Jewish Federation to honor Barry Rosenberg

Barry Rosenberg in a 2007 file photo.

Jewish Federation of St. Louis will honor Barry Rosenberg, who retired recently after 20 years as the Federation’s top executive, with an evening of celebration at 5 p.m. Sunday, April 28 at Peabody Opera House. The event immediately precedes the Federation’s donor celebration, Thrive LIVE! featuring Jason Alexander.

“Barry’s leadership in our community has been extraordinary,” said Michael Litwack, co-chair of the event. “He has brought a level of stability and order to Federation, and his dedication has been instrumental in building an inspiring, caring and united Jewish community.” Paul Flotken and Nancy Siwak also are chairing the event.

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Ruth Lederman, Federation Vice President and Director of Development, says there were many major achievements during Rosenberg’s tenure, including the development and implementation of the Jewish Federation’s strategic plan to maximize resources and effectiveness as well as the formation of a sister-city partnership in Israel. “He also and provided more funding for services for low-income elderly,” Lederman says. “He also was the catalyst for making JProStl and the Millstone Institute for Jewish Leadership a reality.”

Before coming to St. Louis, Rosenberg served for 14 years with the Jewish Federation of North Jersey;  the last eight years as its Executive Director. He is an adjunct professor at the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University and was honored twice by the St. Louis Business Journal as one of the most influential St. Louisans.

For more information on the retirement party, go to or call Lori Wishne at 314-442-3830.