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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

Woman meets Jewish St. Louis bone marrow donor who saved her life

Woman meets Jewish St. Louis bone marrow donor who saved her life

ELLEN FUTTERMAN , EDITOR-IN-CHIEF December 21, 2021

Eight years ago, when Rebecca “Becca” Berg went on a Birthright trip to Israel, her group met with volunteers from Gift of Life. The nonprofit runs a bone marrow and blood stem cell registry that helps facilitate transplants for children and adults...

Photos: Network STL wraps up Hanukkah with an edge

Photos: Network STL wraps up Hanukkah with an edge

December 7, 2021

While some St. Louis Jews closed out Hanukkah 2021 at home, some ventured out and celebrated by wielding axes to honor Hanukkah and our Macabee ancestors. Last week, we told you how the Tanach, offers numerous references to axes, both as weapons or...

Ignite YP ends Hanukkah with a bang of a party!

Ignite YP ends Hanukkah with a bang of a party!

Jordan Palmer, CHIEF DIGITAL CONTENT OFFICER December 6, 2021

St. Louis has a multitude of groups and communities offering educational and social opportunities for younger Jewish men and women. One such group, Ignite YP is a Young Professional (YP) organization dedicated to extending Jewish learning opportunities...

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6 Fun & Easy Ways to Remove Wax from Your Menorah

Kveller Staff December 6, 2021

Now that Hanukkah is over, it’s time to start cleaning those waxy menorahs. Instead of putting it off until next year (because didn’t your mother teach you that procrastination is bad?), we asked our readers for their advice. Some of the tips...

The grade-schooler whose ‘Avinu Malkeinu’ went viral is back with a Hanukkah song

The grade-schooler whose ‘Avinu Malkeinu’ went viral is back with a Hanukkah song

December 5, 2021

(JTA) — Last year, when he was 6, Bibi Shapiro broke the Jewish internet with his impassioned performance of “Avinu Malkeinu,” the plaintive poem that is recited on Yom Kippur. This year, the Australia grade-schooler is making a more subtle...

Traditional Japanese candles and tops get a Hanukkah spin in Kyoto

Traditional Japanese candles and tops get a Hanukkah spin in Kyoto

December 3, 2021

(JTA) — Soon after Rabbi Moti Grumach moved to Kyoto, Japan, about three years ago to serve as an emissary there for the Chabad-Lubavitch movement, he realized that a local craft dovetailed neatly with Jewish traditions. Warosoku, or candles made from...

Amsterdam gets large Liberace-style Hanukkah menorah for annual holiday concert

Amsterdam gets large Liberace-style Hanukkah menorah for annual holiday concert

December 3, 2021

AMSTERDAM (JTA) — A historic menorah that was retired from show business amid fears for its integrity — and bickering within the Dutch Jewish community over who has the right to use it — is getting a rhinestone-studded replacement. A public...

The 8 greatest Jewish sport miracles of all time

The 8 greatest Jewish sport miracles of all time

December 3, 2021

(JTA) — For Jewish sports fans, it can sometimes feel as if simply having star Jewish athletes to root for is a miracle.  Yet despite antisemitic stereotypes to the contrary, Jewish athletes have achieved some pretty incredible accomplishments.  For...

A menorah in the window: The Biden presidency’s first Hanukkah is all about visible diversity

A menorah in the window: The Biden presidency’s first Hanukkah is all about visible diversity

December 2, 2021

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Douglas Emhoff was ubiquitous this Hanukkah week, which makes sense — he is the first Jewish spouse of a president or vice president, and was consequently very in demand among Jews this first holiday season of the Biden...

Fredbird helps light the menorah

Fredbird helps light the menorah

Jordan Palmer, Chief Digital Content Officer December 2, 2021

A potential work stoppage in Major League Baseball, could not stop the St. Louis Cardinals mascot, Fredbird from showing up for Home Run Chanukah, this week at Saul Mirowitz Jewish Community School. Night Three: Light Up the Night took place on Tuesday,...

Video shows London Jews’ Hanukkah party bus being intimidated, spat on

Video shows London Jews’ Hanukkah party bus being intimidated, spat on

December 1, 2021

(JTA) — Jews celebrating Hanukkah in central London said they had to leave because of intimidation by men who shouted slogans about Palestine and pounded with their shoes on the windows of the Jews’ bus. The incident happened on Oxford Street...

Can we guess your go-to Hanukkah food?

Can we guess your go-to Hanukkah food?

December 1, 2021

Answer these questions and we'll reveal a deep truth about you and your favorite foods during Hanukkah! /**/

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