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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 Lighter Side

Six-year-old Kate Briscoe

Meet the 6-year old Jewish kid who can drive, vote and buy beer

Jordan Palmer, Chief Digital Content OfficerPublished February 28, 2024

Everybody thinks their birthday is special. After all, it only comes around once a year. Unless you are a “leaper” of course. A "leaper" is anyone lucky or unlucky enough to be born on Feb. 29, which comes around once every four years. Kate Briscoe...

Michael Jackson and Bob Dylan record “We Are the World.” Courtesy of Netflix

Why ‘The Greatest Night in Pop’ is must see TV

By PJ Grisar, The ForwardPublished February 8, 2024

This story was originally published in the Forward. Click here to get the Forward's free email newsletters delivered to your inbox. Bob Dylan once recorded 15 songs in a single day for Blood on the Tracks, but when he had to sing his part for “We Are...

Betty Levy, aka Bubbles the Clown.

At 95, Betty Levy (aka Bubbles the clown) has spent decades refining her shtick

Ellen Futterman, Editor-in-ChiefPublished January 23, 2024

It’s 4:45 p.m. at the Brentmoor and the nightly comedy show is about to begin. It commences after the soup or salad course, which kicks off the dinner meal at 4:30 for residents of this retirement and assisted-living community in Ladue. Betty Levy...

Photo Courtesy Video Gate Studio.

Amy Fenster Brown says we all should ditch unrealistic resolutions and find comfort in the chaos

Amy Fester Brown, Special To The Jewish LightPublished December 21, 2023

It’s time to bid farewell to 2023. Many of us see a new year as a way of starting fresh, attacking a new goal and making positive changes. Really, we’re just moving from one day to the next but somehow seeing a new year on the calendar makes it feel...

Aug 30, 2023; Flushing, NY, USA; Novak Djokovic of Serbia serves to Bernabe Zapata Miralles of Spain on day three of the 2023 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.

Jewish tennis champ explains why announcers say ‘bagels’ so often at U.S. Open

Beth Harpaz, The ForwardPublished August 30, 2023

This story was originally published in the Forward. Click here to get the Forward's free email newsletters delivered to your inbox. The U.S. Open tennis championship is underway in New York, and if you’re paying even casual attention, you can’t help...

Photos: Friends gather for Pinkspiration Barbie party!

Photos: Friends gather for ‘Pinkspiration’ Barbie party!

Betsy Schmidt, CEO of the St. Louis Jewish LightPublished August 16, 2023

The release of the Barbie movie inspired Susie Frank to celebrate large. “A month ago, my friend Diana suggested we get some girls together to go see Barbie," said Frank. " And anyone who knows me, knows I'm a 'theme queen' so we had to make it something...

Daniel Hearst

5 questions for Daniel Hearst about being young and Jewish in STL

Ellen Futterman, Editor-In-ChiefPublished July 31, 2023

Daniel Hearst joined Jewish Federation of St. Louis earlier this year as Development Officer of its Young Professionals Division. The 26-year-old is a member of Congregation B’nai Amoona. Can you explain your job in a few sentences? My job is...

The LIGHTer Side: Q&A with declutter expert Lizzy Kline

The LIGHTer Side: Q&A with declutter expert Lizzy Kline

Published June 16, 2022

The Lighter Side with Lizzy Kline, a Young Israel congregant and married mother of four who helps people declutter their homes and then assists them in reorganizing so that they find maintainable solutions to better enjoy every space in their home. (Learn...

Shula Neuman

The LIGHTer Side: Q&A with St. Louis Public Radio’s Shula Neuman

Ellen Futterman, Editor-in-ChiefPublished April 25, 2022

Shula Neuman was named executive editor of St. Louis Public Radio 90.7 KWMU in 2016. She manages the newsrooms’ reporters, producers, and editors. Can you describe your job in three sentences or less? I manage a newsroom of 28 journalists. This...

Joan Berkman. Photo courtesy Strauss Peyton Photography

The Lighter Side: Q&A with St. Louis Press Club President Joan Berkman

BILL MOTCHAN, Special to the Jewish LightPublished February 27, 2022

The Jewish Light recently talked with Joan Berkman, president of the St. Louis Press Club and president of Face Watchers Public Relations, as part of The Lighter Side series — short interviews with interesting people in the St. Louis Jewish community....

The Lighter Side featuring Lory Cooper, tour manager at St. Louis Kaplan Feldman Holocaust Museum

The Lighter Side featuring Lory Cooper, tour manager at St. Louis Kaplan Feldman Holocaust Museum

Published January 7, 2022

Briefly describe your job? When we complete our renovations and open back up in late summer, I will schedule field trips and volunteers to lead them. What are you looking forward to the most when the museum reopens? A new gallery unique to our museum...

Sean Jameson

The Lighter Side featuring Sean Jameson, of the Delmar Gardens West activities team

BILL MOTCHAN, SPECIAL TO THE JEWISH LIGHTPublished December 21, 2021

In one or two sentences, can you explain your job? We develop a schedule of activities to keep residents busy and engaged and stimulate their senses. They come to activities to get away from the nursing and medical part of their lives and enjoy themselves,...

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