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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

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...

Volunteers paint and restore a community space during MLK Weekend of service in New York. (Shulamit Photo + Video)

Growing number of young Jews turning to service to express their Jewish values

Sara Ivry, JTAPublished January 26, 2023

When Jon Cohen was in college a decade ago studying biology and chemistry with plans for medical school, he knew he wanted to make a difference in the world beyond the Florida State University campus in Tallahassee. So he and some friends decided to...

Rick Stack co-produced the documentary “In the Executioner’s Shadow.

St. Louis native co-produces documentary looking at death penalty ‘In the Executioner’s Shadow’

Bill Motchan , Special to the Jewish LightPublished January 15, 2023

Missouri gained national attention Jan. 3 when Amber McLaughlin became the first transgender woman executed in the United States. In early February, another execution is scheduled in Missouri, one of 29 states with the death penalty. Rick Stack, a Jewish...

More and more Jews are choosing cremation. These rabbis aren’t happy about it.

More and more Jews are choosing cremation. These rabbis aren’t happy about it.

By Stewart Ain, The ForwardPublished January 8, 2023

This story was originally published in the Forward. Click here to get the Forward's free email newsletters delivered to your inbox. Ira Wechterman knows that Jewish tradition says Jewish bodies should be interred. It’s what he was taught, and what...

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Orthodox Judaism can still be a difficult world for LGBTQ Jews, but the tide is slowly turning

Orit Avishai, Fordham UniversityPublished December 5, 2022

Yeshiva University, the storied modern Orthodox Jewish university in New York City, is in the midst of a legal battle over its refusal to recognize the YU Pride Alliance, an undergraduate club. While YU does not object to LGBTQ students’ presence, it...

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