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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

U.S. Reps. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., and Emanuel Cleaver, D-Mo., both faced threatening phone calls from Kenneth R. Hubert.

Missouri man pleads guilty to threatening Jewish, Black Congressmen

Eric Berger, Associate Editor June 22, 2021

A Missouri man pleaded guilty last week to threatening to assault two members of Congress, one of whom is Jewish. Kenneth R. Hubert, of Marionville in southwest Missouri, pleaded guilty in federal court to two counts of threatening to assault a U.S....

Missouri Tree Frogs, composed of William, Rebecca and Russell Jaffe, play at a recent show. Photo: Bill Motchan

Missouri Tree Frogs strum dulcimers in a family band

BILL MOTCHAN, Special to the Jewish Light June 21, 2021

King Nebuchadnezzar was a classic Old Testament villain. He ordered the destruction of the First Temple. He captured and imprisoned many Jews. And he hated the dulcimer. The king didn’t take issue with the twangy sound of the instrument. He just...

Lost Tables | Remembering Al  Baker's

Lost Tables | Remembering Al Baker’s

June 21, 2021

Have you ever wondered what happened to that restaurant you once loved and have memories of dining at with your family and friends? We did! There is an amazing website called Lost Tables, dedicated to celebrating the restaurants of our past. We are partnering...

Passengers on the SS St. Louis wait in vain for admission to Cuba or the United States. One refugee on the ship committed suicide rather than return to Europe.

Playwright, professor, surviving passengers recall SS St. Louis tragedy

ADAM REINHERZ, PITTSBURGH JEWISH CHRONICLE June 21, 2021
82 years later, the story of unwanted refugees continues
Simon Igielnik (left) with his parents, Jack and Fela, during a 1995 family trip to Israel.

PBS documentary on aftermath of the Holocaust features survivors who moved to St. Louis

Eric Berger, Asssociate Editor June 21, 2021

The PBS affiliate in Kansas City has released a new documentary on Holocaust survivors who settled in the city after World War II. Two of them later moved to St. Louis. “All These Delicate Sorrows,” which premiered Thursday, is now available for...

Why Starling Marte could be the answer to the Cardinals offensive woes

Why Starling Marte could be the answer to the Cardinals offensive woes

Dan Buffa, Special to the Jewish Light June 18, 2021

They say a baseball team can't have enough starting pitching, but I beg to differ with the St. Louis Cardinals. As they (slowly) climb back to full health, it's the bats I still worry about more with this team as the summer gets into full swing. Granted,...

Who are the Unsung Heroes in our community? Nominate one today

Who are the Unsung Heroes in our community? Nominate one today

June 17, 2021

The Jewish Light is now requesting nominations for its 12th annual Unsung Heroes awards. Roughly 10 honorees will be celebrated in the Light’s newspaper and on its digital platforms, as well as at a virtual ceremony that will premiere Thursday, Nov....

Fran Zellinger participates in a program funded by JCA Charitable Foundation targeted at St. Louis Jewish older adults.

JFS receives grant to help Jewish older adults with educational programs, health care

Eric Berger, Associate Editor June 17, 2021

Jewish Family Services, which provides local mental health and social services, recently received a $25,000 grant from the JCA Charitable Foundation, according to a news release. Proceeds from the grant will support educational programming and health...

Image of a violin and sheet music

St. Louis Symphony helps Jewish community celebrate Shabbat

ELLEN FUTTERMAN, Editor-in-Chief June 17, 2021

The Jewish Community Center is inviting the entire community to a free, outdoor “house” concert. It’s featuring some talented musical guests: small ensembles composed of members of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. Together they are presenting...

The Factory is 52,000-square-foot music venue set to open next month in Chesterfield.

Staenberg’s Factory manufactures striking concert setting

ELLEN FUTTERMAN, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF June 17, 2021

Steve Schankman admits he was apprehensive at first when his buddy, philanthropist and developer Michael Staenberg, said he wanted to build a music venue in Chesterfield.  Staenberg figured that Schankman, whose production company has booked and...

Jerome Davis and Gary Wayne Barker star in the New Jewish Theatre’s production of ‘District Merchants.’ Photo: Eric Woolsey

The New Jewish Theatre returns with two shows this fall

June 15, 2021

Edward Coffield, artistic director of the New Jewish Theatre, has announced two live and in-person performances to take place in 2021. The first show will be “Ari Axelrod’s Jewish Broadway,” featuring Broadway star Ari Axelrod.  Two performances...

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