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St. Louis Jewish Light

Documentia by CRC’s Benjamin Kaplan takes an artistic look at dementia, celebrating the memories

Documentia by CRC’s Benjamin Kaplan takes an artistic look at dementia, celebrating the memories

Bill Motchan, Special to the Jewish LightPublished September 30, 2022

Artists often use real life experiences to inspire their work. That’s exactly the case for St. Louis multidisciplinary artist Benjamin Kaplan. He channeled the raw emotions of being a caregiver to family members. Then he used his creativity to develop...

Postcard with a family of four gathered around a table saying prayers wearing white garments. 

Courtesy of the Jewish Museum London

The hidden history of the Kittel

Leora Krygier, Jewish Women's Archive, Special For The Jewish LightPublished September 29, 2022

Each year before the High Holidays, my grandmother washed and ironed my father and grandfather’s kittels, the plain, white, robe-like garments that men wear for Yom Kippur and the Passover seder. She didn’t trust the washer and dryer with...

Two women embrace before a Yom Kippur service held outdoors during the COVID-19 pandemic in Los Angeles.
Al Seib/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

What does Judaism actually say about forgiveness?

Adam B. Cohen, Arizona State University, Special For The Jewish LightPublished September 29, 2022

The Jewish High Holidays are fast approaching: Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur. While the first really commemorates the creation of the world, Jews view both holidays as a chance to reflect on our shortcomings, make amends and seek forgiveness, both from...

Photos: NCJWSTLs Couturier event through the years as the 58th annual approaches

Photos: NCJWSTL’s Couturier event through the years as the 58th annual approaches

Jordan Palmer, Chief Digital Content OfficerPublished September 29, 2022

Growing up a Jewish boy in St. Louis, I had zero idea that every year since 1964, the National Council of Jewish Women St. Louis (NCJWSTL) held an annual event to raise funds to support women, children and families in our community. The event that I...

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RIP Coolio. How he breathed new life into Psalm 23

By PJ Grisar, The ForwardPublished September 29, 2022

Coolio, the Grammy-winning rapper and producer who rose to prominence in the 1990s, died Wednesday at the age of 59. Among his many achievements was providing a new tune to a familiar staple of Jewish life. In his single, “Gangsta’s Paradise,”...

Rabbi Rose leaving B’nai Amoona, will assume CEO of Cleveland JCC in 2023

Rabbi Rose leaving B’nai Amoona, will assume CEO of Cleveland JCC in 2023

BY ELLEN FUTTERMAN , EDITOR-IN-CHIEFPublished September 29, 2022

Rabbi Carnie Shalom Rose is retiring from his rabbinic position at Congregation B’nai Amoona to become the CEO of the Mandel JCC in Cleveland. He will begin a planned sabbatical after Yom Kippur on Oct. 6 and assume his new job sometime in early 2023. “Rabbi...

Mel Brooks drinking coffee photographed by Carl Reiner while the two were writers for Your Show of Shows, c. 1950-1954 in The Automat.
Photo courtesy of A Slice of Pie Productions

A brief history of coffee and Jews on National Coffee Day

Jordan Palmer, Chief Digital Content OfficerPublished September 28, 2022

Who doesn’t love their coffee in the morning? I know I do, which got me thinking, could there be a Jewish connection to the joe in my mug? The answer: there is and it's quite interesting. The rich history of coffee is traced back as early as the...

B’nai Amoona launches art gallery; new exhibit runs through December

B’nai Amoona launches art gallery; new exhibit runs through December

Published September 28, 2022

  Congregation B’nai Amoona created a space for an art gallery in the Oberman Community Room under the leadership of Lester Goldman, chairman of the Art Gallery Committee. Its latest exhibit, which runs until Dec. 4, features Mark Witzling,...

Children ride their bicycles along the empty Jerusalem roads, on Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, and the holiest of Jewish holidays. Israel came to a standstill for 25-hours during the high holiday of Yom Kippur when observant Jews fast and Israelis are prohibited from driving. September 16, 2021. Photo by Jamal Awad/Flash 90

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10 things you need to know about Yom Kippur

By Abigail Klein Leichman , Israel21cPublished September 28, 2022
On the Day of Atonement, Jews across the world pray and fast. For secular and non-Jewish Israelis alike, it’s a unique holiday without cars or commerce.
Top row, from left: Lilly Socha, Angela Sandler, Lisa Litvag, Evan Canis, Sam Loiterstein and Harvey Wallace. Second row: Bruce Yampolsky, Ryan Iken, Pamela Claman, Dr. Morris Hartstein, Jay Steinback and Ben Hillman

Newsmakers – September 2022

Published September 27, 2022

St. Louis resident Lilly Socha has joined Hillel International as a campus marketing and development manager supporting the communications and digital fundraising efforts of WashU Hillel, Cincinnati Hillel and Hillel at Miami University. Ownership of...

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Lost Tables: Remembering Port St. Louis

Harley Hammerman, Special For The Jewish LightPublished September 27, 2022

Wade DeWoskin belonged to a large Jewish family that included St. Louis Jewish Light Editor-in-Emeritus, Bob Cohn. DeWoskin opened Port St. Louis in Gaslight Square in October of 1960. "My dad had a small grocery store, so you could say I started...

This vintage video of a Jewish boys choir goes viral and you need to see it

This vintage video of a Jewish boys choir goes viral and you need to see it

By Aviya Kushner, The ForwardPublished September 27, 2022
When the Miami Boys Choir was recorded singing ‘Yerushalayim,’ no one anticipated that, more than a decade later, it would rack up hundreds of thousands of views
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