OUR MISSION

Traditional Congregation offers the community the experience of Judaism’s rich heritage of Torah learning and mitzvot in a welcoming synagogue environment, which respects our diversity of knowledge and practices.

Our Rabbi

Rabbi Seth D. Gordon

Shalom! My family and I arrived here in the summer of 2007 from New York and found that Traditional Congregation exceeded our expectations. Traditional Congregation is unlike any other in the St Louis area (and elsewhere) and I sincerely invite you to visit us so that you can see for yourself; and of course, I hope you will speak with me personally.

I have been a pulpit rabbi for 32 years – five years in Annapolis, Maryland;15 in Bethpage, Long Island (New York) and now 12 years in St Louis. My wife, Marian, and I were both raised in New Jersey and are graduates of Rutgers University. I earned my first rabbinical degree in 1987 and my studies included several years in New York and Jerusalem.

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Our Staff

Marian Gordon

Executive Director

When Marian moved to St Louis in 2007, she was asked to "help out in the office at Traditional for a couple of months."  A couple of months and 12 years later, she is the Executive Director and chief cheerleader for the congregation, and puts to good use the skills from her previous careers in magazine publishing, staff development training, and real estate sales. Marian serves on the Board of JPro St Louis, an organization dedicated to supporting all those who work in the St Louis Jewish community.   She and her husband, Rabbi Seth Gordon, have five wonderful children, four terrific daughters-in-law and one terrific son-in-law, and the six most adorable grandchildren in the world.

Angela Tannenbaum

Administrative Assistant

Angela has felt a connection to Traditional Congregation ever since 1999, when she and her husband Zvi were married at the synagogue. She moved to St. Louis with her family  in 2006. She has a 16 year old daughter Shira, a 13 year old son Shmuel, and 4 other adult children making her a grandmother of 9.  Angela has served on the executive committee of Tomchei Shabbos for 11 years. She can be contacted at angelatradcong@yahoo.com.

Julia Axelbaum

Social Media Assistant

Originally from New York, Julia moved to St. Louis in 2015 with her husband Ari, after receiving her undergraduate degree in Nutrition from New York University. When not at Traditional, Julia can be found working as a Registered Dietitian at a weight loss clinic. As Traditional's social media assistant, Julia helps create and publicize events for the synagogue, and manages our facebook page and our website. 

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Our Board of Directors

Elaine Farkas, President

Paul Tesser, Executive VP

Ellis Frohman, Financial VP

Marty Levy, Ritual VP

Florence Schachter, Education VP

 

Steve Roufa, Building & Grounds VP

 

Chris Brown,Fundraising VP

 

Lori Tesser, Treasurer

 

Mimi Levy, Secretary

 

Members at Large:

Steve Bell

Shelah Feldman

Bill Gold

Ari Levy

Carol Max

Steven Puro

Dina Rinder

Iris Salsman

Jerry Tullman 

Jeff Weisman

Justin Zeid

Contact Us:

Traditional Congregation

12437 Ladue Rd

Creve Coeur, MO 63141-8100

Tel: (314) 576-5230

Email: tradcong@sbcglobal.net

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