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Dear Lay’s: Give Us A Replacement For Your New York Reuben Chips

Published February 2, 2023

I love trying crazy snack flavors, especially all the bizarre chip flavors Lay’s comes out with. Over the years, I’ve discovered that Lay’s limited-edition flavors can be hit or miss — and elusive. I loved the Wasabi Ginger chips, but was only...

 Actress Jenny Slate as Big Nose in Everything Everywhere All at Once. Source: Twitter.

Does Oscar frontrunner film smell of antisemitism?

Alan Zeitlin, Jewish News ServicePublished February 2, 2023

(JNS) More than 80 years ago, Disney’s “Pinocchio” won two Oscars. Another film with a hefty nose is a pundit- and bettings-site favorite for this year’s Best Picture, although its proboscis has drawn criticism for antisemitism. Early on in...

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Here’s what’s playing at this year’s St. Louis Jewish Film Festival

Published February 2, 2023

The selections have been made, the films have been ordered and now it's time to watch them all. The 28th Annual St. Louis Jewish Film Festival is set to begin March 12 and run through March 16. This year, the festival will return in-person and will be...

Adolf Eichmanns audio confessions to the orchestration of the Final Solution can be heard for the first time in The Devils Confession.(Courtesy of Amazon Prime Video)

Docuseries with never-before-heard confessions from Adolf Eichmann comes to Amazon Prime Video

Jackie Hajdenberg, JTAPublished February 1, 2023

(JTA) — Americans subscribed to Amazon Prime Video can now listen to never-before-heard recordings of Adolf Eichmann confessing to his crimes, in his own voice. “The Devil’s Confession: The Lost Eichmann Tapes” is a three-part documentary series...

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Two recipes perfect for a Tu B’shvat Seder

Jordan Palmer, Chief Digital Content OfficerPublished February 1, 2023

This weekend Jews around the world will celebrate Tu B’shvat, the Jewish new year for trees. In the Torah, fruit bearing trees are revered because of their importance in sustaining life. The name is Hebrew for the 15th of the Hebrew month of Shevat. In...

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How to order your 2023 National Mah Jongg League card

Jordan Palmer, Chief Digital Content OfficerPublished February 1, 2023

For fans and disciples of Mah Jongg, the National Mah Jongg League (NMJL) is accepting orders for the new 2023 card, via their online store.  The cost is $14-$15, depending on the size selected. American Mah Jongg uses the card that lists the winning...

Leo Sirota (sitting) and his students posing for photographs at the Sheldon Memorial. Photo by Sievers Studio, June 1951. Missouri Historical Society Collections.

Do you know this Jewish St. Louisan? He lived an exciting and tumultuous life

Sabrina Gorse , | IMLS Sievers Studio Processing ArchivistPublished January 31, 2023

The following is published in partnership with the Missouri Historical Society. During the mid-20th century, the St. Louis Institute of Music played an active role in musical education in the St. Louis area. Before merging with the Community Music...

Jayne Langsam (L) and Rebecca Langsam (R).

Battling illiteracy is a family affair for Ready Readers’ Jayne Langsam

Jordan Palmer, Chief Digital Content OfficerPublished January 31, 2023

In the battle against poverty and illiteracy, Wednesday, Feb. 1st is a special day. That's because it’s World Read Aloud Day, when attention to the importance of sharing stories is highlighted by challenging participants to grab a book, find an audience,...

How to mark happy, stressful & sad occasions

How to mark happy, stressful & sad occasions

Barbara Ballinger and Margaret Crane, Special To The Jewish LightPublished January 31, 2023

When Margaret was little, she had an uncle who always held court at holiday time, receiving endless praise from relatives gathered around the table. He was a major philanthropist to many political, cultural and social causes. Having an audience was one...

Elizabeth Taylors Judaism, love for Richard Burton highlight epic new biography

Elizabeth Taylor’s Judaism, love for Richard Burton highlight epic new biography

ROBERT A. COHN , Editor-in-Chief EmeritusPublished January 31, 2023

Few people can rival Elizabeth Taylor’s impact on American popular culture. Taylor’s life was a warp-speed roller coaster of dizzying ups and downs.  Her heart-stopping physical beauty combined with bonafide acting ability launched her acting career...

Alissa Barnholtz, Clara Bess and Neon Liebson conferring with State Senator Andrew Koenig. Photo by Cheryl Adelstein

Some students cut short from speaking on controversial bills. Here’s what they would have said.

CHERYL ADELSTEINPublished January 30, 2023

It’s wonderful when your worlds come together, as mine have recently.  I am filled with both pride and hope for the future, knowing I am part of two organizations, Jewish Community Relations Council ( JCRC) and Cultural Leadership, that prepare our...

Puppeteer Ginny Weiss tribute to Bob Kramers Marionnettes

Puppeteer Ginny Weiss’ tribute to Bob Kramer’s Marionnettes

Jordan Palmer, Chief Digital Content OfficerPublished January 30, 2023

On Friday, the St. Louis Medical examiner’s office confirmed what family, friends, and the St. Louis theatre community already suspected, that famed puppeteer Bob Kramer had died in a fire on January 20. The iconic Bob Kramer's Marionnettes theater...

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