Jewish Federation Annual Meeting to include rededication, open house

The Jewish Federation of St. Louis’ Kaplan Feldman Complex.

Jewish Federation of St. Louis’s 2018 Annual Meeting will give the community a chance to see Federation’s newly remodeled and renamed Kaplan Feldman Complex on Sept. 27.

The event, which takes place during Sukkot, will feature a large sukkah, where the Chanukat HaBayit (Rededication) will take place at 5:30 p.m. That will be followed by an open house, before the annual meeting begins at 7.

The event will honor the Kaplan Feldman Families, Carol and Michael Staenberg and the Kopolow Family, who were instrumental in making the remodeled building possible. 

The remodeled building expands the Kopolow Jewish Community Services Building, which has served the  community for more than 36 years.


The annual meeting includes an election of officers, presentation of the David N. and Roselin Grosberg Young Leadership Awards, the Fred A. Goldstein Professional Leadership Award and the RubinBrown Corporate Leadership Award.

The award winners this year are:

• Erin Kessler Schneider and Eli Abeles have been selected for the 2018 David N. and Roselin Grosberg Young Leadership Award. This award recognizes volunteer leaders in the Jewish community who demonstrate commitment to the Jewish Federation of St. Louis’ mission through volunteer leadership and participation in the Annual Campaign. Abeles passed away Monday (Sept. 10) after a year-long battle with metastatic kidney cancer.

• Cheryl Maayan has been selected for the 2018 Fred A. Goldstein Professional Excellence Award. This award recognizes outstanding professionals in a St. Louis Jewish organization who excel in their field, have a significant track record over time, have introduced important innovations, and are perceived as role models by other professionals and volunteers.

• Diane Katzman Custom Jewelry & Accessories has been selected as the RubinBrown Corporate Leadership Award Recipient. This award is given to a company that exemplifies philanthropic leadership in our community. The recipient of this award demonstrates a commitment and dedication to philanthropy that enhances the community in a meaningful way.

Tickets for the annual meeting are $18 per person or $36 per family. Hors d’oeuvres and drinks provided; dietary laws observed.  For more information and to register, visit For more information, contact Jade Collins at 314-442-3832 or [email protected]

Jewish Federation board nominees: 

Vice Chair, Campaign: Timothy Stern

Vice Chair, Strategic Planning: Les Sterman

Vice Chair, Planning and Allocations: Greg Yawitz

Vice Chair, Endowments & Planned Giving: Robert Newmark

Vice Chair, Finance/Treasurer: Mark Zorensky

Vice Chair, at-large/Secretary: Emily Stein MacDonald