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St. Louis Jewish Light

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: Volunteers test patients for short- and near-sightedness. Photo by Elisa Hartstein.

Meet the Jewish doctor helping thousands in Ethiopia receive eye care

Andrew Jose, JNSPublished January 31, 2023

(JNS) When Israeli ophthalmologist Morris Hartstein visited Gondar in 2014 for a family volunteering trip, he did not know he would start an initiative that would help more than 8,000 Ethiopians receive eye care. Today, he is the founding director...

Discussion on self-care strategies at Mirowitz

Discussion on self-care strategies at Mirowitz

Published January 19, 2023

Jessie Brown, director of programs at NAMI St. Louis, will discuss “Unwind My Mind: Self-Care Strategies” from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Mirowitz Center on January 25, 2023. Brown will look at facts and statistics about anxiety and stress, how to address...

Judy and Dr. Robert Hellman inside Young Israel of St. Louis. Photo: Lisa Mandel

The Jewish Community Blood Drive is back thanks to Bob and Judy Hellman

Jordan Palmer, Chief Digital Content OfficerPublished January 4, 2023

In 2005, Dr. Robert “Bob” and Judy Hellman were moved by the Passover sermon from a visiting spiritual leader at Young Israel. The visiting rabbi was their son, Rabbi David Hellman, and his sermon inspired Bob and Judy to create a chesed project...

Partial layout of the graves discovered during the excavation at the medieval Jewish cemetery of Erfurt.
Thuringian State Office for Heritage Management and Archaeology/Karin Sczech + Katharina Bielefeld

Ancient DNA from the teeth of 14th-century Ashkenazi Jews in Germany already included genetic variations common in modern Jews

Shai Carmi, Hebrew University of Jerusalem and David Reich, Harvard UniversityPublished November 30, 2022

About two-thirds of Jews today – or about 10 million people – are Ashkenazi, referring to a recent origin from Eastern and Central Europe. They reside mostly in the United States and Israel. Ashkenazi Jews carry a particularly high burden of disease-causing...

A German town built a granary atop its Jewish cemetery. Now the bones are yielding insights about Ashkenazi DNA.

A German town built a granary atop its Jewish cemetery. Now the bones are yielding insights about Ashkenazi DNA.

Toby Axelrod, JTAPublished November 30, 2022

BERLIN (JTA) – The city of Erfurt in central Germany is home to an impeccably restored medieval synagogue made possible because local Jews had been expelled long before the Nazis began their campaign to destroy Jewish sites. Now, Erfurt’s long-hidden...

Former Jewish leader clashes with demonstrators at Munich anti-vax protest on Kristallnacht

Former Jewish leader clashes with demonstrators at Munich anti-vax protest on Kristallnacht

Published November 15, 2022

(JTA) — A prominent member of Munich’s Jewish community filed antisemitic harassment charges against two right-wing demonstrators attending a protest of COVID-19 pandemic restrictions on the anniversary of Kristallnacht. Marian Offman, former deputy...

Why Yom Kippur IV hydration cocktails are surging in popularity

Why Yom Kippur IV hydration cocktails are surging in popularity

Jackie Hajdenberg, JTAPublished October 3, 2022

(JTA) — When Sarah Jemal was pregnant with her first child, she couldn’t keep any food or liquids down. Given her risk of dehydration and preterm labor, Jemal’s obstetrician recommended she use a concierge service to receive intravenous fluids at...

This expanding Jewish university is doing some unusual things

This expanding Jewish university is doing some unusual things

STEWART AIN , JTAPublished September 14, 2022

When New York granted university status last February to what had been known until this year as Touro College, it signaled a milestone for what has become America’s largest Jewish-sponsored educational institution. Touro University, now celebrating...

New program matches young adults with low-cost mental health therapy

New program matches young adults with low-cost mental health therapy

By Bill Motchan , Special to the Jewish LightPublished September 12, 2022

COVID-19 has left a trail of unpleasant byproducts over the past 2卦 years, including mental health issues. A study conducted by the COVID States Project found that young adults are the group hardest hit by COVID-related depression. A National Alliance...

Mark Dana is an avid cyclist who frequently takes part in fundraising cycling events such as Pedal the Cause. Photo: Bill Motchan

St. Louis’ Jewish community has long supported Pedal the Cause

AMY BURGER, Special to the Jewish LightPublished September 12, 2022

If you've been around St. Louis over the past 13 years, chances are you will be familiar with Pedal the Cause, the annual cycling challenge that has raised over $36 million in funding for cancer research at Siteman Cancer Center and Siteman Kids at...

New trauma-sensitive approach for aiding Holocaust survivors transforms how care is delivered 

New trauma-sensitive approach for aiding Holocaust survivors transforms how care is delivered 

Published August 25, 2022

Picture this scenario: An 89-year-old Holocaust survivor lies on his back while a white-coated dentist with pliers approaches, preparing to pull an infected tooth. Feeling frail, helpless and a little confused, the survivor flashes back to Nazi medical...

Cathleen Kronemer, NSCA-CPT, Certified Health Coach, is a longtime fitness instructor at the Jewish Community Center. She is also a member of the St. Louis Jewish Sports Hall of Fame.

Balancing life forces for improved wellness: fitness instructor draws inspiration from Jewish holidays

CATHLEEN KRONEMER, Special to the Jewish LightPublished August 3, 2022

Tu B'Av, a relatively minor Jewish holiday, finds a place in modern Israel as a holiday of love. Considered a romantic Jewish holiday, even secular observers see Tu B’Av as the Jewish equivalent of Valentine’s Day.  Couples often plan their weddings,...

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