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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

Staff members at The Nest at Central Reform Congregation: Maxine Weil (director of congregational learning), Carly Palans, Gracie Devasto, Tristyn Morrell, Teona Keys and Sally Brown (director).

Jewish preschools reopen with strict protocols, fewer pupils


On the last day of June at 5 p.m., a vacuum cleaner whirred in a hallway at the Nest Early Childhood Education Center at Central Reform Congregation. Maxine Weil, director of congregational learning, recognized the sound.“You hear that?” Weil asked....

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...

Jewish Federation President and CEO Andrew Rehfeld (right) shares a laugh with Ghazala Hayat,  former chairwoman of the Islamic Foundation of Greater St. Louis, during an Iftar dinner hosted by the Jewish community at the J.  At left is Rick Abrams.

Jewish community welcomes Muslims for Iftar meal breaking Ramadan fast

By David Baugher, Special to the Jewish LightPublished June 22, 2017

Finding commonalities and appreciating differences were the guiding themes for the Jewish community’s interfaith Iftar event last week (June 14) at the Jewish Community Center’s Staenberg Family Complex.“As a sign of our friendship and strengthening...

Walk in support of Israel set for May 21

Published May 11, 2017

 “Walk in Support of Israel,” which honors the 50th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem, will take place Sunday, May 21. At noon, participants will gather at the Jewish Community Center’s Staenberg Family Complex, 2 Millstone Campus Drive,...

Rhythm ’n’ Ruach classes planned

Published May 26, 2016

Rhythm ’n’ Ruach has planned several classes for families to start in June at the Jewish Community Center and the Saul Brodsky Jewish Community Library.   The classes planned are: • Rhythm ’n’ Ruach parent/child music classes — Four-week...

Carol and Michael Staenberg. File photo

Staenberg Family Foundation awards 14 ‘Anything Grants’

Published April 21, 2016

The Staenberg Family Foundation announced that 14 local Jewish organizations will be recipients of more than $56,000 though the Anything Grants, aimed at helping organizations raise funds for a variety of needs. “The Anything Grants help ensure that...

JCC’s Hazon CSA plans ‘Meet the Farmers’

Published February 8, 2012

The Jewish Community Center offers the community a chance to meet with the new farmers providing produce for the Hazon Community Supported Agriculture Program (CSA). Farmers from Dry Dock Farms will discuss organic farming and share samples of produce...

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