Federation to install new president

Community leader and attorney Sheila Greenbaum will be named the 37th President of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis at its Annual Meeting and Installation of Officers at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 5, in the atrium of the recently-renovated Federation Kopolow Building.

A pre-meeting tour of the remodeled building and a champagne toast will take place at 6:15 p.m.


More than 200 members of the Jewish community will gather to install Greenbaum along with new officers and members of the Board of Trustees. Greenbaum succeeds Heschel J. Raskas, Ph.D., who completed his two-year presidential term.

Barry Rosenberg, Federation executive vice president, will emcee the meeting. Rabbi Susan Talve of Central Reform Congregation will give the invocation. Harvey A. Harris, chair of the Nominating Committee and a Federation past president, will announce the new slate of officers and board members.

Additional highlights of the evening will include the announcement of the winners of the Grosberg Young Leadership Award and the Fred A. Goldstein Memorial Service Award.

Greenbaum, who is a director and shareholder at the Clayton law firm of Capes, Sokol, Goodman and Sarachan P.C., is the first president to be nominated under Federation’s revised governance model, an outcome of the recent Strategic Plan, which she led.

Over the years, Greenbaum has held key Federation posts including vice president of Campaign and Planning & Allocations. She was the recent recipient of the distinguished Kipnis-Wilson/Friedland Award at the International Lion of Judah Conference in Washington, D.C., honoring her philanthropy and volunteer leadership. She was also recently elected to the national board of United Jewish Communities (UJC), the parent organization of North American Jewish federations.

Greenbaum has a long list of civic accomplishments. She served on the ACLU national and affiliate boards, chaired the Missouri Deferred Compensation Commission and was the Democratic Director of the Board of Elections, City of St. Louis. She served as interim director and instructor at St. Louis University School of Law, and Senior Staff Attorney in the U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit. She also serves on a committee for FOCUS St. Louis.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Case Western Reserve University and a Juris Doctor (with distinction) from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law.

Greenbaum and her husband, Dr. Gary Wasserman, have one daughter, Rubyn, a student at Washington University.

They are members of Central Reform Congregation.