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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


1,000 Reasons Why Not to Fight Antisemitism

Adam Milstein, Special For The Jewish Light September 16, 2021

Dear friends and colleagues, members of the Jewish- American Community: Good News! Antisemitism is no longer a problem worth combatting! This is the assessment of a large number of fellow Jews I've reached out to over the past few years. The outreach...

United Hebrew Congregation. Photo: Bill Motchan

D’var Torah: Moses’ song marks our path to a better future


Parashat Haazinu (Deuteronomy 32:1-52) finds Moses calling on heaven and earth to witness his words. Moses begins by thanking the Almighty and describes the special care afforded the people of Israel. To his disappointment, the people have consistently...

Betsy Cohen's new book demystifies tactics for foreign-born job seekers

Betsy Cohen’s new book demystifies tactics for foreign-born job seekers

September 16, 2021

A St. Louis author's new book is one with a specific goal. To demystify the tactics necessary to find and land a good job so that anyone new to America, and the country itself will thrive and succeed. "Welcome to the U.S.A.-You're...

The phone numbers of Israeli President Reuven Rivlin and other prominent politicians were posted to Facebook over the weekend, leading to condemnation from across the political spectrum. (Carl Court/Getty Images)

Stop reaching for your phone in the morning

By John Kunza, Jewish Unpacked September 16, 2021
We may not be in control of what the algorithms favor and elevate into our feeds, but we can be in control of how we respond by elevating ourselves above the digital noise that surrounds us.
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Steven Spielberg reintroduces cinema lovers to ‘West Side Story’ with sneak peek

September 15, 2021

"Tonight, tonight . . . " The sound of those lyrics should spell only one thing for cinema lovers: A love story that takes place on the west side of town with lots of song and dance. Leave it to Steven Spielberg to make a statement just as summer...

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For Jews with eating disorders, new traditions aim to make Yom Kippur a safer experience

Ella Rockart September 15, 2021

(JTA) — Shonna Levin is an Orthodox Jew, but she won’t be spending Yom Kippur in a synagogue. The Brooklyn activist had planned to set up camp in Prospect Park, where she was going to host an all-day gathering for Jews with eating disorders for...

National Council of Jewish Women St. Louis held its 53rd year of  its Couturier Sale at The Resale Shop from Oct. 26-31. Above are NCJW St. Louis staff, lay leaders and volunteers who helped make the sale a success.

NCJWSTL announces plans for 57th Annual Couturier Sale

September 14, 2021

One year after COVID forced the National Council of Jewish Women-St. Louis to change how it hosted its 56th annual Couturier Sale, the organization has just announced its plan for 2021, and the 57th annual sale. Many look forward to this annual fundraiser...

Top row: Michael Litwack, Ryan Silver, Jorie Myers and Allison Worth. Second row: Andrew Fredman, Jeff S. Wehmer, Ken Levine and David Margolis.  Third row: Jordan Palmer, Susan E. Bindler, Richard Tishler and Jeff Glogower.

Newsmakers: September 2021

September 14, 2021

Michael Litwack has been honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award by NCCJ St. Louis (formerly National Conference for Community & Justice and before that National Conference for Christians & Jews). The organization’s board members decided...

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Why Liev Schreiber is the secret weapon behind HBO’s ‘Hard Knocks’

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

Can I let you in on a little secret? I don't watch much NFL action these days. Call it the Rams leaving town or a lack of time, but it's true. The most football-watching in this house happens every late summer when HBO releases the new season of "Hard...

Norm Macdonald’s gift to Jewish humor

Norm Macdonald’s gift to Jewish humor

September 14, 2021

Norm Macdonald, the former Saturday Night Live news anchor and stand-up legend, wasn’t Jewish. But the Canadian-born comedian, who died Tuesday from cancer at the age of 61, left behind two of the greatest Jewish humor moments in recent memory. Macdonald’s...

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You can celebrate the rest of the High Holidays anywhere in the world without ever leaving home

Avi Dresner September 14, 2021

This article originally appeared on Kveller.  One of the distinctively Jewish benefits of the pandemic is that we can attend services virtually anywhere in the world. This time last year, probably like many of you, my family chose to spend Rosh Hashanah...

Ryan Braun has retired after 14 seasons. (Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Ryan Braun, former MVP and the all-time Jewish home run hitter, retires from Major League Baseball

Jacob Gurvis September 14, 2021

(JTA) — Ryan Braun, the Milwaukee Brewers outfielder who slugged more home runs than any Jewish player in baseball history and won a Most Valuable Player award, announced his retirement on Tuesday, ending a 14-year career that was not without controversy.   “While...

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