Rabbi Lane Steinger, the spiritual leader of Shir Hadash Reconstructionist Community since 2009, is a distinguished scholar, educator and author. His knowledge, warmth and compassion are a true reflection of Shir Hadash, a close community of engaged and active members. Rabbi Steinger guides informal worship services that encourage thoughtful and lively discussion.
Born and raised in St. Louis, Rabbi Steinger earned a Masters of Arts in Hebrew Letters and Rabbinic Ordination from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Cincinnati, Ohio. In 1998, he was awarded the Doctor of Divinity honoris causa from HUC-JIR. Rabbi Steinger previously served congregations in Pennsylvania and Michigan before returning to St. Louis as Regional Director of the Midwest Council, Union for Reform Judaism.
Rabbi Steinger has written numerous articles and essays, and has been Scholar-in-Residence and visiting lecturer at synagogues around the country. He teaches in the Central Agency for Jewish Education’s Adult Education program and in the Introduction to Judaism program. He has taught in the Florence Melton Adult Mini-School, at Jewish studies programs in Michigan and Pennsylvania, and at Jewish summer camps. A past president and current member of the St. Louis Rabbinical Association (SLRA), Rabbi Steinger also belongs to the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association (RRA) and the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR). In addition to recently being elected to the Board of the St. Louis Jewish Light, Rabbi Steinger is a member of the Missouri-Southern Illinois Advisory Board of the Anti-Defamation League. He has served as a prison chaplain, a hospital chaplain, and a consultant for Synagogue 2000.
Rabbi Steinger and his wife Linda are the proud parents of Shira Kahan, Daina and Andrew Borteck, and Rafi Steinger, and the even prouder grandparents of Ethan and Marisa Borteck, and Naomi and Leora Kahan.
Contact Rabbi Steinger by email or at 314-991-7972.