Rabbi Menachem Tendler
A native from Baltimore, Maryland, Rabbi Menachem Tendler has distinguished himself as one of the premier educators and spiritual leaders in our community. Described by his colleagues as "personable, positive and upbeat" Rabbi, he was raised on Yeshiva Lane, which has been likened to "growing up in a year-round bungalow colony steeped in Torah and Tradition". He learned at Toras Chesed Yeshiva in Lakewood, NJ under the tutelage of Rabbi Nosson Stein and, from there, continued onto the Mir Yeshiva in Jerusalem where he received his Rabbinic ordination from Rav Zalman Nechemia Goldberg, Chief Justice of the Rabbinical High Court of Jerusalem. Rabbi Tendler joined the U.City Shul as our Head Rabbi in 2013 supported by his wife, Rebbetzin Zelda Tendler, and their 5 children.
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Mr. Senturia was raised in a strongly Zionist, reform family in West Frankfort, Illinois, a town which had only six Jewish families. He came to St. Louis in 1957 to attend Wash U and Wash U Law School and started working as an over-the-counter stock trader at 21. Now in his 10th career, Mr. Senturia owns a Consulting Company that helps 700 primarily private schools access Federal funding to pay for their Internet and wireless technology. Over the years he has been engaged with traditional congregations, Bnai Amoona, Aish HaTorah, JCRC of St. Louis, Block Yeshiva, the St. Lois Kollel, Missouri Torah Institute, St. Louis Friends of Israel, and, for the last 15 years, the U. City Shul.
Avraham Moshe Simon
Mr. Simon grew up one block from U. City Shul and started attending daily services at the shul when he was 12 years old. He attended Epstein Hebrew Academy and Block Yeshiva High School and spent 4 years studying in Israel after college. He currently also serves as president of The Chesed Shel Emeth Society and Mad Science of St. Louis. Avraham Moshe is married to Devorah Simon and has 6 children and 6 grandchildren. At U. City Shul Mr. Simon is the Shul's head Gabbai.
Mr. Geiger was born in Houma, LA, southwest of New Orleans. He grew up attending Congregation Beth Israel, the New Orleans synagogue devastated by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Harold earned a Bachelor of Journalism degree from the University of Missouri, and has been a news producer at KTVI-TV in St. Louis for 30 years, mainly working overnight. In St. Louis, he was a Board member and President of Beth Hamedrosh Hagodol when it merged with Sha'arei Chesed in 2006, creating U. City Shul. He is currently Secretary of U. City Shul.
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William Poe is married to Sylvia, has a daughter and two beautiful granddaughters. He is a retired pharmacist who has been coming to UCity Shul since the very first Shabbos and has been on the Board almost the entire time. Mr. Poe and his family enjoy Rabbi Tendler’s leadership and guidance as well as the drashas he gives where the stories he tells provides deep and memorable lessons for each of our lives. Mr. Poe and his family open their arms to any new people from the community at any level and hope they will grow with us.
Mr. Rush is a native St. Louisian and has been happily married for over 22 years to Mrs. Sarah Rush, also from St Louis. He has four wonderful children and two grandchildren. An engineer who has worked for McDonnel Douglas/Boeing for 32 years, Mr. Rush joined the UCity Shul in 2008 and have enjoyed the rabbeim; first Rabbi Grunberger and now Rabbi Tendler. He can't wait to hear the Rabbi's drasha every Shabbos morning. How often do you hear that? At the Shul he also plays the important role of candyman during davening.