Jews in the News: Week of January 6, 2016

TOP ROW, FROM LEFT: Jay S. Pepose, Terrye Seigel, Joel Schraier, Ira Bergman,  Harvey Wallace, Michael G. GoldsteinSECOND ROW, FROM LEFT: Allen Brockman, Burton Shostak, Rachel Closson, Ed Protzel, Robert (Bobby) Boxerman,  Dr. Raymond SlavinBOTTOM RIGHT, Ken Wilde  

Ophthalmologist Jay S. Pepose volunteers with EyeCare America to restore vision for seniors. Thanks to his and others’ sight-saving contributions, the national public service program has received the President’s Volunteer Service Award from President Barack Obama. Pepose is a member of Nusach Hari B’nai Zion.


Terrye Seigel took home the Talent Buyer of the Year award at the 2015 Global Gaming Expo in Las Vegas. These are the only awards exclusively honoring outstanding artists, executives and venues in the casino entertainment industry. The main focus of Seigel’s company, Terrye Seigel Productions Inc., is on buying top national and regional entertainment for major casinos and corporations. She is a member of Congregation Shaare Emeth.


The tax and auditing firm of Bergman, Schraier & Co. has merged into Brown Smith Wallace. The professionals and support staff have joined the Brown Smith Wallace audit, tax and small business services practices. Joel Schraier and Ira Bergman are the co-founders and principals of BS&Co. Harvey Wallace, co-founder and recent managing partner of Brown Smith Wallace, recently stepped down from that role. Wallace is board chairman of Jewish Federation of St. Louis.


Former St. Louisan Michael G. Goldstein has been selected as a fellow of the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel. A resident of Cleveland, he is the executive vice president of the Gottleib Organization, a wealth strategy company. Prior to leaving St. Louis, Goldstein was chairman of the tax and estate planning department at Husch & Eppenberger (now Husch Blackwell).  


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The Children’s Oncology Camping Association, International, has awarded Allen Brockman the 2015 Spirit of COCA-I Award. As founder of the Camp Rainbow Foundation and camp director for 28 years, Brockman has provided free camping experiences to children who are undergoing treatment for, and survivors of, cancer or blood related diseases. He is a member of Congregation Shaare Emeth.


Burton Shostak, a litigation veteran, joined the Cosgrove Law Group, LLC in August. Shostak received his law degree from Washington University and has handled numerous civil and criminal cases in trial and appellate courts. 


Rachel Closson is the new events and programming coordinator at Congregation Temple Israel, where she is a member. 


“The Lies That Bind,” written by Ed Protzel of St. Louis, is a darkly ironic antebellum mystery/drama set in Turkle, Miss. from 1859-1861. It has been released by TouchPoint Press and is currently available on Amazon. The novel is based on Protzel’s screenplay, which was recognized by the Missouri Playwrights Association. 


Robert (Bobby) Boxerman, son of Sandy and Cynthia Boxerman of Pacific, has been elected vice president of the Hillel chapter at the Missouri University of Science & Technology, where he is a sophomore studying chemical engineering. The Boxermans attend Kol Rinah.


Dr. Raymond Slavin and Ken Wilde were among 16 honorees at the recent 13th annual Ageless Remarkable St. Louisans Gala sponsored by the St. Andrew’s Resources for Seniors System. This event highlights seniors who are redefining what it means to grow old. 


Slavin, 85, is professor emeritus of internal medicine at St. Louis University, where he lectures and counsels students, residents and fellows-in-training each week. When he’s not teaching, he volunteers at the Harvey Kornblum Food Pantry and SLU North City HRC Asthma Clinic, which he founded. He is also an avid cyclist and a member of Central Reform Congregation.


Wilde, 92, is the oldest graduate of the University of Missouri-St. Louis, where he earned a master’s degree at age 87. He volunteers with Meals on Wheels, the Literacy Council and serves as the leader of the University City Great Books study group, an organization he’s belonged to since 1960. Wilde attends Congregation Temple Israel.