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Heart & Soul Gala 2018

Congregation Shaare Emeth: The Annual Heart & Soul Gala

Harris Frank Community Service Award Presented to Joy and Jay Liss

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The Tzedek Award Presented to Stan Shanker

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2018 Heart & Soul Gala Photo Gallery

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Joy and Jay Liss


Joy and Dr. Jay are committed to spreading the values that our congregation cherishes by promoting a spirit of inclusiveness and support throughout the community. Joy is past president of Shaare Emeth and has been an eager champion for equal rights. Dr. Jay, who served his country as a medical officer in Vietnam, where he received a Bronze Star and Combat Medic Badge, is a tireless advocate for veteran rights.


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. 


Stan Shanker

Stan’s work with the International Institute has allowed him to make a difference in our community. He has deep compassion towards refugee families who have been through atrocities, lost loved one, and left loved ones behind while trying to come to our country for a better life for their families. Stan’s continual efforts to help assist New Americans in integrating into the community exemplify the Jewish value of tzedek.

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. 



Congregation Shaare Emeth Says “Thank You!” to Our Generous Sponsors!

Platinum Sponsors

Gerry Kowarsky

Joy and Jay Liss

Gold Sponsors

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

Susan and Steven Lipstein

Debbie and Mike Lefton

Sue Matlof

Drury Hotels Company and Brenda and Joe Pereles

Stifel Nicolaus

Roma Broida Wittcoff

Silver Sponsors

Nancy and Randy Green, Gladys K. Crown Foundation

Marilyn and Ken Steinback

The Clergy of Shaare Emeth: Rabbi James Bennett, Rabbi Andrea Goldstein, Rabbi Jonah Zinn, Rabbi Lori Levine, Cantor Seth Warner 

Bronze Sponsors

Berger Memorial Chapel

Marilyn and Dick Brickson

Sharon and Richard Cohen

Charles and Gail Eisenkramer

Lynn and Bill Elliot


EPS Networks

Merle Fox

Harris Frank and Renee Hartstein 

Paula and Mike Geigerman

Jewish Federation of St. Louis

Karin Krakover

Jerri and Bill Livingston

Esther Lyss-Greenstein and Harvey Greenstein

The Maranz Family

Pam and Ron Rubin

Andy and Stan Shanker

Renee and Sam Silverstein

Dr. Arlene Stiffman and Rabbi Jeffrey Stiffman 

Mona and Larry Swedroe

Town and Country Veterinary Hospital

Traube Tent Company, Inc. 

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