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St. Louis Jewish Light

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St. Louis Jewish Light

Participants in JCRC’s Student to Student program go into schools to introduce non-Jewish students to Judaism.

Student to Student turns Jewish teens into peer educators

AVITAL VOROBEYCHIK , Freshman, Yeshivat Kadimah High SchoolPublished May 13, 2022

The Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) is an organization that seeks to enhance cooperation among religious, racial, ethnic and civic groups. Student to Student is one of the JCRC’s premier programs. Lauren Abraham is the director of the Student...

Rabbi Zeev Smason

Rabbi Ze’ev Smason to retire in fall 

DANIEL SHANKER, FRESHMAN, YESHIVAT KADIMAH HIGH SCHOOLPublished May 4, 2022

Judaism values a variety of interpersonal traits. Rabbi Ze’ev Smason of Nusach Hari B’nai Zion, a modern Orthodox synagogue in Olivette, sums them up in four words: “To be a mensch.” “[Being a mensch] means being a person of scrupulous...

A wake-up call for teens about the importance of getting enough sleep

A wake-up call for teens about the importance of getting enough sleep

NOAM BUCH, SAUL MIROWITZ JEWISH COMMUNITY SCHOOLPublished May 4, 2022

The Centers for Disease Control says kids ages 13 to 18 should get eight to 10 hours of sleep. But according to the American Physical Therapy Association, 58% of middle schoolers don’t get enough sleep. Ayden Nelson, a seventh grader at Saul Mirowitz...

Are you a young Jewish writer? A new local literary magazine wants to publish you

Are you a young Jewish writer? A new local literary magazine wants to publish you

By Daniel Shanker and Avital VorobeychikPublished April 14, 2022

Machshava is the Hebrew word for thought. It’s the perfect name for Epstein Hebrew Academy’s literary magazine, as the Machshava encompasses thoughts reflected throughout the St. Louis Jewish community. Thought is a purposely vague term, opening...

Israeli teens (from left to right) Shelly Udovik, Eshel Ben Dor, Roi Mast and Maya Shapira take part in the 2021-2022 St. Louis Shinshinim Program.

Israeli teens foster connections between Israel and St. Louis

MOLLY LEVINE, Ohr Chadash Teen PagePublished March 24, 2022

This past August, as summer vacation came to an end and the religious school year began again, you may have noticed four new faces at your congregation or school. From speaking on the bimah during Friday night services to teaching Sunday morning religious...

Cookin’ with Katester: Quick and easy avocado toast

Cookin’ with Katester: Quick and easy avocado toast

KATIE SILVER, Senior, Ladue Horton Watkins High SchoolPublished February 20, 2022

Have you ever gotten up on a weekend only for your 18-year-old twin brother to offer you 50 cents for a meal that “will taste good and make me full.” No, just me? Regardless, this avocado toast will be your go-to in no time. Originally when...

Tom Brady in 2019.  Photo: All-Pro Reels/Flickr

The GOAT — TB12 — retires

JORDAN EISEN, SENIOR, PARKWAY NORTH HIGH SCHOOLPublished February 20, 2022

After 22 seasons, Tom Brady has retired with 7,263 passing completions, 84,520 yards and 624 touchdowns, all topping the record books. Whereas other quarterbacks are comparable in terms of accumulating statistics, Brady has also raised the Lombardi...

Mirowitz eighth grader Jacob Genin (center) stands with his Yeshivat Kadimah High School basketball teammates.

Mirowitz eighth-grader joins Yeshivat Kadimah high school basketball team

DANIEL SHANKER, FRESHMAN, YESHIVAT KADIMAH HIGH SCHOOLPublished February 20, 2022

In the name “high school basketball” exists a very helpful indicator: high school. That’s normally a useful clue, but not so with Jacob Genin, an eighth-grader at Saul Mirowitz Jewish Community School, a Bais Abe congregant and a player on the...

St.  Louis teen overcoming hurdles to enlisting in Israel Defense Forces

St. Louis teen overcoming hurdles to enlisting in Israel Defense Forces

Idan Lerner, Parkway Central High School, SeniorPublished January 30, 2022

For many people living in Israel, joining the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) is seen as a rite of passage. It is a celebrated, albeit required, moment that a child becomes an adult, much like graduating from high school or the first day of college in...

St. Louis college student who founded nonprofit organization

St. Louis student’s nonprofit helps cheer kids in area hospitals 

MOLLY LEVINE, Junior, Marquette High SchoolPublished January 21, 2022

For children, hospital stays often can be not only scary but also mundane. With hours of time to fill and a lack of engaging activities, children in hospitals are eager to find something new and entertaining to do from their rooms.  Tamar Adler, a...

In addition to beets, this salad recipe includes avocado, feta cheese, cucumber and banana peppers. Photo: Katie Silver

This beet salad is suprisingly easy — and tasty

KATIE SILVER, Ladue Horton Watkins High School, SeniorPublished January 20, 2022

“Ooh? For me?” I said, coming home to what I knew was my mom’s lunch for herself. “You can have some,” my mom replied. (She knew I would try it anyway.) In the bowl on the counter was a bunch of fruits and vegetables: avocado, cucumber,...

Football

Teen Page editor offers his Super Bowl predictions

Jordan Eisen, Parkway North High School, SeniorPublished January 20, 2022

I could be wrong, but this has felt like the wildest season in NFL history. For the most part, the teams that we thought would be good made the playoffs, and the teams that we thought would be bad did not.  However, every team headlining the list...

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