Jewish Federation seeks nominations for annual awards

Jewish Federation of St. Louis is seeking nominations for two annual awards — one honoring professionals working for a Jewish community organization and the other honoring volunteer leaders in the Jewish community who are age 40 or younger.  

Fred A. Goldstein Memorial Service Award

The awardrecognizes outstanding professional leadership. Nominees must be employed by a St. Louis Jewish organization and currently work in a direct service, professional or managerial role. Nominations should reflect individuals 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. 

The award is intended to honor continued excellence and is not intended as a reward for longevity or as a thank you for professionals who are retiring, relocating or leaving the field. 

Last year’s honoree was Larry Levin, publisher/CEO of the St. Louis Jewish Light.  Past recipients currently working in the local Jewish community include Rabbi Michael Rovinsky, Sonia Dobinsky, Lori Wishne, Daniel Reich, Rabbi Hyim Shafner, Maxine Weil, Joan Wolchansky, Batya Abramson-Goldstein, Nikki Goldstein, Marci Mayer Eisen, Barbara Raznick, Stephen Cohen, Evelyn Young and Robert A. Cohn.

David N. and Roselin Grosberg Young Leadership Award

The award recognizes volunteer leaders in the Jewish community who are 40 years and younger. The award will be presented at Federation’s Annual Meeting in September. Winners receive a stipend to fund continuing education opportunities, such as a conference or mission. 

Nominees must demonstrate active Jewish Federation leadership and commitment to Federation’s annual Community Campaign. Nominations can also highlight involvement in other Jewish community organizations and the St. Louis community at large. 

Rachel Lubchansky and Jeff Sparks received the prestigious award last year. Other recent honorees include Rob Bertman, Ruth Raskas, Julie B. Stern, David Kaslow, Stacy Siwak, Brad Gross, Jackie Ulin Levy, J.J. Flotken, Shana Singer, Ian Silberman, Stephanie Ludmer Gross and Zach Abeles.

For both awards, the deadline for nominations is Monday, July 28. Nominations (in the form of letters of recommendation) are invited from the entire Jewish community. Submit letters of recommendation to Marci Mayer Eisen, director of the Millstone Institute, 12 Millstone Campus Drive, St. Louis, Mo. 63146 or email [email protected]. For more information, call 314-442-3810.