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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

Meet the amazing Israeli foster mom to 217 babies

Meet the amazing Israeli foster mom to 217 babies

Abigail Klein Leichman, Israel21c June 21, 2021

Angel Alon, 70, from the southern Israeli city of Netivot, has eight children, 24 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. But she and her husband, Shlomo, always had room in their hearts for more. Over the past 29 years, they took in 217 babies...

Why we're kvelling over: Tamar Sher

Why we’re kvelling over: Tamar Sher

June 11, 2021

The literal definition of the Yiddish word Kvell is to "Feel or express pride, or to be extraordinarily pleased. Kvell is a verb, so it would be accurate to say to your friend, “I am sure that you were kvelling when you watched your son graduate yeshivah....

The Messier Side of Parenting: The Uber Life

The Messier Side of Parenting: The Uber Life

June 10, 2021

“The Messier Side of Parenting” introduces readers to Taryn Goldstein, 43, a St. Louis Jewish mother of four sons, ranging in age from 9 to 15. In her video blog, Goldstein will offer her no-holds-barred take on parenting, with topics ranging from...

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Upcoming family events in the St. Louis Jewish community

June 9, 2021

The History Clubhouse at the Missouri History Museum in Forest Park When/Where? One-hour play sessions at 10 and 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 and 3 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays each week throughout the summer Virtual/In-Person? In-person. All visitors ages...

Summer camp

Going to sleepover camp for the first time? Our experts explain what to bring.

Laura K. Silver & Katie Silver, Special to the Jewish Light June 9, 2021

Once you pack the sunscreen and the bug spray, here are the Top 10 things a parent of a new camper should think about including in his or her packing list.   1. A lint roller  Camp is dirty. In order for a camper to keep his/her bed...

Young people on their way to work in the fields in pre-state Israel, 1939. Photo by Kluger Zoltan/GPO

12 books to help you understand Israel’s history

NAAMA BARAK , ISRAEL21C June 8, 2021

As Israel made headlines across the world in recent weeks, we at ISRAEL21c noticed people’s growing interest in understanding how things got to where they are, the ins and outs of the country’s history and the matters that influence public opinion. We...

The scene outside an Ashkelon apartment building hit by a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip on May 11, 2021. Photo by Flash90

Your kids’ questions on Israeli-Palestinian violence, answered

JODI RUDOREN, FORWARD May 26, 2021

This is an adaptation of Looking Forward, a weekly email from the Forward's editor-in-chief sent on Friday afternoons. Sign up here to get the Forward’s free newsletters delivered to your inbox. And click here for a PDF of stories to savor over Shabbat...

The Messier Side of Parenting: All about me

The Messier Side of Parenting: All about me

May 26, 2021

“The Messier Side of Parenting” introduces readers to Taryn Goldstein, 43, a St. Louis Jewish mother of four sons, ranging in age from 9 to 15. In her video blog, Goldstein will offer her no-holds-barred take on parenting, with topics ranging from...

The Anne O’C. Albrecht Nature Playscape in Forest Park opens June 2. Photo: forestparkforever.org

Coming in June: a new Forest Park playscape, Shakespeare Fest, STL food tours

ELLEN FUTTERMAN, Editor-in-Chief May 26, 2021

School is over, or almost over. Camp hasn’t begun. And already you and the kids are close to getting on each other’s last nerve. What’s a parent to do? The good news is that there’s a lot more to do these days compared to a year ago, when most...

Collage of May and June family events

Upcoming family events in the St. Louis Jewish community

May 25, 2021

Memorial Day Weekend Photo by Juan Salamanca from Pexels Swim time at the J Friday, May 29 File photo of Bais Abraham Congregation in University City.  FABA (Families at Bais Abe) event Memorial...

Freed from the mask, I’m all lip gloss and smiles

Freed from the mask, I’m all lip gloss and smiles

AMY FENSTER BROWN, SPECIAL TO THE JEWISH LIGHT May 20, 2021

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last week announced that people who are fully vaccinated no longer have to wear masks in many public places. Some states, stores and other businesses may continue to enforce mask mandates.  But...

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A parent’s guilt – the other pandemic

RACHEL SPEZIA, Special to the Jewish Light May 12, 2021

Virtual learning versus in-person learning. Continuing to fully shelter in place versus expanding the “bubble.” Get the COVID-19 vaccination as early as possible versus wait for more research to be done. These are just a few examples of decisions...

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