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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

Jan 26, 2023; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving (11) reacts during the fourth quarter against the Detroit Pistons at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Kyrie Irving traded to Dallas Mavericks, whose Jewish owner Mark Cuban spoke out on antisemitism scandal

Gabe Friedman, JTAPublished February 6, 2023

(JTA) — The Brooklyn Nets traded Kyrie Irving to the Dallas Mavericks, a team whose Jewish owner had spoken up about the star guard’s antisemitism controversy last year. Mark Cuban, known as one of the NBA’s most outspoken team owners and as...

Dec 25, 2020; Miami, Florida, USA; Miami Heat center Meyers Leonard (0) dribbles the ball against the New Orleans Pelicans during the second half at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

NBA player Meyers Leonard opens up on his antisemitism scandal to Jewish ESPN reporter

Jacob Gurvis, JTAPublished January 31, 2023

(JTA) — Nearly two years after NBA player Meyers Leonard was caught using an antisemitic slur on a video game platform, the former first-round pick opened up about the incident and his subsequent journey toward forgiveness in an interview with Jewish...

Sid Salomon III (L) and Sidney Salomon Jr. Photo Courtesy of the St. Louis Blues.

Salomon family attending Hall of Fame induction of Blues original Jewish owners

Jordan Palmer, Chief Digital Content OfficerPublished January 12, 2023

On Feb. 9, 1966, St. Louis was awarded a National Hockey League franchise for an expansion team that didn’t even have an owner lined up. That void was soon filled by the late Sidney Salomon Jr. and his son Sid Salomon III, who came forward to purchase...

This St. Louisan skates on international Jewish roller derby team

This St. Louisan skates on international Jewish roller derby team

Ellen Futterman, Editor-in-ChiefPublished January 11, 2023

By day, 31-year-old Autumn Dennis works as director of communications and online hospitality at Central Reform Congregation. But outside of work, Dennis, who identifies as non-binary and completed their conversion to Judaism in October 2021, is known...

Legendary Jewish tennis champion Dick Savitt dies at 95

Jacob Gurvis, JTAPublished January 11, 2023

(JTA) — Dick Savitt, the Jewish tennis champion who won both the Australian Open and Wimbledon Championships in 1951, died Jan. 6 at 95 at his home in New York. He was the first Jewish athlete to win either tournament. A native of Bayonne, New Jersey,...

ESPN broadcaster Chris Berman among International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame’s 11 inductees for 2023

ESPN broadcaster Chris Berman among International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame’s 11 inductees for 2023

Published January 6, 2023

(JTA) — Renowned broadcaster Chris Berman and a German Jew who once said hockey “saved me and my family from the Holocaust” are among the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame’s annual class of inductees. The 2023 class, shared exclusively...

The Jewish meaning behind Robert Kraft’s $18,003 donation to Damar Hamlin fundraiser

The Jewish meaning behind Robert Kraft’s $18,003 donation to Damar Hamlin fundraiser

JACOB GURVIS , JTAPublished January 4, 2023

(JTA) — As the sports world continues to react to NFL player Damar Hamlin’s sudden cardiac arrest during a game on Monday night, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft is pitching into a fundraiser campaign — with a donation inspired by his Jewish...

Brad Ausmus and Kevin Youkilis join Team Israel coaching staff for 2023 World Baseball Classic

Brad Ausmus and Kevin Youkilis join Team Israel coaching staff for 2023 World Baseball Classic

Published December 29, 2022

(JTA) — Former MLB All-Stars Brad Ausmus and Kevin Youkilis have joined Team Israel as coaches ahead of the 2023 World Baseball Classic. The team’s manager, Ian Kinsler, a former Jewish MLB All-Star himself — and a former Team Israel player —...

Houston Astros star Alex Bregman celebrated Hanukkah at a local synagogue

Houston Astros star Alex Bregman celebrated Hanukkah at a local synagogue

Published December 29, 2022

(Houston Jewish Herald-Voice via JTA) — One month after lifting the World Series trophy at Minute Maid Park, Alex Bregman was at Houston’s Congregation Beth Yeshurun lifting a candle to lead the Hanukkah blessing. On the fourth night of the holiday,...

The top 8 Jewish sports moments of 2022, from Sue Bird to Sandy Koufax

The top 8 Jewish sports moments of 2022, from Sue Bird to Sandy Koufax

Published December 29, 2022

(JTA) — For Jewish sports fans, 2022 was a year of very high highs and particularly low lows. The fall was dominated by an antisemitism scandal involving Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving, who shared a link to an antisemitic film on Twitter and initially...

Recalling Franco Harris’ ‘immaculate reception’ and the Pittsburgh bar mitzvah celebration it sidelined

Recalling Franco Harris’ ‘immaculate reception’ and the Pittsburgh bar mitzvah celebration it sidelined

JACOB GURVIS , JTAPublished December 22, 2022

(JTA) — For many Jewish sports fans, major moments in sports history and Jewish milestones are entwined in memory. The Jewish Sport Report, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency’s weekly sports newsletter, is one place where those memories can be explored. Today,...

Detroit Pistons troll Kyrie Irving with ‘Happy Hanukkah’ graphic

JACOB GURVIS, JTAPublished December 20, 2022

(JTA) — The Detroit Pistons wished Brooklyn Nets star guard Kyrie Irving a happy Hanukkah Sunday night, the first night of the holiday. The Pistons appeared to be trolling Irving, who recently shared an antisemitic film on Twitter and initially refused...

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