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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

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Farilyn Hale and Ken Berger.

Love on Ice: Blues fan finds fiancé through mutual love of hockey

Bill Motchan, Special To The Jewish LightPublished June 13, 2024

While the Florida Panthers and Edmonton Oilers battle it out for the Stanley Cup, the St. Louis Blues have spent the playoffs on the sidelines. The team’s absence hasn’t impacted Farilyn Hale’s love of the game. Hale, 71, is a self-admitted...

St. Louis CITY SC signs Jewish Australian midfielder

St. Louis CITY SC signs Jewish Australian midfielder

Bill Motchan, Special to the Jewish LightPublished June 6, 2024

The newest midfielder/defender for St. Louis CITY SC is a Jewish Australian. Jake Girdwood-Reich recently signed with the team through 2027, with a club option for 2028. Girdwood-Reich must first obtain international clearance and a P-1 visa, a non-immigrant...

Cardinals call up rookie Carolyn Losos, who then retires after one pitch

Cardinals call up rookie Carolyn Losos, who then retires after one pitch

Jordan Palmer, Chief Digital Content OfficerPublished May 8, 2024

The St. Louis Cardinals, mired in a three-game losing streak, needed something special to create a winning spark Tuesday night. So, they called up local civic leader and lifetime educator Carolyn Losos to take the mound. The hope was Losos, who has been...

May 6, 2024; New York, New York, USA; New York Knicks guard Jalen Brunson (11) brings the ball up court against the Indiana Pacers during the first quarter of game one of the second round of the 2024 NBA playoffs at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Why the New York Knicks have won the hearts of Jews and basketball lovers everywhere

By Mark Kornfeld, The ForwardPublished May 8, 2024

This story was originally published in the Forward. Click here to get the Forward's free email newsletters delivered to your inbox. “There’s a strong correlation between Judaism and Knicks basketball,” Josh Safdie, co-director of Uncut Gems once...

The Foundation to Combat Antisemitisms latest ad features images from pro-Palestinian protests. (Screenshot from YouTube)

Robert Kraft’s foundation to air ad slamming antisemitism at campus protests

Jacob Gurvis, JTAPublished May 7, 2024

(JTA) — An ad decrying antisemitism amid the recent wave of campus pro-Palestinian encampments will air during NBA playoff games this week, the latest effort by a national Jewish organization to spotlight threats against Jews at the protests. The...

Last Call: Register now for the ultimate Senior Olympics showdown in St. Louis

Last Call: Register now for the ultimate Senior Olympics showdown in St. Louis

Jordan Palmer, Chief Digital Content OfficerPublished April 24, 2024

Athletes have until May 8 to register for the 44th Annual St. Louis Senior Olympics, set for Memorial Day Weekend.  This year's competition boasts over 90 individual and team events, including some new events to go along with beloved favorites. Contrary...

(L) 1969; Cleveland, OH; USA; FILE PHOTO; Chicago Cubs pitcher Ken Holtzman in action on the mound against the Cleveland Indians at Cleveland Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tony Tomsic-USA TODAY NETWORK

(R) Jul; 1975; Anaheim, CA, USA: FILE PHOTO; Oakland Athletics pitcher Ken Holtzman in action during the 1975 season at Anaheim Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Darryl Norenberg-USA TODAY Sports

St. Louis icon Ken Holtzman, 3 x MLB champion and two-time no-hit pitcher, dies at 78

Jordan Palmer, Chief Digital Content OfficerPublished April 15, 2024

Former Major League Baseball pitcher and St. Louis sports icon Ken Holtzman, who played for five teams, pitched two no-hitters and was a three-time World Series Champion, died Monday, April 15.. He was 78. Holtzman is the winningest Jewish pitcher...

Butch Yatkeman.

Remembering Butch Yatkeman and his six decades with the Cardinals

Carol B. Lundgren, Light Executive EditorPublished April 10, 2024

The following story first appeared in the Jewish Light on Nov. 17, 1982. Butch Yatkeman was one of the first to enter and one of the last to leave Busch Memorial Stadium for the historic Game Seven of this year's World Series. But he saw just a scant...

Indiana State Sycamores head coach Josh Schertz yells to players on the court Tuesday, March 26, 2024, during the quarterfinals of the NIT at the Hulman Center in Terre Haute. The Indiana State Sycamores defeated the Cincinnati Bearcats, 85-81.

Josh Schertz takes reins at SLU as its new men’s head basketball coach

Jordan Palmer, Chief Digital Content OfficerPublished April 7, 2024

St. Louis University announced Josh Schertz has been hired as its new head coach of the Billikens' men's basketball program. The former Indiana State coach was a 2024 Red Auerbach Coach of the Year nominee, an award presented by the Jewish Coaches...

Remembering Esther Schimmel, the hot dog queen of Cardinals baseball

Remembering Esther Schimmel, the hot dog queen of Cardinals baseball

Bill Motchan, Special To The Jewish LightPublished April 3, 2024

The St. Louis Cardinals won their first World Series in 1926, over the New York Yankees. The following season, just outside the ballpark, Esther Schimmel opened a hot dog stand that would feed countless baseball fans and many players over the next four...

Mandy Patinkin and Kathryn Grody arrive on the red carpet at the 69th Emmy Awards at the Microsoft Theater. Mandatory Credit: Dan MacMedan-USA TODAY

Mandy Patinkin sings ‘Take me out to the Ballgame’ in Yiddish

Jordan Palmer, Chief Digital Content OfficerPublished March 27, 2024

Today, March 28, is opening day across Major League Baseball. Although our St. Louis Cardinals start the 2024 season on the road in Los Angeles with zero Jewish players on the team, we're still celebrating them and their Jewish connections all season...

Clockwise from top left: Zack Gelof, Alex Bregman, Joc Pederson, Rowdy Tellez, Max Fried, Garrett Stubbs and Dean Kremer.

All the Jewish MLB players to watch in 2024

Jacob Gurvis, JTAPublished March 19, 2024

(JTA) — The 2023 MLB season represented a watershed moment for Jewish players and fans, as a record 19 Jewish players appeared in at least one big league game. That record, topping the previous high of 17 in 2022, is likely to be broken yet again...

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