Epstein will hold 75th annual scholarship dinner

Epstein Hebrew Academy, the Modern Orthodox Jewish day school in Olivette, will hold its 75th Annual Scholarship Dinner on Jan. 28 at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, 100 Carondelet Plaza in Clayton.

The event will honor Heschel and Adinah Raskas and family and the Raskas/Waltuch Families for their generations of leadership, including six past presidents from the combined families: Louis Raskas, Max Waltuch, Ralph Raskas, Berenice Raskas-Lyons, Stanley Raskas and Adinah Waltuch-Raskas.  

“We are thrilled to be a part of this historic celebration,” said Adinah Raskas in a statement. “Louis Raskas, Heschel’s grandfather, was instrumental in starting the school in 1943 and my father, Max Waltuch, began the annual scholarship dinners.” 

With a focus on educational excellence, the dinner will feature an “Ed” Talk, “From Inspiration to Transformation” with two nationally recognized leaders in Jewish Education, Erica Brown, associate professor at George Washington University’s Graduate School of Education and Human Development and director of the Mayberg Center for Jewish Education and Leadership, and Rabbi Naftali Harczstark, founding Principal of SAR High School in Riverdale, N.Y., and 2017 recipient of the Covenant Award.

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“We are celebrating a momentous occasion of a school that has a rich history in building Jewish community leaders,” said EHA Head of School Rabbi Yaakov Green in a statement. “Our honorees, both graduates of EHA, are emblematic of the product that Epstein strives to foster through rigorous dual-curriculum that inspires curiosity and trains lifelong learners.”

The scholarship dinner starts with cocktails at 5:30 p.m. Tickets to the dinner are $125. For more information, or to RSVP or make a tribute, eha.org/banquet or call 314-994-7856. RSVP requested by Jan. 8