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St. Louis Jewish Light

B’nai Amoona plans ‘Operation Max Levin: A STL homecoming’ on June 11 and 12

B’nai Amoona plans ‘Operation Max Levin: A STL homecoming’ on June 11 and 12

May 26, 2022

Congregation B’nai Amoona is pleased to welcome Max Levin and his mother, Judy Levin, to St. Louis for a special weekend homecoming June 11-12. Max Levin will recount, in person, his experience in the 2014 “Operation Protective Edge,” the latest...

Jeff Nussbaum returning to St. Louis with facinating new book on historical undelivered speeches

Jeff Nussbaum returning to St. Louis with facinating new book on historical undelivered speeches

Jordan Palmer, Chief Digital Content Officer May 26, 2022

The great speeches of history have lifted our hearts during dark times, given us hope in times of despair, provided courage when we felt fear and helped define the course of human history. But, what about the great speeches that were never delivered?...

Was the gangster Meyer Lansky a mensch?

Was the gangster Meyer Lansky a mensch?

Shelley Sackett, The Jewish Experience May 24, 2022

(The Jewish Experience) -- When Jonathan Lang set out to write a graphic novel about the notorious Jewish gangster Meyer Lansky, he was determined to capture the mobster's life in all its moral complexity. The result is 2019's "Meyer," for which...

A fair case for ‘The Staircase?’

A fair case for ‘The Staircase?’

Alan Zeitlin, JNS May 24, 2022

(JNS) David Rudolf is one of the most heralded defense attorneys in America with numerous awards. More importantly, he says, is that he has helped fight for innocent people and tried to make sure that everyone gets a fair trial. “That’s a central...

A Rothschild who debunks conspiracy theories for a living is writing the book about Jewish space lasers

A Rothschild who debunks conspiracy theories for a living is writing the book about Jewish space lasers

Asaf Shalev, JTA May 23, 2022

(JTA) — To a conspiracy theorist, last week seemed to offer evidence that the Rothschild family is plotting to undermine Elon Musk. It started when the Tesla tycoon bashed the Democratic Party and said in a tweet that he would switch to voting Republican....

The ‘queer, disabled’ Zionist who challenged the conventions of Israel’s founders

The ‘queer, disabled’ Zionist who challenged the conventions of Israel’s founders

Andrew Silow-Carroll, JTA May 22, 2022

(JTA) — It’s hard to find a poster promoting early 20th-century Zionism that doesn’t depict a tanned, chiseled man toting a shovel or a gun. The posters were visual reinforcement of the “Muscle Jewry” valued by Max Nordau and other early Zionist...

New partnership bringing renowned authors to the J

New partnership bringing renowned authors to the J

Jordan Palmer, Chief Digital Content Officer May 19, 2022

Book lovers and those who fully appreciate the craft of book writing are in for a treat, as a new partnership between the St. Louis County Library and the St. Louis Jewish Book Festival, will keep the Library's author series going, during the construction...

St. Louisan Jessica Radloff pens tell-all book about The Big Bang Theory sitcom

St. Louisan Jessica Radloff pens “tell-all” book about “The Big Bang Theory” sitcom

Jordan Palmer, Chief Digital Content Officer May 17, 2022

On May 1, 2019, Glamour magazine's West Coast Editor and St. Louis native Jessica Radloff posted this picture on Facebook, from the set of "The Big Bang Theory." "This is all I’m allowed to...

Were honoring Jewish American Heritage Month with our list of 10 from St. Louis

We’re honoring Jewish American Heritage Month with our list of 10 from St. Louis

Bill Motchan , Special to the Jewish Light May 13, 2022

In 2006, May was proclaimed Jewish American Heritage Month, which pays tribute to Jewish Americans who helped form the fabric of American history, culture, and society. Throughout U.S. history, Jewish St. Louisans have made significant contributions to...

How Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Joshua Cohen mines the Israeli-American relationship for comedy and tragedy

How Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Joshua Cohen mines the Israeli-American relationship for comedy and tragedy

ADAM KIRSCH May 11, 2022

(JTA) — For many younger Jews, being critical of Israel is itself a form of attachment. They may not consider themselves answerable to the Jewish state, but they definitely feel answerable for it in the eyes of the world. The same is true of some Jewish...

New Truman bio offers balanced perspective on his presidency

New Truman bio offers balanced perspective on his presidency

ROBERT A. COHN , Editor-in-Chief Emeritus May 4, 2022

In his superbly written new biography, “The Trials of Harry S. Truman,” Jeffrey Frank, a Presidential historian, avoids both adulation and harsh judgment of the Man from Missouri. For admirers and skeptics of HST, Frank, who previously wrote about...

Cindy Levin. Photo: Bill Motchan

Advocacy leader’s work inspires others to become activists

BILL MOTCHAN, Special to the Jewish Light May 4, 2022

If you’ve ever signed a petition, written a letter to the editor or marched for a cause you believe in, you participated in a form of advocacy. It’s an act of free speech that can help call attention to important issues. Cindy Levin has made advocacy...

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