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Jessy Kuehne is a recent history graduate living in Calgary, Canada. She enjoys working with crumbling manuscripts, running, and bingeing true crime podcasts. This article originally appeared in Alma.

I converted through Reform Judaism. Stop telling me I’m not a Jew.

By Jessy Kuehne, Alma Via JTA November 5, 2020

I’ll never forget the day I converted to Judaism — after all, it was one of the best days of my life!After years of studying, learning and teaching, I finally achieved the goal I’d had from the age of 16. But while it was an amazing day, it was...

Professor Efraim Inbar is president of the Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security. This commentary first appeared in Israel Hayom.

Rabin’s true legacy could be the basis of a national consensus

By Efraim Inbar, JNS November 5, 2020

Twenty-five years after Yitzhak Rabin’s murder and still, the debate about his legacy heats up every year as the date of his memorial ceremony approaches.A few object to the statement that the Oslo process failed because the Palestinian national movement...

Rabbi Noah Arnow serves Kol Rinah and is a past president of the St. Louis Rabbinical and Cantorial Association. 

Performing hospitality mitzvah in a COVID world

By Rabbi Noah Arnow November 5, 2020

When was the last time you had guests?  It’s been so long since we’ve had anyone over that I can’t even remember. And when someone does come into our house, even for a moment, we all suddenly put on masks: We all cover our faces, our noses, our...

Letters to the editor: Nov. 4, 2020

Letters to the editor: Nov. 4, 2020

November 5, 2020

Praise for Mirowitz Center programmingKudos to Susan Kemppainen and Stephen Cohen on the diverse programming via Zoom offered to the entire community through the Mirowitz Center. I especially enjoyed the recent program on Ruth Bader Ginsburg given by...

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St. Louis Jewish community statement on elections and democratic principles

October 30, 2020

The Jewish Community Relations Council of St. Louis released the following statement on behalf of a coalition of local Jewish congregations and organizations: The bedrock of American liberty is a strong, thriving democracy and an engaged citizenry. The...

Letters to the editor: Oct. 7, 2020

Letters to the editor: Oct. 7, 2020

October 30, 2020

Help Americans by passing relief billWithout time to mourn the passing of a remarkable woman of integrity and compassion (“Ruth Bader Ginsburg, first Jewish woman to serve on the Supreme Court, dies at 87,” Sept. 18), our country leapt into political...

Rabbi Carnie Shalom Rose

Parashat Lech-Lecha – With ‘wonder and amazement,’ we see hope within chaos

By Rabbi Carnie Shalom Rose October 28, 2020

“The Eternal One said to Abram: Go forth from your native land…to the place that I will show you”. (Genesis 12:1)This Shabbat, we will once again read the well-known Parashat Hashavua of Lech-Lechah, which includes the Divine’s call to our ancestor...

Marc Jacob, a former Millstone Fellow, volunteers for a number of local Jewish organizations. He is the managing attorney of the Jacob Law Firm LLC and Home Sweet Legal in Clayton, and he lives in University City with his wife and their five sons.

My journey to the World Zionist Congress

By Marc Jacob October 28, 2020

The World Zionist Congress (WZC), which most people have either never heard of or know little about, convenes every five years in Israel and last week concluded its first virtual session due to pandemic restrictions preventing global travel. The WZC...

Stacey Newman, a former Missouri state legislator, is the executive director of ProgressWomen, a statewide social justice group focused on justice and equality issues. 

Suburban women may decide the outcome of the 2020 election

By Stacey Newman October 26, 2020

Through sheer luck, I belong to one of this year’s most coveted sororities. Our membership is more diverse than ever, encompassing a wide range of ages, education levels, cultural and ethnic backgrounds.In 2020 we are highly in demand to affect the...

Letters to the editor: Oct. 21, 2020

Letters to the editor: Oct. 21, 2020

October 22, 2020

Community rabbis deserve thanksThis year, 2020, has been a year of disappointments, worry, stress, loneliness, and even fear. How refreshing, however, to sit down to read the Oct. 7 Jewish Light and see a story highlighting Rabbi Larry Glestein, currently...

J. Martin Rochester, Curators’ Distinguished Teaching Professor of Political Science Emeritus at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, is the author of 10 books on international and American politics.

Making good choices improves odds of a good life

By Marty Rochester October 22, 2020

There is a raging debate today between liberals and conservatives, even though few people can really identify what each camp stands for.  Much of the distinction traditionally revolves around the view one has of Big Government, although even here the...

Cheryl Adelstein is the Deputy Director of the Jewish Community Relations Council. Nancy Solomon Desloge is Co-Chair of the Policy and Advocacy Committee of the Jewish Coalition on Racial Equity.

JCRC: Amendment 3 ‘intentionally deceptive’

The Torah portion Shoftim contains a series of laws directing the nascent Israelite community on how to establish a just society. Their guiding principle is found at the beginning of the portion in Deuteronomy 16:18-20: “You shall not judge unfairly:...

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