Rick Cornfeld sometimes wonders which is his “main job” and which is his “other job.” Of course, his main occupation is as a lawyer. But he is just as dedicated to his community.
Within the Jewish community, he is a past president of United Hebrew Congregation, one of the largest synagogues in the Midwest and the oldest West of the Mississippi. Several years ago, he and his wife Marcy were honored by being inducted into the first class of the UH “Chai Society,” recognizing members who have made important contributions to the life of the congregational family and the wider community.
He and Marcy are co-chairs of the St. Louis Council of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (“AIPAC”), a pro-Israel lobbying organization, and members of the AIPAC National Council. Several times a year they travel to Washington, D.C., to meet with members of the Missouri Congressional delegation on the U.S.-Israel relationship.
In 2016, they were honored with the Israel Engagement Award by the St. Louis Jewish Student Union, an organization that sponsors high school clubs for Jewish students throughout the St. Louis area. They also created an endowment fund through JSU and the Jewish Federation of St. Louis to provide scholarships for students to attend the annual AIPAC Policy Conference.
In 2017, Marcy and Rick served as the lay co-chairs of the first community-wide mission to Israel sponsored by the Jewish Federation of St. Louis in 25 years. They also co-chaired the Federation’s Kehillah Society to sponsor donor recognition events.
In the broader community, they support many local organizations. They belong to the Eero Saarinen Society of the Gateway Arch Park Foundation, the Thomas Jefferson Society of the Missouri Historical Society, the Muny Partners, the Jewish Light Publisher’s Society, and the Eliot Society of Washington University. Rick is also an Advocate Member of Public Justice.