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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

A nonprofit, independent news source to inform, inspire, educate and connect the St. Louis Jewish community.

St. Louis Jewish Light

Pictures of civilians held hostage by Hamas terrorists in the Gaza Strip, in Jerusalem, Nov. 22, 2023. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90.

Israel, Hamas agree to hostage deal framework, PA-led force in Gaza

Akiva Van Koningsveld, JNSPublished July 11, 2024

(JNS) The Hamas terror group has agreed to a hostages-for-ceasefire framework and mediators are negotiating the details and implementation, The Washington Post reported on Wednesday night. The Post‘s David Ignatius said that though the framework...

Clockwise from left: Nick Itkin, Artem Dolgopyat, Lonah Chemtai Salpeter, Amit Elor, Sagi Muki, Jemima Montag, Claire Weinstein, Daniel Peretz. (Images via Getty; Design by Grace Yagel)

Claire Weinstein, Jessica Fox and 12 other Jewish athletes to watch in the 2024 Paris Olympics

Jacob Gurvis, JTAPublished July 11, 2024

(JTA) — There are veterans like an Australian gold medalist canoe paddler and Israel’s powerhouse judo team. There are newcomers, like the youngest American female wrestler ever and Israel’s soccer team. And there are athletes competing in...

What American Jews should know about Project 2025

What American Jews should know about Project 2025

By Louis Keene, The ForwardPublished July 11, 2024

Project 2025, a conservative policy agenda years in the making, has vaulted into American political consciousness in recent days. President Joe Biden wants you to think the mysterious project is the heart of his Republican rival’s platform, despite...

Clara Deitchman

Yiddish things my bubbe said to me

Jordan Palmer, Chief Digital Content OfficerPublished July 11, 2024

Since joining the Jewish Light, I’ve reflected on my own Jewish experience growing up, and part of that was the Yiddish my grandparents would use, particularly my maternal grandparents, whom I affectionately named Mama and Baba. Both would use Yiddish...

Israeli drama ‘June Zero’ spotlights three true stories about Eichmann trial

Israeli drama ‘June Zero’ spotlights three true stories about Eichmann trial

Cate Marquis, Special to the Jewish LightPublished July 11, 2024

"June Zero,” a captivating historical drama set in Israel in 1961-1962, tells the true stories of three Israelis with different connections to the trial of Adolf Eichmann, the Nazi architect of the mass murder of Jews. Each of the stories is told...

We’ve been here before: Reproductive rights redux

We’ve been here before: Reproductive rights redux

By Frances LevinePublished July 11, 2024

What would Vivian do?  Vivian Zwick was a pillar of the pro-choice and the Jewish community of St. Louis. She was the first woman elected as the president of the Jewish Light Board of Trusteess in 1975 (Jewish Light Aug. 10, 2022). I met her at several...

Bean counting racial outcomes  is no way to achieve equality

Bean counting racial outcomes is no way to achieve equality

Marty RochesterPublished July 11, 2024

Yes, unfortunately, there is still racism in America. There will probably always be a degree of racism in America, as there is in virtually every country on earth. It is almost impossible to rid the United States and any other nation of the last bigot.  Still,...

Yitskhok Rudashevski

Discover the lost diary of a Holocaust teenager from your home in St. Louis

Jordan Palmer, Chief Digital Content OfficerPublished July 11, 2024

You may not know his name, or his diary, but just like Anne Frank's written words, Yitskhok Rudashevski’s writings stand as a powerful testament to the voices of teenagers lost in the Holocaust. Rudashevski was not just a teenager; he was a gifted...

Kohns Killer Pastrami lives on at Busch Stadium

Kohn’s ‘Killer Pastrami’ lives on at Busch Stadium

Bill Motchan, Special To The Jewish LightPublished July 11, 2024

The closing of Kohn's Kosher Meat and Deli last week created a void in the Creve Coeur area for kosher meat and one of the restaurant’s most popular items: Killer pastrami. But, for Cardinal fans who go to games at Busch Stadium this season, the authentic...

Jeff Lefton

Magician Jeff Lefton casts spells in Melbourne

Published July 11, 2024

Local magician Jeff Lefton is in Melbourne, Australia to do his Murder by Magic show for six nights at the Melbourne Magic Festival. He is the only U.S. magician selected to perform at one of the world’s largest magic festivals. In addition to performing...

Jordan Oiknine

Jordan Oiknine wins big with smart sports patch

Published July 11, 2024

Jordan Oiknine won first place at the 2024 Missouri DECA State Competition in Kansas City for his innovation business plan and presentation. An incoming junior at Ladue Horton Watkins High School, he went on to place in the Top 20 at the DECA International...

Lisa Berger, Kim Cameron, Randee Rimmel and Nancy Rush.

Lisa Berger, Randee Rimmel and Nancy Rush find new home at RE/MAX

Published July 11, 2024

The Kim Cameron Group, including Lisa Berger, Randee Rimmel and Nancy Rush, has joined RE/MAX Results brokerage. Located in the Chesterfield Valley, the group focuses on residential home buying, sales and investments. Berger and Rimmel are members...

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