Jews in the news: Oct. 2, 2013

Compiled by Elise Krug

Rick Recht was named one of Time magazine’s Top 10 Jewish Music Stars. He is the director of Songleader Boot Camp, which provides leadership training opportunities led by nationally renowned Jewish leaders, educators and music artists, and is also the founder and Executive Director of Jewish Rock Radio, the first 24/7 Jewish rock Internet radio station. Recht is the Artist in Residence at United Hebrew Congregation.

NewsChannel 5 has named Mike Bush as Managing Editor of its late newscast, NewsChannel 5 @ 10. Bush, who has anchored that newscast since 2003, will lead the editorial decision-making process for the nightly newscasts he anchors Sunday through Thursday. Bush has been with Channel 5 KSDK for 29 years. He co-anchors the news at 6 and 6 p.m. and is sole anchor at 10 p.m.

Parkway Central High School seniors, Joshua Zeid, son of Lori and the late Gary Zeid, and Matthew Wallach, son of Jan and Roger Wallach, both received a a perfect score of 36 on their ACT college admissions exams. A member of Traditional Congregation, Joshua is an intern at Oasis Digital and would like to pursue a degree in computer engineering. Matthew is interested in the outdoors and has been attending Camp Ya’alozu, which combines Judaism and wilderness skills. Matthew’s family belongs to Tpheris Israel Chevra Kadisha Congregation and he is active in NCSY and JCRC’s Student to Student program.

Terry Bloomberg, Founder and Executive Director of Developmental Child Care Center, said the center just celebrated its 30th anniversary with a gala event this summer. Bloomberg is a member of Temple Israel and is a past president of the Jewish Light Board of Trustees.

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Judy Berkowitz, Executive Director at Kids In The Middle, was recently appointed to the Advisory Board of the University of Missouri – St. Louis Clinical Mental Health Counseling program. She will provide feedback and suggestions to the CMHC faculty in order to enhance the quality of counselor education training.

Allison Schreiber Lee, family law and civil litigation attorney at Paule, Camazine, & Blumenthal, P.C., and Heather Raznick, a psychotherapist in private practice, are new members of the Kids In The Middle Advisory Council. They will assist the agency with their mission, events and fundraising.

Dr. Elisa Birnbaum, Professor of Surgery, Division of General Surgery, Section of Colon and Rectal Surgery, Washington University School of Medicine, is receiving the SCOPE Innovation Award.  Birnbaum, a member of Congregation B’nai Amoona, has been a guiding force in SCOPE (Science and Citizens Organized for Purpose and Exploration), a local non-profit stressing the importance of science and technology engagement, along with the value of working to bring betterment to the world at large.

Gary Soule has joined the law firm of Goldstein & Pressman, P.C. He is continuing his work as a family law attorney, mediator and collaborative practitioner. He also represents clients in juvenile law, guardianship, mental health law, probate, estate planning and small business matters. Soule, a member of Central Reform Congregation, has also been elected president of the Collaborative Family Law Association of St. Louis for 2013-14. A network of attorneys, mental health and financial professionals, the association provides a supportive and non-adversarial approach to divorce.

Therapist Beth Koritz recently opened a private practice in Creve Coeur called Koritz Counseling & Coaching. She will focus on women’s issues such as parenting, empty nest syndrome, caring for elderly parents while raising their own children, and pre/post divorce. Koritz, a member of Congregation Shaare Emeth, drects B’nai Tzedek and One Happy Camper through CAJE.

Diane Katzman President of Diane Katzman Design, will receive the 2013 Alan A. and Edith L. Wolff Inspiration Award at the Reach for a Star Gala presented by the Gateway Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The event will take place Nov. 8 at the Ritz Carlton. The award honors the region’s most active and inspiring leaders who have made a difference in the community through philanthropic involvement. Katzman is a member of Central Reform Congregation.

Dr. David Caplin, a founder of Gateway To Hope, is receiving one of two first-ever Visionary Awards at the organization’s KaleidoHope gala Oct. 26 at the Four Seasons Hotel. A member of Temple Israel, Caplin is a reconstructive surgeon with Parkcrest Plastic Surgery.

Missouri Health Care Association presented Gladys Reeves-Kandel with its Inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award at its 65th annual convention this past August. Kandel, administrator at Delmar Gardens West, began her career with Delmar Gardens Enterprises in 1965 and has dedicated her life to caring for thousands of seniors.

Attorneys in the area that have been selected to the 2014 edition of “The Best Lawyers in America” include Bruce E. Friedman, Alisse Camazine, Mark E. Goodman, Daniel R. Sokol, Gary R. Sarachan, Alan N. Zvibleman, David V. Capes, Charles S. Elbert, Alan C. Kohn, and Leonard J. Frankel. Best Lawyers in America is the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession.

Alice S. Handelman was recently recognized for 30 years of active membership in National Federation of Press Women during the 2013 NFPW National Conference in August in Salt Lake City. A member of Temple Israel, Handelman served as publicity chair of Missouri Professional Communicators, the local chapter of NFPW. She is currently a public relations consultant and freelance writer.