JProStL luncheon honors Jewish community stars

Rabbi Levi Landa

Nine professional staff members from throughout the St. Louis Jewish community will be honored at the Annual JProStL Recognition Luncheon on Thursday, Jan. 31 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Staenberg Family Jewish Community Center. The St. Louis awards are unique because the honorees come from across the spectrum of the entire St. Louis Jewish nonprofit community and reflect the diversity of our professionals and their organizations. The 2012 winners are: 

Rabbi Levi Landa, Director of Programming at Chabad, will receive the Emerging Leader Award. Landa has been at Chabad for seven years and enjoys creating programming that brings togther Jewish people in innovative ways, including the annual Menorah Workshop at The Home Depot, that he and his wife Rivka started. Through his programs, Landa has impacted more than 1,000 St. Louis children and their families, with his programs being replicated across the county. 

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Dan Brodsky, Exectutive Director at New Mt. Sinai Cemetery and Music Director/Cantor at B’nai El, will receive the Chesed/Kindness award. Through these roles, Brodsky provides both entertainment and spiritual comfort throughout the Jewish community. Brodsky values music in all parts of his life, including spending time with his 10-year-old son who inherited his father’s musical talents as a gifted pianist.  

The Dedication award goes to Susan Perez, Exectutive Assistant at the JCC, and Terrell Wooten, Building Manager of Central Reform Congregation. Perez has been the exectutive assistant for three CEOs and enjoys all aspects of her job from interacting with board members to assisting the Development Department and working with the Shalom Baby Program. In her time off, she can be found playing duplicate bridge across the country. Wooten has been the building manager of CRC for more than 10 years and has demonstrated a commitment to making sure the temple is ready for services and events. Wooten is instrumental in the growth of NCJW’s Back-to-School Store, working closely with volunteers and staff, even coming in on his days off to make sure everything is set up and ready for a successful program. 

Tabari Coleman, Project Director of A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE Institute, a program of the Anti-Defamation League of St. Louis, is the recipient of the Pillar Award. Coleman is responsbile for developing, coordinating and implementing anti-bias and inclusion training workshops for schools, community organizations and business. He is responsbile for the Echos and Reflections Holocaust curriculum and program collaborations throughout the community, including with the St. Louis Art Museum. 

Mimi David, Educator Award, is a Teacher and Special Needs coordinator at Esther Miller Bais Yaakov School. Since she started at Bais Yaakov five years ago, David has immersed herself fully in the community teaching classes, acting as an informal advisor and running the Tznius/Modesty class for the school. She opens her home for Shabbat and leads a women’s mission trip to Israel every year. David is an educator both formally and informally, finding time for her students as well as for raising six children alongside her husband.  

Bryan Anderhub, has been at the JCC for more than 20 years.  In 2005 he was named Director of Building and Grounds, and he will receive the Career Achievement Award. Anderhub has been instrumental in successful planning, renovation and consturuction of the Wohl men’s health Club, the Marilyn Fox Building and the Staenberg Family Complex. Anderhub’s love of his job comes from knowing each day is different, interesting and it holds a new challenge.

Lori Goldberg, is the Director of Senior Services at Jewish Family & Chldren’s Service and will receive the Mentor Award. She is a licensed clinical social worker with more than 20 years of experience working with older adults in the Jewish community. She is a past President of JProStl and a current board member of NCJW. She finds it rewarding to supervise students and new employees, see them develop and go on to accomplish amazing things in the Jewish community.  

Rabbi Tzvi Freedman will receive the Visionary Award for his work as Founder and Executive Director of Torah Prep. Stemming from an idea many years ago, Freedman has worked tirelessly to succeed in building and growing Torah Prep School from an enrollment of 3 to 250. His passion and perseverance that every Jewish child deserves an exemplary day school education has enabled Torah Prep School to succeed. 

Register online at The luncheon is free for staff who work at Jewish organizations and $25 per person for guests.  

JProStl programs are made possible by the Lubin-Green Foundation, a supporting foundation of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis.  For information, contact Marci Mayer Eisen at 314-442-3810.