Aish HaTorah of Greater St. Louis is an outreach organization, dedicated to providing Jewish education for Jews from all backgrounds and religious affiliations.

The Aish mission is to inspire members of the St. Louis Jewish community to experience, explore, and share the beauty and wisdom of Torah and their Jewish heritage in order to build, strengthen and sustain the future of our Jewish community.

Meet the Aishees

Rabbi Yosef David, Executive Director

Rabbi Yosef David hails from Lakewood, New Jersey and attended the world renowned Mir Yeshiva in Jerusalem. Rabbi David is the Executive Director of Aish HaTorah of St. Louis and loves teaching Torah as well as leading an Educational Service at Nusach Hari Bnai Zion every Saturday morning. He loves leading thought provoking discussion groups on any/every topic . He feels privileged to lead an extremely popular Men's Mission Israel each fall, where his knowledge and easy-going nature are highly appreciated. Yosef and his wife Mimi enjoy hosting shabbos dinners, Holidays and their joint efforts at BBQ have won quite a few awards. In his free time, he enjoys playing basketball, weightlifting, and experiencing the outdoors. Yosef and his wife, Mimi, have been married 21 years and are parents to 7 fabulous children ages 21-4.

Email: ydavid@aish.com

Rabbi Shmuel Greenwald, Director of Education

Rabbi Shmuel Greenwald grew up in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles. As a child, when making a list of places he might one want to live, St. Louis was between the Congo and Dazakhstan. Becoming a Rabbi occupied a similar place on his list of possible occupations. Rabbi Greenwald loves living in St. Louis and frequently states, “It is a great place to live, but I would not want to visit.” Rabbi Greenwald lives in St. Louis with his wife Chana and five children.

Email: sgreenwald@aish.com

Mimi David, Director of Women’s Education

Mimi David is originally from Far Rockaway, New York, and in addition to her parents, her family consists of 6 brothers and 1 sister. She was certified as a Judaic Studies Teacher from the Bais Yaakov Academy in Israel, and has been teaching Judaic studies for more than 16 years, mostly on the high school and adult level. She has been a teacher at Esther Miller Bais Yaakov of St. Louis for nearly 11 years. In 2015, she became the Director of Women’s Education at Aish St. Louis, where she leads inspirational trips to Israel twice a year, gives classes and programs, and studies one-on-one with extremely inspiring women. Her hardest and most rewarding role is raising her 7 amazing children, who range in age from 3 to 20. Mimi loves hosting guests for Shabbos meals and serving as a mentor for many girls and women, but her favorite thing to do is to be with her family.

Email: mimidavid@aish.com

Rachael Kornblum, Director of Aish Sunday School

Rachael Kornblum is our Aish Hebrew School Director. She also works full-time as a Pre-K and 1st grade teacher at Torah Prep School. She also is a freelance curriculum writer for Parents as Teachers National Center. Rachael has a M.Ed. in Elementary Education, a B.S. in Early Childhood Education, and a B.A. in journalism and mass communication. She holds a Missouri teaching certificate in Early Childhood and Elementary Education. This is Rachael's 10th year teaching.

Email: rbk7320@yahoo.com

Caren Goldstein, Administrative Assistant

Caren Goldstein has with Aish since December 2015. Caren is a New Yorker at heart but likes the slower pace of living in St. Louis. A resident since 1998, Caren and her family moved to St. Louis for her husband's career change. She was previously employed at the JCC-Creve Coeur for nearly 13 years and has been the co-administrative assistant at Aish-St. Louis for two years. Her husband, Yiftah, is a kibbutznik, and they visit family when they can. Her daughter, Michal, is an avid music festival attendee and will her complete her Master's Degree in mental health counseling in May. Her son, Ariel, is studying towards his Bachelor of Science Degree in Marketing. They all love to travel when they can and enjoy spending time with friends and exploring different neighborhoods in St. Louis.

Email: carengoldstein61@gmail.com

Claire Wolff, Administrative Assistant

Instrumental to the day-to-day operations of Aish St. Louis, Claire has been a valuable staff member for over 11 years. Combining a flair for organization and artistry, Claire does everything from designing Aish promotional material to making sure everyone has what they need to do their jobs. Born and raised in the St. Louis area, Claire is married to fellow native Carl Wolff. They have 3 married children: Ben (Jen) Wolff in Jacksonville, FL; Sam (Jess) Wolff and Basya (Shmuel) Ackerman in Jerusalem, Israel and 5 beautiful grandchildren.

Email: cwolff@aish.com

Aish St. Louis

The Gloria and Rubin Feldman Aish HaTorah Center for Jewish Studies at 457 N. Woods Mill Road in Chesterfield, known as “the Firehouse,” opened its doors in June of 1999 and is the home for most of the Aish classes and programs, as well as the Aish administrative offices. The warm and welcoming atmosphere enhances the Jewish learning experience for all participants.

Programs and classes include Basic Judaism classes, learning Hebrew, topics within Jewish Philosophy, Jewish Wisdom for Living, Workshops on Marriage and Relationships, Mussar (self improvement and character development) groups, understanding the weekly Torah portions, and discussion groups on contemporary issues. Learning is available through classes, Lunch & Learn sessions, one-on-one study, and Home Study Groups. The Aish Rabbis are available to teach, counsel, and service individuals and families.

The annual Aish St. Louis Speaker’s Series brings extraordinary people with inspiring messages on a variety of topics. The Annual Stuart I. Raskas Dessert Reception presents a world-class speaker and awards a local volunteer who has contributed significant time and resources to Aish.

Shabbat and Holiday programming include a weekly Shabbat Learner’s Service that offers participants the opportunity to ask questions and discuss issues. Monthly Shabbat dinners held at the Firehouse are popular with everyone, especially families.

Aish Global

Aish HaTorah of Greater St. Louis is one of many Aish centers in the U.S. While each branch is independent, all are part of the Aish HaTorah International network, with its World Center in Jerusalem.  For more information, contact Aish at 314-862-2474 or at stlouis@aish.com.