Newsmakers: December 2019

Top row, from left: Alice Ludmer, Barry Lasky, Bud Rosenbaum, Charles Elbert, Eitan Kantor, and Erin Slutzky. Second row, from left: Kara Moskowitz, Kara Newmark, Lori Lander, Mark Sophir, Mark Temkin and Martha Sneider. Third row, from left: Joan Szymanski, Richard Tishler, Rabbi Ryan Dulkin, Sara Winkelman and Steve Becker. 

Compiled by Elise Krug, Editorial & Development Associate

Bud Rosenbaum has been named chairman of the Holocaust Museum & Learning Center. He has been a volunteer  there for 10 years ago served as a docent and chair of its Development Committee, among other assignments. Rosenbaum is a member of Temple Israel.

Area lawyers who have been chosen for inclusion in the 2020 edition of “The Best Lawyers in America” include Mark Temkin and Richard Tishler from Riezman Berger P.C. Tishler was also named a 2019 Missouri Super Lawyer, and Temkin was listed as one of the top five in the best attorney category from the St. Louis Small Business Monthly. Charles S. Elbert, partner with Shands, Elbert, Gianoulakis & Giljum LLP, was also chosen a Best Lawyer and Super Lawyer. 

Alice Ludmer will be honored Dec. 7 at the Arthritis Foundation Silver Ball Gala at the St. Louis Union Station Hotel. A rheumatoid arthritis patient, Ludmer is being recognized for her volunteer work, advocacy and for championing the efforts of the Arthritis Foundation. She is a member of Congregation Shaare Emeth and a 2019 Jewish Light Unsung Hero.

Steve Becker has joined Keller Williams Realty in Chesterfield as a sales associate. He continues to work in the hospitality industry as a restaurant consultant. Becker attends Shaare Emeth.

Joan Szymanski, 80, was one of four people honored with the 2019 St. Luke’s Hospital Healthy Woman Award at its Spirit of Women All Decked Out event. The award recognizes and celebrates women who not only take steps to improve their own health, but also improve the quality of life and inspire better health within their communities. 

Singer, song leader and violinist Eitan Kantor is part of an  inaugural nine-month study program called the Rising Song Jewish Music Residency. Based in Philadelphia, the residency is a full-time study and collaboration opportunity for talented musicians and prayer leaders. The goal is for graduates to become leaders who will reinvent the future of music as a communal Jewish practice. 

Lori Lander has become a certified life coach empowering midlife moms who feel disconnected and unfulfilled to create purposeful work, meaningful relationships, and an authentic life of passion and balance. A member of United Hebrew Congregation, Lander is also the founder of Girls in the Know, a nonprofit organization created to educate and empower pre-teen girls to develop a strong sense of self as they mature into adulthood. Lander is offering complimentary 30-minute breakthrough sessions to get started.

Hi Ho Helio has moved to the Westport area at 11861 Westline Industrial, suite 670. Owners Barry and Ellen Lasky will offer the same invitations, announcements, party supplies, centerpieces and balloon decorations as in their previous location.

Former St. Louisan Sara Winkelman has become the first full-time director of education, program and services at the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington, D.C. She will focus on programming and relationship building to help serve the needs of Jewish students and their families. In addition to continuing to direct its Student-to-Student program, Winkelman will coordinate the JCRC’s Holocaust Survivors Speakers Bureau and work to confront all forms of bigotry in schools.

Sweetology is opening its second location in the Plaza at Hutchings Farm in O’Fallon, Mo. Kara Newmark, founder and president, said this location will serve as Sweetology’s national hub as it grows operations to include in-house kosher baking, e-commerce and DIY kits. Sweetology offers decorating classes, children’s programs and summer camp. 

Martha Sneider has relocated her edible cookie dough company, Dough Co., to the Rock Hill area on Manchester Road It was previously in the West County Mall. The company’s focus is on wholesale (through Fox River Dairy and Sysco) and catering. Walk-ins, however, are welcome. Sneider attends Temple Emanuel.

Parkway West High School senior Erin Slutzky has won a bronze medal in doubles at the International Racquetball Federation Junior World Championships held in San Jose, Costa Rica. The eight-day tournament included 13 countries; the U.S. team took third place. Erin made the quarterfinals in singles. Daughter of Steve Slutzky and Elizabeth Stroot, Erin and her family attend Shaare Emeth.

Kara Moskowitz has been elected to the Young Friends of Legal Services of Eastern Missouri board of directors. The nonprofit provides access to free legal representation for the marginalized and underserved in the community. Moskowitz is an assistant professor of history at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

Rabbi Ryan Dulkin, a former St. Louis resident, is the founder and principal at Midrash Values Based Consulting & Coaching in Minneapolis. He offers individuals and organizations support with leadership skills, personal enrichment, mission and values. Dulkin is also a consultant and coach at LeaderWise, an organization that provides psychological and leadership development resources to individuals and organizations. Next spring, he will join the department of religion at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn.

Mark Sophir has written “300-1: My 52-year Journey with St. Louis Hockey and a Championship for the Ages.” The book tells the story of the St. Louis Blues 2018-2019 season capturing its first Stanley Cup (a 300-1 proposition that Sophir bet on). The book also looks at the 52-year history of the team and pays homage to its Jewish owners. The book is available at Left Bank Books and on Amazon. Sophir is a lawyer and a partner at Armstrong Teasdale and a sports law professor at Washington University and St. Louis University.

Newsmakers is compiled monthly by Editorial & Development Associate Elise Krug. Contact Elise at: 314-743-3671 or [email protected].