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

A nonprofit, independent news source to inform, inspire, educate and connect the St. Louis Jewish community.

St. Louis Jewish Light

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Woods, Shear and Shayer honored in new book for their dedication to voters

Jordan Palmer, Chief Digital Content OfficerPublished February 2, 2023

The role of St. Louis suffragists in helping found the League of Women Voters in 1919 is documented in Avis Carlson's "The First 40 Years" published in 1959. Now, more than 60 years later, the story continues with a new book. "Raising Our Voices" chronicles...

Images courtesy of St. Louis Jewish Film Festival.

Here’s what’s playing at this year’s St. Louis Jewish Film Festival

Published February 2, 2023

The selections have been made, the films have been ordered and now it's time to watch them all. The 28th Annual St. Louis Jewish Film Festival is set to begin March 12 and run through March 16. This year, the festival will return in-person and will be...

5 questions with retirement center director Max Oppenheimer

5 questions with retirement center director Max Oppenheimer

Bill Motchan , Special to the Jewish LightPublished February 1, 2023

Max Oppenheimer, 34, recently celebrated five years as director of marketing at Brentmoor Retirement Community. Can you briefly describe your job? To assist seniors’ transition into a new community and to help them enhance their quality of life...

What you need to know about Tu Bshvat 2023

What you need to know about Tu B’shvat 2023

From My Jewish Learning, SpePublished February 1, 2023

Tu B'shvat or the “birthday” of all fruit trees, is a minor festival. The name is Hebrew for the 15th of the Hebrew month of Shevat. In 2023, Tu B'shvat begins at sundown on Sunday, Feb. 5 and ends at sundown on Monday, Feb. 6. Tu b'Shvat is first...

Photo Courtesy of Beckie Jacobs.

A bit of Jewish ice cream history to get you ready for “Ice Cream for Breakfast Day”

Jordan Palmer and Joanna O'LearyPublished February 1, 2023

Do you remember that wonderful feeling when you were little when your mom woke you up to tell you to go back to sleep because school was canceled due to snow? What a joy. Now imagine your mom was Mrs. Florence Rappaport of Rochester, N.Y. and there is...

Leo Sirota (sitting) and his students posing for photographs at the Sheldon Memorial. Photo by Sievers Studio, June 1951. Missouri Historical Society Collections.

Do you know this Jewish St. Louisan? He lived an exciting and tumultuous life

Sabrina Gorse , | IMLS Sievers Studio Processing ArchivistPublished January 31, 2023

The following is published in partnership with the Missouri Historical Society. During the mid-20th century, the St. Louis Institute of Music played an active role in musical education in the St. Louis area. Before merging with the Community Music...

Jayne Langsam (L) and Rebecca Langsam (R).

Battling illiteracy is a family affair for Ready Readers’ Jayne Langsam

Jordan Palmer, Chief Digital Content OfficerPublished January 31, 2023

In the battle against poverty and illiteracy, Wednesday, Feb. 1st is a special day. That's because it’s World Read Aloud Day, when attention to the importance of sharing stories is highlighted by challenging participants to grab a book, find an audience,...

Photo courtesy of the St. Louis Holocaust Museum.

JFS striving to help St. Louis Holocaust survivors age with dignity

Jordan Palmer, Chief Digital Content OfficerPublished January 31, 2023

Irina’s son, Aleks, was always close to his mother. When she was admitted to hospice in 2021, Irina was started on a liquid diet and her nutritional supplements were very expensive and not covered by hospice. Additionally, Irina began having incontinence...

Photo used with permission.

Anti-Israel display at Parkway elementary school sparks outrage

ELLEN FUTTERMAN , EDITOR-IN-CHIEFPublished January 30, 2023

An anti-Israel display at an “International Night” at a Parkway elementary school Thursday evening sparked outrage among some of the 500 children and their parents who attended, including several who are Jewish. In a letter sent to families and...

Howard Mechanic, 2023. Courtesy of Howard Mechanic.

Prison to Freedom: The Story of Howard Mechanic, Part 2

Mikall Venso , Military & Firearms CuratorPublished January 30, 2023

Howard Mechanic was a young, Jewish Washington University college student (1966-1970) from Cleveland, Ohio. The following is published in partnership with the Missouri Historical Society. Check out Part 1 here. Howard Mechanic turned himself...

Alissa Barnholtz, Clara Bess and Neon Liebson conferring with State Senator Andrew Koenig. Photo by Cheryl Adelstein

Some students cut short from speaking on controversial bills. Here’s what they would have said.

CHERYL ADELSTEINPublished January 30, 2023

It’s wonderful when your worlds come together, as mine have recently.  I am filled with both pride and hope for the future, knowing I am part of two organizations, Jewish Community Relations Council ( JCRC) and Cultural Leadership, that prepare our...

Your letters to the editor of the St. Louis Jewish Light

Your letters to the editor of the St. Louis Jewish Light

Published January 30, 2023

Deserving of  community’s thanks The St. Louis Jewish community should honor a man of extraordinary piety, humility, and menschlichkeit who has selflessly helped countless Jewish families during one of the most difficult times of their lives: the...

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