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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

Pre-pandemic scenes of summer fun at Camp Ben Frankel in southern Illinois 

Teens look forward to summer camps reopening

DANIEL SHANKER May 20, 2021

After more than year of COVID-19, though we have learned how to cope with life during a pandemic, we are eager to return to normalcy. In-person schooling, more willing travelers and a historically fast vaccine rollout are all testaments to people’s...

Due to the pandemic, the eighth grade class of Saul Mirowitz Jewish Community School went on a camping trip to Camp Manitowa in Illinois in place of the school’s traditional trip to Israel.

Students miss Israel trip but bond at camp

ILANA BOYER and JORDAN EISEN May 20, 2021

For their entire time at Saul Mirowitz Jewish Community School, almost every student looks forward to the eighth grade class’ annual trip to Israel. Sadly, like many other things this year, the trip was canceled for the second consecutive year due to...

What is the Ohr Chadash staff doing this summer?

What is the Ohr Chadash staff doing this summer?

Ryan Silver, Junior, Ladue Horton Watkins High School April 22, 2021

“This summer, I will hopefully be a camp counselor for a day camp in U-City. I am also going to do extra math, history and coding (kudos to my dad for that). I am currently writing a fiction novel, which I will work a lot on during the summer. I also...

Though Israel held an election on March 23, the prime minister has not yet been elected. In Israel, to elect a prime minister, there must be a coalition of at least 61 Knesset members, and at the moment, there are 11 undecided Knesset seats, leaving the prime minister position up in the air.

Fourth time was not a charm in Israeli election

IDAN LERNER, JUNIOR, PARKWAY CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL April 22, 2021

On March 23, Israel held its fourth national election in two years. In the first three, no majority coalition was able to form and stabilize, leading to the dissolution of the government and the need for the fourth.  Many parties compete in Israeli...

While Companion Bakery has seen a decline in sales since the pandemic began, its owner says the St. Louis community has done a terrific job supporting the business.

Local restaurants struggle to stay afloat amidst pandemic

Alex Cohen, Clayton High School April 22, 2021

Local restaurants, particularly independent ones, are some of the biggest casualties of the ongoing pandemic, given multiple shutdowns and continuing restrictions. According to Yelp, 60% of small businesses, including restaurants, have permanently closed...

Teens fill pandemic time with reading, finding new hobbies

Teens fill pandemic time with reading, finding new hobbies

AVITAL VOROBEYCHIK, EIGHTH GRADE, EPSTEIN HEBREW ACADEMY April 22, 2021

Although we can now see a light at the end of this pandemic, we’re not quite done with COVID-19. We still must remain cautious when looking for activities that can make these (hopefully) final months of the speed by. One activity that many teens...

Air fry your way to healthy, yummy snacks

Air fry your way to healthy, yummy snacks

KATIE SILVER, JUNIOR, LADUE HORTON WATKINS HIGH SCHOOL April 22, 2021

Over the past few months, I have been trying a variety of different recipes for my new air fryer, specifically to cook healthy snacks. I’ve come to find that an air fryer is a great tool for healthy recipes, including ones that are very easy to prepare...

Daylight Donuts

Jewish-owned Daylight Donuts in Chesterfield provides a family-friendly atmosphere along with sweet treats

By Molly Levine Sophomore, Marquette High School March 24, 2021

Opening any business comes with several challenges. Opening a small business amidst a deadly pandemic is a whole other story.Daylight Donuts, a Jewish-owned doughnut shop in Chesterfield that features a multitude of other sweet treats along with coffee...

NFL

The top 3 storylines from 2020 NFL Season

By Jordan Eisen, Junior, Parkway North High School February 25, 2021

With the NFL season coming to a close and the off-season heating up, let’s reflect on what made the 2020 NFL season so special. Every year there are exciting games and spectacular plays but those are only temporary flashes; what makes each NFL season...

Maimonides said that it is a Jewish obligation to set up health care for everyone and that there is no such thing as personal health without communal health. Essentially, Maimonides is telling us to stay safe, get vaccinated and take care of our community.

Searching Jewish wisdom for guidance on vaccination

By Noah Sentnor Junior, Parkway North High School February 25, 2021

It has been almost a year since the start of the pandemic, when life as we knew it came to a screeching halt. Now, vaccines are starting to be distributed, and we can see the light at the end of the tunnel. Yet some Americans still refuse to get their...

Paige Rubin displays her preschool students’ artwork on her classroom door. 

Teen assumes role as full-time early childhood educator

By Molly Levine Sophomore, Marquette High School February 25, 2021

Walking down the halls of United Hebrew’s Saul Spielberg Early Childhood Center, colorful bulletin boards displaying vibrant artwork line the walls. The sound of laughing toddlers echoes from classroom to classroom.  At the turn of a corner appears...

Sophomore Simon Warner studies for AP World History. At the end of the school year, students will take a proctored advanced placement exam in certain subjects, hoping to get college credit for that course.

Students adapt to virtually preparing for AP exams

By Ryan Silver Junior, Ladue Horton Watkins High School February 25, 2021

Throughout the school year so far, COVID-19 has dominated all aspects of student life. Virtual school, safety concerns and adaptive scheduling have all had an effect on the way students learn. As a result, students taking advanced placement, or AP, classes...

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