Newsmakers: October 2021


Top Row: Xena Wolf, Pam Toder, Mark Bernstein. Middle Row: Lisa Baron, Kayla Steinberg, Frances Levine. Third Row: Helene Sherman, Cheryl Maayan, Adam L. Inlander

Cheryl Maayan plans to retire as head of school at Saul Mirowitz Jewish Community School at the end of the school year. She explained that after 14 years in the job, she’s looking forward to new adventures, a less busy lifestyle and new ways to be a blessing to others. “Mirowitz will always be my baby, and I’ll support it in every way possible,” she said. “I’ll be loving and soaking up every moment of our magical school for the next 10 months.” Maayan belongs to Congregation Shaare Emeth.

After 45 years of dedicated volunteerism, Pam Toder has been elected president of the Women of Achievement organization. WOA is the oldest ongoing program in the St. Louis area whose sole mission is to honor the volunteer service and leadership of women in the community. “I’m very appreciative of being chosen as the president and so humbled by this honor,” said Toder, who belongs to Temple Israel. “I never expected this and am looking forward to leading this dynamic organization for the next two years.”

Helene Sherman,\a University City school district graduate,\has been selected as one of 11 honorees for induction into the University City High School\Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony will be held in the spring.\She belongs to United Hebrew Congregation.

Adam L. Inlander has joined Central Reform Congregation as its executive director. He worked briefly with a couple of Reform Jewish congregations in his native California before becoming executive director of Congregation Ohabai Sholom in Nashville, Tenn. After six years there, he worked at Temple Beth Shalom in New Albany, Ohio, a suburb of Columbus.

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Inlander returned to California for a one-year engagement with a Reform Jewish congregation in Orange County. Shortly thereafter, he joined Merrill Lynch’s Practice Management Development program. In 2017, he ranked in the top 25 financial advisers in the Newport Beach Market for asset flows into trust management.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, he felt a call to return to temple administration. This past spring, when he read the advertised position with CRC, a community that practices “radical inclusivity,” he applied and was hired in July.

Mark Bernstein is among six honorees who will receive a 2022 St. Louis Arts Award, presented by the Arts and Education Council. He is receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award for his work as managing director of the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis since 1987. In addition to work at the Rep, he has taught in Webster University’s Arts Management and Leadership MFA Program since 2013. He has been active in leadership of the League of Resident Theatres for many years, having served as vice president, an executive committee member and as a member of numerous national negotiating committees. Bernstein will retire after 35 years with the Rep on Jan. 1.

Kudos and congratulations to two former interns of the St. Louis Jewish Light. Kayla Steinberg, who served as an intern in the summer of 2019 and received her undergraduate degree from Washington University, recently graduated with a master’s degree from the Columbia University (N.Y.) Graduate School of Journalism. And Xena Wolf, who served as a Light intern in December 2018, has been accepted to the Lutheran Volunteer Corps service-year program. She is spending a year serving at a social justice nonprofit and practicing simple and sustainable living.

Lisa Baron, foundation and executive director of Memory Care Home Solutions, and Frances Levine, president and CEO of Missouri Historical Society and Missouri History Museum, were recently honored by the Missouri Athletic Club as one of the 2021 Women of Distinction. Since 2011, the MAC has annually honored six local women who have been revolutionary in business, civic engagement, philanthropic programs and mentorship. Baron belongs to Young Israel. Levine belongs to Temple Emanuel.