Jews In The News

TOP ROW, FROM LEFT: Shayna Rosen, Dr. Jeffrey Gordon, Dr. Marvin Cohen, Gabe Grossberg, Dr. William E. Goldman, Rob Hendin and Dr. Jeffrey Levy. SECOND ROW: Dr. Alan P. Lyss, Dr. David German, Rinat Kisin, Rob Weintraub, Jason and Randy Sklar and Jeffrey Wehmer. THIRD ROW: Tristan Hummel, Justin Gelfand, Jan Baron, Mark Rubin, Harvey Brandvein and Randy Saltzman and Erin Schuver. FOURTH ROW: Ali Kochtanek, Tracy Jasper, Rep. Jill (Seltzer) Schupp, Howard Rosen and Sally Fleischmann Ember.

Shayna Rosen, a recent graduate of Truman State University, has been awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Program grant for an English teaching assistantship in Thailand. Rosen is one of more than 1,800 U.S. citizens who will travel abroad for the 2014-2015 academic year through the Fulbright program. Grant recipients are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential.

Dr. Jeffrey Gordon, the Dr. Robert J. Glaser Distinguished University Professor and director of the Center for Genome Sciences and Systems Biology at Washington University School of Medicine, will accept the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine’s most prestigious honor, the 2014 Dickson Prize in Medicine, in October. This is awarded annually to a leading American investigator who is engaged in innovative, paradigm-shifting biomedical research. Gordon’s pioneering research has examined how the trillions of microbes that live in our gastrointestinal tracts, and their genes, influence human physiology, metabolism and nutritional status. His work could have implications for global efforts to combat a variety of diseases, including obesity and malnutrition. Gordon also has been elected to the American Philosophical Society, which was founded in 1743 by Benjamin Franklin and dedicated to exploring useful knowledge and providing a forum for the free exchange of ideas. 

Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense office, has given a Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award to Triumph Pharmaceuticals of St. Louis. Triumph, which does business as SmartMouth Mouthwash, was the only Missouri company to receive this award. The award is the DOD’s highest recognition given to employers for exceptional support of National Guard and Reserve employees. The top 15 employers were selected from a pool of 2,864 nominations submitted earlier this year by National Guard and Reserve service members. Dr. Marvin Cohen, founded the comapny in the mid-1990s and currently serves as its chairman.

Delmar Gardens Enterprises Inc., a St. Louis-based senior health care provider and developer, was awarded the Outstanding Building of the Year (TOBY) from the Building Owners and Managers Association International for its home office in Chesterfield. Delmar Gardens of Chesterfield won the Suburban Office Park (low rise) category, which included entries from Miami, Boston, San Diego and Indianapolis. Delmar Gardens Enterprises also announced the debut of Garden Villas Assisted Living, which will include 23 remodeled and fully equipped apartments, as well as a 24-hour nursing staff, laundry service, medication management, transportation and personal hygiene care. Gabe Grossberg, a member of Tpheris Israel Chevra Kadisha, is president and CEO of Delmar Gardens. 

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Dr. Alan P. Lyss will receive the Marsha Wolff and Tina Borchert Inspiration Award next month from the Cancer Support Community of Greater St. Louis at its annual Bounty of Hope gala. This distinction has been bestowed on those who have been leaders in our community and have made a significant impact on families affected by cancer. Lyss has been a medical oncologist at Missouri Baptist Cancer Center since 1992. He is associate principal investigator for Heartland Cancer Research, a National Cancer Institute-designated Community Oncology Research Program. A member of Congregation B’nai Amoona, Lyss is associate professor of clinical medicine at Washington University School of Medicine and the U

Dr. David German has joined Mercy Clinic as the hyperbaric and wound care medical director. The clinic specializes in treating difficult wounds that have not responded to traditional treatments. German is affiliated with Congregation Temple Israel.

Rinat Kisin is the new inclusion coordinator for the St. Louis Jewish Federation. She has experience working for the Disability Rights Commission in Israel and recently earned her master’s degree in nonprofit management from Washington University. Rinat will explore a variety of strategies to make the Jewish community more inclusive for individuals with disabilities.niversity of Missouri.

Weintraub Advertising has been honored with a Silver Stevie Award in the Consumer Brand Experience category for the Flooring America Where Friends Send Friends Mobil Tour at the 12th annual American Business Awards. Rob Weintraub is president of the company.

Former St. Louisian Tristan Hummel has been named to the third annual “Double Chai in the Chi: 36 Under 36” list of young Jewish movers and shakers in Chicago. These young professionals are noted for making a difference through their work, giving back in their free time, and earning notice in the Jewish community and beyond. Hummel, 27, is the curator and project manager at Chicago Loop Alliance, a special service area for the central business district. He is responsible for putting art exhibits on CTA trains and hosting festivals in empty shipping containers. Presented by the Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago’s Young Leadership Division and Oy!Chicago, he will be honored Thursday, Aug. 7.  

Justin Gelfand has joined the law firm of Capes, Sokol, Goodman & Sarachan. He formerly was a federal prosecutor based in Washington.

Jan Baron is the new sales and marketing manager at Aladdin Chem Dry. A member of Congregation B’nai Amoona, Baron was a 2013 St. Louis Jewish Light Unsung Hero.

The Gladys & Henry Crown Center for Senior Living has appointed four community members to its board of directors for a two-year term. They are:

• Mark Rubin, president of Rubin Real Estate Strategies and director of development for the Koman Group. He is a member of Congregation Shaare Emeth.

• Erin Schuver, founder and designer of Comfy J’s clothing. Schuver serves on the J Associate executive board and is a member of Congregation Shaare Emeth.

Ali Kochtanek, manager of major gifts at the St. Louis Zoo. She is a member of Congregation Temple Israel.

Tracy Jasper, business manager for Dr. Daniel R. Jasper and a member of Central Reform Congregation.

The Parkway Alumni Association has announced its Class of 2014 Hall of Fame. The Jewish inductees are: 

Dr. William E. Goldman (West ’73), a professor and chairman of microbiology and immunology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and an international lecturer. He was on the Washington University faculty in St. Louis for 25 years. 

Rob Hendin (North ’95),who has spent his post-collegiate career with CBS News in Washington. A senior producer for Face the Nation with Bob Schieffer, he won an Emmy Award in 2002 for breaking news coverage and was a 2009 Gerald Loeb Award finalist for coverage of  bailout legislation.

• Dr. Jeffrey Levy (North ’76), a physician, educator, entrepreneur and an internationally recognized expert in e-learning. He is the founder and CEO of CaseNetwork, a medical education company that provides case-based medical education coupled with social media and delivered conveniently on mobile devices. 

• Missouri state Rep. Jill (Seltzer) Schupp (North ’73),D-Creve Coeur, in her third term representing the 88th district, which includes most of Creve Coeur and Olivette, as well as parts of Ladue, Frontenac, Town and Country, and Chesterfield. She is founder of the Missouri Veterans History Project and is a member of the Children’s Trust Fund Board and Congregation Shaare Emeth.

• Jason and Randy Sklar (North ’90),twin brothers,entertainers who this fall will host “All Star Celebrity Bowling,” a new series for AMC and based on a popular, unscripted Web series. 

Jeffrey Wehmer has been named an associate at the local law firm of Sandberg, Phoenix and von Gontard, specializing in business litigation. He is a member of Congregation United Hebrew.


Howard Rosen has been elected world chairman of BKR International, a global association of more than 150 independent accounting and business advisory firms. Rosen is president of Conner Ash.

Harvey Brandvein has been named insurance principal and senior vice president within First Bank’s Wealth Management Group in Clayton. In this newly created executive position, Brandvein will be responsible for the development, strategy and execution of a variety of insurance solutions for First Bank’s Wealth Management Group clients across Missouri, California, Illinois and Florida. He is affiliated with Congregation Shaare Emeth.

Jay Wolfe Toyota of West County in Ballwin welcomed Randy Saltzman to its sales department. Saltzman is a member of Congregation United Hebrew.

St. Louis native Sally Fleischmann Ember recently published the second volume in her  Spanners Series, titled “This Changes My Family and My Life Forever.” It tells a science fiction, near-future story about an alien coalition that has been secretly visiting Earth.  For more information on the books, visit

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