A nonprofit, independent news source to inform, inspire, educate and connect the St. Louis Jewish community.

St. Louis Jewish Light

A nonprofit, independent news source to inform, inspire, educate and connect the St. Louis Jewish community.

St. Louis Jewish Light

A nonprofit, independent news source to inform, inspire, educate and connect the St. Louis Jewish community.

St. Louis Jewish Light

Congregation Shaare Emeth

The Lighter Side: Q&A with Beth Kodner, director of Camp Emeth

ELLEN FUTTERMAN, Editor-in-Chief August 23, 2021

Q&A with Beth Kodner, director of Camp Emeth at Congregation Shaare Emeth How long have you worked in the Jewish community?   I was a camp counselor at Shaare Emeth when I was in high school and college and then returned in 2009...

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Q&A with Jewish Book Festival director Hilary Gan

ELLEN FUTTERMAN, Editor-in-Chief July 23, 2021

Hilary Gan, Director of Literary Arts at the Jewish Community Center In one or two sentences, can you explain your job?  I oversee the annual Jewish Book Festival and the Used Book Sale, with the full force of some amazing committees...

Photo of Katie Garland

The Lighter Side: Q&A with Katie Garland of Crown Center

ELLEN FUTTERMAN, Editor-in-Chief June 30, 2021

Katie Garland, Client Services Director at Crown Center for Senior Living In one or two sentences, can you describe your job? I work in partnership with Crown Center clients, their families, colleagues and community organizations to solve problems...

Ashley Stockman directs the Jewish Community Center's Adult Day at the J program.

Q&A with Ashley Stockman, director of Adult Day at the J

ELLEN FUTTERMAN, Editor-in-Chief June 23, 2021

In one or two sentences, can you describe your job? I am responsible for overseeing the daily operations of the J’s Adult Day program, which supports adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities, and aging adults within the St. Louis area. The...

Amy Lutz

The Lighter Side: Q&A with Holocaust Museum’s Amy Lutz

ELLEN FUTTERMAN, Editor-in-Chief June 13, 2021

Amy Lutz, manager, communications and social media, St. Louis Kaplan Feldman Holocaust Museum How long have you worked in the Jewish community? I started as a volunteer for the St. Louis Kaplan Feldman Holocaust Museum in 2018 when I was in graduate...

The Lighter Side: A Q&A with The Resale Shop's Jessica Duneman

The Lighter Side: A Q&A with The Resale Shop’s Jessica Duneman

ELLEN FUTTERMAN May 27, 2021

Jessica Duneman, Director of Retail Operations at The Resale Shop operated by the National Council of Jewish Women-St. Louis In one or two sentences, can you describe your job? I oversee the operations of The Resale Shop. It’s my job to ensure...

In late August, new St. Louis NORC Director Sarah Levinson speaks at a dance event at the Jewish Community Center for NORC residents. Photo: Zach Dalin, courtesy of Jewish Federation of St. Louis

Lighter Side Q&A with Sarah Levinson of the St. Louis NORC

ELLEN FUTTERMAN, Editor-in-Chief May 10, 2021

Sarah Z. Levinson, St. Louis NORC (Natural Occurring Retirement Community) Manager, a program of Jewish Federation of St. Louis In a couple of sentences, please explain your job. I oversee a neighborhood program that connects older...

Chana Novack, co-director Chabad WashU

The Lighter Side: Q&A with Chana Novack

Eric Berger, Associate Editor April 26, 2021

Chana Novack Co-director, Chabad WashU  In a few sentences, can you explain your job? I help oversee a team of student leaders and professionals who support young people at Wash U and local colleges. We host events, classes and social events,...

Erin Wolfman May

The Lighter Side: Q&A with Erin Wolfman May

By Ellen Futterman, Editor-in-Chief April 13, 2021

Erin Wolfman MayCommunications Director at Temple IsraelHow long have you worked in the Jewish community?Eight years. April 2, 2013 was my first day on the job at Jewish Federation of St. Louis (yep, I remember the exact day).  Prior to that, I was in...

Andrew Goldfeder

Lighter Side Q&A with Andrew Goldfeder

By Ellen Futterman, Editor April 5, 2021

Andrew GoldfederExecutive Director, Temple Emanuel  How long have you worked in the St. Louis Jewish community?Since July 2009, when I began working at the St. Louis Holocaust Museum & Learning Center (now the St. Louis Kaplan Feldman Holocaust...

Lighter Side Holly Ingraham

The Lighter Side: Q&A with Holly Ingraham

Eric Berger, Associate Editor March 18, 2021

Holly Ingraham, Executive Director of Cultural LeadershipHow long have you worked in the Jewish community?Almost 10 years. I was hired as the first paid full-time executive director of Cultural Leadership in the fall of 2011. As many know, Cultural Leadership...

Alyssa Banford: The Lighter Side

The Lighter Side: Q&A with Alyssa Banford

Ellen Futterman March 2, 2021

Alyssa Banford, Director of Civic Engagement at the Jewish Community Relations CouncilHow long have you worked in the St. Louis Jewish community?Total, about 7 years. When I was 15, Rabbi Janine Schloss hired me as a teacher’s assistant at Congregation...

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