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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

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St. Louis actress returns home for “Cabaret at the J”

Dan Buffa, Special to the Jewish LightPublished December 6, 2021

Sharon Hunter has done it all. The St. Louis native is a veteran actress, singer, producer, and director-- and this month, she will put all of those tools and experience to great use in a new cabaret show at the New Jewish Theatre. “Cabaret at the...

Camp Sabra is offering ‘Sabra Family Getaways’ this summer. 

Camp Sabra offers ‘Family Getaways’ in July

Published June 16, 2020

Families and campers can experience the J's Camp Sabra in a new way this summer — through all-inclusive Sabra Family Getaways. Weekly getaways feature a variety of activities and programs in an appropriately distanced environment while adhering to health...

The J offers kosher carryout, including Passover meals

Published April 2, 2020

613 Catering, the Jewish Community Center-owned kosher catering business headed by Jon Rubin, has created a family-style meal service that includes Passover. For the foreseeable future, three times weekly – Monday, Wednesday and Friday, except during...

Participants in the 2019 Songleader Boot Camp gather in a circle in the Beit Midrash of the Jewish Community Center’s Arts & Education Buiding. This year’s SLBC takes place Feb. 16 to18.File photo: Bill Motchan 

Inclusion will take center stage at 2020 Songleader Boot Camp

By Bill Motchan, Special to the Jewish LightPublished February 7, 2020

Fred Rogers wasn’t Jewish, but his philosophy of respect for others comes right out of the Torah. Mr. Rogers’ mantra — “Won’t you be my neighbor” — will also be on full display at the 2020 Songleader Boot Camp (SLBC) Feb. 16 to 18, presented...

Winter Used Book Sale changes dates to Feb. 2-6

Ellen Futterman, EditorPublished January 23, 2020

The Jewish Community Center has changed the dates of its upcoming Winter Used Book Sale. The sale will now take place Feb. 2-6 at the J’s Arts & Education Building (the sale was previously set for Jan. 26-30). The sale will start with a Preview...

Exhibit from St. Louis Holocaust Museum & Learning Center 

Holocaust Museum receives $750k NEH challenge grant and more Millstone Campus news

By Ellen Futterman, EditorPublished January 16, 2020

A couple of big developments have taken place at institutions on the I.E. Millstone Campus near Creve Coeur. For starters, the St. Louis Holocaust Museum and Learning Center, which is scheduled to undergo significant renovations and an expansion after...

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, EditorPublished 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...

By the Numbers: The J

By the numbers: The J

Published October 24, 2019

Ever wonder how many towels the Jewish Community Center goes through in a week when the pools are open during the summer? Or how many people volunteer there?We posed those questions and more to Lisa Marucci, director of marketing and communications at...

Patrons puruse the Jewish Community Center’s Winter Used Book Sale, 2016. 

J calls for volunteers in advance of Winter Used Book Sale

Published October 3, 2019

The Jewish Community Center is seeking volunteers to help sort donated books and ready them for sale in advance of the Winter Used Book Sale in January. Volunteers are needed on Tuesdays and/or Thursdays from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the new marking location,...

‘Inside the Mossad’ goes behind the scenes of Israel’s storied spy agency

‘Inside the Mossad’ goes behind the scenes of Israel’s storied spy agency

BY ROBERT A. COHN, Editor-in-Chief EmeritusPublished May 30, 2019

Mossad, Israel’s legendary and widely admired intelligence agency, has had a long history of astonishing successes in international intrigue, including planting spies in enemy nations; using a former Nazi officer as a double agent and consciously burnishing...

The 2019 St. Louis Jewish Film Festival will feature 14 films, including (clockwise from top left) ‘Working Woman,’ ‘The Unorthodox,’ ‘Carl Laemmle,’ ‘Joseph Pulitzer: Voice of the People,’ ‘Shoelaces,’ ‘Inside the Mossad,’ ‘Who Will Write our History,’ and ‘Golda’s Balcony.’

14 Jewish-themed movies on tap for 2019 film festival

By Cate Marquis, Special to the Jewish LightPublished May 30, 2019

The 24th annual St. Louis Jewish Film Festival, featuring cinematic gems highlighting Jewish themes from around the world, will begin  Sunday and run through June 6 at Landmark’s Plaza Frontenac Cinema. It boasts an excellent lineup of 14 documentaries...

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