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Ben Porembas The Benevolent King closes doors: What went wrong?

Ben Poremba’s ‘The Benevolent King’ closes doors: What went wrong?

Bill Motchan, Special to the Jewish LightPublished July 17, 2024

The Benevolent King, the fine dining Maplewood restaurant owned by Israeli-born restauranteur Ben Poremba, has closed. In an Instagram post on July 17, Poremba announced the move and said, in part, “The King never truly recovered after our pandemic...

A “Ceasefire Shabbat” service in St. Louis on Nov. 10.

A Jewish day school hired a former ceasefire activist. Then came the campaign to oust her.

Louis Keene, The ForwardPublished July 17, 2024

This story was originally published in the Forward. Click here to get the Forward's free email newsletters delivered to your inbox. Tasha Kaminsky figured her politics might be a concern for the Jewish day school she was applying to work for. So on her...

From knishes to heartache: How St. Louisans are mourning Kohns Kosher Deli closure

From knishes to heartache: How St. Louisans are mourning Kohn’s Kosher Deli closure

Bill Motchan, Special To The Jewish LightPublished July 16, 2024

In 2019 when Jeffrey Abraham, senior rabbi at Congregation B’nai Amooona and his wife Lauren first visited St. Louis, they were especially impressed by several local institutions. “We saw Mirowitz Jewish Community School, then we went to B'nai...

Why are Kosher delis disappearing

Why are Kosher delis disappearing

Bill Motchan, Special To The Jewish LightPublished July 16, 2024

The restaurant business—and especially kosher delis—are not for the faint of heart. It’s a tough industry with very slim profit margins. That’s the perception of Steve Rosenblum, 2020 Jewish Light Unsung Hero and a longtime restaurant owner. “In...

Charlie and Bob Glik.

From Heartbreak to Hope: The inspiring legacy of the Charlie Glik Scholarship

Jordan Palmer, Chief Digital Content OfficerPublished July 16, 2024

As you read this story today, a Yahrzeit candle will be lit in memory of Charlie Jeffers Glik, honoring his life and legacy. Sixteen-year-old Charlie died early in the morning on July 17, 2006, before his sophomore year at Ladue Horton...

Inside Fiddler on the Roof: Go behind the scenes with Muny cast

Inside ‘Fiddler on the Roof: Go behind the scenes with Muny cast

Published July 15, 2024

The St. Louis Kaplan Feldman Holocaust Museum, the St. Louis Jewish Community Center, the Staenberg Family Foundation and the Jewish Federation of St. Louis invite the public to a “behind-the-scenes” panel discussion with key cast and crew members...

Director and star discuss Fiddler on the Roof at The Muny

Director and star discuss ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ at The Muny

Bill Motchan, Special To The Jewish LightPublished July 15, 2024

The Muny Opera will present “Fiddler on the Roof” for a one-week run. beginning July 19. “Fiddler” last entertained Muny audiences during the 2016 season. In a break from rehearsals recently, the St. Louis Jewish Light visited with Rob Ruggiero,...

Our Ultimate Guide to pastrami sandwiches in St. Louis

Our ‘Ultimate Guide’ to pastrami sandwiches in St. Louis

Jordan Palmer, Chief Digital Content OfficerPublished July 13, 2024

St. Louis' culinary landscape has changed with the recent closure of Kohn's, the city's last kosher market and deli, after 63 years of service. With Kohn's closing and the loss of its famous Killer Pastrami sandwich (unless you're at a Cardinals game),...

Nick Fradiani, the 2015 American Idol winner, as ‘Neil Diamond – Then

Neil Diamond’s musical is coming to St. Louis

Jordan Palmer, Chief Digital Content OfficerPublished July 13, 2024

We wish we could guarantee that legendary musician Neil Diamond will show up at the Fabulous Fox this fall, just as he did when he surprised the opening night audience of "A Beautiful Noise" in...

Israeli drama ‘June Zero’ spotlights three true stories about Eichmann trial

Israeli drama ‘June Zero’ spotlights three true stories about Eichmann trial

Cate Marquis, Special to the Jewish LightPublished July 11, 2024

"June Zero,” a captivating historical drama set in Israel in 1961-1962, tells the true stories of three Israelis with different connections to the trial of Adolf Eichmann, the Nazi architect of the mass murder of Jews. Each of the stories is told...

Yitskhok Rudashevski

Discover the lost diary of a Holocaust teenager from your home in St. Louis

Jordan Palmer, Chief Digital Content OfficerPublished July 11, 2024

You may not know his name, or his diary, but just like Anne Frank's written words, Yitskhok Rudashevski’s writings stand as a powerful testament to the voices of teenagers lost in the Holocaust. Rudashevski was not just a teenager; he was a gifted...

Kohns Killer Pastrami lives on at Busch Stadium

Kohn’s ‘Killer Pastrami’ lives on at Busch Stadium

Bill Motchan, Special To The Jewish LightPublished July 11, 2024

The closing of Kohn's Kosher Meat and Deli last week created a void in the Creve Coeur area for kosher meat and one of the restaurant’s most popular items: Killer pastrami. But, for Cardinal fans who go to games at Busch Stadium this season, the authentic...

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