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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

A detailed view of the United Nations Holocaust Memorial Ceremony 75 years after Auschwitz - Holocaust Education and Remembrance for Global Justice on the occasion of the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust. 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, the ending of the Second World War, and the ending of the Holocaust.

The Holocaust Remembrance Day rule that proves everyone loves dead Jews

Jonathan S. Tobin January 26, 2022
The growing volume of lip service paid by the world to the memory of the Six Million is neatly matched by the complacence about or support for contemporary Jew-hatred.
Central Reform Congregation. Photo: Bill Motchan

I’m a pulpit rabbi. This is the true cost of keeping synagogues safe

Rabbi Daniel Bogard January 21, 2022

This story was originally published on January 20 by the Forward. Sign up here to get the latest stories from the Forward delivered to you each morning. In the aftermath of the hostage situation at a synagogue in Texas, every Jewish institution...

St. Louis born rabbi tells his story of working a Covid ICU

St. Louis born rabbi tells his story of working a Covid ICU

Jordan Palmer, Chief Digital Content Officer January 18, 2022

"As a rabbi who works as a chaplain at a hospital in Indianapolis, I’ve held my tongue a lot when it comes to COVID-19 and the emotional strain it puts on the medical staff. But now — as my team at Indiana University Health is responsible for pastoral...

Vote buttons stack with red and blue colors (Adobe Stock)

Why Missouri is a bellwether state for voter protection

Bill Motchan, Special For The Jewish Light January 17, 2022

On Tuesday, the U.S. Senate will have an opportunity to vote on the Freedom to Vote: John R Lewis Act following passage last week by the U.S. House of Representatives. Voting rights advocates around the country are pressing their senators to consider...

Emma Watson is right

Emma Watson is right

Stephen M. Flatow, JNS January 7, 2022
Hopefully, her declaration about the Palestinians will stimulate a serious conversation about the cruel occupation that the international community has been ignoring.
Are there pitfalls in unconventional baby names?

Are there pitfalls in unconventional baby names?

Carol Unger, For TC Jew Folk, Special For The Jewish Light January 7, 2022

This story originally was published by our partners at TCJewfolk.com So, what’s the baby’s name?” My friend breathed an anguished sigh and then mumbled something that sounded like Ren. “Ren,” I repeated. “W-r-e-n.” She spelled...

Elder care is a Jewish imperative. So is paying home health workers a living wage

Elder care is a Jewish imperative. So is paying home health workers a living wage

Bobbie Sackman, THE FORWARD December 29, 2021

This story was originally published on December 29, by The Forward. Sign up here to get the latest stories from The Forward delivered to you each morning. As a 21-year-old heading off to social work school, I watched my Bubby Jenny die within...

I was an IDF commander for decades, but my son with autism taught me the true meaning of strength.

I was an IDF commander for decades, but my son with autism taught me the true meaning of strength.

Doron Almog, The Forward December 22, 2021

This story was originally published on December 21, by the Forward. Sign up here to get the latest stories from the Forward delivered to you each morning. Life is a non-stop battle with disability and human frailty. Whether due to injury, illness,...

Licorice Pizza Review: Paul Thomas Andersons immensely personal film is one of 2021s best

‘Licorice Pizza’ Review: Paul Thomas Anderson’s immensely personal film is one of 2021’s best

Dan Buffa, Special to the Jewish Light December 22, 2021

Gary and Alana are the best friends who constantly flirt with the idea of being something more. Like a future couple having to get to know each other first in relationship customs, they are oddball personalities that somehow sync up every time they are...

Op-Ed: Why I do not stand when fellow veterans are honored

Op-Ed: Why I do not stand when fellow veterans are honored

JIM WINNERMAN, Special For Jewish Light December 16, 2021

When my wife and I attend an event where veterans are asked to stand to be recognized, she always nudges my arm prodding me to rise. Despite serving more than two years on active duty during the Vietnam War, I do not stand because of men like my college...

Op-Ed: The madness of our political system

Op-Ed: The madness of our political system

MARTY ROCHESTER , Special For The Jewish Light December 16, 2021

In previous columns, I have characterized our current political culture as insane. In November, I used the word “insanity” several times when being interviewed on Charlie Brennan’s show on KMOX radio. Why do I think such language is appropriate...

Our preschool welcomed Santa — and exiled my Jewish daughter

Our preschool welcomed Santa — and exiled my Jewish daughter

Meg Keene, The Forward December 15, 2021

“This story was originally published on December 14, by the Forward. Sign up here to get the latest stories from the Forward delivered to you each morning.” As told to Nora Berman; edited for length and clarity The phone lit up with...

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