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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

Greg Yawitz is chair of the Board of Jewish Federation of St. Louis. Susan K. Goldberg is vice chair of strategic planning for Jewish Federation of St. Louis and chair of its Bylaws Committee.

Jewish Federation’s bylaw updates reflect today’s needs

GREG YAWITZ & SUSAN K. GOLDBERGPublished June 30, 2021

Last fall, an ad-hoc committee of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis, composed of members of the Board of Directors, the Board of Trustees and community representatives, began the long-overdue process of updating our bylaws to make them current and relevant...

The logo of Jewish Family Services — formerly Jewish Family & Childrens Service.

2020 in review: St. Louis Jewish community adapts to life during a pandemic

By Ellen Futterman, Eric Berger and Mike SherwinPublished January 7, 2021

As much as many of us might like to, no one will forget the year 2020. Not only did the deadly coronavirus pandemic shut down much of St. Louis and the rest of the world by mid-March, but the year also saw one of the most divisive and contentious presidential...

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...

Federation’s Vision of the Future Unites Community

Federation’s Vision of the Future Unites Community

Jewish Light EditorialPublished September 19, 2019

The atmosphere was almost electric at last week’s 118th annual meeting of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis, with a mixture of concern over rising anti-Semitism and gun violence plus gratitude for the unique ability of a united Jewish community.Members...

Mischa Braitberg and daughter Tova Braitberg perform on Sunday at the Holocaust Museum and Learning Center during a program about their father and grandfather, Gregor Braitberg, a Holocaust survivor. ‘Gregor’s Violin’ is the title of a new exhibit at the museum. Photo: Eric Berger

Violin helps tell family’s story of survival during Holocaust

By Eric Berger, Associate EditorPublished February 21, 2019

St. Louisan Tova Braitberg’s father and grandfather tried to shield her from some of the painful parts of their lives.She never heard her grandfather, Gregor Braitberg, talk about how performing music helped him survive the Holocaust. She thinks it...

2018 Unsung Heroes event

2018 Unsung Heroes-Event photos

Published May 24, 2018

On Thursday, May 17, members of the community came out to support the Jewish Light’s 9th class of Unsung Heroes, as well as pay tribute to the event’s founder and honorary chair, Sheri Sherman. The Jewish Light’s 2018 Unsung Heroes are Robert Stein,...

Applications sought for next Millstone Fellows class

Published June 1, 2017

Applications are now being accepted for the sixth cohort Millstone Fellows, a collaborative model of leadership development for emerging and established leaders in the St. Louis Jewish community. Valuing effective leadership as being essential to ensuring...

Temple Israel plans ‘Wandering Jews’ scavenger hunt

Published April 27, 2017

Congregation Temple Israel (TI) welcomes the community for a St. Louis-area, adults-only scavenger hunt on Saturday, May 6. Each team (cars of six or less) will use their creativity to hunt for abstract items including themes, people, landmarks and more....

Alan Spector is the author of five books and is working on books six and seven. His latest is “Body Not Recovered: A Vietnam War/Protest Movement Novel.” Spector also writes the stljewishlight.com blog “Retirement According to … Alan Spector.”

Locking our doors is not the answer

By Alan SpectorPublished February 8, 2017

A friend, with whom I frequently disagree politically but who has a big heart, shared a saying on Facebook that reads, “Not takin’ Syrian refugees and closin’ our borders isn’t ‘mean’ or ‘heartless.’ I lock my doors to my house every night....

Harvey and Wilma Gerstein

Gersteins celebrate 60th anniversary

Published January 25, 2017

Harvey and Wilma Gerstein of Chesterfield are celebrating their 60th anniversary. Harvey and Wilma are St. Louis natives. Harvey graduated from Soldan-Blewett High School and Washington University. Wilma is a graduate of Clayton High School and attended...

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak (left) and Maryville University President Dr. Mark Lombardi at Powell Hall last week for Barak’s talk as part of Maryville’s St. Louis Speakers Series. Photo: Jerry Naunheim Jr.

Ehud Barak urges leaders to talk less, act more

BY ROBERT A. COHN , Editor-in-Chief EmeritusPublished November 9, 2016

Ehud Barak is like a character in a spy thriller by Israeli novelist Daniel Silva — except that Barak is real and realistic about the State of Israel, which he served as prime minister from 1999-2001. Barak, Israel’s most decorated soldier, addressed...

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