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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

The ‘queer, disabled’ Zionist who challenged the conventions of Israel’s founders

The ‘queer, disabled’ Zionist who challenged the conventions of Israel’s founders

Andrew Silow-Carroll, JTA May 22, 2022

(JTA) — It’s hard to find a poster promoting early 20th-century Zionism that doesn’t depict a tanned, chiseled man toting a shovel or a gun. The posters were visual reinforcement of the “Muscle Jewry” valued by Max Nordau and other early Zionist...

Relations between India and Israel have flourished for 30 years. Photo courtesy of Israeli Embassy in India

Israel and India mark 30 years of deepening friendship

ABIGAIL KLEIN LEICHMAN, Israel21c.org May 19, 2022

India and Israel seem like a study in contrasts. Some 1.4 billion Indians live in a vast country stretching nearly 3,000 kilometers (1,864 miles) across at its widest point, while 8.9 million Israelis live in a tiny land no more than 135 kilometers...

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...

Ultra-Orthodox Jews gather at the gravesite of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai at Mount Meron in northern Israel on April 29, 2021, as they celebrate the Jewish holiday of Lag BaOmer.
Jalaa Marey/AFP via Getty Images

What is the Lag BaOmer pilgrimage?

Joshua Shanes, College of Charleston May 17, 2022

The annual Lag BaOmer pilgrimage to Mount Meron in Israel – which in 2022 falls on Wednesday night, May 18 – until recently has attracted as many as half a million visitors every year. The annual gathering, which takes place at what is believed to...

People carry the coffin of Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Aqleh who was killed during a raid of Israeli security forces in Jenin a few days ago, during her funeral at Jaffa Gate in Jerusalems Old City, May 13, 2022. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90 *** Local Caption *** ??? ???
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Israel Police to launch investigation after clash erupts at Shireen Abu Akleh’s funeral

May 15, 2022

(JNS) -- The Israel Police announced on Friday that it will launch an investigation into officers’ handling of the Jerusalem funeral of Shireen Abu Akleh earlier in the day, but emphasized that it supports its officers and will not allow them to be...

A well-coifed Vidal Sassoon poses for a photo while in Israel, 1948 (Original photo: Toldot Yisrael via the Sassoon Family / Colorization: MyHeritage)

Israel, 1948: The true story of Vidal Sassoon in combat

Zack Rothbart, National Library of Israel May 12, 2022

“As I left the hall, I knew that I would not be cutting hair for quite some time.” April 1948. Vidal Sassoon, a poor 20-year-old Jew who had been learning how to cut women’s hair by day and literally fighting fascists on the streets of London by...

Larry Summers,Alan Dershowitz join Harvard faculty and alumni in denouncing student paper

Larry Summers,Alan Dershowitz join Harvard faculty and alumni in denouncing student paper

ANDREW LAPIN May 10, 2022

(JTA) – The recent endorsement of the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions movement by the Harvard Crimson has attracted far more wide-ranging attention than a typical student paper’s editorial page, as faculty and alumni of the Ivy League institution have...

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Maroon 5 front man Adam Levine visits Western Wall

May 10, 2022

American singer Adam Levine from pop-rock band Maroon 5 took a tour of the Western Wall in Jerusalem on Sunday in the lead up to two concerts in Tel Aviv this week. The LA-based band will be performing at Hayarkon Park in Tel Aviv on Monday and an...

Rabbi Hershey Novack of Chabad on Campus says Birthright Israel
trips like the one above (led by his wife, Chana Novack), are an
important part of getting students to connect with Israel - and
bringing an understanding of the Jewish State to campuses.

Do you know a teen or twentysomething headed to Israel in the next few months?

Ellen Futterman, Editor-in-Chief May 5, 2022

The Jewish Light is looking for local high school and college-age students traveling to Israel this summer who would be willing to take a few short videos on their phone of the people, places, and events on their trip that most inspire them and/or make...

The St. Louis chapter of the Israeli American Council (IAC) held, in conjunction with other local Jewish groups, a drive-in celebration of Yom Ha’atzmaut, Israel’s Independence Day. The event took place Thursday, April 15 in the back parking lot of the Jewish Community Center’s Staenberg Family Complex near Creve Coeur.

Celebrating Israel’s freedom

Cathleen Kronemer, Special For The Jewish Light May 3, 2022

This year on May 4, we usher in Yom HaZikaron, or Israeli Memorial Day, marking the observance of silence and respect for the martyrs of Israel’s War of Independence. The following day we celebrate Yom Ha’atzmaut, which commemorates Israel’s Independence...

8 fun and fascinating facts surrounding Israel’s founding

8 fun and fascinating facts surrounding Israel’s founding

NAAMA BARAK, Israel21c.org May 3, 2022

Israel is celebrating 74 years of independence on May 5 this year. The passage of time and the solemn black-and-white photos of the period lend a feeling that the historic events and the nascent country’s first footsteps were orderly, well-thought-out...

Frank Sinatra visiting a kindergarten in Nazareth Illit, 1962. Photo by GPO

From Sinatra to J-Lo, 20 celebrities with unexpected connections to Israel

Abigail Klein Leichman , Israel21c May 1, 2022

Israel being the special place that it is – steeped in history, religious significance and cutting-edge technological innovation – it’s not surprising that many A-list entertainers, celebrities, business executives and world leaders have come to...

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