Today In the Jewish Light History: July 27, 1983


Jordan Palmer, Chief Digital Content Officer

The St. Louis Jewish Light has been serving the St. Louis Jewish Community since 1947 when the first issue of the St. Louis Light, the predecessor publication of the St. Louis Jewish Light, which first appeared on Feb. 20.

The St. Louis Light was published directly by the Jewish Federation of St. Louis. It wasn’t until 1963 that the Jewish Light became its own, independent publication, with an independent board of trustees.

The first edition of the St. Louis Jewish Light in its present form was published Wednesday, April 3, 1963.

In honor of this long legacy of storytelling, when a past publish date of the Jewish Light matches up with a current date, we will dip into the archive to find a story from that issue, and bring it back to life.

This week, we honor the paper published on July 27th, 1983.

Today In the Jewish Light History: July 27, 1983

One of the or popular elements of our current paper is the Newsmaker section. In this section, you will find short updates on which members of our community “made news” that month.  Back in 1983, we called it “About Folks.”

We understand these images from the past are hard to read, so here is a recreation of the July 27, 1983 “About folks” section.

Sherri Boonshaft, a student at Ladue High School was the recipient of the 1983 Dwight D. Eisenhower Award for outstanding Ninth Grader. The award, presented by the Kiwanis Club of Creve Coeur is based on scholarship, leadership, school and extra-curriculum activities. She is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Benje Boonshaft of Frontenac.

Carolyn Haimann, a St. Louis attorney has been appointed vice chairman of the Healthcare Law Committee of The American Bar Association/Young Lawyers Division. Haimann, in-house legal counsel for Jewish Hospital of St. Louis, will serve a one-year term beginning in August. A graduate of the Washington University School of Law, Haimann has been employed at Jewish Hospital for seven years.

Carol Kaplan has been appointed director of the preschool and extended day program of the Early Education Center of University City. She is a graduate of Washington University and has worked extensively in parent education and as music specialist for several early childhood programs. She currently serves as the mayor of Olivette and as musical director of Shir Ami, a folk singing group.

Lynda Lapp Berkowitz was the recipient of the Antoinette Francis Dames Award from Washington University for outstanding scholastic achievement. She recently received her masters degree from the Central Institute for the Deaf and will join their staff in the fall.

Louis F. Glaser, executive vice president of the Medicare-Glaser Corporation has been elected to the Board of Trustees of the St. Louis College of Pharmacy. His father, the late Morris Glaser was a graduate of the college and once served on the board.

Paul Dobinsky, FMS, of Dobinsky Insurance Agency was recently installed as president of the Missouri Association of Professional Insurance Agents at the organizations’ 40th annual convention held at the Alameda Plaza in Kansas City. Dobinsky, who was also selected as “Agent of the Year,” has been in the insurance business for 20 years.

Alfred and Ethel Kissin, former St. Lousians, were recently honored by State of Israel Bonds and Emanual Congregation at the Testimonial Dinner in Chicago, Ill. They have both served on the Board of Trustees of Emanual Congregation in Chicago, and while in St. Louis, Ethel was a member of Shaare Emeth Congregation.

Robert M. Bierman, senior buyer for McDonnell-Douglass Corp., McAir Division, received a Teammate of Distinction Award from Don Malvern, president of McAir, at a recent presentation. The award was given in recognition of outstanding achievement. Bierman is the husband of Frida Berman and the son of Ida. S. Bierman

Charles Eisenkramer II of Creve Coeur, past president of Shaare Emeth, has been elected to a four year term as a trustee of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations. The Union, a congregational arm of Reform Judaism, represents 1.2 million members of 760 reformed congregations in the U.S. and Canada.

Myron D. Levy has been appointed a consultant and Director of Development for the Gateway Center, a civic corporation which is organizing the Mississippi River east bank addition to the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial. Malcome. W. Martin president of Gateway Center announced the appointment.