Meet five of the Light’s 2011 Unsung Heroes

Charles Baron

Charles Baron

From issues affecting the future of the city of St. Louis to working with youth to trying to bridge racial and cultural divides, 86-year-old attorney Charles Baron isn’t afraid of challenging – and shaking up -the status quo.

Maris Berg

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An occupational therapist by trade, Maris Berg, 69, has long applied her skills to improving the lives of children, be it through schools programs or even, if need be, physically improving the places where they learn.

Dr. Rebecca Aft

At the forefront of cancer research, Dr. Rebecca Aft, 55, advocates for her patients because she says they need someone to take them through the treatments, and provide guidance through their surgery and therapy.

Merle Hartstein

The consummate Jewish mother, Merle Hartstein, 75, coordinates two programs at the Vaad Hoeir: one which provides kosher food and items for Passover to those in need, and the other which assists those in need for Shabbat and Yom Tov.

David Oughton

Scholar David Oughton, 60, thoughnot Jewish, has taught over 400 courses relating to religion, theology and world peace for the past 35 years, and championed the curriculum for educational workshops at the Holocaust Museum and Learning Center.

Join the Jewish Light in recognizing this year’s ‘Unsung Heroes’ from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, May 23 at the Jewish Community Center Staenberg Family Complex  Arts & Education Building – Performing Arts & Banquet Center, 2 Millstone Campus Drive.  Event features Desserts and Coffee reception (Kosher dietary laws observed).  RSVP by May 16, regestration is $18 . For more information, contact Ann Kusher at [email protected]  or 314-743-3660.