Millstone to be installed as JFed chair at annual meeting

Bob Millstone will be installed as the Chair of Jewish Federation of St. Louis at the 2011 Annual Meeting and Installation of Officers on Wednesday, Sept. 14.  Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served before the meeting at 6 p.m. followed by the program at 7 p.m. in the JCC Arts & Education Building, 2 Millstone Campus Drive.

Millstone assumes the helm at a pivotal point in Federation’s 110-year history with the implementation of its strategic plan, new branding and marketing efforts and national search for its next professional leader. Jewish Federation is phasing in its rebranding campaign with a tagline: “Thriving Together,” designed to complement the strategic plan. Millstone takes the reigns as current president Sanford Neuman ends his term.

“Federation is redesigning itself to better meet community needs and enhance its ability to support a thriving, engaged Jewish community now and for years to come,” said Millstone. “The Annual Meeting is an evening to address the community about our work this past year and to examine the many roles Federation plays today and will take in the future as our community’s largest community building, planning and fundraising organization,” he added.

Millstone, President and Founder of The Millstone Company, brings to his post a legacy of community service. His grandfather, the late I.E. Millstone, was one of the most influential and respected Jewish leaders in St. Louis, and Federation’s only Honorary President. He has also served Federation in the roles of Vice President, Campaign and Vice President, Planning and Allocations.  

More than 200 members of the Jewish community will gather to install Millstone along with new officers and members of the Board of Trustees at the 2011 Annual Meeting. Patricia Croughan and Lee Wielansky will Co-Chair the 2012 Federation campaign.  Other officers include: John Kalishman, Vice Chair Financial & Human Resource Development; Todd Siwak, Vice Chair Finance/Treasurer; Michael Oberlander, Vice Chair Planning and Allocations; Charles Burson, Vice Chair Strategic Planning; Harvey Wallace, Vice Chair at Large/Secretary, and Sanford Neuman, Immediate Past President. In addition, at large directors and trustees will be elected and installed. Barry Rosenberg, Federation President & CEO, will emcee the meeting. Rabbi Susan Talve of Central Reform Congregation will give the invocation.

The cost is $18. RSVP by Sept. 1 online at or contact Sharon Starr at 314-442-3814 or [email protected].

Grosberg Young Leadership Award winners announced

David Kaslow and Julie Stern have been named the winners of the 2011 David N. and Roselin Grosberg Young Leadership Award. Jewish Federation of St. Louis recognizes two leaders each year with the award for outstanding commitment to the community. The awards will be presented during the Jewish Federation Annual Meeting Sept. 14.

Kaslow, Director of Investments for Oppenheimer & Co., became involved in the Jewish community in his hometown of Omaha, Neb. His introduction to Jewish Federation of St. Louis came through the National Young Leadership Cabinet in 2005. His current involvement in Jewish Federation of St. Louis includes a role as Chair of the Investment Committee, member of the Board of Trustees, incoming member on the Board of Directors, and member of the Montefiore Society. He served on Federation’s Planning and Allocations committee from 2008-09 and participated in many strategy and planning sessions.

He is married to Jennifer and has two daughters: Maya, 9 and Sasha, 7.

Julie Beth Mormol Stern, a University Supervisor for teacher training & evaluation at Webster University, became involved with Jewish Federation when she took time off from her career while raising her four children. Since that time, Julie has taken on many leadership roles.

She served on the Jewish Federation of St. Louis Women’s Connection Executive Board from 2009-11, Co-Chaired the Social Action Committee from 2009-11, and led the Jewish Federation Women’s Council for Education. She is currently a Women’s Connection board member, serves in the National Young Leadership Cabinet, and Chairs the February, 2012, Jewish Federation of St. Louis Cuba Mission.

Stern was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio. After college, she moved to Chicago to begin teaching in Chicago Public Schools. Upon meeting her husband Tim, the couple moved to St. Louis. The two now have four daughters, Sydney, Andie, Ariele, and Mikkie.

Volunteering is important to Stern and she hopes to pass on the tradition of giving back, “I hope to continue my work into the future as a model to my children.”