Jews in the News: February, 2018

Eliza Copilevitz

Compiled by Elise Krug

A public service announcement created by Clayton High School junior Eliza Copilevitz has earned first place in the 11th-12th grade category of Keep America Beautiful’s national online competition. The video responded to the prompt, “How will you end littering?” Eliza received a GoPro camera and the opportunity to attend Keep America Beautiful’s national conference held last month in Dallas.Eliza is the daughter of Evy and Louis Copilevitz and attends Central Reform Congregation with her family.

Former St. Louisan Michael G. Goldstein is a co-author of the newly released third edition of “Taxation and Funding of Nonqualified Deferred Compensation: A Complete Guide to Design and Implementation,” which has been published by the American Bar Association and the Real Property Trust & Estate Law Section. Goldstein is executive vice president of the Gottlieb Organization headquartered in Cleveland, with offices in St. Louis and Newport Beach, Calif. A resident of Newport Beach, Goldstein is a fellow of the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel, the American College of Tax Counsel, and the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel.

The Susan and Steven Lipstein Show Me Strong Families Fund has been established by the Parents as Teachers National Center with a $100,000 gift from BJC HealthCare. BJC HealthCare made the gift to Parents as Teachers to honor Steven Lipstein’s upcoming retirement as CEO of BJC HealthCare and to honor Susan Lipstein’s service as a certified Parents as Teachers parent educator in the Clayton School District. The gift will establish a fund in perpetuity to improve the health, academic achievement and overall well-being of childrenin the St. Louis areawhose lives are affected by economic uncertainty and other stressors. The Lipsteins are members of Congregation Shaare Emeth.

Two Ladue Horton Watkins High School students received perfect scores (36) on their ACT college entrance exam. Donovon Moore, son of Kelly and Jacki Moore, is a junior and attends Congregation Temple Israel. Macey Goldstein, son of Brett and Rabbi Andrea Goldstein of Shaare Emeth, is a senior.

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Jessica Litwack, creator of the mom support community mamaSpace, has started the St. Louis New Moms Group. The professionally led education and peer support program for the mothers of babies from birth to 9  months old will allow mothers to connect with one another while engaging in valuable and relevant discussion. Each six-week session is $165 and is held at Temple Israel, where Litwack is a member. She is also a certified Gentle Sleep Coach and offers sleep coaching and education for parents with children ages 4 months to 6 years old. 

Ben Silvermintz has been honored as the Parkway Central High School teacher of the year. He has been the director of choirs for 10 years and attends Shaare Emeth.

Daniela Hoffman has joined the Jasper Agency, a Farmers Insurance agency, as office manager. As a licensed adviser, she is able to provide information about policies and coverage. Hoffman is a member of Congregation B’nai Amoona. 

State Sen. Jill Schupp, D-Creve Coeur, has received the St. Louis Children’s Hospital State Advocacy Award. She was recognized as a health care advocate. Schupp has championed child care legislation and continues to work, through education and the legislative process, to improve access to high quality health care for children and adults. She attends Shaare Emeth. 

Andrew Solomon has joined the Polsinelli law firm. As part of the intellectual property litigation practice, he focuses his legal work on the intellectual property, regulatory and commercial strategies that enable the timely launch of pharmaceutical products. Solomon attends United Hebrew Congregation.

Veteran criminal defense lawyers Art Margulis and William Margulis andformer federal prosecutor Justin Gelfand have formed the law firm Margulis Gelfand in Clayton. The firm will focus on criminal defense, tax controversy and civil litigation.

Therapists Jessica Rosenberg, Emily Balestra, Sarah Haimann and Leah Frankel have opened Clayton Family Therapy, working with children, teens and adults. They specialize in anxiety and depression, self-esteem, ADHD, life transitions and grief counseling and have experience in cognitive behavior, person-centered therapy and school and play therapies. 

The Men’s Clubs of B’nai Amoona and Kol Rinah will honor their respective Man of the Year and Youth of the Year at a luncheon Sunday, March 4, at B’nai Amoona. All honorees have demonstrated a commitment to a primary objective of the Men’s Club: the involvement of Jews in Jewish ritual practice.

At B’nai Amoona, Harvey Greenstein is a regular Minyanaaire, leads services and reads Torah. He is also very active with many Jewish organizations outside of B’nai Amoona, having recently been honored by the Jewish Student Union. 

Rina Gersten, a senior at Parkway Central High School, is the daughter of Laura Shapiro and Mark Gersten. She is president of the B’nai Amoona’s United Synagogue Youth (USY) chapter. Rina participates in many ways at B’nai Amoona, including as a member of the Yaad Squad, working for the Early Childhood Center in the afternoons and leading GAN Spot on Saturday mornings. She will be taking a gap year before college, attending the Nativ College Leadership Program in Israel. 

Kol Rinah Men’s Club is honoring Steve Keyser for his many contributions and his strong, longstanding support. He is a spiritual and respected leader in the Kol Rinah congregation. 

Ladue Horton Watkins High School junior, Noa Hahn, is her USY chapter’s vice president of religious education. She is being honored for her exceptional zest for life, leadership skills and her kindness and compassion. Noa is the daughter of Abby and Eran Hahn.