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St. Louis Jewish Light

A nonprofit, independent news source to inform, inspire, educate and connect the St. Louis Jewish community.

St. Louis Jewish Light

A nonprofit, independent news source to inform, inspire, educate and connect the St. Louis Jewish community.

St. Louis Jewish Light

Unsung Heroes

Unsung Heroes, 2010-2020

November 24, 2020

2020 Allen and Ronnie Brockman Mark Dana Aleeza Granote Sheryl Kalman Steve Rosenblum Alan Spector Volunteers of the Back to School! Store (a program of the National Council of Jewish Women-St. Louis) 2019 Reva Davis Barbara...

Steve Rosenblum is shown with signs from The Kaufman Fund golf tournament, which he helps arrange. Rosenblum is a board member of The Kaufman Fund, an organization that works to assist veterans. Photo: Bill Motchan

Former Ferguson restaurateur ‘pays it forward’ as a volunteer

BILL MOTCHAN November 20, 2020

Steve Rosenblum can trace his commitment to volunteering and giving back to the community to his father, who was fond of saying: “If something good happens to you, send 10 bucks to the rabbi.” “What he meant was, be appreciative, be grateful...

National Council of Jewish Women St. Louis helped provide school essentials; clothes and other items to 2,000 St. Louis-area children during the organization's annual Back to School! Store on July 19. This year was the 20th anniversary of the event. College Hunks Hauling Junk and Moving provided a distribution hub where volunteers picked up boxes of filled backpacks to deliver to partner agencies in the St. Louis area, which distributed the bags to clients and members.

Volunteers! power school shopping experience for underserved children

ELLEN FUTTERMAN, Editor-in-Chief November 20, 2020

Ask any co-chair or the president of the organization or its executive director and they all will say that what has made the Back to School! Store work seamlessly over the past two decades comes down to one word: volunteers. “Volunteers are what...

Mark Dana is an avid cyclist who frequently takes part in fundraising cycling events such as Pedal the Cause. Photo: Bill Motchan

Organ donor, volunteer is a ‘mensch of all mensches’

ERIC BERGER, Associate Editor November 20, 2020

Twenty-eight years ago, Mark Dana’s first wife suggested that they join Congregation B’nai Amoona.The couple had previously attended High Holiday services and lit a menorah during Hanukkah, and that was about the extent of their Judaism. Dana...

Aleeza Granote (at left) and a participant at a card-making event for Card Care Connection at Family Partners Adult Day Services.Granote, a pediatric oncology social worker at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center, founded Card Care Connection, a nonprofit organization that provides supportive cards and hopeful messages to people with cancer across the country.

Social worker ‘lifts people up’ during toughest times

BILL MOTCHAN November 20, 2020

When she was 12 years old, Aleeza Granote was watching TV and saw a public service announcement for a volunteer opportunity at a nursing home’s Alzheimer’s unit. She called and offered to help. “My friends thought I was crazy,” Granote...

Volunteers came together at a gift packing event for Shomrei Amoonim with a group of B’nai Amoona members.

‘Keeper of the Faith’ helps homebound B’nai Amoona congregants connect with the world

BILL MOTCHAN November 20, 2020

Sheryl Kalman is a fixer. For her, every challenge is an opportunity to improve people’s lives, especially people who find themselves confined at home. It could be a person with mobility challenges who needs to have a wheelchair ramp installed....

Couple created Camp Rainbow for children with cancer, blood disorders, now serving 800+ each year

Couple created Camp Rainbow for children with cancer, blood disorders, now serving 800+ each year

By Ellen Futterman, Editor-In-Chief November 20, 2020

Perhaps Dr. Bob Bergamini summed it up best: “The unique and spectacular gift that they have given is a vision, an insight and a motivation that makes these camps endure and continue to improve, and sparks that creativity that allows us to continue...

Alan Spector receives the Uniquely U City award from Superintendent Joylynn Pruitt for having initiated a life planning program at U. City High School.

Saying ‘Yes’ to living and teaching an active, diversified retirement and helping older adults

ERIC BERGER, Associate Editor November 20, 2020

When Alan Spector leads workshops to help people with the nonfinancial aspects of retirement, one of his main suggestions is: “Look and listen for opportunities, and be predisposed to say, ‘Yes.’ ” If you’re wondering whether Spector...

2019 Unsung Heroes

2019 Unsung Heroes event

June 6, 2019

The Jewish Light honored the 2019 Unsung Heroes and celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Unsung Heroes awards during an event May 22 at the 560 Music Building in University City. The 2019 Heroes were: Reva Davis, Barbara Finch, Karen Flotte, Jeff &...

Karen Flotte at Central Reform Congregation’s mitzvah garden. Photo: Bill Motchan

Karen Flotte: Urban farmer ‘digs deep’ to nourish body and soul

By David Baugher, Special to the Jewish Light May 30, 2019

Standing in a field of sprouting collard and mustard greens, Karen Flotte surveys the 32-foot square of tilled land and the raised beds containing everything from turnips and beets to lettuce and potatoes — all of it standing in the shadow of Central...

Students at Monroe Elementary School in St. Louis city help Dr. Terry Weiss unload his weekly delivery of food from Operation Food Search. Photo: Bill Motchan

Dr. Terry Weiss: Devoting retirement to helping those who need it

BY ERIC BERGER, ASSOCIATE EDITOR May 30, 2019

About a month after the 2014 fatal shooting of Michael Brown by police in Ferguson, Dr. Terry Weiss attended Rosh Hashanah services at Congregation Temple Israel and heard a rabbi there speak about the urgency of taking action amid chaos to spur positive...

Volunteer Alice Ludmer dances with participants at the J’s Adult Day Center during a Cinco de Mayo celebration. Photo: Bill Motchan

Alice Ludmer: Longtime volunteer is go-to asset at J’s Adult Day Center

By Ellen Futterman, Editor May 30, 2019

When in doubt, go ask Alice.“That’s our motto around here,” says Ashley Stockman, director of the Adult Day Center at the Jewish Community Center. “Alice always has the correct response and, if not, she will do the research and not stop until...

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