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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

: 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...

This is the official State Department photo for Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken, taken at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., on February 9, 2021. [State Department Photo by Ronny Przysucha/ Public Domain]

Antony Blinken quotes from Jewish prayer during crucial Israel visit

Gabe FriedmanPublished January 31, 2023

(JTA) — Secretary of State Antony Blinken quoted from a Jewish prayer on arrival in Tel Aviv for a state visit on Monday, days after a deadly terror attack outside a Jerusalem synagogue set off a violent uptick in Israeli-Palestinian violence across...

Rescue forces and police evacuate the alleged terrorist at the scene of a shooting attack in the City of David, in Jerusalem, on Jan. 28, 2023. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

13-year-old Palestinian shoots 2 in Jerusalem as violence flares and government flexes

Ron Kampeas, JTAPublished January 30, 2023

(JTA) — A 13-year-old Palestinian boy shot and wounded an Israeli man and his son outside Jerusalem’s Old City walls, police said, in one of multiple incidents over the weekend during the latest incident in an escalation of Israeli-Palestinian violence. The...

Shimon Yisrael points to where a gunman fired a bullet through his window in the neighborhood of Neve Yaakov, Jerusalem, Jan. 28, 2023. (Orly Halpern)

In Jerusalem neighborhoods bound together by terror, anger and trepidation about what comes next

Orly HalpernPublished January 30, 2023

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Time stops on Shabbat in Jerusalem, for the living and the dead. Up the stairs in an apartment on the main road in the Neve Yaakov neighborhood in the city’s northeast, past hallway portraits of Sephardic rabbis, the Mizrahi family...

In season 4 of ‘Fauda,’ Israeli tactics come under fire — and so do the show’s heroes

In season 4 of ‘Fauda,’ Israeli tactics come under fire — and so do the show’s heroes

By PJ Grisar, The ForwardPublished January 23, 2023

This story was originally published in the Forward. Click here to get the Forward's free email newsletters delivered to your inbox. Each season of Fauda features a new director and writer and the same kind of fool-proof formula. Co-creator and star...

Photo Courtesy of 7-eleven.com

Shalom, Slurpee: Israel gets its first 7-Eleven

Deborah Danan, JTAPublished January 12, 2023

(JTA) — Yoav Silberstein, 16, waited an hour and a half to get into 7-Eleven’s new flagship — and so far only — store in Israel. Located in the heart of Tel Aviv in Dizengoff Center, the store opening on Wednesday attracted throngs of mostly teenagers...

Hikes and outdoor experiences are an integral part of the therapeutic programming at Free Spirit, a unique in-residence therapy program based in northern Israel. (Courtesy of Free Spirit)

Unique therapy program offers troubled Jewish youth a distinctly Israeli alternative

LARRY LUXNER , JTAPublished January 8, 2023

KIBBUTZ HAZOREA, Israel — Throughout high school, Ben rarely did his homework, struggled to complete school assignments and used marijuana on a daily basis. Frustrated with his situation, Ben, 18, decided in early September to leave his U.S. home...

The massive LEGO menorah with Yitzchok Kasowitz (left), founder of Jbrick, and the manager of LEGO Store Tel Aviv. Source: Courtesy of Yitzchok Kasowitz.

Is this the largest LEGO menorah in the world?

By Alan Zeitlin, JNSPublished December 20, 2022

(JNS) A Tel Aviv LEGO store has secured what is believed to be the largest-ever LEGO menorah. Located in the Dizengoff Center, LEGO Store Tel Aviv in July became the first official LEGO store to open in Israel. The store commissioned expert LEGO artist...

Netanyahu defends his pending far-right coalition: ‘Two hands firmly on the steering wheel’

Netanyahu defends his pending far-right coalition: ‘Two hands firmly on the steering wheel’

Andrew Lapin, JTAPublished December 15, 2022

(JTA) – On the cusp of forming a new government, incoming Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu defended his inclusion of far-right groups in his coalition amid domestic and global criticism for his alliances with extremist figures. “They’re...

DEC. 17: Henry Kissinger, meeting with Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin in September 1975, later that year spoke of an Israel much smaller than the country that emerged from the 1967 war. Photo: Israeli Government Press Office

This week in Israeli history: Dec. 15-21

Center for Israel Education, israeled.orgPublished December 15, 2022

Dec. 15, 1999 — U.S. Fund Buys Stake in Israeli Water San Francisco-based venture fund Aqua International Partners buys a 25% stake in Israeli bottled water company Mayanot Eden (Eden Springs) for $47.5 million, financing the company’s expansion...

Hand in Hand is building inclusion and equality between Arab and Jewish citizens of Israel through a growing network of bilingual, integrated schools and communities.

Jewish, Arab educators to St. Louis supporters: “We know ultra-nationalist Israelis deeply oppose what we do”

ERIC BERGER , SPECIAL TO THE JEWISH LIGHTPublished December 13, 2022

Leah Beinhaker, a leader of a Jewish-Arab bilingual education organization in Israel, recently offered an optimistic take on how the country’s new right-wing governing coalition could impact relations between Israelis and Palestinians. That’s even...

MAY 18 — Photo: Israeli Government Press Office

Eli Cohen is shown during his time in Syria. Although his body has never been returned to Israel, the Mossad did recover the watch he is wearing in this photo.

Last telegram from executed Israeli spy revealed

Published December 12, 2022

(JNS) Mossad Director David Barnea on Monday publicly revealed for the first time the last telegram the intelligence agency received from spy Eli Cohen prior to his capture in Syria. The telegram, which was revealed during the dedication of the Eli...

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