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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

Photos: 13th Annual Unsung Heroes Awards

Photos: 13th Annual Unsung Heroes Awards

Published December 20, 2022

2022 marks the 13th year of the Jewish Light's Unsung Heroes event. This year we are thrilled to honor six individuals and three groups to be awarded for their time, service and commitment to the St. Louis Jewish community. Hundreds attended the...

Photos: Hundreds of kids building menorahs, noshing latkes at Home Depot

Photos: Hundreds of kids building menorahs, noshing latkes at Home Depot

Bill Motchan, Special To The Jewish LightPublished December 18, 2022

After a two-year COVID hiatus, the Home Depot Chanukah Experience is back! On Sunday, nearly 500 kids and their family members built their own menorahs and noshed on latkes. The event, which is held by Home Depot and Chabad of Greater St. Louis, originated...

Photos: Hanukkah storytelling returns to Schnucks Ladue Crossing

Photos: Hanukkah storytelling returns to Schnucks Ladue Crossing

Bill Motchan, Special To The Jewish LightPublished December 15, 2022

Hanukkah storytelling returned to the Schnucks Ladue Crossing shopping center on Dec. 14 after a two-year COVID hiatus. A large gathering heard the Hanukkah story and songs from Rabbi Schmuel Miller, head of school at H.F. Epstein Hebrew Academy, with...

Israel summer trips 2022: Gracie May

Israel summer trips 2022: Gracie May

ELLEN FUTTERMAN, Editor-in-ChiefPublished November 10, 2022

Over the summer, Gracie May, a junior at Lindenwood University and a member of United Hebrew Congregation, went on Birthright trip with about 30 others college students. It was the second time she had been to Israel. The first also was a trip with her...

St. Louis teen: Israel journey deepened her connection to Judaism

St. Louis teen: Israel journey deepened her connection to Judaism

ELLEN FUTTERMAN, Editor-in-ChiefPublished October 27, 2022

Chances are, if your parent is a rabbi you will have visited Israel at least once before age 16. Lila Goldstein, whose mother is Rabbi Andrea Goldstein of Congregation Shaare Emeth, had been to Israel twice (once when she was 5, and once in middle school)...

Israel summer trips 2022: Celia Weingart

Israel summer trips 2022: Celia Weingart

ELLEN FUTTERMAN, Editor-in-ChiefPublished October 7, 2022

Celia Weingart, 17, a senior at Parkway North High School, visited Israel for the first time this summer as part of NCSY, through its four-week The Jewish Journey program. The group of 50 she went with were mainly Midwesterners, coming primarily from...

A community Kabbalat Shabbat and tashlich ceremony was held on the banks of Creve Coeur Lake on Fri., Sept. 30. The event was hosted by the St. Louis chapter of the Israeli American Council, Shevet Keshet (Israeli Scouts), JCC and PJ Library. The event included a potluck dinner, preceded by the tashlich, where dozens of people cast their sins, symbolized by casting bird seed into the water. The ceremony was led Rabbi Jeffrey Abraham from Congregation B’nai Amoona. Photos: Bill Motchan

Photos: Community tashlich at Creve Coeur Park

Bill Motchan, Special To The Jewish LightPublished October 7, 2022

Video: Israel Trips 2022: Ryan Hearst

Video: Israel Trips 2022: Ryan Hearst

BY ELLEN FUTTERMAN , EDITOR-IN-CHIEFPublished September 22, 2022

After graduating from the University of Alabama in May and before starting a finance job with Lockheed Martin this month, Ryan Hearst went on a Birthright trip through his university’s Hillel chapter to Israel. It was the first time the 22-year-old...

Israel Summer Trips 2022: Zoe Klevens

Israel Summer Trips 2022: Zoe Klevens

ELLEN FUTTERMAN , Editor-in-ChiefPublished August 31, 2022

It didn’t take Zoe Klevens very long to return to Israel after getting back from her first trip there this summer. In fairness, the Parkway Central High School junior had already decided in advance of her summer trip to spend the fall, or more specifically...

Photos: 2,000 smiles counted during Sundays St. Charles Jewish Festival

Photos: 2,000 smiles counted during Sunday’s St. Charles Jewish Festival

Bill Motchan, Special to the Jewish LightPublished August 15, 2022

A gathering of more than 2,000 celebrated Jewish food, music and culture on August 14 at the Foundry Arts Centre in St. Charles. The Chabad Jewish Center of St. Charles County sponsored the second annual St. Charles Jewish Festival. Musical highlights...

NCJW St. Louis volunteers were out in force Sunday, July 31 for the 22nd year of the Back To School! Store. The annual event provides school supplies and other essentials to underserved elementary school children throughout the St. Louis area. Photo: Bill Motchan

Photos and video: NCJW St. Louis helps 2,000 children with Back to School! Store

BILL MOTCHAN, Special to the Jewish LightPublished August 3, 2022

NCJW St. Louis volunteers were out in force Sunday, July 31 for the 22nd year of the Back to School! Store. The annual event provides school supplies and other essentials to underserved elementary school children throughout the St. Louis area. The 2022...

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