St. Louis Jewish Light

Missouri State Sen. Jill Schupp, D-Creve Coeur, speaks during a Jewish community vigil in 2018 at the Jewish Community Center near Creve Coeur for the mass shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh.

Sitting down with Jill Schupp after her 2020 loss to Ann Wagner

By Eric Berger, Associate Editor November 9, 2020

Ahead of the 2020 election, Democrats hoped to not only win the presidency and gain control of the U.S. Senate, but also to maintain a healthy majority in the U.S. House. That appears unlikely. While the party is expected to maintain control of the House, the Republicans have flipped at least...

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The individuals being honored as 2020 Unsung Heroes are (clockwise from top left) Mark Dana, Steve Rosenblum, Aleeza Granote, Alan Spector, Sheryl Kalman and Allen and Ronnie Brockman. 

Meet the 2020 Jewish Light Unsung Heroes

November 6, 2020

What follows is a quick look at the Jewish Light’s 2020 Unsung Heroes and the incredible volunteer work that they do in the community. Read the Heroes’ full stories in the Light’s Special Section published in our Nov. 18 edition and join the Light in saluting the 2020 Unsung Heroes during a special...

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Holocaust Survivor to speak at Hillel’s Kristallnacht commemoration

Holocaust Survivor to speak at Hillel’s Kristallnacht commemoration

November 6, 2020

Holocaust Survivor Eva Perlman will share her extraordinary life story at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10. Her talk is hosted by Hillel at Washington University and the Hillel Leadership Council in commemoration of Kristallnacht (the Night of Broken Glass).  The event is free and open to the public via Zoom,...

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Jason Alexander

J’s fundraising gala will feature Jason Alexander

November 4, 2020

The J’la, the St. Louis Jewish Community Center’s annual fundraising gala, will take place virtually this year, on Saturday, Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. and feature actor Jason Alexander.“To match the energy of an in-person event, we knew an A-list entertainer was a must,” said Lynn Wittels, president...

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In this file photo, Jewish War Veterans Post 644 donates toys the organization collected  to the Hanukkah Hugs program organized by Women’s Philanthropy and Jewish Family Services. Pictured here are Harvey Bloth, Howard Holtzman, Pam Super, Lauren Gelber and Larry Chervitz. Photo: Howard Holtzman

Jewish War Veterans collecting toys for Hanukkah Hugs program

November 4, 2020

Jewish War Veterans Post 644 is collecting new toys for the “Hanukkah Hugs” program, which gives gifts to needy children during the holidays. There are collection bins for Hanukkah Hugs donations inside the front entrance of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis’ Kaplan-Feldman Complex and in the...

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Rabbi Noah Arnow of Kol Rinah (at left)  and Pastor Carlos Smith of the Journey church are shown during their 2018 trip to Israel, which was focused on building connections between rabbis and African-American Christian clergy.  

ADL conference features St. Louis rabbi, pastor

By Eric Berger, Associate Editor November 4, 2020

Over the last several years, Noah Arnow, a white rabbi with Kol Rinah, and Carlos Smith, a Black pastor with the Journey church, developed a close friendship as they not only traveled to Israel together on an interfaith trip, but also frequently bumped into one another as the two congregations shared...

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Mark Morgan, who has worked at MERS Missouri Goodwill’s Jewish Community Employment Services since 2008, has seen his caseload increase significantly during the pandemic. 

MERS works overtime to help unemployed Jews find jobs amidst pandemic

By Eric Berger, Associate Editor October 29, 2020

Terry Jeffers, who has spent much of his life in the hotel and restaurant industry, reached out to MERS Missouri Goodwill’s Jewish Community Employment Services this spring when he realized that he likely wouldn’t be able to return to the job from which he was furloughed: serving in the buffet area...

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Marianne McKenna will serve as a Democratic election judge for St. Charles County on Nov. 3. Photo: Bill Motchan

Jewish poll worker can’t ask St. Charles residents to don masks but she still wants them to be able to vote safely

By Eric Berger, Associate Editor October 26, 2020

Marianne McKenna appreciates how St. Charles over the last year has made a Jewish Democrat such as herself feel like she belongs.First she found out she was not the only local Jew when she attended the city’s first community menorah lighting in December in its historic district.“There were so many...

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Harris Frank

Harris J. Frank, leader of numerous organizations, benefactor, dies at 95

Harris J. Frank, a dynamic and visionary leader and generous supporter of numerous organizations and causes, died Monday, Oct. 19. He was 95 and a lifetime resident of Greater St. Louis. He was a dedicated and relentless fundraiser for various non-profits and an adviser and trainer on fundraising skills...

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“Songs and Compassion” 10th Annual Interfaith Concert

October 22, 2020

The 10th Annual Arts & Faith Interfaith Concert will take place at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25, livestreamed on HEC-TV. The concert is sponsored in part by the Newmark Institute Institute for Human Relations at the JCRC of St. LouisThis year's program will feature music sung by soloists from diverse faith...

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Edwin B. “Bud” Meissner, Jr.

Edwin Meissner, Jr., former head of St. Louis Car Co., dies at 101

Edwin Benjamin “Bud” Meissner, Jr., retired longtime head of the St. Louis Car Co., and a second-generation lifelong member of Congregation Shaare Emeth, died Oct. 17 at the age of 101.Mr. Meissner was born in St. Louis on Dec. 27, 1918, the son of Edwin B. and Edna Rice Meissner. He was a 1936 graduate...

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United Hebrew Temple of Benton, Ill., has been vandalized three times in recent months. Photo from Isaac Uban.

Southern Illinois temple vandalized multiple times in recent months

By Eric Berger, Associate Editor October 15, 2020

If whoever has vandalized United Hebrew Temple in Benton, Ill., three times in recent months thinks those acts are going to cause the local Jewish community to pack up shop, that person or persons will be disappointed, said Karen Uban, the vice president of the Reform congregation in southern Illinois.In...

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