Newsmakers: September 2021


Top row: Michael Litwack, Ryan Silver, Jorie Myers and Allison Worth. Second row: Andrew Fredman, Jeff S. Wehmer, Ken Levine and David Margolis.  Third row: Jordan Palmer, Susan E. Bindler, Richard Tishler and Jeff Glogower.

Michael Litwack has been honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award by NCCJ St. Louis (formerly National Conference for Community & Justice and before that National Conference for Christians & Jews). The organization’s board members decided to honor Litwack, a fellow board member for 20-plus years, for work he has done through NCCJ St. Louis, and the St. Louis community in general in supporting diversity, equity and inclusion.

The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis is celebrating the 10th anniversary of its Student Board of Directors with its largest and most diverse board yet. For the 2021-2022 school year, 29 high school seniors from across the St. Louis area have been selected to serve on the student board through a competitive application process that included an essay and letters of recommendation. 

The students meet monthly and gain a thorough understanding of the Federal Reserve’s role in the U.S. economy and learn about its unique partnerships with banks, businesses and the community. 

Among the student board members are Ryan Silver, a senior at Ladue Horton Watkins High School, and Jorie Myers, a senior at Marquette High School. Ryan is the son of Michael and Laura Silver, and Jorie is the daughter of Bonnie and Steve Myers. Both families belong to Congregation Shaare Emeth.

Allison Worth, a member of Congregation Shaare Emeth and a recent graduate of Columbia College Chicago, is joining award-winning post-production sound studio Wave Studios in New York City.

Andrew Fredman, a wealth management adviser and portfolio manager with Merrill Lynch in Clayton, has been named a Forbes magazine Best-in-State Wealth Adviser. A member of Congregation B’nai Amoona, he was ranked No. 19. 

Jeff S. Wehmer is now a law partner at Sandberg, Phoenix and von Gontard. He belongs to United Hebrew Congregation.

Ken Levine, internet sales manager with West County Volvo, has become master certified for the eighth consecutive year. Levine takes courses on both Volvo technology as well as customer service, sales and electrification. 

Local writer and retired gastroenterologist David Margolis recently published a book of short stories titled “Tales of Unkosher Souls.” 

Jordan Palmer, digital director for the St. Louis Jewish Light, is the producer of a new daytime lifestyle show on KTVI-TV (Channel 2). “Studio STL” debuted Sept. 7 at noon on the Fox affiliate. Palmer, a 25-year veteran of local television, created and produced “Show Me St. Louis” on KSDK-TV (Channel 5) in 1995, as well as the award-winning “Cardinal Nation Show,” also on KSDK, from 2007 to 2014.

Susan E. Bindler, a lawyer with Haar & Woods, has been recognized by Best Lawyers in the areas of commercial litigation, white-collar criminal defense, and trust and estate litigation. Bindler attends B’nai Amoona.

Richard Tishler, managing shareholder of Riezman Berger, has been recognized for Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships) in the 2022 edition of “Best Lawyers in America.”  Tishler attends Shaare Emeth.

Jeff Glogower, a lawyer with Polsinelli , was recently nominated among Best Lawyers “Ones to Watch” for trusts and estates for the second year in a row.  Glogower belongs to Congregation Bais Abraham.

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