Jews in the News: Nov. 2, 2016

TOP: Nancy and Ken Kranzberg. SECOND ROW: Robert Dolgin, John Goffstein and Roger Goldman, Philip Kaplan, Alan Steinberg and Alan Weber, Erin Schneider, Col. Michael Benjamin and David Simon, Harvey Wallace and Eunice Bailis.THIRD ROW:  Sandy Jaffe, David Segall, Shelley Roach, Dr. Jeffrey Gordon, Dean Schramm, Dr. Steven Rosen, Ricky Kodner, Dr. Jonas Cooper, Jeff Vines, Randy Vines and Stephanie Cotta.

The St. Andrew’s Resources for Seniors System honored two members of the Jewish community, Eunice Bailis and Sandy Jaffe, at its annual Ageless Remarkable St. Louisians Gala. Along with the other honorees, the two give new definition to “aging” by using the years after age 75 to continue careers and embark on new ones, and lend their time, resources and talents to their favorite charities. Bailis, 83 and a member of Temple Israel, is a volunteer with the Parkway Area Adult Education and Literacy/English as a Second Language Program. Jaffe, 77, currently volunteers with the Alzheimer’s Association. 


David Segall, son of Dr. Keith and Robyn Segall of Lohman, Mo., received his Eagle Scout award. He earned more than 35 merit badges and is a member of Order of the Arrow. David’s project consisted of constructing a rescue-training module for the New Bloomfield, Mo. fire department. A student at Jefferson City High School, David is the grandson of Vivian and Lawrence Waldman and the late Marcella and Norman Segall, all of St. Louis.


Real estate professional Shelley Roach joined Dielmann Sotheby’s International Realty as an agent. She previously was an event planner with the Sheraton Westport and Frontenac Hilton.


Dr. Jeffrey Gordon has been awarded the Steven C. Beering Award for his work in establishing the field of human microbiome research. His research has revealed a link between the microbes that live in the human gut and a person’s overall health. Gordon is the Dr. Robert J. Glaser Distinguished University Professor and director of the Center for Genome Sciences and Systems Biology at Washington University School of Medicine.


Former St. Louisan Dean Schramm was instrumental in securing the signature of California Governor Jerry Brown of an anti-Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) bill. When enacted, this legislation will prohibit public entities from contracting with companies engaged in discriminatory business practices in furtherance of a boycott against Israel. Shramm currently lives in Los Angeles and is a literary agent and Hollywood producer.


Dr. Steven Rosen was honored by the American Optometric Association for his 40 years of service to the profession of Optometry. A member of Congregation B’nai Amoona, Rosen’s office is located in Ronnie’s Plaza. He is currently a trustee of the Missouri Optometric Association.


Camp JORI, an overnight camp in southern Rhode Island, welcomed Ricky Kodner as its new director. Previously, he served as director of Camp Ben Frankel and the executive director of the Jewish Federation of Southern Illinois, Southeast Missouri and Western Kentucky. Kodner will be moving to Providence, R.I. 


Dr. Jonas Cooper has joined St. Luke’s Medical Group. As a cardiac electrophysiologist, Cooper’s expertise is in the diagnosis and treatment of arrhythmias, or irregular heartbeats. He attends Congregation B’nai Amoona.


Jeff and Randy Vines’ Cherokee Street design shop, STL-Style, has been selected as one of 100 businesses from across the country invited to Yelp’s Coast-to-Coast conference in San Francisco. Yelp selected business leaders based on their reputation for customer experience, distinctive local identity and social media presence. STL-Style (also known as STyLehouse) has expanded its offerings to full-scale graphic design, screen-printing and a wide range of other products for hundreds of well-known clients including the St. Louis Cardinals, LaunchCode, KDHX, Washington University and the ABC sitcom “Modern Family.” STL-Style is the only business from the St. Louis area invited this year.


Stephanie Cotta, nationally awarded newborn photographer, has launched an online platform, ShuttrPlace, which matches consumers to their ideal photographer through an image-loving process similar to the user experience of Pinterest or Houzz. ShuttrPlace will initially launch in St. Louis with plans to expand throughout the rest of the United States.


Nancy and Ken Kranzberg were honored last month at Grand Center’s annual gala for their devotion and support of the Grand Center Arts District and of the arts in St. Louis. 


Six Jewish attorneys were recently honored as “senior counselors” at The Missouri Bar Association’s annual meeting. They are Robert Dolgin, John Goffstein, Roger Goldman, Philip Kaplan, Alan Steinberg and Alan B. Weber. To qualify, a lawyer must either have reached the age of 75 or have been admitted to the Missouri Bar for 50 years. 


Social worker Erin Schneider opened Concierge Bereavement Services to help families that recently lost a love one navigate through the process of closing out an estate and managing their final affairs. More information can be found at Schneider attends Temple Israel. 


After a 28-year career in the Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps, Col. Michael Benjamin has retired. A member of B’nai Amoona, Benjamin was a senior military attorney and strategic advisor.


Former St. Louisan, David Simon, is running for New Mexico State Senate, District 10. He is currently the executive director of the greater Albuquerque JCC and the president of Eco Think. 


Harvey Wallace, partner and co-founder of Brown Smith Wallace, is the 2016 recipient of the Missouri Society of Certified Public Accountants (MSCPA) Outstanding Public Service Award. The award recognizes his significant contribution to his community through service to charitable and civic organizations, as well as his level of leadership, innovation, initiative and involvement. Wallace is currently the board chair of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis.