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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

At Polish clinic for Ukraine refugees, Hadassah’s doctors dispense medicine and expertise

At Polish clinic for Ukraine refugees, Hadassah’s doctors dispense medicine and expertise

LARRY LUXNER May 19, 2022

After Russian shelling intensified last month and a rocket exploded close to the Zhytomyr home of Nina, 76, she fled for Ukraine’s Polish border. When she arrived several days later after a long trip by car with other Zhytomyr residents, Nina was experiencing...

Local TV show tackles hard mental health issues affecting kids and educators

Local TV show tackles hard mental health issues affecting kids and educators

May 18, 2022

May is "Mental Health Month" and the goal of many organizations in St. Louis and around the nation is to raise awareness of trauma and the impact it can have on the physical, emotional, and mental well-being of children, families, and communities. Mental...

Two decades at the J, People just want to be around Kevin and Lynda’

Two decades at the J, ‘People just want to be around Kevin and Lynda’

Ellen Futterman, Editor-in-Chief May 11, 2022

I learned long ago that many of the best story ideas come from readers. So when someone calls or stops me to say, “Hey, I’ve got a good story for the Light,” I listen. Sure, some stories don’t pan out or live up to the hype, but the flip side...

What do Jews say about abortion?

What do Jews say about abortion?

May 3, 2022

(JTA) — The Jewish Telegraphic Agency and our partner sites at 70 Faces Media have answered the question many times over the years, a testament to its persistence in political life and its significance to American Jews: What do Jews say about abortion? After...

A 3D-printed prosthetic ear being attached to a six-year-old boy. Photo courtesy of Galilee Medical Center

Israeli surgeons print an ear to correct boy’s deformity

Brian Blum , Israel21c April 27, 2022

Israeli doctors 3D-printed an ear and attached it to a six-year-old boy born with microtia, a deformity that stops the development of a baby’s ear in the womb, usually during the first trimester of pregnancy. Using a 3D printer, staff from the plastic...

Israeli company brings ‘pee-tech’ to the Apple Watch

Israeli company brings ‘pee-tech’ to the Apple Watch

Brian Blum , Israel21c April 19, 2022

Olive WatchOS, an app that communicates via Bluetooth with Olive Diagnostics’ KG toilet-mounted sensor to display real-time health data based on passive urinalysis, is now available on the Apple Watch. The app, which is free for individual use,...

‘Compelling’ Israel data shows Americans over 60 should get 2nd COVID booster, top US COVID official says

‘Compelling’ Israel data shows Americans over 60 should get 2nd COVID booster, top US COVID official says

April 18, 2022

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The White House’s top COVID-19 response coordinator said that Americans over 60 should be getting a second vaccine booster shot, citing Israeli data. “The data out of Israel is pretty compelling for people over 60,”...

Israeli start up is mixing medical mushrooms and cannabis for cancer care

Israeli start up is mixing medical mushrooms and cannabis for cancer care

March 27, 2022

Can cannabis cure breast cancer? Not yet, unfortunately. But according to Herzliya-based startup Cannabotech, when paired with medical mushrooms cannabis may one day be able to reduce the amount of chemotherapy patients need to take. “We know that...

A recent catchball practice at Chesterfield Athletic Club. Photo: Bill Motchan

Israeli sport catches on in St. Louis

ELLEN FUTTERMAN, Editor-in-Chief March 13, 2022

The most popular recreational sport among adult women in Israel is relatively unknown outside of the Jewish state. And even though it has its own international association and is spreading to countries worldwide, including the United States, most people...

Jessica Litwack created mamaSpace in 2011.

Litwack’s online community goes ‘nextGen’ for moms of kids age 10+

ELLEN FUTTERMAN, Editor-in-Chief March 13, 2022

Social media is often criticized for its dangers, including harassment, cyberbullying and promoting false narratives. On the flip side, it can provide connections like no other medium, linking us to thousands of people from all over the world experiencing...

Staying sober on Purim: Jews with alcohol use disorder can be triggered during the drinking holiday

Staying sober on Purim: Jews with alcohol use disorder can be triggered during the drinking holiday

March 11, 2022

(JTA) — When Jerry was 21, he was invited to a “white kiddush,” a twist on the Shabbat eve service that substitutes vodka for the traditional wine or grape juice. It took place during Purim, the Jewish holiday when alcohol is not only permitted...

Dr. Richard Lazaroff is the author of Some Assembly Required, A Guide to Savvy Parenting.

Become a successful parent: Develop and project parental ‘presence’

DR. RICHARD LAZAROFF March 9, 2022

Many of us have struggled with a toddler who seems to run the house, or as I prefer to say, “The inmates are running the asylum.”  They have temper tantrums, defy parental requests, engage in aggressive behaviors, insist on sleeping with their parents...

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