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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.

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The crowd erupts in laughter as Bob Newhart begins his show during the 47th Annual Benefit Dinner at Freed-Hardeman University on Dec. 2, 2011

When Bob Newhart was my rabbi — and I was his

By Rabbi Bob AlperPublished July 21, 2024

I’m six months shy of 80 and in two weeks I’ll head from Vermont to Chattanooga, Tennessee, to do 75 minutes of stand-up comedy. Why am I still out there? As Bob Newhart, who died this week at 94, explained, it was worth it to him to take his...

David Halpern with Adam Heller, Jill Abramovitz, Samantha Massell, Barrie Kreinik and Cheryl Stern

Jewish actors reveal emotional connection to ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ at the Muny

Bill Motchan, Special To The Jewish LightPublished July 21, 2024

The four actors playing the leads in the Muny Opera’s production of “Fiddler On The Roof” are all Jewish and they all find special meaning in their roles. That was one of the insights they shared during a behind the scenes panel discussion held...

Bella Hadid in an ad for the re-released Adidas SL72 sneaker. The company said it would revise the marketing campaign after backlash.

Another Adidas flub: Bella Hadid campaign sparks outrage over Munich Olympics shoe

By Louis Keene, The ForwardPublished July 18, 2024

For a company whose founder was a literal Nazi, you would think Adidas might tread lightly launching a shoe referencing the 1972 Munich Olympics, when 11 members of the Israeli delegation were killed after being taken hostage by a Palestinian terrorist...

Israeli and Palestinian Jerusalem Youth Chorus advances on ‘America’s Got Talent’ with performance of ‘Home’

Israeli and Palestinian Jerusalem Youth Chorus advances on ‘America’s Got Talent’ with performance of ‘Home’

PHILISSA CRAMER, JTAPublished July 17, 2024

(JTA) — A chorus of Israeli and Palestinian teens won hearts, applause and a chance at $1 million with a successful “America’s Got Talent” audition that aired on Tuesday night. The Jerusalem Youth Chorus performed Phillip Phillips’ “Home,”...

Norman Mailer

How Jewish intellectuals are still shaping our politics and culture (for better and worse)

By Yael Friedman, The ForwardPublished July 17, 2024

In Arguing the World, the 1998 documentary about Jewish men who helped define postwar intellectualism and politics, Diana Trilling muses, “Unless a man in that community was bent on sexual conquest he was never interested in women.” A new documentary,...

Jewish Jokes: Did you hear the 10-funny things Dr. Ruth said?

Jewish Jokes: Did you hear the 10-funny things Dr. Ruth said?

Jordan Palmer, Chief Digital Content OfficerPublished July 16, 2024

I was recently asked by the mother of an old friend, 'Why I do a “Jewish Joke of the Day.' I responded and she thought I should share my answer. I believe as Jews, we love to laugh. I believe Jews love to laugh at themselves and laugh at the very...

Director and star discuss Fiddler on the Roof at The Muny

Director and star discuss ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ at The Muny

Bill Motchan, Special To The Jewish LightPublished July 15, 2024

The Muny Opera will present “Fiddler on the Roof” for a one-week run. beginning July 19. “Fiddler” last entertained Muny audiences during the 2016 season. In a break from rehearsals recently, the St. Louis Jewish Light visited with Rob Ruggiero,...

Bottom of the email photos

Jordan Palmer, Chief Digital Content OfficerPublished July 15, 2024

Shalom, and welcome to the new archive of all the bottom of the email photos. I get asked about them a lot and if I'm saving them. I wasn't, but now I am. Jordan July 17       July 16 July 9 June...

Shira Haas in the Yes series ‘Night Therapy.’
(photo credit: NATI LEVI/YES)

Shira Haas’s new series trailer drops

Jordan Palmer, Chief Digital Content OfficerPublished July 14, 2024

Fans of Shira Haas are happy today as the new trailer for her highly anticipated series "Night Therapy" has been released. The show, produced by Israel's Yes Studios, has already received accolades even before its Israeli...

Nick Fradiani, the 2015 American Idol winner, as ‘Neil Diamond – Then

Neil Diamond’s musical is coming to St. Louis

Jordan Palmer, Chief Digital Content OfficerPublished July 13, 2024

We wish we could guarantee that legendary musician Neil Diamond will show up at the Fabulous Fox this fall, just as he did when he surprised the opening night audience of "A Beautiful Noise" in...

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...

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