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Jewish St. Louisan Nikki Freyman (right) is a surrogate (gestational carrier) for one of her closest friends, Kati Kaup (left), after she underwent a double lung transplant because of cystic fibrosis. A pregnancy, coupled with anti-rejection medicine she takes daily, would likely be too hard on Kati’s body.

Carrying your best friend’s baby: A modern Mother’s Day story

ELLEN FUTTERMAN, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF May 6, 2021

What would you be willing to do for one of your best friends? Throw a surprise party in her honor? Take her on a trip to Tahiti, all-expenses paid? How about carry her baby for nine months?  For Jewish St. Louisan Nikki Freyman, the decision...

A vandal smashed windows at the Chabad-Lubavitch of Riverdale, N.Y., in a series of attacks on area synagogues that began on April 24, 2021. A lone suspect has been arrested in the spree. (Twitter)

Hate crimes see 73% rise in NYC, with Asians and Jews most targeted

ANDREW SILOW-CARROLL May 6, 2021

(JTA) — A dramatic rise in attacks on Asian-Americans has led to an overall increase in hate crimes in New York City during 2021, while the number of crimes targeting Jews decreased slightly. Jews in New York were targeted in 54 hate crimes reported...

Singing Jewish grandfather back with video asking people to get vaccinated

Singing Jewish grandfather back with video asking people to get vaccinated

JORDAN PALMER May 6, 2021

Do you remember all the hub-bub one Jewish grandfather caused back in July when he took to song with the single goal of getting all of us to mask up? His name is Michael Kramer, and his song was called "You've Got to Wear a Mask.” Kramer's lyrics...

Emmy Rossum as Fiona Gallagher in Shameless (Season 8, episode 12) - Photo: Chuck Hodes/SHOWTIME - Photo ID: shameless_812_c4072

Without its Jewish heart, Showtime’s ‘Shameless’ lost its greatness and overall purpose

DAN BUFFA, SPECIAL FOR THE JEWISH LIGHT May 6, 2021

Television shows rarely age well, especially after they turn eight or nine years old. What was once fresh turns stale and characters start to act like carousels, reverting back to the same behavior and gimmicks, which weakens the storylines. Showtime's...

The oil lamp was discovered in the foundations of a building and thought to have been buried to bring good fortune to inhabitants. Photo by Koby Harati, City of David

Rare ancient bronze oil lamp for luck unearthed in Jerusalem

NICKY BLACKBURN, ISRAEL21C May 6, 2021

A rare bronze oil lamp shaped like a grotesque face was recently discovered in excavations conducted by the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA), in the City of David National Park. Israel Antiquities Authority archaeologists, Ari Levy and Dr. Yuval...

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What’s so Jewish about Netflix’s ‘Shadow and Bone’?

A.R. VISH, SPECIAL FROM ALMA May 6, 2021

This story originally appeared on Alma.com “Shadow and Bone,” the latest sprawling, book-to-film fantasy adaptation to hit Netflix, is a lot of things. It is epic! It is swoony! It is twisty! It has a goat! It is also distinctly Jewish, though...

Adventures In Kosher Cooking | Bloody Mary Soup

Adventures In Kosher Cooking | Bloody Mary Soup

HOWARD WASSERMAN, ADVENTURES IN KOSHER COOKING May 6, 2021

The Hebrew word “kosher” means fit or proper as it relates to Jewish dietary law. Kosher foods are permitted to be eaten and can be used as ingredients in the production of additional food items. And when it comes to Kosher cooking, there is a...

Virtual festival to highlight 13 films from around the globe

Virtual festival to highlight 13 films from around the globe

May 5, 2021

The 26th Annual St. Louis Jewish Film Festival will be held virtually this summer, from June 6 to 13. The festival will present a selection of 13 documentary and feature films from around the world. While all films depict a piece of the Jewish experience,...

Decrying ‘social justice ideology,’ 49 people sign ‘Jewish Harper’s Letter’

Decrying ‘social justice ideology,’ 49 people sign ‘Jewish Harper’s Letter’

May 5, 2021

(JTA) — An open letter signed by about 50 prominent Jewish Americans is warning of the rise of “social justice ideology,” which is described as a “pernicious” force that is “antithetical to Judaism” and threatens to stifle free debate and...

‘The Saucy Soprano’ blogs traditional Jewish food, with a side of raunch

‘The Saucy Soprano’ blogs traditional Jewish food, with a side of raunch

ALIX WALL, THE FOWARD May 5, 2021

For some, it was sourdough. For Melina Schein, it involved a tongue. Schein was among those choosing to spend their newfound pandemic hours in the kitchen in 2020. Though hers was a different sort of culinary pursuit than many we heard about; she set...

Israeli company has cool green way to upcycle millions of old tires

Israeli company has cool green way to upcycle millions of old tires

ABIGAIL KLEIN LEICHMAN, ISRAEL21C May 5, 2021
EcoTech Recycling’s patented thermodynamic process turns waste rubber into a nontoxic synthetic material for new tires, auto parts and insulation.
Photo by Daria Shevtsova from Pexels

How to win your mom free ice cream for a year

Cheryl Baehr, Special to the Jewish Light May 5, 2021

Beckie Jacobs knows firsthand how hard the past year has been for moms. That’s why, for this Mother’s Day, she’s decided to do something extra special to honor them at her Webster Groves ice cream shop, Serendipity – including a year’s worth...

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