Newsmakers: August 2022


TOP ROW, FROM LEFT: Marisa Goldberger, Amy Fenster Brown, Alissa Arst, Mindy Grossmann, and Diane Packman. SECOND ROW: Emilie Schaffer, Gail Wechsler, Amanda Miller, Elyse Picker and Josh Goldberg. THIRD ROW: Rebekah Scallet, Ben Poremba, Anya Corson and Lizzie Berkowitz

Washington University Hillel welcomed Marisa Goldberger as its new program and engagement associate. She will be supporting the Hillel board and creating meaningful programming.

National Council of Jewish Women St. Louis (NCJWSTL) named Amy Fenster Brown as secretary to its executive board. She is a columnist for the Jewish Light and the regional manager of hospitality and distribution for Morris Media Network. The general board added new members: Alissa Arst, clinical social worker; Mindy Grossmann, coordinator of the Signs of Suicide (SOS) program at CHADS Coalition; Diane Packman, founder of L/A Baking & Catering and teacher at Temple Israel’s religious and Hebrew schools; Emilie Schaffer, wealth advisor with Buckingham Strategic Wealth and Gail Wechsler, library director at the Law Library Association of St. Louis.

Amanda Miller has taken on the role of vice president of communications, a new position for the St. Louis Jewish Federation. As a member of the senior leadership team, her responsibilities are to develop and implement strategic marketing and communications plans and shape the visual identity and message of the Federation.

The Jewish Community Relations Council of St. Louis (JCRC) hired Elyse Picker as program manager. In this role, she will be responsible for coordinating, implementing and overseeing a variety of JCRC programs, including education, social action and interfaith relations. Picker was the PJ Our Way parent connector for the St. Louis region.

Josh Goldberg is the new physical education/ theater teacher at the Epstein Hebrew Academy. He is teaching nursery through eighth grade PE as well as assisting fourth and fifth grade math. Goldberg attends Tpheris Israel Chevra Kadisha (T.I.C.K.).

The Jewish Community Center of St. Louis welcomed Rebekah Scallet as the New Jewish Theatre’s new artistic director, succeeding Edward Coffield. A member of Temple Israel, Scallet moved to St. Louis two years ago and has been working as a freelance director and teacher, most recently with the Sargent Conservatory at Webster University.

Ben Poremba, owner and chef of Bengelina Hospitality Group, will open Bar Moro in the former home of Billie-Jean in Clayton. Bar Moro will feature Spanish and more broadly Iberian and Mediterranean cuisine. Poremba hopes to open the restaurant by early October of this year.

Anya Corson joined Bistro Kids at Saul Mirowitz Jewish Community School as chef-manager. She previously was the owner operator of Anya’s Apothekere, a gourmet honey company and a chef at the Ritz Carlton. An alumni of the Solomon Schechter Day School, Corson is also a parent to a Mirowitz student.

Lizzie Berkowitz also joined Mirowitz as the new outdoor education specialist. She will develop new units of study and guide teachers on stewardship of our butterfly gardens, chicken coops, compost bins, rain garden, amphibian pond, sensory garden, vegetable garden and nature trail.