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St. Louis Jewish Light

Portrait of Samantha Fischer

Newsmakers: June 2021

ELLEN FUTTERMAN June 6, 2021

Vickie Shuchart, director of operations at Congregation B’nai Amoona, is the new director of Nishmah, a program of the Jewish Community Center that supports Jewish women. Its goal is to bring together Jewish women and girls from different denominations...

Amy Kaiser has directed the St. Louis Symphony Chorus since 1995.

Symphony’s Choral Director to receive top honor at St. Louis Arts Awards

April 8, 2021

The Arts and Education Council of St. Louis will honor Amy Kaiser, director of the St. Louis Symphony Chorus since 1995, with its 2021 Lifetime Achievement awards at the St. Louis Arts Awards on May 24. The celebration will take place under the Big Top...

Abby Prywitch

Parkway Central teen’s persistence leads to top journalism award

By Eric Berger, Associate Editor April 1, 2021

After the Washington Nationals won the World Series in 2019, Abby Prywitch and her fellow student journalists at Parkway Central High School brainstormed an idea about an alum they would like to interview: Max Scherzer, a star pitcher on the Nationals.“Right...

Kristen Conard

Adult Day at the J assistant director gets national honor

March 23, 2021

Kristen Conard, assistant director of the Jewish Community Center’s Adult Day at the J program, has received the Spotlight Award from the National Association of Qualified Intellectual Disability Professionals for her exemplary work in the field of...

Beth Feldman

Newsmakers: March

March 11, 2021

Beth Feldman has been promoted to director of campaign and affinity groups at Jewish Federation of St. Louis. In this new role, Feldman, who has been with Federation for three years, will oversee all fundraising for the Annual Campaign as well as manage...

Elana Hertel

Newsmakers: January 2021

COMPILED BY ELLEN FUTTERMAN, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF January 15, 2021

Elana Hertel has joined Central Reform Congregation as executive assistant to the rabbinic team. She graduated from Missouri State University with a bachelor’s degree in business and event management, holds a Certified Special Events Professional (CSEP)...

Scott Biondo

Federation’s security chief receives ADL Heartland award

November 20, 2020

Scott Biondo, director of community security for Jewish Federation of St. Louis, has been awarded the Anti-Defamation League Heartland 2020 Distinguished Service Award.The award has recognized regional law enforcement representatives who distinguish themselves...

The individuals being honored as 2020 Unsung Heroes are (clockwise from top left) Mark Dana, Steve Rosenblum, Aleeza Granote, Alan Spector, Sheryl Kalman and Allen and Ronnie Brockman. 

Meet the 2020 Jewish Light Unsung Heroes

November 6, 2020

What follows is a quick look at the Jewish Light’s 2020 Unsung Heroes and the incredible volunteer work that they do in the community. Read the Heroes’ full stories in the Light’s Special Section published in our Nov. 18 edition and join the Light...

Susan Block

Newsmakers: November 2020

Compiled by Jewish Light Staff November 6, 2020

Newsmakers is a compilation of local Jews’ newsworthy professional and academic accomplishments. Submit your news items to [email protected] Call 314-743-3669 for more information. Published the first edition of each month. Attorney Susan...

The individuals being honored as 2020 Unsung Heroes are (clockwise from top left) Mark Dana, Steve Rosenblum, Aleeza Granote, Alan Spector, Sheryl Kalman and Allen and Ronnie Brockman. 

Jewish Light announces 2020 Unsung Heroes

JEWISH LIGHT STAFF October 7, 2020

Seven individuals and one very large group will be recognized as the 2020 Jewish Light Unsung Heroes at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19. This year’s 11th annual event will be streamed live on the Light’s Facebook page and on its website at stljewishlight.com...

Sen. Claire McCaskill 

NCJW to honor former Sen. Claire McCaskill

September 25, 2020

National Council of Jewish Women St. Louis will recognize Sen. Claire McCaskill with the organization’s top honor, the Hannah G. Solomon Founder’s Award, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 13 at NCJWSTL’s virtual Celebrating Women Event. First given in...

Rebbetzin Tova Greenblatt, principal of Esther Miller Bais Yaakov High School

Federation announces Annual Meeting honorees

August 28, 2020

Jewish Federation of St. Louis has announced award recipients to be honored at its 2020 Annual Meeting on Thursday, Sept. 10. The RubinBrown Corporate Leadership Award will be presented, along with the Fred A. Goldstein Award for Professional Leadership...

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