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St. Louis Jewish Light

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St. Louis Jewish Light

A new podcast chronicles the little-known stories of boxers from the Holocaust era

A new podcast chronicles the little-known stories of boxers from the Holocaust era

May 20, 2022

(JTA) — In the early 1930s, Victor Perez was on top of the world. The Tunisian Jewish boxer, who fought under the ring name “Young Perez,” became the World Flyweight Champion in 1931 and 1932 after moving from Tunis to Paris. He became a bonafide...

Podcast | AIPAC And Insurrection Republicans

Podcast | AIPAC And Insurrection Republicans

TCJewFolk May 5, 2022

The Jews Are Tired is a weekly podcast of the big stories around the Jewish world, through a Jewish Journalist’s analytical lens. This week: The American Israel Public Affairs Committee, one of the most influential pro-Israel lobbying groups, is...

56 hidden letters unearth one womans unknowable Holocaust past

56 hidden letters unearth one woman’s unknowable Holocaust past

Jordan Palmer, Chief Digital Content Officer April 27, 2022

(JWA) - After a career spent telling other people's stories, Eleanor Reissa has finally uncovered her own. In 1986, when her mother died at the age of sixty-four, Eleanor went through all of her belongings. In the back of her mother’s lingerie drawer,...

Can We Talk? episode 74: A Half-Century of Women Rabbis

“Can We Talk?” episode 74: A Half-Century of Women Rabbis

Jordan Palmer, Chief Digital Content Officer April 21, 2022

Fifty years ago, Rabbi Sally Priesand made history by becoming the first woman rabbi in America. In this episode of the podcast Can We Talk?, women rabbis from three Jewish denominations reflect on the milestone. We speak with Rabbi Dianne Cohler-Esses,...

(L) Susannah Heschel, who created the ritual of putting on orange on the seder plate in the 1980s. Photo courtesy of Susannah Heschel. (R) Janice Stieber Rous seder plate. Photo courtesy of Janice Stieber Rous.

The real story behind the orange on the seder plate

Jordan Palmer, Chief Digital Content Officer April 8, 2022

(JWA) -- Hard-boiled egg—check. Greens—check. Charoset, maror, shank bone—check. These are the traditional seder plate items that represent the themes of Passover. Many people have also adopted the feminist tradition of including an orange... but...

New York Post article about Ezrat Nashim from March 14, 1972. Courtesy of Leora Fishman.

“All of us had unbelievable chutzpah.” The true story of the women who helped change Conservative Judaism

April 4, 2022

Fifty years ago, a group of young Jewish women piled into two cars and drove to upstate New York to crash the annual meeting of the all-male Rabbinical Assembly of the Conservative movement. They called themselves Ezrat Nashim and they had a set of demands...

Jewish podcast Can We Talk? returns with new episodes

Jewish podcast “Can We Talk?” returns with new episodes

Jordan Palmer March 24, 2022

.... And the award for best title of a Jewish podcast goes to.... "Can We Talk?" from the Jewish Women's Archive. Seriously, what a great name for this conversational podcast, and it's time it gets the spotlight it deserves. The Jewish Women's Archive...

Mimi David (left) and D’vorah Miller

America’s Top Rebbetzin podcast features two St. Louisans

ELLEN FUTTERMAN, Editor-in-Chief February 21, 2022

Vera Kessler recently started a new Jewish podcast that covers a variety of different topics, including parenting, marriage and building a Jewish home. Called America’s Top Rebbetzins, it includes two local rebbetzins (a rabbi’s spouse) from St....

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