Jewish Federation votes in the inaugural Board for the Museum

(St. Louis, November 1, 2022) Jewish Federation of St. Louis has announced the Board slate for the now-independent St. Louis Kaplan Feldman Holocaust Museum. Carol Staenberg is the newly appointed Board Chair of the Holocaust Museum. Carol led the Federation’s Capital Campaign to raise over $25 million dollars for the Museum’s expansion; an endeavor started seven years ago.

Quote from Carol *Amy, I pulled this sentence from her speech, please edit, add. “As the inaugural chair of the Museum Board of Directors, and the chair of the Museum’s capital campaign, it has been my honor to watch this project grow from start to finish. What an incredible journey it has been.

On July 29, 2022, the Federation’s Board of Directors made a unanimous decision for the separation of the Museum from the Federation. The Museum had been part of the Federation with nurture and oversight by the Federation’s Leadership and Board for 25 years.

“We are so thrilled to have reached this milestone of opening the Museum and spinning off its operation from Federation into a new separate entity. We hope the entire metropolitan area (and beyond!) benefits from the addition of this extraordinary Museum to the many incredible resources in St. Louis. In addition, we cannot be more excited to have secured such a dynamic and diverse Board of Directors for the Museum, including Carol Staenberg as the founding Board Chair. The Staenberg family’s leadership in the Federation’s campaign to expand this Museum was critical to its success, and Carol’s thoughtful and patient leadership at every step along the way has been truly impactful.” said Robert Newmark the incoming 2023 Jewish Federation of St. Louis Board Chair

The elected Museum Board officers include Ericka Phelan as Vice Chair, Development. Ericka is the Regional Advancement Officer at Harold Grinspoon Foundation. Greg Yawitz as Vice Chair, Secretary and Recruitment & Nomination. Greg is currently serving as the Federations Board Chair and has been a vital member of the Museum team. Nicola Stern, a CPA at Rubin Brown, will serve as Vice Chair, Treasurer.

The At-Large Directors include: Clint Zweifel, Diane Kalishman, Dr. Kelvin Adams, Gloria Feldman – Holocaust survivor, Dr. Harold Sitrin, Rabbi Jeffrey Stiffman, Kaytlin Kopen, Michael Litwack, Rick Knox, Reverend Rodrick Burton, Sue Schlichter, Ted Isaacs, and Dr. Warren Rosenblum.

The grand opening of the new St. Louis Kaplan Feldman Holocaust Museum is tomorrow, November 2, 2022. Together the St. Louis Kaplan Feldman Holocaust Museum and the Jewish Federation of St. Louis would like to welcome the Board and the future success of this world-class institution.


Jewish Federation of St. Louis is the Jewish community’s central philanthropic, planning and community-building organization. Founded in 1901, it is one of the region’s most respected and effective nonprofit organizations. Jewish Federation of St. Louis supports more than 70 agencies, programs and services in St. Louis and around the world – to ensure a thriving Jewish community, respond to emergencies and care for our vulnerable. Funds are raised through the Jewish Federation of St. Louis’ Annual Campaign and through Planned Giving opportunities. Find out more at Jewish Federation of St. Louis is a proud member of United Way, and a Better Business Bureau Accredited Charity.