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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

Maor Elbaz-Starinsky, (left) the consul general of Israel in Miami, presents Gov. Mike Parson with a copy of the Torah on Thursday, Oct. 28 in Missouri. (Photo from Gov. Mike Parsons Twitter feed.)

Missouri governor meets with Israeli consul general

Eric Berger, Associate Editor October 29, 2021

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson met Thursday in Missouri with a consul general and deputy consul general of Israel. “This morning I met with Consul General of Israel in Miami Maor Elbaz-Starinsky and Deputy Consul Mr. Mike Driquez and was honored to welcome...

Image cropped from National Council of Jewish Women in St. Louis Bourbon & Bags flyer.

NCJWSTL launching bourbon and bags fundraiser

October 27, 2021

The National Council of Jewish Women in St. Louis is preparing to launch a virtual fundraiser, Bourbon & Bags. From Nov. 1-10, people can enter to win one of four prize packages, each containing a gently-used Chanel bag and at least six bottles...

Chanala Rubenfeld, co-director of Chabad of Chesterfield, is teaching a new course, “Well-Connected: It’s Not What You Know. It’s What You Do.

Chesterfield Chabad offers course for women on meaning of Jewish rituals

Eric Berger, Associate Editor October 26, 2021

Chabad of Chesterfield is launching a new course for women focused on Jewish rituals. The course, “Well-Connected: It’s Not What You Know. It’s What You Do” explores “how while we often think that faith is a core set of beliefs surrounded...

Anti-Semitic graffiti found on Beth Israel Sinai in Racine, Wisc., Sept. 22, 2019. (Joyce Placzkowski)

St. Louis Chabad directing new series on combatting antisemitism

Eric Berger, Associate Editor October 26, 2021

The regional director of Chabad of Greater St. Louis is leading a four-part series in November aimed at helping people combat antisemitism. Rabbi Yosef Landa will host “Outsmarting antisemitism: How to beat it with purpose, positivity and Jewish...

U.S. Rep Andy Levin (center), Democrat of Michigan, spoke at a J Street breakfast fundraiser Oct. 25 at the St. Louis Club in Clayton.

Two-state solution bill sponsor: Don’t cancel Cori Bush over apartheid claim

Eric Berger, Associate Editor October 26, 2021

U.S. Rep Andy Levin of Michigan has a “really warm relationship” with fellow Democrat Rep. Cori Bush of St. Louis, Levin said Monday morning at a J Street breakfast fundraiser in Clayton. That close connection includes his son Saul and former legislative...

Cultural Leadership has hired Tamyka Perine as its new executive director.

New Cultural Leadership director wants to build stronger relationships with Black churches

Eric Berger, Associate Editor October 25, 2021

Tamyka Perine is the first woman of color to serve as executive director of Cultural Leadership, a local nonprofit aimed at training civil rights leaders among local Jewish and African American students. Perine, 38, joined the organization this month...

The Neumann family.

There isn’t always two sides to every issue, as the Holocaust demonstrates

Stacey Newman October 21, 2021

I remember distinctly the first time I saw this photograph, hanging in a huge frame over the mantel in cousin Susan’s house in Ann Arbor, Mich., 32 years ago.    That weekend the Neumann family had gathered from all over to celebrate her parents...

Get ready to have a good time with Clayton native comedian Jo Firestone

Get ready to have a good time with Clayton native comedian Jo Firestone

Ellen Futterman, Editor-In-Chief October 15, 2021

Before the pandemic, Clayton native Jo Firestone, 33, a comedian, actor, writer and podcast host who now lives in Brooklyn, N.Y., began teaching senior citizens how to perform standup comedy. When the pandemic shut that down, Firestone and her charges...

Cultural Leadership has hired Tamyka Perine as its new executive director.

Cultural Leadership hires new executive director

Eric Berger, Associate Editor October 13, 2021

Cultural Leadership, a local nonprofit aimed at training civil rights leaders among local Jewish and African American students, has hired a new executive director. Tamyka Perine is the organization’s third director, and she is the first woman of...

The Museum of Tolerance in Jerusalem is expected to open in 2022.

St. Louis philanthropist helps bring long-delayed Jerusalem museum to completion

Eric Berger, Associate Editor October 12, 2021

About six years ago, a friend approached Michael Staenberg, a St. Louis Jewish philanthropist, and told him about a project he was working on: the Museum of Tolerance Jerusalem. The project had been in the works since 2000 and experienced numerous...

Congregation Bnai El

Former St. Louis synagogue B’nai El helped Jews establish community in Taiwan

Jordyn Haime, The News Lens October 11, 2021

Talk to any Jewish person who has spent any time in Taiwan and they’ll probably tell you how easy it is to be Jewish here. Not only is Taiwan an easy place to live, the locals kind and welcoming, but without Europe and the United States’s tradition...

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett addresses the U.N. General Assembly in New York City on Sept. 27, 2021. Photo by Avi Ohayon/GPO.

Bennett calls Cyprus plot ‘Iranian act of terror,’ rules out Israeli tycoon as target

Idan Avni and Yehuda Shlezinger, JNS October 4, 2021

(Israel Hayom) — Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said on Monday that a recently foiled plot in Cyprus reportedly targeting Israeli tycoon Teddy Sagi was in fact a much wider Iranian attempt to kill Israelis residing in the island nation. “As...

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