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St. Louis Jewish Light

A nonprofit, independent news source to inform, inspire, educate and connect the St. Louis Jewish community.

St. Louis Jewish Light

A nonprofit, independent news source to inform, inspire, educate and connect the St. Louis Jewish community.

St. Louis Jewish Light

Harvey Gerstein speaks in September 2019 at the Mirowitz Center during a kickoff event for Friends Enjoying Life, a group Gerstein formed to provide social opportunities for active senior men.

When it comes to helping older adults, this Jewish communal leader has seniority

By Eric Berger, Associate Editor March 26, 2021

Rachael Pevnick had just become used to the benefits of her new home at Covenant Place when the pandemic hit.Pevnick, 87 and a widow, had decided years earlier that she no longer wanted to live alone, but she had to wait for a spot to open in the Jewish...

close up of senior couple with tablet pc at home

Tech Tutor program offers seniors a lifeline during pandemic

By Joan Denison January 28, 2021

Last March, as the pandemic caused everyone to shelter in place and go online to stay connected, senior adults, many who live by themselves, became even more isolated. Though Zoom, FaceTime, Facebook Messenger video and other apps enabled people to work...

Covenant Place starts new tech tutoring program

July 3, 2020

Covenant Place, a senior living community on the Millstone Campus near Creve Coeur, has started a tech tutoring program for its senior residents. The program pairs high school volunteers with senior learners to teach them how to use Zoom and Facebook...

Rabbi Carnie Shalom Rose

Jewish groups explore when, how to reopen


Rabbi Carnie Rose has thought about what summer camp at Congregation B’nai Amoona with no singing would sound like. Some public health officials say that the projection that comes with singing could spray the coronavirus further than normal speech...

Covenant Place is among the winners of this year’s “What’s Right With the Region” awards, given by Focus St. Louis.  File Photo: Mike Sherwin

Covenant Place will receive ‘What’s Right With the Region Award’ from Focus St. Louis

February 28, 2020

Covenant Place is among the 2020 Focus St. Louis “What’s Right With the Region” honorees. The senior housing facility is being recognized in the “Demonstrating Innovative Solutions” category – one of five categories that Focus, St. Louis,...

Jonathan Gordon, at left,  and Jonty Felsher, founded RPI Therapy Services. Photo: Bill Motchan 

Originally from South Africa, physical therapists built company after meeting in St. Louis


A few months ago, Michelle Goldstein and her husband were preparing for a trip to Portugal. They planned a lot of walking, knowing they’d encounter countless stairs. There was just one problem: Michelle’s knee began hurting weeks before the trip.“I...

Rabbi Binyomin Mazer, the mashgiach at HJ’s Cafe, works in the restaurant’s kosher dairy kitchen. Photo: Eric Berger

Covenant’s cafe thrives with 2 kitchens, kosher and non-kosher


If you were to walk into HJ’s Cafe on a weekday afternoon, you might notice that the new restaurant at the Mirowitz Center in Covenant Place offers items such as a chili cheese dog as well as a kosher tuna melt.Some guests have asked Covenant Place...

Weekday morning traffic going south on Lindbergh Boulevard passes by the steel sculptures adorning the hillside of the I.E. Millstone Jewish Community Campus. Sprinkled throughout the campus are a total of 215 pieces of art. Photo: Mike Sherwin

Public art a highlight of reborn Millstone Campus

By Ellen Futterman, Editor January 9, 2020

As he takes a reporter on a tour of the art at the I.E. Millstone Campus near Creve Coeur, Michael Staenberg beams with pride. The Jewish philanthropist and developer resembles a proud papa, although in this case his offspring are 215 pieces of art, valued...

Philanthropists I.E. Millstone (left) and Michael Staenberg look on during a 2007 groundbreaking for the Jewish Community Center’s planned Staenberg Family Complex. The J’s new fitness and wellness building would open in 2009, marking the start of a series of major construction and renovation projects of Jewish community institutions on the Millstone Campus during the past decade. File photo: Mike Sherwin

Decade of transformation reshapes Millstone Campus


Filled with energy-friendly features such as water-retaining xeriscaping, high-performance fluorescent lighting and thermal equalizers in the gym, the Staenberg Family Complex was a model of efficiency. Though the complex’s footprint was smaller than...

Covenant Place resident Bernie Rosenberg said he “traveled through his imagination” while painting to a place he had visited when he was younger.

Covenant Place residents get their moment at St. Louis Art Museum

By Ellen Futterman December 19, 2019

If you’ve been to the St. Louis Art Museum recently, you may have noticed a display of colorful paintings by the museum’s gift shop. Entitled “Covenant Place: Family, Culture, Traditions,” this Student Gallery exhibition features works by Covenant...

Letters to the editor: October 16, 2019

Letters to the editor: October 16, 2019

October 17, 2019

Residents of Covenant Place extend thanksIt is with great pleasure and gratitude the Russian community of Covenant Place wants to thank Joan Denison, Covenant Place’s executive director, and many people involved in the moving residents from Building...

(L-R): Theresa Mann and Connie Williams are front-of-the-house managers at HJ’s Cafe, a new restaurant inside Covenant Place with kosher and non-kosher kitchens. 

HJ’s Café at Covenant Place begins serving breakfast, lunch, with dinner service to start in November

October 17, 2019

The new HJ’s Café, located adjacent to the Mirowitz Center in the new Covenant Place II Cahn Family Building, has opened and is currently serving breakfast and lunch on Mondays through Fridays in October. Starting in November, HJ’s Café will be...

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