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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.

St. Louis Jewish Light

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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...

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,...

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...

Adina Talve-Goodman’s posthumously published book of essays is poignant blend of humor, insight

Adina Talve-Goodman’s posthumously published book of essays is poignant blend of humor, insight

Ellen Futterman, Editor-in-ChiefPublished January 25, 2023

I never met Adina Talve-Goodman, but I feel as if I know her. The daughter of Rabbis Susan Talve and Jim Goodman of Central Reform Congregation, Talve-Goodman was born with a congenital heart condition and survived multiple operations during her childhood...

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This book just won the award for best Jewish Fiction

Published January 24, 2023

Omer Friedlander is the winner of the Association of Jewish Libraries (AJL) Jewish Fiction Award for his short story collection The Man Who Sold Air in the Holy Land, published by Random House. The award includes a $1,000 cash prize and an invitation...

Karina Urbach and the cover of her book. Photos courtesy of Quercus Books.

“How the Nazi’s stole my grandmother’s cookbook”

Savoy Curry, Special To The Jewish LightPublished January 22, 2023

This story first appeared on the Jewish Women’s Archive Blog and is republished here with permission.  Living in Europe for the past few months, I’ve been struck by the similarities between traditional Jewish and European dishes. I was vaguely...

Make the most of the Used Book Sale at the J with these tips

Make the most of the Used Book Sale at the J with these tips

Jordan Palmer, Chief Digital Content OfficerPublished January 22, 2023

There is something quite wonderful about walking into a bookstore, engaging with all the possibilities in front of you, eventually making a choice and coming home with a brand-new book. But there is something also wonderful about picking up a used book,...

What American Jews fight about when they fight about Israel

What American Jews fight about when they fight about Israel

Andrew Silow-Carroll, JTAPublished January 22, 2023

(JTA) — Eric Alterman, born in 1960, says the view of Israel he absorbed growing up in a Jewish family in suburban Scarsdale, New York, was decidedly one-sided. “I went on this nerdy presidential classroom thing when I was in high school,” he...

‘There’s a real crisis in American Jewry’ — a new book warns of worsening deadlock in U.S.-Israel relationship

‘There’s a real crisis in American Jewry’ — a new book warns of worsening deadlock in U.S.-Israel relationship

Nora Berman, Deputy Opinion Editor at The ForwardPublished January 18, 2023

This story was originally published in the Forward. Click here to get the Forward's free email newsletters delivered to your inbox. What it means to be an American Jew has long centered on two things: support for Israel and remembering the Holocaust. But...

Michael Twitty’s ‘Koshersoul,’ a memoir of food and identity, named Jewish book of the year

Michael Twitty’s ‘Koshersoul,’ a memoir of food and identity, named Jewish book of the year

Andrew Silow-Carroll, JTAPublished January 18, 2023

(JTA) — “Koshersoul,” chef Michael W. Twitty’s memoir about his career fusing Jewish and African-American culinary histories, was named the Jewish book of 2022 by the Jewish Book Council. Subtitled “The Faith and Food Journey of an African...

Fleishman is in Trouble asks universal questions

“Fleishman is in Trouble” asks universal questions

Sarah Jae Leiber, Special To The Jewish LightPublished January 10, 2023

Jewish writer Taffy Brodesser-Akner’s television adaptation of her bestselling novel, Fleishman is in Trouble, ended last week on a triumphant note. There was a marriage proposal, a strange bat mitzvah, and a successfully performed dance class routine—some...

The four Jewish families of St. Louis sports left longlasting legacies to this day

The four Jewish families of St. Louis sports left longlasting legacies to this day

Jordan Palmer, Chief Digital Content OfficerPublished December 15, 2022

It’s no secret that St. Louis is and has always been a great sports city. For more than a century the Gateway City has been a hotbed of professional and amateur sports with a diverse history and an evolving legacy of success. In "St. Louis Sports...

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