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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

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,...

Mimi David is Director of Women’s Education at Aish St. Louis and she has been a longtime teacher at Esther Miller Bais Yaakov of St. Louis. 

Renovated mikvah deepens mitzvah for local Jewish women

MIMI DAVIDPublished April 9, 2021

Mazel tov! The whole shtetl buzzed with the news. Chanka, the butcher’s daughter, was engaged to Yankel, the carpenter’s son.  It was a local match, so the whole town got involved in the wedding preparations. A week before the wedding, Chanka...

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...

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

BY ERIC BERGER, ASSOCIATE EDITORPublished January 17, 2020

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...

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...

Deborah Grayson Riegel returns to St. Louis for Millstone Institute programs

Published August 17, 2016

Deborah Grayson Riegel will return to St. Louis Sept. 11-13 to lead training programs targeted to different leaders in the Jewish community and St. Louis region. Riegel is an internationally recognized expert in communication skills and professional coaching....

Millstone campus

Incidents underscore need to remain vigilant

By Eric Berger, Staff WriterPublished February 24, 2016

A series of scary incidents over the last few weeks in the St. Louis Jewish community as well as in Jewish communities elsewhere have forced local organizations and institutions to test their security plans.Saul Mirowitz Jewish Community School in Creve...

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