Jews in the News: September 2018

Top row, from left: Nikki Goldstein, Kalanit Chappell, Andy Shifter, Mary Strauss and Mont Levy. Second row:  Sam Feldman, Jorie Gold, Katherine Hanlon, Allie Wielansky and Mark Kurz. Third row: Dorothy Meyerson, the late Sam Heyman and Susie Luten. 

Crown Center for Senior Living will honor its executive director, Nikki Goldstein, for her 18 years of service and dedication on Sunday, Oct. 28. The event, Planting Seeds for Our Future, celebrates Crown Center’s roots as a nonprofit organization successfully providing lower income older adults with high quality, affordable housing, and growth as a community center,welcoming area retirees to participate in a wide array of life-enhancing programs. The event will take place at the Donald Danforth Plant Center from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Event chairs are Erin and Steven Schuver and Julie and Ted Flom. Goldstein attends Traditional Congregation.

Kalanit Chappell is the new programming and engagement coordinator at Bais Abraham Congregation. She is responsible for creating and executing Shabbat, holiday and event programming. Chappell also handles member relations at Bais Abraham.  

Edwin Pepper & Associates, local interior and design firm, has moved its showroom to Olive Boulevard and Old Olive Street Road in Creve Coeur. Co-founders Lenore and Edwin Pepper continue to play an active role. Michael Pepper is president; Karen Pepper is a senior interior designer.  

Hats-N-Stuff, a retail shop selling licensed sports apparel, headwear and novelty gifts representing a number of regional sports teams and universities, has opened a store at Westport Plaza. Hats-N-Stuff, which also has locations in the University City Loop and at Soulard Farmers Market, also carries a large selection of sunglasses. Owner Andy Shifter is a member of Congregation B’nai Amoona.

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The Landmarks Association of St. Louis will honor Mary Strauss and the Strauss family legacy with the H. Meade Summer Jr. Award for contributions they have made and will continue to make to building and restoring St. Louis. The event will take place Oct. 13 at the Dieckriede house in Compton Heights.  

The Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis (RAC) has appointed Mont Levy chairman of its board of commissioners. He will focus on increasing RAC’s impact as the leading public arts funder in the region. A member of Congregation Temple Israel, Levy is a wealth adviser at Buckingham Strategic Wealth.

Recent University of Missouri graduate Sam Feldman has joined Edward Jones as a financial adviser. He is the son of Beth and Buddy Feldman and attends United Hebrew Congregation.  

Licensed social worker Jorie Gold has joined Jewish Family & Children’s Service as a school-based consultant. In this role, she offers emotional and social support to students and teachers in various Jewish schools in the community. 

Katherine Hanlon recently opened Hanlon Small Business Services for startups, nonprofit organizations, entrepreneurs and small businesses. Her company identifies areas for improvement and opportunities for growth while attaining greater efficiency and maximum cost and time savings. Hanlon SBS is located in Clayton.

Allie Wielansky is the new director of External Affairs for Cougar Athletics at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE). She will work with all 16 of SIUE’s athletic programs to enhance the student-athlete experience through various promotions and fundraising campaigns. Daughter of Linda and Steve Wielansky, she is a recent graduate of SIUE with a master’s degree in public administration. Wielansky attends Temple Israel.

Mark Kurz has been promoted to principal of Accounting Career Consultants. He has been the firm’s biggest producer since 2015. Kurz is the first senior account manager promoted to principal. 

At a recent Friends of Miriam luncheon, Dorothy Meyerson and Sam Heyman (z”l) were honored with the Miriam Lifetime Achievement Award. Meyerson was recognized for volunteering in the Miriam School classroom for more than 20 years and for being a Miriam Member for 50 years.  Heyman had been supportive of the resale shop, Miriam Switching Post, where he volunteered for many years. Audrey Adreon and Donald Steele were honored as 50-year members. Friends of Miriam is a diverse mix of parents, relatives, professionals and community members who seek to increase public awareness and support of Miriam and the children with learning disabilities it serves.  

Susie Luten is the new president of Miriam’s Board of Directors. Her great grandmother, Fannie Landau, helped found Miriam more than 100 years ago. She is a member of Temple Emanuel.  

At graduation ceremonies of the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion in early May in New York, Stephen Cohen, the vice president for special projects at the Jewish Federation, was awarded an honorary doctorate of nonprofit management. Cohen plans to retire from Federation at the end of this year.

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