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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

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...

Above, Jewish Federation President and CEO Andrew Rehfeld addresses the audience at the 116th Annual Meeting on Sept. 7 at the Magic House in Kirkwood. Photo: Bill Motchan

Annual campaign tops $10 million

BY ERIC BERGER, STAFF WRITERPublished March 14, 2018

Although Jewish Federation of St. Louis raised more than $10 million during last year’s annual campaign and received its first million-dollar donation, it still faces challenges related to an aging donor base, according to data recently provided by...

Julian I. Edison, then executive vice president of Edison Brothers Stores Inc., listens as the Rev. Paul C. Reinert, S.J., president of St. Louis University, reads the text of a citation presented to Mr. Edison in 1968, when he received the university’s Sesquicentennial Award for his work as a founder and the first president of the Associates of St. Louis University Libraries.

Julian I. Edison, former shoe executive, philanthropist, dies at 87

BY ROBERT A. COHN, Editor-in-Chief EmeritusPublished May 22, 2017

Julian I. Edison, former chairman of Edison Brothers Stores Inc. and a generous supporter of nonprofit organizations in the Jewish and general communities, died Monday, May 8, of a stroke. He was 87. Mr. Edison was widely admired for his business leadership,...

In a 2007 file photo, Michael Staenberg (right) is shown with (from left) Jewish Community Center CEO Lynn Wittels, I.E. Millstone and Rabbi Brad Horwitz at a groundbreaking event for what would become the J’s Staenberg Family Complex. Photo: Mike Sherwin

Philanthropist’s gifts are more than money

By David Baugher, Special to the Jewish LightPublished April 27, 2017

Ask the president and CEO of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis about Michael Staenberg’s most valuable contribution to his agency, and the first answer Andrew Rehfeld gives doesn’t mention the philanthropist’s help with the $3.5 million renovation...

Maxine Clark and Bob Fox

St. Louis group to honor Maxine Clark and Bob Fox

Published November 3, 2016

The St. Louis Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP-STL) will honor Maxine Clark and Bob Fox with its Spirit of Philanthropy Award during a luncheon Nov. 10. AFP-STL’s 36th Annual National Philanthropy Day Luncheon and Celebration...

Troika Brodsky. Photo: Bill Motchan

Three is enough, for now, for entrepreneur Troika Brodsky

By Bill Motchan, Special to the Jewish LightPublished October 26, 2016

For most people, one job is plenty. Not Troika Brodsky. The local entrepreneur juggles three businesses. He has no shortage of energy and enthusiasm, especially when it comes to being a booster for St. Louis.Brodsky is executive director of the St. Louis...

Michael Oberlander was the chief philanthropy officer of Jewish Federation of St. Louis from 2016-2019. He and his family moved to Israel in 2019 after living in St. Louis for many years.  He is still an avid reader of the Jewish Light.

Jewish Federation names Michael Oberlander Chief Philanthropy Officer

Published September 8, 2016

The Jewish Federation of St. Louis has announced the appointment of Michael Oberlander as its Chief Philanthropy Officer (CPO). As CPO, Oberlander will serve on the senior management team reporting to Andrew Rehfeld, President and CEO of Jewish Federation.According...

Women’s Philanthropy to hold ‘Evening on the Farm’ on May 1

Published April 13, 2016

Women’s Philanthropy of Jewish Federation of St. Louis will hold “An Evening on the Farm” on Sunday, May 1. Participants will enjoy an organic meal straight from the farm in a beautiful setting at Claverach Farm.In addition to dinner, women will:•...

Larry Levin

Reporting nonprofit pay: No news, old news or good news?

BY LARRY LEVINPublished July 18, 2012

A bunch of folks have asked me recently what I thought about the news reported in the St. Louis Business Journal about the compensation of local Jewish agency executives. Most noteworthy to some was the line item of about $881,000 that outgoing Federation...

Beth Koritz, Director of B’nai Tzedek, speaks to the b’nai mitzvah class at Shaare Emeth. Cantor Seth Warner praised the program and challenged the class to have 100 percent participation in the teen philanthropy program.

Teen philanthropy program registering new participants

Published February 29, 2012

B’nai Tzedek is enrolling new participants for the teen philanthropy program, which aims empowers teens to improve the world by launching them on a personal and engaged relationship to life-long Jewish giving.  B’nai Tzedek will hold an introductory...

Philanthropist Larry Goodman contributes $3 million to Ben-Gurion U.

JTAPublished February 21, 2012

Chicago philanthropist Larry Goodman has contributed $3 million to a housing and community involvement program at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. Goodman started the program, which provides housing to students in exchange for community involvement,...

Editorial: Check and Raise

Published January 25, 2012

The Jewish Light reported last week on the Jewish Federation of St. Louis' annual campaign results, and due to the loss of a few major donations, giving trends and the economy, the campaign itself was down from 2010. The organization also touted some...

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