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Professional Societies

OF JEWISH FEDERATION OF ST. LOUIS

Professional Societies convene, connect and catalyze individuals committed to the work of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis based on industry, shared interests and involvements through high level social, networking and educational opportunities. Offering another point of access for community involvement, the Jewish Federation of St. Louis’ Professional Societies connect, inspire and engage members of our community so that together we can help individuals in St. Louis and around the world live with dignity, meaning and purpose.

Membership Benefits:

  • Networking within and across industries
  • Access to local and national speakers
  • Invitations to other select programs
  • Potential leadership opportunities within the Jewish community
  • A forum to discuss issues from a Jewish perspective
  • Continued Education Credits opportunities
  • Recognition in the Jewish Federation of St. Louis’ Annual Report

Benefits to the Jewish Community:
Professional Society members strengthen and impact the Jewish Federation of St. Louis and the Jewish Community through:

  • Engaging in philanthropic support
  • Contributing professional skills and expertise
  • Developing camaraderie and a sense of community
  • Providing increased or deepened leadership commitments

Membership Levels:
Professional Societies are open to individuals in all trades and industries who make a minimum annual household commitment of $1,800 to the Jewish Federation of St. Louis. Society programs are also open to:

  • Young Ben Gurion Society members ($1,000 minimum gift)
  • Young Adults under 30 ($500 minimum gift)
  • Students ($36 minimum gift)

Professional Societies have expanded to include professionals from all trades and industries, and continues to bring together individuals through the following established societies: Cardozo Society, Maimonides Society and Montefiore Society. Each strives to strengthen the local professional community and our Jewish community through education, volunteerism and philanthropy. Members seek to encourage and strengthen the sense of community among each other through social and educational events throughout the year.


Professional Societies are generously sponsored by Sterling Bank.

Attorneys, judges and law students.

Named after Benjamin Nathan Cardozo, born in 1879 into one for the America’s oldest and most distinguished New York Sephardic Jewish families. Cardozo was appointed to the Supreme Court in 1932 by President Herbert Hoover. He identified as a proud Jew and active member of the Jewish community, bringing honor to the United States and Jewish people, and is considered to be one of the best legal minds in American history.

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Physicians, dentists, health care professionals at the doctorate level.

Named for perhaps the most famous Jewish physician of all time, Rabbi Moses ben Maimon. Maimonides, also known as Rambam, was born in Spain in 1135 and died in Egypt in 1204. Maimonides came from a long line of Jewish scholars, and by age 33, he was a renowned Jewish scholar in his own right. Maimonides’ medical works included commentaries on the work of Hippocrates and Galen and treatments of asthma, poisons and hemorrhoids. He also wrote an early version of the Physician’s Desk Reference. As a scholar, Maimonides was the leading Talmudist of his time.

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Accountants, stock brokers, bankers, wealth advisors, insurance brokers and others in financial services.

Named after Sir Moses Montefiore, 1784-1885, who became one of the 12 “Jew brokers” in the City of London. His early activities on behalf of the Jews in Israel included a plan to acquire land to help Jews become self-sufficient, as well as attempting to bring industry to the country by introducing a printing press and a textile factory. Montefiore was knighted by Queen Victoria and received a baronetcy in 1846 in recognition of his humanitarian efforts on behalf of the Jews.

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For more information or to get involved, contact Karen Sher at KSher@JFedSTL.org or 314-442-3824.

Professional Societies Co-Chairs
John Greenberg and Jerry Padawer

Leadership Advisory Committee
Sandy Boxerman, Lauren Cohen, Stephen Davis, Michael Goldberg, Evan Goldfarb, Adam Herman, Jessica Igielnik, Scott Kaar, Steven Lauter, Rob Merlin, Michelle Mufson, Martin Oberman, Maury Poscover, Gary Ratkin, Marilyn Ratkin, Kenneth Rubin, Dorie Sher, Karen Smoller, Bradley Snitzer, Jeff Sparks

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