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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 Jewish guide to the Australian Open

A Jewish guide to the Australian Open

January 14, 2022

(JTA) — The Novak Djokovic COVID scandal may be stealing the headlines ahead of the Australian Open, which starts next week, but there are several Jewish players looking to win big at the year’s first Grand Slam. Here they are: Men’s singles...

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How a Jewish St. Louisan introduced the city to ‘Wrestling at the Chase’

Dan Buffa, Special to the Jewish Light January 4, 2022

Great things happen on planes, a time and space where people can either sleep, talk or read. Thankfully for wrestling fanatics, Jewish St. Louisan Sam Muchnick used a plane trip in 1958 very wisely. Thanks to Ed Wheatley's book, "Wrestling at the Chase,"...

Yeshiva University’s 50-game winning streak ends with 73-59 loss at home

Yeshiva University’s 50-game winning streak ends with 73-59 loss at home

December 30, 2021

(JTA) — Yeshiva University’s history-making, record-breaking basketball winning streak came to an abrupt end Thursday night as the Maccabees suffered a bruising 73-59 loss at home. The Maccabees entered the game against Illinois Wesleyan University...

Amar’e Stoudemire says he’s ready for a ‘shidduch’ and to remarry

Amar’e Stoudemire says he’s ready for a ‘shidduch’ and to remarry

December 29, 2021

(JTA) — Amar’e Stoudemire told his Instagram followers recently that he’s looking for a new partner, saying he’s ready for a “shidduch.” “Shidduch” dating, or dates set up by a matchmaker, is a common way for Orthodox Jews to meet their...

Vote for your top Jewish sports moment of 2021!

Vote for your top Jewish sports moment of 2021!

December 28, 2021

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The top 10 Jewish sports moments of 2021

The top 10 Jewish sports moments of 2021

December 28, 2021

(JTA) — The clock has run out on 2021, and in the world of Jewish sports, it’s been an exciting year.  From a very Jewish World Series to inspiring performances in the Olympics and Paralympics, Jewish athletes and teams accomplished impressive...

International Olympic Committee says countries that ban Israeli athletes won’t be allowed to host competitions

International Olympic Committee says countries that ban Israeli athletes won’t be allowed to host competitions

December 23, 2021

(JTA) — Countries that bar athletes from other countries will not be allowed to host international sports championships, the International Olympic Committee said in a letter this week. The statement followed the cancellation of the men’s squash...

‘Is this really Y.U.?’ At Yeshiva U., students get used to their basketball team winning again and again

‘Is this really Y.U.?’ At Yeshiva U., students get used to their basketball team winning again and again

December 20, 2021

(New York Jewish Week via JTA) — In early 2019, before his college’s men’s basketball team began a historic and unlikely winning streak, Jonathan Malek and three friends decided to catch a game.  Back then, it was easy to get a seat at a Yeshiva...

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‘American Underdog’ thrives by focusing on the love story, not football

Dan Buffa, Special to the Jewish Light December 20, 2021

Miracles take a village. No single person can attempt to do the impossible; few souls understood that more than Kurt Warner. He was the guy who went from stocking shelves at a grocery store to winning the Super Bowl MVP award. But the good thing about...

A basketball legend from Holy Cross is Jewish. Now a mezuzah hangs in the school in her honor.

A basketball legend from Holy Cross is Jewish. Now a mezuzah hangs in the school in her honor.

December 16, 2021

(JTA) — Just after the conclusion of Hanukkah, the Worcester Academy varsity girls’ basketball team prepared to face a rival private school. Head coach Sherry Levin addressed her team before tipoff. The theme of her pregame pep talk? The shamash. “The...

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5 baseball movies to keep you interested during the MLB lockout

Dan Buffa , Special to the Jewish Light December 14, 2021

There's no other way around it. The 2022 Major League Baseball season has a moderate chance of being delayed in some capacity. Fans, the ones who pay their hard-earned wages to fill stadiums, can't control a thing. Blame the owners for being bloodhound...

Asaf Yasur, Israel’s first para taekwondo world champion. Photo by Yair Glazer

Israeli double amputee, 19, wins World Para Taekwondo gold

Abigail Klein Leichman December 13, 2021

(Israel21c) - Israel notched its first para taekwondo gold medal after Asaf Yasur beat all competitors in the under-58 kg category of the World Para Taekwondo Championships in Istanbul on December 11. Yasur, 19, had both hands amputated five years...

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