18th Annual JProStL Recognition Event
Thursday, March 9, 2023
2:00 pm Doors Open
3:00 – 4:15 pm Program
The J Staenberg Family Complex
2 Millstone Campus Drive, 63146
Advance registration is now closed for the 18th Annual JProStL Recognition Event.
Walk-in registrations accepted. See Kathy at Registration.
Doors open at 2 pm, Thursday, March 9, at The J Staenberg Family Complex.
Donations Only: Sponsorships and Tributes
Please consider a tribute in recognition of an honoree, your organization, or our professional community. Honorees will be notified of all tributes and donations in their honor. Sponsorship benefits at the $250 and above levels are now closed.
2023 Peer Honorees
Penny Alper, PARTNERSHIP AWARD
Penny has a passion for creating connections and her philanthropic endeavors extend to several community non-profit organizations. Alper is Immediate Past Board Chair of WashU Hillel, a former board member of Kol Rinah and Co-Chair of its Capital Campaign, and past President of the J Associates. She appreciates her association with the Jewish Student Union, as well as her involvement with The Arthritis Foundation and Operation Food Search, among other charitable groups.
“Grateful,” is the word Penny uses to describe her opportunity to work with so many talented, knowledgeable professionals and colleagues throughout her long volunteer career. She values learning from each experience and embraces relationships that each team affords.
Penny has a background in education. She and her husband Marc reside in Clayton and enjoy traveling and spending time with their three children and four grandchildren.
“Penny is an extraordinary lay leader who invests her full self into the success of each organization in which she is involved.” — Jackie Levey, CEO, WashU Hillel
Cheryl Adelstein, VISIONARY
“Our staff look up to Cheryl as a mentor and experience her passion and energy to be invigorating, inspiring current and future Jewish leadership.” — Maharat Rori Picker Neiss, CEO, St. Louis JCRC
Liessa Demba Alperin, CAREER ACHIEVEMENT
“Liessa knows what she is on earth to accomplish and that is creating meaningful Jewish life, something she has been doing for over 30 years.” — Anita Kraus, Executive Director
Jen Bernstein, PILLAR
“Jennifer has dedicated her career to making the world a more equitable space and serving the Jewish community.” — Ellen Alper, CEO, NCJWSTL
Debbi Braunstein, CHESED/KINDNESS
“Debbi is knowledgeable, dedicated, thoughtful, detail-oriented, and brings a passion and commitment to serving those facing the challenges of cancer.” — Rabbi Brad Horwitz, Chief Engagement Officer, St. Louis JCC
Risa Shyres, CHESED/KINDNESS
“Risa show up for students each and every day, expecting nothing in return, but the knowledge that her students will be successful – academically, socially, and emotionally.” — Morah Leiba Levine, Teacher
Scott Eirich, DEDICATION
“Scott always shows compassion and professionalism, serving generations of families during their times of great need.” — Don Meissner
Anita McCullar, DEDICATION
conditions for hours to register guests and keep pantry operations strong. Anita goes above and beyond every day to ensure the dignity and health of all pantry guests.
“Anita shows kindness and care to clients from the moment they walk through the door, helping to make each person’s day a little brighter.” — Erica Steen, Manager, JFS Harvey Kornblum Jewish Food Pantry.
Rabbi Yossi Golombeck, EDUCATOR
“Rabbi Golombeck is an exceptional teacher and a role model for staff and students. He creates a positive environment that reverberates throughout the school.” — Rabbi Beyamin Travis, Executive Director
Helen Turner, EMERGING LEADER
“Helen’s expertise, leadership, and impact goes way beyond her age and time in St. Louis, playing a key role in helping to vision and open the new museum.” — Lory Cooper, Manager of Business Development
Cynthia Wachtel, MENTOR
“The establishment and growth of the STL Shinshinim program is a tribute to Cynthia’s ability to mentor and support the Israeli teens, engage the host families, and build relationships of trust with all of the partner organizations.” Karen Rader, Director, Israel Center.
JProStL is the local association for staff who work throughout the Jewish community in organizations, congregations, and Jewish schools. An initiative of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis, JProStL’s mission is to provide training, resources, and networking opportunities in order to strengthen staff members, their organizations and the community as a whole. JProStL is supported by Mont & Karen Levy, the Lubin Green Foundation, a supporting foundation of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis, and affiliated with JPro (of North America).
JPROSTL BOARD 2022-23
President: Sarah Levinson (JFS)
Vice President: Rabbi Lori Levine (Congregation Shaare Emeth)
Past President: Randi Schenberg (Crown Center for Senior Living)
Jeremy Goldberg (Jewish Federation of St. Louis), Rabbi Chaim Landa (Chabad Jewish Center of St. Charles County), Mark Morgan (MERS Goodwill), Stacy Wolff Smart (St. Louis Jewish Light)
At Large Board Members:
Rachel Andreasson (Temple Israel), Jessica Duneman (NCJWSTL), Tamyka Perine (Cultural Leadership), Rabbi Janine Schloss (Temple Emanuel), Ashley Stockman (The J), Shira Swidler (Esther Miller Bais Yaakov)
Event & Award Committee Members:
Lauren Abraham, Rachel Andreasson, Jen Baer, Scott Berzon, Rabbi Karen Bogard, Emily Bornstein, Marianne Chervitz, Robert Colton, Jessica Duneman, Rabbi Jordan Gerson, Jeremy Goldberg, Andrew Goldfeder, Marian Gordon, Isaac Greg, Marla Guggenheimer, Natalie Hillman, Jordan Kadosh, Rabbi Lori Levine, Lauren Lourie, Erin May, Mark Morgan, Cori Neidenberg, Ben Panet, Tamyka Perine, Karen Rader, Rabbi Janine Schloss, Kathy Schmeltz, Tamar Shulman, Ellen Soule, Tanya Spivey, Ashley Stockman, Shirley Wise, Nancy Weigley,
Marci Mayer Eisen, Director, Millstone Leadership Initiatives/JProStL
Karen Sher, VP, Community Impact and Community Leadership & Engagement
Jonathan Deutsch, Vice Chair, Community Leadership & Engagement
Brian Herstig, President & CEO
Bob Newmark, Board Chair
For additional information on JProStL and professional development opportunities, contact Marci Mayer Eisen at 314-442-3810 or MEisen@JFedSTL.org.