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St. Louis Jewish Light

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St. Louis Jewish Light

Letters to the editor: June 16, 2021 edition

Letters to the editor: June 16, 2021 edition

June 21, 2021
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What ever happened to compromise?

What ever happened to compromise?

MARTY ROCHESTER June 21, 2021

In my last op-ed, I invited liberal readers to meet me and other conservatives halfway and see if we could not only agree to disagree in a respectful fashion but also see if we could even forge some degree of agreement among our disagreements. That is,...

German publishing boss tells workers to find new jobs if they oppose Israeli flag

German publishing boss tells workers to find new jobs if they oppose Israeli flag

June 21, 2021

(JTA) — Here’s the advice from a top publishing executive in Germany to employees who complained about his decision to fly the Israeli flag on the business’ headquarters: Find another place to work. “I think, and I’m being very frank with...

Gay Jews shouldn’t have to choose between their pride and their Zionism

Gay Jews shouldn’t have to choose between their pride and their Zionism

June 21, 2021

(JTA) — To everything there is a season. June is Pride season, one where LGBTQ people proudly refuse to choose between our identities and our demand for the freedom to live equally and without fear.  A Wider Bridge, which builds meaningful relationships...

Synagogues and camps are getting help to better support LGBTQ youth

Synagogues and camps are getting help to better support LGBTQ youth

June 21, 2021

Over the last year, no fewer than five young people came out publicly as LGBTQ at the Society for the Advancement of Judaism, a pluralistic synagogue on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Even Rabbi Lauren Grabelle Herrmann, SAJ’s spiritual leader and...

Clockwise from top left: Jeremy Piven, Marc Maron and Bob Saget. (Maron photo: Travis Shinn Photography; Saget photo: Behind The Velvet Rope TV/Wikimedia Commons)

Need a laugh? Check out these Jewish comedians coming to St. Louis this summer

ERIC BERGER, Associate Editor June 21, 2021

After more than a year of the COVID-19 pandemic and masking and not being able to tell whether people are smiling or ready to bite your ear off like Mike Tyson, we could all use a laugh. And who better to help make that happen than Jewish stand-up...

Missouri Tree Frogs, composed of William, Rebecca and Russell Jaffe, play at a recent show. Photo: Bill Motchan

Missouri Tree Frogs strum dulcimers in a family band

BILL MOTCHAN, Special to the Jewish Light June 21, 2021

King Nebuchadnezzar was a classic Old Testament villain. He ordered the destruction of the First Temple. He captured and imprisoned many Jews. And he hated the dulcimer. The king didn’t take issue with the twangy sound of the instrument. He just...

Israeli food truck banned from Philly festival due to threats. Response is fierce.

Israeli food truck banned from Philly festival due to threats. Response is fierce.

June 21, 2021

(JTA) — Organizers of an event celebrating immigrant chefs in Philadelphia have removed an Israeli food truck from the lineup, citing “the concerns of community that we love and serve.” But the bid to calm controversy by Eat Up the Borders, the...

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, pictured here in 2014 giving a speech, holds his kippah to his head. (Menahem Kahana/AFP via Getty Images)

How Naftali Bennett’s kippah stays on his bald head and why it matters

Ben Sales, JTA June 21, 2021

(JTA) — Israel’s new prime minister is probably the first one who has stuck a wad of chewing gum to his head right before a public event. Naftali Bennett, who took office this week, is the first prime minister in the country’s history to regularly...

Liba Yoffe (Courtesy of Yoffe)

Meet the Orthodox mom competing on ‘American Ninja Warrior’

JACQUELINE RODERICK June 21, 2021

This article originally appeared on Kveller. If you’re in need of inspiration today, look no further than Orthodox mom of four Liba Yoffe, who is competing in the current season of “American Ninja Warrior.” Yoffe, 35, is the apparently first...

Netanyahu finally agrees to leave the prime minister’s residence — in 3 weeks

Netanyahu finally agrees to leave the prime minister’s residence — in 3 weeks

June 21, 2021

(JTA) — After being blasted by critics for staying in the Israeli prime minister’s residence well over a week past his ousting from the role, Benjamin Netanyahu has agreed to leave — in another three weeks. He and his successor, Prime...

Obituary

Lois N. Schrier

June 21, 2021

Lois N. Schrier, June 18, 2020 Beloved wife of Edward Richman and the late Jerome Schrier. Dear mother of Bruce (Larry Weitkemper) Schrier, Alan (Laurent Braun) Schrier, Ellen (Lanny) Schrier Dacus and the late Scott Schrier.  Loving stepmother of...

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