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St. Louis Jewish Light

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St. Louis Jewish Light

Volunteers paint and restore a community space during MLK Weekend of service in New York. (Shulamit Photo + Video)

Growing number of young Jews turning to service to express their Jewish values

Sara Ivry, JTAPublished January 26, 2023

When Jon Cohen was in college a decade ago studying biology and chemistry with plans for medical school, he knew he wanted to make a difference in the world beyond the Florida State University campus in Tallahassee. So he and some friends decided to...

Is human composting the next big thing in Jewish death practice?

Is human composting the next big thing in Jewish death practice?

MAYA MIRSKY , In partnership with the "J" of Northern CaliforniaPublished January 24, 2023

This article first appeared in J. The Jewish News of Northern California “There was no squeamishness on my part, I didn’t wear gloves,” said Adam Gottstein. “I had Mom in the palms of my hands.” The Amador County resident was placing the...

Rabbi Harold Kravitz, president of the Rabbinical Assembly, has called for a respectful dialogue about intermarriage among the 1,700 Conservative rabbis that are members of the association. Photo by Bill Motchan.

‘Misinformed’ intermarriage rumors distress some Conservative rabbis

Arno Rosenfeld, The ForwardPublished January 11, 2023

This story was originally published in the Forward. Click here to get the Forward's free email newsletters delivered to your inbox. A number of prominent Conservative rabbis wrote a letter to the Rabbinical Assembly last year declaring their strong opposition...

Rabbi Rub, a dry rub made by Texas-based Smo’ Better Food, has caused a stir on the r/Jewish subreddit. Photo by Smo’ Better Food

‘Rabbi Rub’? Kosher products with spicy names cause a stir online

By Adam Kovac, The ForwardPublished January 3, 2023

Dry rubs called “Rabbi Rub” and “Jew Cub Rub” are getting a mixed reaction online. On Monday, a user posted a photo of the products on a store shelf to the r/Jewish subreddit. The rubs are made by Texas-based Smo’ Better Food. The photo...

Have you seen this menorah? Help us solve a mystery

Have you seen this menorah? Help us solve a mystery

Jordan Palmer, Chief Digital Content OfficerPublished November 7, 2022

When we look back at our lives, we can probably count on both hands and feet the number of times we did something that we wish you could take back. Hopefully, most are minor, but still, crawl under your skin. Like the time when I was 10ish, and...

The brief Jewish history of candy cigarettes

The brief Jewish history of candy cigarettes

BY ALLY SASS, JTAPublished October 27, 2022
This retro candy has a surprising Jewish legacy behind it.
Some of the women rabbis in the St. Louis area include (top row, from left) Rabbi Susan Talve, Rabbi Brigitte Rosenberg, Rabbi Amy Feder and Rabbi Elizabeth Hersh; (second row) Rabbi Andrea Goldstein, Rabbi Lori Levine, Rabbi Tracy Nathan, Rabbi Janine Schloss and Rabbi Jessica Shafrin; (third row) Rabbi Karen Bogard, Rabbi Dale Schreiber, Rabbi Rachel Bearman and Rabbi Pamela Barmash.

50 years after first woman ordained, St. Louis is rich with female rabbis

BY SHULA NEUMAN , SPECIAL TO THE JEWISH LIGHTPublished October 21, 2022

Something radical happened 50 years ago. Judaism experienced a crack in the patriarchy when the first woman was publicly ordained as a rabbi. There had been private ordinations before, ordinations that weren’t recognized outside a small circle of people....

44 one-syllable Jewish baby names

44 one-syllable Jewish baby names

By Lior Zaltzman, KvellerPublished October 13, 2022

A baby’s name is the first gift we give them, so it’s important to be thoughtful about it. Sometimes, the perfect name is a short and sweet one — and it’s surprising how much meaning a one-syllable name can pack. (In fact, one of the Hebrew words...

Network STL works to bring Jewish college students together at local universities without large Jewish populations

Network STL works to bring Jewish college students together at local universities without large Jewish populations

Megan Rubenstein , Special To The Jewish LightPublished October 12, 2022

When attending a college or university without a large Jewish population, it can be hard for students to find a community of peers who share the same background. In St. Louis, Yael Sabah of the Network STL is making it easier. Led by Sabah, the Network...

Group photo at Linke Fligls final gathering. Credit: Walter Hergt

Why a queer Jewish chicken farm is closing itself down

Jordan Palmer, Chief Digital Content OfficerPublished October 11, 2022

On a hot, humid day in late August, Nahanni Rous joined a gathering at Linke Fligl, a queer Jewish chicken farm and cultural organizing project in New York's Hudson Valley. (Linke Fligl is a pun—Yiddish for "left wing.") For the past seven years,...

Photo by Suzanne Epstein-Lang

“I could write a book about how not to build a sukkah”

BY SUZANNE EPSTEIN-LANG , SPECIAL TO THE JEWISH LIGHTPublished October 10, 2022

On the way to Yom Kippur services, I began the following sentence, "Girls, Sukkot starts on Sunday…." I would have completed this sentence by saying, "We're really not going to be at home much next week," " It always blows over," or, "The weather never...

Astros manager Dusty Baker hopes matzah ball soup will give his team a playoffs boost

Astros manager Dusty Baker hopes matzah ball soup will give his team a playoffs boost

MATT SAMUELS , JTAPublished October 7, 2022

(Jewish Herald-Voice, Houston via JTA) — If the Astros make it to the World Series later this month, fans can thank team manager Dusty Baker — along with a fresh baked challah and several quarts of matzah ball soup. Baker stopped by Kenny &...

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