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Heart & Soul Gala

Congregation Shaare Emeth: The Annual Heart & Soul Gala

Co-Chairs: Fran & Chuck Mannis and Ronnie & Allen Brockman

Congregation Shaare Emeth was pleased to host the 2019 Heart & Soul Gala: Gathering in Gratitude and Honoring Greatness. Over the past few years Congregation Shaare Emeth has continued to grow in our commitment to making Judaism relevant, meaningful and joyful, and the Heart & Soul Gala is an investment in that commitment.

Scroll down to see our videos honoring Sue Matlof and Ted Houser!

Check out event photos below!

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Sue Matlof

Sue Matlof | Heart & Soul | Shaare Emeth from Tree9 Films on Vimeo.

Described by many as a “force”, Sue Matlof has harnessed her passion for community over the last 30 years in order to showcase all that Shaare Emeth has to offer. From establishing the Michael Matlof Fund for Homebound Services, which allows anyone to livestream services from the comfort of their home, to organizing free-of-cost events for our 150th Celebration, Sue has prioritized accessibility for our congregants. She has planned installation ceremonies for members of our clergy, served on the Temple board, volunteered at Saul Mirowitz Day School, and supported JF&CS, amongst other volunteer efforts. Through Sue’s work, our Temple community has become more vibrant, inclusive, and secure for the generations to come.

The Harris Frank Community Service Award has been established to recognize members of Shaare Emeth who have demonstrated exemplary service to the Congregation, the St. Louis Jewish community, and the greater St. Louis community. 


Ted Houser

Ted Houser | Heart & Soul | Shaare Emeth from Tree9 Films on Vimeo.

For the past five years, Ted Houser has embodied the Jewish value of Tikkun Olam (repairing the world) in his volunteer work with Peter & Paul Men’s Shelter. Once a month, Ted and his wife, Jennifer, organize Shaare Emeth members in cooking and serving meals for the shelter. Additionally, he has served on the Temple board, chaired Mitzvah Day, acted as the Religious School Traffic Director, participated heavily in the Temple’s Moving Justice to the Center Campaign, volunteered with Room at the Inn, and sits on the Tzedek Committee. In all that Ted does, he highlights our obligation to improving our world ー and in doing so sets an example and encourages others in our community to do the same.

The Tzedek Award acknowledges members of the congregation whose lives exemplify the Jewish value of tzedek (righteous action) both within the congregation and in the community at large. 

Thank You to our Generous Sponsors!

Platinum Sponsor

Sue Matlof*

Pam and Ron Rubin*

Gold Sponsor

The Bohm Family: Joan and David Bohm, Lee Bohm, Sue and Rob Bohm

The Clergy of Shaare Emeth: Rabbi James Bennett, Rabbi Andrea Goldstein,

Cantor Seth Warner, Rabbi Educator Lori Levine

Drobocky Orthodontics

Joy and Jay Liss

Brenda and Joseph Pereles*

Plancorp LLC.

Silver Sponsor

Michael Bobroff*

Sharon Greenberg*

Jewish Federation of St. Louis

Debbie and Mike Lefton*

Marilyn and Ken Steinback*

Bronze Sponsor

Berger Memorial Chapel

Marilyn and Dick Brickson

Allen and Ronnie Brockman

David Charak

Michael S. Cohen

Sharon and Richard Cohen

Judy and Larry Deutsch

Gail and Charlie Eisenkramer II

Lynn and Bill Elliot

Harris Frank

Paula and Mike Geigerman

Nancy and Randy Green*

Harvey Kornblum Foundation

Jerri and Bill Livingston*

Fran and Chuck Mannis

Bill Miller

Norwood Janitorial Services

Sherry Matlof Raffin & Dr. Steven Raffin

Norman Schwesig*

Renee and Sam Silverstein

Rosalie and Bob Stein

Nicky and Scott Stern

Rabbi Jeffrey and Dr. Arlene Stiffman

Harriet Summers and Allen Sherman

Mona and Larry Swedroe*

Stacey and Josh Wallach*

Total Wine & More

Sue and Alan Wallach*

Roma B. Wittcoff

Kathy Zigler*


*Denotes Emet Society Member

List as of October 3, 2019

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