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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

Joan Berkman. Photo courtesy Strauss Peyton Photography

The Lighter Side: Q&A with St. Louis Press Club President Joan Berkman

BILL MOTCHAN, Special to the Jewish Light February 27, 2022

The Jewish Light recently talked with Joan Berkman, president of the St. Louis Press Club and president of Face Watchers Public Relations, as part of The Lighter Side series — short interviews with interesting people in the St. Louis Jewish community....

The Lighter Side featuring Lory Cooper, tour manager at St. Louis Kaplan Feldman Holocaust Museum

The Lighter Side featuring Lory Cooper, tour manager at St. Louis Kaplan Feldman Holocaust Museum

January 7, 2022

Briefly describe your job? When we complete our renovations and open back up in late summer, I will schedule field trips and volunteers to lead them. What are you looking forward to the most when the museum reopens? A new gallery unique to our museum...

Sean Jameson

The Lighter Side featuring Sean Jameson, of the Delmar Gardens West activities team

BILL MOTCHAN , SPECIAL TO THE JEWISH LIGHT December 21, 2021

In one or two sentences, can you explain your job? We develop a schedule of activities to keep residents busy and engaged and stimulate their senses. They come to activities to get away from the nursing and medical part of their lives and enjoy themselves,...

The Lighter Side: Q&A with Beth Kodner, director of Camp 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 Centers 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 Shops 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...

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