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St. Louis Jewish Light

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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

U.S. Reps. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., and Emanuel Cleaver, D-Mo., both faced threatening phone calls from Kenneth R. Hubert.

Missouri man pleads guilty to threatening Jewish, Black Congressmen

Eric Berger, Associate Editor June 22, 2021

A Missouri man pleaded guilty last week to threatening to assault two members of Congress, one of whom is Jewish. Kenneth R. Hubert, of Marionville in southwest Missouri, pleaded guilty in federal court to two counts of threatening to assault a U.S....

Simon Igielnik (left) with his parents, Jack and Fela, during a 1995 family trip to Israel.

PBS documentary on aftermath of the Holocaust features survivors who moved to St. Louis

Eric Berger, Asssociate Editor June 21, 2021

The PBS affiliate in Kansas City has released a new documentary on Holocaust survivors who settled in the city after World War II. Two of them later moved to St. Louis. “All These Delicate Sorrows,” which premiered Thursday, is now available for...

Fran Zellinger participates in a program funded by JCA Charitable Foundation targeted at St. Louis Jewish older adults.

JFS receives grant to help Jewish older adults with educational programs, health care

Eric Berger, Associate Editor June 17, 2021

Jewish Family Services, which provides local mental health and social services, recently received a $25,000 grant from the JCA Charitable Foundation, according to a news release. Proceeds from the grant will support educational programming and health...

Rabbi Elizabeth Hersh of Temple Emanuel with members of the Israel Defense Forces in Israel.

How St. Louis Jews feel about Israel’s change in prime minister

Eric Berger, Associate Editor June 15, 2021

St. Louis Jews recently have gotten used to reading news about Israeli parliamentary elections. The one in March was the fourth in less than two years. That was the first one to produce a different outcome. On Sunday, Naftali Bennett succeeded in replacing...

Dr. Ghazala Hayat of the Islamic Foundation of Greater St. Louis speaks at a 2017 interfaith vigil at the Thomas F. Eagleton Courthouse downtown, marking the 78th anniversary of end of the voyage of the MS St. Louis, an ocean liner carrying refugees fleeing Nazi Germany. The vigil was organized by the Jewish Community Relations Council, the Holocaust Museum of St. Louis and several interfaith partners. Photo: Bill Motchan

St. Louis Islamic Foundation condemns anti-Semitism despite absence from local event

Eric Berger, Associate Editor June 7, 2021

The Islamic Foundation of Greater St. Louis supports the Jewish community in condemning anti-Semitism even though the organization choose not to participate in an interfaith press conference last week, according to the Islamic organization. The group...

Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) addresses the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s Road to Majority Policy Conference in Washington, DC on June 27, 2019. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

St. Louis Jewish leaders urge Josh Hawley to avoid partisanship in condemning anti-Semitism

Eric Berger, Associate Editor May 27, 2021

Missouri Republican Sen. Josh Hawley on Monday blamed the recent surge in anti-Semitic incidents in American cities on Democratic lawmakers’ rhetoric about Israel. During an appearance on Fox News, Hawley said that President Joe Biden “needs to...

Rep. Ann Wagner, R- Ballwin, delivered a speech about Israel in 2019 at the U.S. House. Screenshot

Rep. Ann Wagner: Biden administration is ‘shockingly weak’ in support for Israel

Ann Wagner May 27, 2021

The recent rocket attacks fired at Israeli citizens shocked and horrified us all.  Indiscriminate attacks on civilians are the very essence of terrorism, and we are at a critical moment in time where Israel, facing existential threats on...

Rabbi Moshe Shulman teaches a class at Yeshivat Kadimah High School. Private religious schools in Missouri could benefit from a proposed tax credit program. Photo: Lisa Mandel

St. Louis Jewish community split on school choice tax credit program

Eric Berger, Associate Editor May 25, 2021

Missouri could soon have a tax credit program that would fund scholarships for students to attend private institutions, such as Jewish day schools. But not everyone in the St. Louis Jewish community supports the legislation. The Missouri Empowerment...

Tyler Terry

Suspect in Goodkin fatal shooting captured in South Carolina

Eric Berger, Associate Editor May 25, 2021

A suspect in the murder of Barbara Goodkin, a St. Louis Jewish woman, was arrested Monday morning in South Carolina, the Chester County Sheriff’s office announced. More than 300 law enforcement officers, on the seventh day of a manhunt, surrounded...

Photos of Tyler Terry (left) and Adrienne Simpson from Chester County, South Carolina, sheriff's office

St. Louis Jewish organizations help fund Goodkin murder investigation

ERIC BERGER, Associate Editor May 21, 2021

Jewish Federation of St. Louis and the St. Louis Kaplan Feldman Holocaust Museum are among the organizations providing funding for a group of St. Louis area investigators to travel to South Carolina and interview a suspect in the recent murder of Barbara...

Cris Jacobs

Dark Star drummer talks Grateful Dead with fellow Jewish musician Cris Jacobs

Eric Berger, Associate Editor May 20, 2021

Robert Koritz, who plays in a Grateful Dead tribute band and chairs the Camp Sabra committee, knows something about Jews and the Grateful Dead. So does the latest guest on Koritz’s podcast, The Music Plays The Band. Cris Jacobs, an Americana-soul...

Barbara Goodkin, fatally shot, planned to serve as Holocaust museum docent

Barbara Goodkin, fatally shot, planned to serve as Holocaust museum docent

Eric Berger, Associate Editor May 20, 2021

In fall 2019, Barbara Goodkin enrolled in a course to become a docent at the St. Louis Kaplan Feldman Holocaust Museum. The staff and volunteers knew there would be only a short window after the class ended for the docents to begin providing tours...

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