Interim Executive Director
Margaret Friedman-Vaughan comes to us having a longtime involvement with congregations in the Reform movement. Whether as a paid staff member or a lay leader, Margaret has been instrumental in helping congregations find ways to move forward with their mission and outreach to the communities in which they are connected. For ten years Margaret was the Director of Life Long Learning and Temple Administrator at Rockdale Temple in Cincinnati, OH.
Since then, she has served congregations in Brooklyn, NY and Chicago, IL as Interim Executive Director, assisting them in organizing, streamlining, instituting best practices, and preparing for a settled Executive Director.
Prior to moving to Cincinnati, Margaret was one of the founders for a new congregation in Bowling Green, KY where she served as the service leader for fifteen years. During this time, she was active in interfaith work in the community and also an active member of Congregation Micah in Nashville, TN where her sons attended religious school.
In addition to her congregational work, Margaret spent the first half of her career in social work and health care administration. She holds Master’s degrees in Health Care Administration from Webster University in St. Louis, MO and Theology from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. When she is not working, she and her husband enjoy bike riding, hiking, and exploring new places—like St. Louis!
Director of Early Childhood Engagement
In July 2015, United Hebrew welcomed Lauren Lourie to the staff of United Hebrew Congregation. Lauren comes to UH with a strong background in education, wonderful teaching experience and a commitment to Judaism from her involvement in informal and formal Jewish educational programs. She also brings her incredible enthusiasm and warm personality to our congregation. Since moving to St. Louis in 2013, Lauren has taught kindergarten and third grade at Hanna Woods Elementary School in the Parkway School District, following her three years of teaching at the Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School in Chicago and four years in the Houston Independent School District. She is a team leader and has a broad range of experience leading many aspects of school programming, from designing and implementing curriculum in the gifted and talented program to coordinating after-school tutorial programs.
Born and raised in Houston, Texas, Lauren graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education and student-taught at the early childhood and elementary levels. Lauren’s husband, Jason, originally from St. Louis, moved the family back home to raise their own family among other family and friends. They have two sons, Bryce and Max who are enrolled in our Saul Spielberg Early Childhood Center.
Director of Programming and Communication
Cori joined the United Hebrew staff in 2010. Her program and engagement efforts include organizing synagogue-wide experiences such as Mitzvah Day, Holiday programs, Backpack Buddies, the UH Book Club, Dinner and a Movie and many more. She is the staff liaison for many congregational committees including Senior Programming, Focus Israel UH, Women of UH and Brotherhood, The Mitzvah and Social Action Committees among others. She also manages all communication and marketing for the Congregation.
Cori has a degree in Theatre and Communication from Northwestern University. She has worked at ABC News-20/20 in New York and at the Jewish Community Center of St. Louis where she served as Camp of the Arts Director and founded Theatre Chaverim, the JCC’s youth theatre program and until 2013 continued to produce Theatre Unlimited, the JCC’s theater company for adult actors with disabilities which she had done for 13 years.
She serves on the Board of the Program and Engagement Professionals of Reform Judaism (PEP-RJ), which is the national organization serving professionals working in programming, membership and communication at Reform synagogues. She is also a council member for the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) and is on the Religious Action Center for Reform Judaism’s Commission for Social Action.
Born in St. Louis and raised at United Hebrew, she was a member of one of the first preschool classes at UH. Her photo can be found on the “Confirmation Wall” in the Messing Auditorium.
H. Lee Rosenberg
Director of Youth Engagement
H. Lee Rosenberg has been working with the Youth at United Hebrew Congregation since 2004. The Director of Youth Engagement aims to get all youth through the doors of UH and interested in their Judaism through youth groups, Israel, camping, and other informal education programs.
Before moving to United Hebrew, Lee was an advisor for youth groups in Cincinnati and Boston. Originally from Orlando, where he had the pleasure of being a NFTYite in GORFTY, Lee holds a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Cincinnati and a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy and Psychology from Tufts University.
Director of Elementary Education and Engagement
Organist and Assistant Music Director
Unique Treasures Gift Shop Manager
Kitchen and Events Manager
Communications Coordinator and Education Assistant
Administrative Assistant: Main Office
Administrative Assistant: SSECC & Congregational Programing