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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

Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla awarded Genesis Prize for work developing coronavirus vaccine

Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla awarded Genesis Prize for work developing coronavirus vaccine

January 19, 2022

(JTA) — Albert Bourla, the chief executive officer of Pfizer, was named the winner of the 2022 Genesis Prize, the award sometimes called the “Jewish Nobel.” The award, which “honors extraordinary individuals for their outstanding professional...

Jewish Song of the Week: I’m Gonna Walk It With You” by Shul Sisters

Jewish Song of the Week: “I’m Gonna Walk It With You” by Shul Sisters

January 18, 2022

“I’m Gonna Walk It With You” by Shul Sisters (Jewish Rock Radio) One thing that has always been important to me is using music to create bridges between people of different backgrounds. In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, I wanted to...

St. Louis born rabbi tells his story of working a Covid ICU

St. Louis born rabbi tells his story of working a Covid ICU

Jordan Palmer, Chief Digital Content Officer January 18, 2022

"As a rabbi who works as a chaplain at a hospital in Indianapolis, I’ve held my tongue a lot when it comes to COVID-19 and the emotional strain it puts on the medical staff. But now — as my team at Indiana University Health is responsible for pastoral...

Life lessons at 50 plus: What’s in a name?

Life lessons at 50 plus: What’s in a name?

BARBARA BALLINGER AND MARGARET CRANE, Special For The Jewish Light January 18, 2022

We’ve faced a dilemma that challenges many other women and men of our vintage. How do we refer to the men we date when we’re out in public and want to introduce them? Same challenge arises whether you’re a woman dating another woman or a man dating...

Synagogues face tough COVID questions (again) as Omicron surges

Synagogues face tough COVID questions (again) as Omicron surges

January 14, 2022

(JTA) — Nearly two years ago, when the pandemic hit the United States, synagogues were lauded for rapidly moving their entire slate of programming and worship online, and for finding ways to connect with congregants in a world where few were leaving...

10 fun facts about Tu B’Shevat

10 fun facts about Tu B’Shevat

BILL MOTCHAN, Special to the Jewish Light January 12, 2022

1. In Israel, Tu B’Shevat is like Earth Day, raising awareness about the ecology. 2. Part of the environmental awareness is to plant a tree or start an herb garden. 3. Planting trees in Israel is especially important right now; many were lost...

Vicki Lander is the owner of Flower Hill Farm. File photo: Bill Motchan

Tu B’Shevat is the right time to begin growing seder ingredients

BILL MOTCHAN, SPECIAL TO THE JEWISH LIGHT January 12, 2022

This weekend is a good time to begin preparing for your Passover seder. With three months to go, you can delay boiling eggs and stocking up on horseradish. But it’s an ideal time to plant parsley indoors. The 90-day window should be just about right...

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When it comes to raising kids, Judaism says punishments are not cool

MIMI DAVID, Special to the Jewish Light January 12, 2022

“Mommy, Yoni made me look like a boy!” It was 7 a.m. and I had been up all night with the kids. Finally about 5:30 a.m., things settled and I fell into a deep and much needed sleep. When my daughter came to share this exciting development with...

A 2017 file photo of Saul Mirowitz Jewish Community School. Photo: Bill Motchan

Upcoming events for Jewish families in St. Louis

January 12, 2022

Upcoming events including Martin Luther King Jr. Day events held by the Missouri History Museum and the Saul Mirowitz Jewish Community School, a Children’s Mitzvah Program at the J and more. MLK Community Celebration When/Where: Saturday, Jan....

Yiddish word(s) of the day: Ill have a love on rye?

Yiddish word(s) of the day: I’ll have a ‘love’ on rye?

Jordan Palmer, Chief Digital Content Officer January 11, 2022

Yiddish has style. The style comes not just from the incredibly humorous sounding words, but from the literal way our great-great-grandparents, great-grandparents, and grandparents sounded when they said the words. I’m referring to their voices and...

Life lessons at 50 plus: What is your legacy?

Life lessons at 50 plus: What is your legacy?

By Barbara Ballinger and Margaret Crane, LIFELESSONSAT50PLUS.COM January 11, 2022
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Jewish Song of the Week: “Tu BiShvat (Birthday of the Trees)” by Mister G

Jewish Song of the Week: “Tu BiShvat (Birthday of the Trees)” by Mister G

January 10, 2022

 “Tu BiShvat (Birthday of the Trees)” by Mister G (JKids Radio) Tu B’Shvat is a great holiday for families! What a special opportunity to teach our children about nature, caring for the world, and all that trees give to us. This grooving song...

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