; and Jenny Wolkowitz, adviser with Tips on Trips and Camps. Warticovschi is a Jewish Light trustee, and Wolkowitz is a past president of the newspaper. Light editor Ellen Futterman will serve as the evening’s emcee.

Dr. Craig Hollander was recently installed as president of the Greater St. Louis Dental Society. He is the first pediatric dentist to attain this position. Hollander maintains a private practice in Sunset Hills and teaches at the Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine in Alton and the Mercy Hospital St. Louis general practice residency program. Hollander is a member of Congregation B’nai Amoona.

Former St. Louis County Circuit Judge Mark D. Seigel has joined the mediation panel at United States Arbitration & Mediation (USA&M), the leading provider of mediation and arbitration services. Seigel is affiliated with Congregation Shaare Emeth.

Galia and Milton Movitz and Melanie and Dan Winograd will be honored at the Jewish Student Union of St. Louis’ upcoming gala. A special tribute will be paid to Sean Rochester, Parkway Central High School JSU faculty sponsor. The gala will take place Sunday, March 8, at Clayton Commons in Clayton High School. Milton Movitz is a past president of the Light.

Gregory Iken, partner in Armstrong Teasdale’s litigation practice group, has been named to the board of directors of St. Louis Volunteer Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts.

Kimmi Levinson has joined Washington University as an associate director of alumni relations. She will be planning events and managing alumni volunteers for the WU Clubs in a dozen cities across the country. Washington University Clubs create and maintain ties between the university and its diverse family of alumni, parents and friends. Levinson was previously director and development associate with the Jewish Community Center’s J Associates.

Bobby Miller will join the St. Louis Actors’ Studio as associate artistic director. Miller also is an artistic associate with the New Jewish Theatre. [photo] William Roth will become the permanent artistic director of the Actors’ Studio, which he founded in 2006. He is a member of Central Reform Congregation. 

Sheri Sherman and Ben Poremba are two of the Ladue News Top 10 Dynamic People of 2015. Each was honored for their passion, drive and contribution in changing St. Louis for the better. Sherman is a community volunteer and secretary of the Light board. A restaurateur, Poremba helped revitalize the Botanical Heights neighborhood.

 Local colored-pencil artist Susie Tenzer will be included in the book “CP Treasures Vol. III” by Ann Kullberg. Her drawing “Group Hug” will join other colored-pencil works by artists from 16 countries. Tenzer’s piece “Make A Wish” is featured in the Colored Pencil Society of America’s online exhibit “Explore This! 11,” available through June 1 at 

Yosef (Joey) Granillo, a kindergartener at Torah Prep School of St Louis, was recently accepted as a Young Scholar at the Davidson Institute for Talent Development, a national nonprofit organization designed to nurture and support profoundly gifted young people. Admission criteria include academic work samples demonstrating that the applicant’s abilities are two to three grade levels ahead of others their age, as well as results of cognitive or achievement tests. Joey and his parents, Carole and Tony Granillo, are members of Kol Rinah.

Ron Present has been promoted to partner, Health Care Industry Group leader at Brown Smith Wallace. He is a board member of Congregation Shaare Emeth.

Dr. Katie Plax, professor of pediatrics at Washington University School of Medicine, has received the Dr. Corinne Walentik Leadership in Health Award from the Missouri Foundation for Health. Honored for her commitment to improve the health of disadvantaged children, Plax also received $25,000, which was given to Supporting Positive Opportunities with Teens, a nonprofit she founded that addresses serious health risks facing at-risk youth.

Kids In The Middle recently appointed Meredith Friedman as chief executive officer. Previously she served as the agency’s chief development officer. Friedman is a member of   Congregation Shaare Emeth and Central Reform Congregation.

Susan Walker is executive director of Partnership Ethiopia Inc., a nonprofit organization based in Creve Coeur. Walker, who has been involved with the organization since its inception in 2013, will be responsible for all aspects of its operation. Partnership Ethiopia Inc. is committed to improving access to education and health care in the Tigre province of northern Ethiopia.