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St. Louis Jewish Light

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

Was Monte Hall Jewish?

Was Monte Hall Jewish?

Jordan Palmer, Chief Digital Content Officer May 25, 2022

Monty Hall, the friendly and engaging host of the long-running television game show “Let’s Make a Deal,”  was, a dual American and Canadian citizen who was born Monte Halparin in the Canadian city of Winnipeg, Manitoba to Orthodox Jewish parents,...

Watched ‘Beauty Queen of Jerusalem’? Here are 7 other movies and shows that feature Ladino.

Watched ‘Beauty Queen of Jerusalem’? Here are 7 other movies and shows that feature Ladino.

May 25, 2022

(JTA) — “The Beauty Queen of Jerusalem” has made headlines as one of the Israeli TV industry’s most elaborate and expensive productions ever. The series, which follows a family of Spanish Sephardic Jews living in Jerusalem through different...

This private, on-demand ‘hot rabbi’ may soon be the star of her own reality TV show

This private, on-demand ‘hot rabbi’ may soon be the star of her own reality TV show

May 25, 2022

(New York Jewish Week) – Rabbi Rebecca Keren Eisenstadt lives in a one-bedroom apartment on Second Avenue on the Upper East Side, but she feels just as at home in the penthouses just a few blocks away on Park Avenue. Most afternoons, Eisenstadt and...

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...

‘Maisel’ is filming an Israel scene, looking for Jewish extras

‘Maisel’ is filming an Israel scene, looking for Jewish extras

May 24, 2022

Season four of “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” was just as Jewy as the ones that came before it — with bar mitzvah scenes, lots of Yiddishisms, Jewish foods and contemplations about the existence of God. The Amazon Prime show about a Jewish standup...

Netflix releases Israeli period drama ‘Beauty Queen of Jerusalem’

Netflix releases Israeli period drama ‘Beauty Queen of Jerusalem’

May 20, 2022

(JTA) — As of today, Netflix viewers can watch “The Beauty Queen of Jerusalem,” a period drama that follows a family of Spanish Sephardic Jews living in Jerusalem through different decades of the early 20th century. The first 10 episodes were made...

Hila Saada and Michael Aloni as Rosa and Gabriel Armoza in “The Beauty Queen of Jerusalem.” Credit: Courtesy of Netflix.

Does Netflix’s ‘Beauty Queen of Jerusalem’ with Michael Aloni, live up to the hype?

Alan Zeitlin, JNS May 18, 2022

(JNS) When Michael Aloni’s agent told him about “The Beauty Queen of Jerusalem,” he was a bit confused. “Since when is there a beauty pageant in Jerusalem?” Aloni recalled asking at the time, at an event last week at Temple Emanu-El’s Streicker...

Sacha Baron Cohen to helm ‘Chelm,’ an HBO cartoon about the shtetl of fools

Sacha Baron Cohen to helm ‘Chelm,’ an HBO cartoon about the shtetl of fools

May 18, 2022

(JTA) – Imagine a village full of Borats, and you’re close to realizing the absurdity of Chelm. The real-life Polish shtetl, a popular subject of Jewish folklore and Yiddish authors including Isaac Bachevis Singer, took on a mythic identity as a village...

Local TV show tackles hard mental health issues affecting kids and educators

Local TV show tackles hard mental health issues affecting kids and educators

May 18, 2022

May is "Mental Health Month" and the goal of many organizations in St. Louis and around the nation is to raise awareness of trauma and the impact it can have on the physical, emotional, and mental well-being of children, families, and communities. Mental...

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...

‘My Unorthodox Life’ star Julia Haart shares her Jewish journey

‘My Unorthodox Life’ star Julia Haart shares her Jewish journey

Ryan Torok, JNS May 15, 2022

(JNS) “Is feminism your new religion?” “It’s my purpose in life.” Such was an exchange between Julia Haart, star of the hit Netflix reality television show “My Unorthodox Life,” and American Jewish University (AJU) Rabbi Sherre Hirsch...

Ava and Deborah — and Deborahs corgis — arrive in Las Vegas. Photo by HBOMax

‘Hacks’ returns, but its confident rhythm does not

Mira Fox, The Forward May 15, 2022

Hannah Einbinder is a firecracker — and not just because she’s a redhead. Bursting onto the scene with HBO’s “Hacks” last year, she was immediately nominated for an Emmy and a Golden Globe for her first major foray into acting. The snappy, multigenerational...

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