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New exhibition honors James Smith, whose art hangs in several Midwest JCCs including St. Louis

New exhibition honors James Smith, whose art hangs in several Midwest JCC’s including St. Louis

Jordan Palmer, Chief Digital Content OfficerPublished April 5, 2022

Honoring a life dedicated to art is the theme of a new exhibition honoring St. Louis artist James Smith at the Gallery At The District. The show, which opened on March 31, honors Smith who passed away suddenly last month at the age of 73. The exhibition...

The renovated Staenberg Family Mikvah, located on the Millstone Campus. 

Dedication of new mikvah to take place Sunday, Oct. 31

Published October 25, 2021

The St. Louis Jewish community is invited to the chanukas habayis (dedication) of the newly renovated Staenberg Family Mikvah Building (Mikvah Shaindel Malkah) of St. Louis, located at 4 Millstone Campus Drive. Festivities, which include a ribbon cutting,...

The Factory is 52,000-square-foot music venue set to open next month in Chesterfield.

Staenberg’s Factory manufactures striking concert setting


Steve Schankman admits he was apprehensive at first when his buddy, philanthropist and developer Michael Staenberg, said he wanted to build a music venue in Chesterfield.  Staenberg figured that Schankman, whose production company has booked and...

Letters To The Editor NEW

Letters to the editor: Jan. 27, 2021

Published January 27, 2021

‘For the People Act’ deserves supportVoting rights are among the most fundamental rights in a democratic society.  Recent events, like the Jan. 6 U. S. Capitol riots, showed just how fragile voting rights are in society.  Despite an absence of...

Letters to the editor: Jan. 13, 2021

Letters to the editor: Jan. 13, 2021

Published January 14, 2021

Staenberg family’s generosity deserves community's deepest gratitudeIn my 50+ years of residence in St. Louis, I have never written to the Jewish Light. However, learning of Michael Staenberg’s decision to step back from lead fundraising I wish to...

Philanthropist and businessman Michael Staenberg has been a major supporter of Jewish institutions in many communities, including St. Louis, Denver, Omaha and Kansas City. 

Philanthropist hopes community will be inspired to step up, run with fundraising leadership torch

By Michael StaenbergPublished December 31, 2020

My father, Marty Staenberg, was a role model and inspiration. He taught me to work hard for what I wanted and never to forget that no matter what I earn, part of it should go to tzedakah, to helping others. It is a lesson that has served me well throughout...

Susan Block

Newsmakers: November 2020

Compiled by Jewish Light StaffPublished November 6, 2020

Newsmakers is a compilation of local Jews’ newsworthy professional and academic accomplishments. Submit your news items to [email protected]. Call 314-743-3669 for more information. Published the first edition of each month. Attorney Susan...

Works by artist Jeffie Brewer are among the new sculptures installed on the Millstone Campus. 

Philanthropist gives Jewish community campus a new infusion of outdoor art

Ellen FuttermanPublished October 21, 2020

If you haven’t been to the I.E. Millstone Campus near Creve Coeur lately, you’re in for a pleasant surprise next time you visit. Five new towering sculptures, including three whimsical, brightly colored ones, continue to enliven the campus, thanks...

Michael and Carol Staenberg

Missouri Torah Institute virtual fundraiser will honor Michael and Carol Staenberg

Published May 24, 2020

Missouri Torah Institute’s 13th Annual Dinner will be a virtual fundraising event on Sunday, June 7, honoring St. Louis philanthropists Michael and Carol Staenberg. The interactive virtual event, entitled “See the Success. Envision the Future,”...

Art by Peter Zvi Malkin

Exhibit to feature art from man who captured Eichmann

Published March 8, 2020

In 1960, when Mossad agent Peter Zvi Malkin led a team to capture Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann, Malkin’s cover was as a tourist. As part of the cover, Malkin brought his own pastels, colored pencils, dry watercolors and oils. He also carried a South...

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...

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