Jews in the news: Jan. 2, 2013

Linda Goldstein, Mayor of City of Clayton

Clayton Mayor Linda Goldstein will be one of nine individuals honored as a “St. Louis Game Changers” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26 in conjunction with by Metro Theater Company’s production of “Jackie and Me” at Edison Theatre. The nine have been chosen because of each made a significant impact in the community or St. Louis region. Goldstein led the Clayton Board of Aldermen to enact a smoking ban, which served as a catalyst for other municipalities to step in St. Louis County.  Under her tenure, Clayton has become a leader in environmental sustainability and is the first of two Missouri cities to adopt an ordinance for LEED certification of public buildings.

The National Soccer Coaches Association of America released its 2012 All-America Teams in December and Lake Forest College’s Becky Esrock was named A 3rd Team selection on defense.  Esrock, a junior, moved from forward to sweeper after six games and the team went 12-2-1 with nine shutouts in their final 15 contests.  She finished the season with 14 points on 6 goals and two assists. She was also named Midwest Conference defensive player of the year and to the Capitol One Academic All American 2nd team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America. Esrock is the daughter of Chuck Esrock and the late Janet Esrock, a math teacher and coach at Whitfield School.

David Miller was selected the Outstanding Employee Of The Year by Barnes Jewish St. Peters Hospital. Son of Marlene Miller Fiman and the late Melvin Miller, David Miller has been employed with BJC Healthcare in the clinical engineering department since 1995, specializing in the repair and preventative maintenance of life support medical equipment.

Kids in the Middle (KITM), which for 35 years has been helping families and children cope with divorce, separation and remarriage, has moved to Maplewood at 2650 S. Hanley Road. Citing a desire to better serve its clients, KITM more than double its square footage. Even more important than size is combining offices and services under one roof, one level. The facility, which is led by Executive Director Judy Berkowitz, is now fully handicap accessible and offers a larger waiting room and many more counseling and therapy rooms. Tours of the new facility can be made by appointment by calling 314-909-9922.

Mike Flotken launched Mobility for, offering a premier accessible transportation service. The accessible mini-vans are equipped with ADA approved equipment to transport senior or disabled family members to events, outings, doctors’ appointment and shopping.  For more information, call 314-873-6814 or visit

Marvin and Harlene Wool recently gave the St. Andrew’s Charitable Foundation a fundraising boost by sponsoring a $50,000 matching gift challenge during the 2012 Ageless-Remarkable St. Louisans Gala on Nov. 11. Presented in honor of the 10th anniversary of the gala, the Wool’s challenge grant generated an additional $100,000. Marvin Wool, a board member of St. Andrew’s Charitable Foundation, was among the first class of ageless honorees in 2003. In 2011, the Wools initiated their first $50,000 challenge match during the 2011 Ageless-Remarkable St. Louisans gala in honor of St. Andrew’s 50th anniversary. Earlier that year, the Wools also presented St. Andrew’s with a $500,000 charitable gift annuity, which was used to create the Harlene and Marvin Wool Legacy Circle.

Among the honorees at the Ageless-Remarkable St. Louisans Gala was Walter Shifrin, 78. He is the owner of Shifrin & Associates, an environmental engineering firm he started in 1988. He is a member of the St. Louis Symphony’s Facilities and Friends Committee and serves on the board of the Western Golf Association, where he is active in the Evans Scholars Foundation Program, which helps provide college scholarships to qualified golf caddies.

St. Louis native Stanley Raskas received an honorary degree at the Yeshiva University’s 88th Annual Hanukkah Convocation and Dinner on Sunday, Dec. 16, held at the Waldorf Astoria in New York. A management consulting and investment-banking executive, Raskas lives in New Rochelle, N.Y. and is the chairman of the Yeshiva College Board of Overseers.