Lynn Wittels is an Award Recipient at 2017 Jewish Federation of St. Louis Annual Meeting

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Jewish Federation of St. Louis will present several awards at the 2017 Annual Meeting on Thursday, September 7 at The Magic House.

Lynn Wittels, President and Chief Executive Officer at the St. Louis Jewish Community Center (The J), will receive the Fred A. Goldstein Award for Professional Leadership, which recognizes an outstanding professional among those who work in a St. Louis Jewish organization. The award honors individuals who excel in their field, have a significant track record over time, have introduced important innovations, and are perceived as role models by other professionals and volunteers.

Lynn recently celebrated her 10th anniversary in this role and is the first woman to hold this position in the agency’s 130+ year history. Under Lynn’s leadership, the Jewish Community Center has more than doubled its annual budget, transitioned to a healthy financial model and is considered one of the most successful Jewish Community Centers in the country. Wittels has been involved in the community for many years in a variety of capacities. As a volunteer she served on boards of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis, Jewish Community Center, and Congregation B’nai Amoona and was President of the Business & Professional Women’s Division of the Federation. She also served on the Ladue School District Budget Task Force and on the Planning Committee for the Ladue School District’s Education Foundation and is currently on the board of Webster University.  A native of Cincinnati, Wittels was named one of the St. Louis Business Journal’s “Most Influential Business Women” in 2010 and received a “40 Under 40.” She is also a 2010 recipient of a “What’s Right with the Region” Award in recognition of her work in promoting stronger communities.

Emily Stein MacDonald and Ben Cherry will be presented with the David N. and Roselin Grosberg Young Leadership Award, which recognizes young adult volunteer leaders who demonstrate active leadership in the Jewish community.

These individuals were selected from a diverse pool of nominees, all of whom were well deserving of recognition for their accomplishments. The awarding committee, made up of community and professional leadership, praise Lynn Wittels, Emily Stein MacDonald and Ben Cherry for their distinctive contributions to the community.