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A nonprofit, independent news source to inform, inspire, educate and connect the St. Louis Jewish community.

St. Louis Jewish Light

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St. Louis Jewish Light

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Ikh vel fun im makhn minst fleysh

Ikh vel fun im makhn minst fleysh

Jordan Palmer, Chief Digital Content OfficerPublished January 7, 2024

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, whom I affectionately named Mama and Baba. Both would use...

(JTA collage by Mollie Suss)

The best Jewish books I read in 2023

Andrew Silow-Carroll, JTAPublished December 31, 2023

(JTA) — When I spoke with novelist Elizabeth Graver in August about her novel “Kantika” — inspired by her own Turkish Jewish family — I asked her how she managed to breathe life into a tired genre like the Jewish family saga. “I want the...

Funny Yiddish things my bubbe said to me

Funny Yiddish things my bubbe said to me

Jordan Palmer, Chief Digital Content OfficerPublished December 19, 2023

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, whom I affectionately named Mama and Baba. Both would use Yiddish...

Eradicate latke stink? That would be a Hanukkah miracle

Eradicate latke stink? That would be a Hanukkah miracle

Amy Fenster BrownPublished December 6, 2023

The definition of a miracle is an extraordinary event not characterized by natural or scientific law, therefore being a supernatural act of divine agency. I didn’t know God started her own agency, but I’m super proud of her.  As we light the first...

Naomi Rodgers as ‘Tina Turner’ in the North American touring production of
TINA - THE TINA TURNER MUSICAL. Photo by Matthew Murphy for MurphyMade, 2022

2023 Fall Arts Guide

PATRICIA CORRIGANPublished September 6, 2023

  The 2023 Fall Arts Guide is made possible by the generous support of the Kranzberg Arts Foundation.  When summer comes to an end and the downhill slide to the turkey begins, fill your fall calendar with special events galore. Expect art fairs,...

This market stall in Machane Yehuda’s Agas (Pear) Street got a centennial facelift with portraits of the original house’s owners, Bachora and Meir Banai. Photo by Solomon Souza

Machane Yehuda Market celebrates centennial at a crossroads

Abigail Klein Leichman, Israel21cPublished August 17, 2023

(Israel21c.org) Walking through Machane Yehuda Market in Jerusalem with Tali Friedman, head of its merchant’s association, is a slow progression. Vendors want to say shalom, register a complaint, give her a hug. “What a good heart you have!”...

Doctors require two specific images of each breast to interpret mammograms properly. Sometimes more than four photos are necessary; it doesnt mean anything is wrong. (izusek / Getty Images)

Why experts say Jewish women should get mammograms at 40

Published July 10, 2023

When Yaffa Leah Field was in her late 20s, she decided to undergo genetic testing. Her grandmother had had breast cancer, and Field wanted to know whether she was among the one of every 40 Jewish women of Ashkenazi descent with either the BRCA1 or...

From left to right: Rev. Traci Blackmon, Maharat Rori Picker Neiss and Americans United for Separation of Church & State CEO Rachel Laser march to the Civil Courts building in St. Louis. (Courtesy of Americans United for Separation of Church & State)

How some Jewish activists are campaigning for reproductive rights

Published June 27, 2023

(JTA) — Before sundown Friday night, as American Jews prepared to light their Shabbat candles, some also lit yahrzeit candles. The additional flames, which signify mourning, burned in commemoration of the first anniversary of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s...

7 ways to offer support and Jewish strength to friends or loved ones facing cancer

7 ways to offer support and Jewish strength to friends or loved ones facing cancer

Published June 7, 2023

When Shoshana Polakoff, 40, received an unexpected breast cancer diagnosis three years ago, the mother of three young children needed extra support. Her friends, family and Jewish community in the Washington Heights neighborhood of Manhattan immediately...

The 2023 St. Louis Summer Arts Guide

The 2023 St. Louis Summer Arts Guide

PATRICIA CORRIGAN, SPECIAL TO THE JEWISH LIGHTPublished May 24, 2023

Summer is the perfect season to immerse yourself in the arts, which enrich the lives of one and all. On tap between now and late September are more than 60 cultural events, including operas, art fairs, concerts in many a genre, a much-loved circus,...

Man having a stomach ache.

Jews are genetically prone to stomach problems. Scientists are starting to understand why

By Adam Kovac, THE FORWARDPublished April 30, 2023

Jews and their digestive problems are the subject of countless bad standup comedy routines, but a recent study may have identified exactly why so many Jews are afflicted. For years, scientists have known that people of Ashkenazi Jewish descent...

Drug interactions are a growing threat to older adults

Drug interactions are a growing threat to older adults

By Bill Motchan, Special to the Jewish LightPublished April 20, 2023

Memory loss. Difficulty breathing. Impaired vision. Rapid heart rate. Nausea. Those are just a few medical issues faced by older adults — after taking medication. These side effects are all too common if two or more medications interact with each other...

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