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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

No idea why my zayde would say this in Yiddish, but he did, a lot

No idea why my zayde would say this in Yiddish, but he did, a lot

Jordan Palmer, Chief Digital Content OfficerPublished June 27, 2022

Since joining the Jewish Light, I’ve reflected on my own Jewish experience growing up, and part of that was the Yiddish, my grandparents would use, particularly my maternal grandparents, Mama and Baba. Both would use Yiddish on occasion, and not...

On Sunday, St. Louis Jewish teens gathered at the Jewish Community Center’s Day Camp Pavilion for last minute instructions and a meet-and-greet before embarking the next day (June 13) on a three-week Israel Bound trip under the auspices of Jewish Federation.

Federation program helps St. Louis teens take Root One to Israel

ELLEN FUTTERMAN, Editor-in-ChiefPublished June 22, 2022

Sarah Rumfelt and Katie Wallace happily chatted as they waited Sunday afternoon for the meeting at the Jewish Community Center’s outdoor pavilion to start. It was uncomfortably hot and humid, with temperatures hovering around 100 degrees, but that...

How to find balance and joy in time of war, soaring gas prices and up and down market

How to find balance and joy in time of war, soaring gas prices and up and down market

BARBARA BALLINGER AND MARGARET CRANE, Special For The Jewish LightPublished June 21, 2022

Who can think of having fun when we’re worried about Supreme Court decisions, frequent, random shootings, the continuing war in Ukraine, rents and gasoline prices soaring, interest rates rising, and the stock market plummeting? Do you get the drift?...

The J planning Shabbat Picnic to celebrate Pride month

The J planning Shabbat Picnic to celebrate Pride month

Published June 21, 2022

The St. Louis Jewish Community Center and its partners will host a Pride Shabbat Picnic in celebration of Pride Month on Friday, June 24 from 5:30-7:30 pm. Anyone who identifies as LGBTQIA+, their allies and families of all kinds are invited to the community-wide...

My bubbe told me to do this after meeting my future wife

My bubbe told me to do this after meeting my future wife

Jordan Palmer, Chief Digital Content OfficerPublished June 21, 2022

Since joining the Jewish Light, I’ve reflected on my own Jewish experience growing up, and part of that was the Yiddish, my grandparents would use, particularly my maternal grandparents, Mama and Baba. Both would use Yiddish on occasion, and not knowing...

What to consider when heading to the pool with children

What to consider when heading to the pool with children

DR. RICHARD LAZAROFFPublished June 15, 2022

Did you know that according to the Centers for Disease Control, drowning is a leading cause of death for children in the United States between the ages of 1 and 4? For children ages 1 to 14, it is the second leading cause of accidental death after motor...

Moments Across the Generations

Moments Across the Generations

Published June 15, 2022

When you’re past 50, and certainly 60 or 70 plus, some of us start feeling old. Make that really old at times. Yet, we’re still here on planet earth, which beats the alternative when we consider how many friends and relatives of our vintage we’ve...

Upcoming events for Jewish families in St. Louis

Upcoming events for Jewish families in St. Louis

Published June 15, 2022

Upcoming events include the J's Pride Shabbat Picnic, a Sleepaway Camp Sendoff, "The Lion King" at The Fox, and more. ‘The Lion King’ When/Where: Through June 19 at the Fox Theatre, 527 N. Grand Blvd. Virtual/In-person: In -person Cost:...

My bubbe told me to do this if I was bored. Bet yours did too.

My bubbe told me to do this if I was “bored.” Bet yours did too.

Jordan Palmer, Chief Digital Content OfficerPublished June 13, 2022

It’s truly amazing how long it takes till you really understand your bubbe or at least a part of her, you took for granted. Since joining the Jewish Light, I’ve reflected on my own Jewish experience growing up, and part of that was the Yiddish,...

How we helped the Queen move forward

How we helped the Queen move forward

BARBARA BALLINGER AND MARGARET CRANEPublished June 7, 2022

Today’s blog is fictional with a fairy tale twist. It’s about a real-life princess who becomes a queen and marries a prince, who dies before she does. How does a queen cope with spousal loss after a 73-year union? For help, she calls in the authors...

This yiddish curse is, well, downright mean

This yiddish curse is, well, downright mean

Jordan Palmer, Chief Digital Content OfficerPublished June 7, 2022

According to the YIVO, the Institute of Jewish Research, the term “Yiddish” is derived from the German word for “Jewish.” The most accepted (but not the only) theory of the origin of Yiddish is that it began to take shape by the 10th century...

Dairy all round. An Israeli family celebrate the holiday of Shavuot in Tzur Hadassah. Photo by Nati Shohat/flash 90.

8 fun facts about Shavuot in Israel

NAAMA BARAK, Israel21c.orgPublished June 2, 2022

Now that summer is upon us, it’s time to get ready for what is commonly considered the best holiday on the Jewish calendar: Shavuot. Coming seven weeks after Passover (Shavuot means “weeks” in Hebrew), Shavuot begins this year at nightfall on June...

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