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Millstone Fellows

Millstone Fellows is a collaborative, community-building model of leadership development for emerging and established leaders in the St. Louis Jewish community.

Valuing effective leadership as being essential to ensuring a strong and united Jewish community, Fellows integrates Jewish learning with general leadership skill building so that participants will become more informed, thoughtful, and effective leaders wherever they are leading.

Millstone Fellows is facilitated by local and national trainers and educators and includes eight monthly gatherings alternating between half-day Sundays and three-hour weeknight sessions beginning September 2019 and concluding in April 2020. Session dates and times are listed on our webpage provided below.

Cost of the program is $395. Scholarships are available.
For more information, contact Karen Sher at or 314-442-3824.
Click here to view a tentative schedule and topics for this year’s sessions.
Click here to see last year’s schedule.

The Millstone Institute, an initiative of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis, is a community-wide endeavor to engage and inspire volunteer leaders and professionals. Initiatives are made possible by the generous support of the Lubin-Green Foundation, a supporting foundation of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis, and Mont & Karen Levy.


2019 Millstone Fellows

Stephen Davis, Rachel Deutsch, Laurie Furman, Michelle Gerchen, Traci Goldstein, Sabrina Gornish, Julia Kofkoff Could, Lisa Hirshberg, Elliot Kleiman, Danny Kraus, Elizabeth Lieberman, Stacey Owens, Ryia Ross-Peterson, Christine Schulze, Arza Sheffy-Raviv, Erica Steen, Rachel Thimangu, Julie Zuick

Click here to view a PDF booklet of the Fellows with photos and short biographies for each individual.



“Participating in the Millstone Fellows program helped me grow as a leader within the Jewish community. At each month’s meeting, I enjoyed seeing my cohort of Fellows who brought a variety of perspectives and diverse opinions from within the St. Louis Jewish community.” -Neil Jaffe

“The program has given me the skills to tackle the challenges in my community with confidence. More importantly, it reminded me that although the other Fellows and I may practice our Judaism in different ways and spaces, we are more alike than we are different.” -Judith Frankiel

“The Millstone Fellows experience taught me much about Jewish values and Jewish leadership. The cohort of 25 wonderful individuals, who come from a diversity of backgrounds and perspectives studied, discussed, brainstormed, and planned together. We were guided by a number of strong speakers and facilitators, who challenged us and who we, in turn, challenged. By the end of the program, my new friends and I all had come far in defining ourselves as Jews and as leaders.”

“I am a stronger leader because of Millstone Fellows. I better understand my tradition, my values, and myself. And I now have a new network of friends and colleagues who I have already called on for help on two different projects.”

“Being a part of the 2015 Millstone Fellows program is an eye-opening and rewarding experience.  I love that we are able to have so many thought provoking and frank group discussions.  Our meetings are filled with passionate ideas and good conversation about real issues that Jews face, both locally and globally. Being a Millstone Fellows has given me tools to become a better and more effective leader within the Jewish community. “

“Being a part of the 2014 Millstone Fellows class has been an honor and privilege,” said Josh Wallach, 2014 Millstone Fellow. “As active participants, we’ve been given extensive opportunities to engage in meaningful conversation amongst a diverse demographic of Jews, broadening our viewpoints and potentially our ways of thinking.  It has been an experience which will benefit my skills as a lay leader going forward.”

“I love the program and all of the leaders. I gained so much insight into myself and why I love being Jewish,” said another alum, Karen Dubinsky, 2016 Millstone Fellow. “I am so proud of my religion and what it stands for. I cannot wait to take what I learned and apply it to my everyday life. Since the first session, I have consistently used the skills that I have learned. It was amazing. Thank you for allowing me to participate.”


Past Millstone Fellows