Jews in the News: October, 2017

Editor’s note: All announcements regarding local lawyers’ selection by “Best Lawyers” publications must be received by noon Tuesday, Oct. 17. “Best Lawyers” submissions after that will not be considered for publication. Email announcements to editorial assistant Elise Krug at [email protected] or call 314-743-3671 for more information.

Bill Greenblatt (media) and Sandy Pomerantz (basketball) are among 13 men and women in  the 2017 class of inductees into the St. Louis Sports Hall of Fame. 

Greenblatt is a staff photographer for United Press International (UPI) and owner of William Greenblatt Photography. Throughout his 40-plus-year career, he has photographed players and coaches of many St. Louis sports teams and is theofficial photographer for the St. Louis Fire Department. Greenblatt is president of the St. Louis Press Club. 

 Pomerantz excelled in basketball at an early age and became an All-American player at University City High School and with the University of Cincinnati and Washington University during the late 1950s and early 1960s. He also played on the U.S. basketball and volleyball teams in the 1961 and 1965 Maccabiah Games in Israel, bringing home a gold medal for basketball and a bronze for volleyball. Pomerantz was inducted into the Jewish Community Center’s Jewish Sports Hall of Fame, Missouri Sports Hall of Fame, and the Washington University Hall of Fame. A member of Traditional Congregation, he is a partner in the law firm Goffstein, Raskas, Pomerantz, Kraus & Sherman.

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Brian I. Pultman has been named one of the nation’s top 1,200 state-by-state advisers for 2017 by the  financial weekly Barron’sBarron’s considers factors such as assets under management, business production, quality of practice and asset growth when ranking advisers.  A member of Central Reform Congregation, Pultman is a financial planner and managing director for investments at Wells Fargo Advisors.

Alex Kaiser participated this summer in the American Legion Boys State of Missouri on the campus of the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg. Son of Sharon and David Kaiser of Chesterfield, Alex was selected based on his leadership, citizenship, academics and character during his junior year at Parkway Central High School. The Boys State program is an eight-day, hands-on experience in the operation and fundamentals of government. Upon successful completion, participants are eligible to receive college credit and scholarships. Alex and his family attend United Hebrew Congregation.

Dr. Robert D. Schreiber has been named a co-recipient of the Balzan Prize for his groundbreaking work in immunology and melanoma research. The award is meant to foster culture, the sciences and the most meritorious initiatives in the cause of humanity, peace and fraternity among people throughout the world. Schrieber, a member of Central Reform Congregation, will receive the award in November in Bern, Switzerland. The honor comes with a $790,000 prize, half of which goes toward research. 

Schreiber is director of the Andrew M. and Jane M. Bursky Center for Human Immunology & Immunotherapy Programs at the School of Medicine and co-leader of the tumor immunology program at Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine. He helped to pioneer the understanding of the immune system’s potential role in battling cancer. He and collaborators at the School of Medicine have laid the foundation for the development of personalized vaccines for patients with cancers of the breast, brain, lung, pancreas and prostate, melanoma and certain forms of lymphoma.

Steve Lipstein, chief executive officer of BJC HealthCare, has been given the 2017 Gail L. Warden Leadership Excellence Award. Each year, the National Center for Healthcare Leadership recognizes a leader who has dedicated his or her career to making significant and sustainable improvements in health and health care. Lipstein recently announced plans to retire from BJC HealthCare at the end of the year. A member of Congregation Shaare Emeth, Lipstein will be honored in November during NCHL’s annual conference in Chicago.

Among the semifinalists of the National Merit Scholarship Program are Jacob Feit Mann and Eitan Oberlander, seniors of Yeshivat Kadimah High School. Jacob is the son of Drs. Alison Feit and Jordan Mann; Eitan’s parent are Sima and Michael Oberlander. Both families live in University City and attend Young Israel of St. Louis. Jacob and Eitan will continue in the competition for scholarships worth more than $32 million that will be offered next spring. Upon graduation, Jacob and Eitan will spend the next year in Israel studying at a yeshiva. 

Tracy Gellman has been promoted to development manager of Gateway to Hope. She will oversee and manage all special events, development, marketing, grant writing and social media activity for the organization. Gellman is a member of Congregation B’nai Amoona. Gateway to Hope is a breast cancer lifeline. Its mission is to secure comprehensive care and provide financial assistance for individuals in need, diagnosed with or at high risk for developing breast cancer.

St. Louis native Carla Weinberg Kutnick recently received the Charlotte B. Tucker Young Leadership Award at the annual meeting of JEWISHColorado, Colorado’s Jewish Federation. The award recognized Carla’s leadership in numerous Jewish organizations including JEWISHColorado, Denver Jewish Day School, Jewish National Fund and the Rose Women’s Organization at Rose Community Foundation. Carla is the daughter of Bettina and Mel Weinberg, who live in Chesterfield. She met her husband, Jay Kutnick, at Camp Sabra.

Louis Cohen, 80, Arthur Gale, 87, and Ira Kodner, 76, are among 20 who will be honored at theAgeless Remarkable St. Louisans Gala. St. Andrew’s Resources for Senior System is hosting the gala, which is celebrating the outstanding achievements of dynamic adults age 75 and older. The gala takes place Saturday, Oct. 28 at theHyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch.

Cohen, retired co-owner of a food manufacturing arm of Allen Foods, volunteers his time, wisdom and enthusiasm tutoring academically at-risk students with the OASIS Institute. He also volunteers at the Harvey Kornblum Jewish Food Pantry. 

Gale, an internist, is still practicing two days a week. He is a contributing editor to the Missouri Medicine Journal and regularly volunteers with the Overland Medical Group. Gale is also a guest speaker at Maryville University for students in the health care field. 

Kodner, a retired colorectal surgeon, is nationally recognized as an expert in the field of medical ethics. He continues to teach, consult, write and maintain a leadership role in educating surgical residents on medical ethics and human value. Kodner also volunteers with the Jewish Community Relations Council, the OASIS Institute, Washington University Medical School and Lift for Life Academy. 

Gale and Kodner attend Congregation Temple Israel;  Cohen is a member of Shaare Emeth.