Jews in the News: July, 2015

Alana Umansky Minoff received the 2015 Emerging Jewish Leader award from the Jewish Community Center at its annual meeting in May. A member of Nusach Hari B’nai Zion, Minoff was honored for her involvement as chairwoman of the Mom’s Action Committee at the JCC.

Scott Malin is the new president of the Covenant Place board of directors. He is the partner in charge at the St. Louis office of Lathrop & Gage LLP. He is affiliated with United Hebrew Congregation.

Alice Handelman has placed first in the specialty articles category of  a competition sponsored by the Missouri Professional Communicators organization. Her winning articles, “The Halens: In Harmony” and “Leo Stoff: See How High He Flies,” were published in the Ladue News. Handelman is a member of Congregation Temple Israel. 

Patty Malashock and Mark Gellman have joined the Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis board of directors. Malashock, vice president of Barnes-Jewish Hospital Auxiliary, will serve as treasurer. She is a member of Congregation Shaare Emeth. Gellman is leader of the Gellman Team, a Coldwell Banker affiliate, and a member of United Hebrew.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis welcomes new board chairman Steve Bloom, president of Enterprise Fleet Management. Bloom is a member of Congregation Shaare Emeth.

Roger D. Lewis, a professor at St. Louis University’s Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, recently became a Distinguished Fellow of the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA). The St. Louis section of AIHA nominated Lewis for his contributions to the practice of industrial hygiene and related disciplines. He was honored during the Mark of Excellence Awards on June 3 at the AIHA Conference in Salt Lake City. The fellow designation is limited to no more than 5 percent of the AIHA membership. Lewis is a member of Central Reform Congregation. 

Claire Botnick, Annette Heller and Sally I. Heller have received a Women’s Justice Award from Missouri Lawyers Weekly. The awards recognize women who have demonstrated leadership, integrity, service, sacrifice and accomplishment in improving the quality of justice and exemplifying the highest ideals of the legal profession. Botnick, a recent graduate of the Washington University School of Law, was honored with the Leaders of Tomorrow Award. Annette Heller, trademark attorney at Heller & Associates, received the Business Practitioner Award. She is a member of Traditional Congregation. Sally Heller, of the Heller Law Firm and a member of Temple Israel, was honored with the Litigation Practitioner Award. 

Jenny Rosenblatt and Cindy Becker are the newest additions to Pardes at Congregation B’nai Amoona. Pardes administers education and youth programming at the congregation, including religious school, summer camps, early childhood and youth groups. Rosenblatt is the assistant director of education for B’nai Amoona, where she is a member. Most recently, she has been teaching preschool and Hebrew at the Meyer Kranzberg Learning Center, a branch of Pardes. Becker is the Pardes office manager and most recently served as administrative assistant at Kol Rinah’s religious school. She is a member of United Hebrew.

Samuel Freedman participated in the 24th annual America’s Most Beautiful Bike Ride in Lake Tahoe with Team Lifeline in June. Team Lifeline raises money for Chai Lifeline, the international children’s health support network, with its mission to bring joy to children with cancer and other terminal illnesses. Freedman raised $4,400 for the organization. A member of Agudas Israel of St. Louis, Freedman is an assurance associate at RubinBrown LLP and a 2015 Millstone Fellow.

Beth Feldman has joined National Council of Jewish Women-St. Louis Section as program manager. She manages the Back to School! Store, Kids Community Closet, the Leadership Roundtable, Project Renewal, Celebrating Women and the Human Trafficking conference as well as several advocacy events. A member of United Hebrew, Feldman most recently was the events coordinator at the Jewish Light.

Former St. Louisan Jonathan Eisen was one of 150 young Jews from 32 countries who recently met in Jerusalem for the ninth annual ROI Summit. The participants lead sessions in which they share their knowledge and brainstorm ways to improve the future of the Jewish people. Eisen lives in Chicago and is the communications manager and digital media director for OneTable, an online and in-person hub bringing young adults together for a Shabbat dinner.

David Geddes was inducted recently into the PR News Hall of Fame at the PR Measurement Conference for his efforts in advancing public relations measurement and research, and in promoting the importance and awareness of metrics in the PR community. He is a recognized expert in research and analytics for marketing communications, public relations and branding. A member of Temple Israel, Geddes is co-founder and managing director of Cohl Group and a principal at Geddes Analytics.  

Laura Robbins has joined Temple Israel as director of membership and development. Robbins will help build and foster relationships within the congregation and the St. Louis community.

Lauren Cohen has joined the law firm of Capes, Sokol, Goodman & Sarachan P.C. as a litigator. She serves on the board of the Anti-Defamation League in St. Louis and leads its Staenberg Fellows Program for Young Professionals. Cohen attends Kol Rinah.

Jewish in the News is a compilation of local Jews’ newsworthy professional and academic accomplishments. Submit your news to Editorial Assistant Elise Krug: [email protected]. Call 314-743-3671 for more information. Published the first edition of each month.  For sponsorship opportunities, contact Larry Levin at [email protected] or 314-743-3672.