Rabbi Brigitte S. Rosenberg
Rabbi Brigitte Rosenberg has served United Hebrew since 2004 and became Senior Rabbi on July 1, 2011. She received her BA in Religion and Culture from Boston University and her M.A.H.L and rabbinical ordination from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (Cincinnati, OH) in 2001.
Before coming to United Hebrew Congregation, Rabbi Rosenberg served as Regional Director of Admissions and Recruitment for Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, Ohio. During her tenure as a student at HUC-JIR, she served as Co-Director of Youth Programs for HUC-JIR and as a student rabbi in Texarkana, TX; Centralia, IL and at the Culver Academies in Culver, IN. Rabbi Rosenberg has also been committed to Jewish youth programming since her childhood when she was a camper at both the URJ Greene Family Camp and URJ KUTZ Camp, and in high school, when she served in local and regional offices of the North American Federation of Temple Youth and went on to serve as NFTY North American President, and as a staff and faculty member at various URJ camps.
In addition to her work at United Hebrew, Rabbi Rosenberg is a board member of the CCAR (Central Conference of American Rabbis). She has also served on various boards in the St. Louis Jewish community – the Central Agency for Jewish Education (CAJE), Nishmah – The St. Louis Jewish Women’s Project and the St. Louis Hillel Foundation. She is a past president of the St. Louis Rabbinical Association (SLRA) and was a council member of the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC). Rabbi Rosenberg currently serves on the Jewish Federation’s Board of Trustees.
Rabbi Rosenberg is married to H. Lee Rosenberg and they have three children, Zoë, Joseph, and Sadie.
Cantor Ronald D. Eichaker
Cantor Ronald Eichaker has served as Cantor of United Hebrew since August 1999. He had an early interest in pursuing the cantorate, functioning as a student Hazzan while a teenager. He entered Northern Illinois University in 1974 majoring in music education and vocal performance on a full athletic scholarship in Track and Field. Subsequently, he enrolled at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America and received the Diploma of Hazzan in 1982. Prior to coming to UH, Cantor Eichaker served Congregation Emanu-B’ne Jeshurun in Milwaukee, Wisconsin for 16 years.
Over the years, Cantor Eichaker has pursued and implemented a broad array of programs and initiatives that may appear outside the realm of the standard cantorate. His “Whole Life” approach to Jewish living, learning and expression is expressed through his interests in World Music, culinary anthropology, classical Jewish philosophy and liturgy through various modes of educational strategies. He is devoted to engaging and developing UH’s membership through experiencing, understanding and expressing this “Whole Life” approach through various media and dynamic individual and group experiences.
Cantor Eichaker has a warm and beautiful voice, and has dynamic skills as Hazzan, as teacher, and as a communicator with children. He is a highly skilled guitarist and percussionist, and interestingly, has competed on an international level in the javelin throw! He is now a registered throwing coach/consultant for USA track and field. His travels and experience as an athlete influenced his attraction to world music and folk cultures. Many of his original compositions and arrangements reflect musical styles from around the world.
He and his wife, Heidi, are the parents of two wonderful daughters, Lauren and Lindsay.
Rabbi Roxanne J. S. Shapiro
Rabbi and Director of Lifelong Learning
Rabbi Roxanne Shapiro serves United Hebrew Congregation as Rabbi and Director of Life Long Learning. She received her B.A. in Political Science from Union College (Schenectady, NY) and her M.A. in Teaching from the Graduate School of Union College. She received her M.A.H.L. and rabbinical ordination from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (Cincinnati, OH) in 1999. She was granted the designated title of Reform Jewish Educator (R.J.E.) from the Reform movement’s commission in 2003.
Before joining the team at United Hebrew Congregation in 2010, Rabbi Shapiro served as Rabbi-Educator at Congregation Shalom in Milwaukee, WI and as Educator at the Milwaukee Jewish Day School. Following her ordination, she served as National Director of Admissions and Recruitment for Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. During her tenure as a student at HUC-JIR, she served as Co-Director of Youth Programs for HUC-JIR, Youth Community Rabbinic Intern at Rockdale Temple, as a student rabbi in New Iberia, LA; Piqua, OH; and at the University of Chicago Hillel. She also served on the faculty at Rockdale Temple and at the Cincinnati Reform Jewish High School.
Rabbi Shapiro has been committed to the youth of our movement since her days as a member of NFTY, as staff and faculty member at URJ camps, as a group leader on NFTY in Israel trips, and as an advisor to a youth group. During her high school years, she served as Secretary/Editor and then as President of MoVFTY. She served as NFTY North American President during her first year of college (1989-1990).
Rabbi Shapiro currently serves as Treasurer of the St. Louis Rabbinical Association and as Chair of the St. Louis Education Directors’ Council. She serves in the Leadership of the Association of Reform Jewish Educators (ARJE) and is a member of the Central Conference of American Rabbis.
Rabbi Shapiro is married to Benjamin Shapiro and they have two daughters, Sienna and Maliya.
Rabbi Howard G. Kaplansky
Rabbi Howard Kaplansky became Rabbi Emeritus of United Hebrew on July 1, 2011, after serving the congregation for over 30 years, including Senior Rabbi from 1990-2011. He received his B.A. degree from Ohio State University, and was ordained Rabbi at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion where he received his M.A.H.L. and D.D. degrees.
He previously served congregations in Springfield, Massachusetts and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and was the Director of the Midwest Council of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations (later renamed the Union for Reform Judaism).
Active in communal affairs, Rabbi Kaplansky has been President of the St. Louis Jewish Community Relations Council, the St. Louis Rabbinical Association, and the Association of Reform Rabbis. He has served on the Boards of Trustees of Jewish Federation of St. Louis, Jewish Family and Children’s Service, the St. Louis Jewish Light, the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis and combined Health Services of St. Louis. He is the first Chairman of the Michael and Barbara Newmark Institute on Human Relations and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Interfaith Partnership of St. Louis. He was formerly vice-president of the St. Louis Interfaith Clergy Council and of Doorways and is an Adjunct Professor in Judaic Studies and Theology at Eden Theological Seminary where he has taught for over 25 years.
Rabbi Kaplansky and his wife Susan are the parents of Mindy (Dr. Ed) Kirsh and Emily (Dr. Dan) Cohen. They have four wonderful granddaughters – Julia and Zoë Kirsh, and Alex and Samantha Cohen.
Cantor Murray W. Hochberg
Cantor Hochberg joined the United Hebrew clergy in August, 1967 as the first cantor to serve in this role in a Reform congregation in St. Louis. In addition to leading and participating in worship services, he served as Music Director for the Congregation, religious school, Hebrew school and the b’nai mitzvah program.
An honors graduate of the Cantorial School of Sacred Music of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 1957, Cantor Hochberg came to United Hebrew after serving many years as cantor for Union Temple in Brooklyn, New York.
In the thirty-two years he served United Hebrew, he educated two generations—representing thousands—of students, established and nurtured the Adult Choir and enriched our services with his rich baritone voice.
In 1998, he was awarded the degree of Doctor of Music at a special convocation honoring the fiftieth anniversary of the Cantorial School at HUC-JIR, presented to a “loyal alumnus who has served with distinction.” The St. Louis Circle of Jewish Music (CJM) paid a special tribute to Cantor Hochberg in 1999 in honor of his many years of service to United Hebrew Congregation, the cantorate, the CJM and the community.
Cantor Hochberg became emeritus in 1999 and remains an active participant at United Hebrew, with his wife Joyce. He often joins Cantor Eichaker on the Bimah for special worship, Holy Day and festival services.