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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

Israels concrete barrier separating the Jewish settlement of Neve Yaakov (foreground) in the northern part of east Jerusalem and the Palestinian area of al-Ram (background) in the West Bank. (Oct. 2020). (Ahmad Gharabli/AFP via Getty Images)

At least 7 dead in Shabbat shooting attack on Jerusalem synagogue

Ron Kampeas, JTAPublished January 27, 2023

This is a developing story. (JTA) — A shooting attack on a synagogue in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Neve Yaakov killed at least seven people on Friday, a day after an Israeli raid on a West Bank city ignited vows of retaliation by Palestinian militant...

Rabbi Mike Rovinsky

Axe throwing with a mohel

BILL MOTCHAN , SPECIAL TO THE JEWISH LIGHTPublished January 27, 2023

The Congregation B’nai Amoona Men’s Club channeled their inner Paul Bunyan on Thursday evening, Jan. 26, at the Axe House in Valley Park. The event, “Axe Throwing with a Mohel,” needs not much of an explanation. It was a bunch of guys throwing...

New literary magazine will share stories of St. Louis’ Jewish students

New literary magazine will share stories of St. Louis’ Jewish students

By Daniel Shanker and Avital Vorobeychick, Ohr Chadash staffPublished January 26, 2023

The St. Louis Jewish community includes individuals from many different backgrounds who hold diverse perspectives and beliefs. With such diversity comes the perfect opportunity for individuals to share their story.  Enter the Machshava Literary Magazine....

Siona Benjamin. Photo courtesy of Central Reform Congregation.

CRC welcomes artist Siona Benjamin for Spiritual Enrichment Shabbat Weekend

Published January 26, 2023

Central Reform Congregation will welcome artist Siona Benjamin for a Spiritual Enrichment Shabbat Weekend, Feb. 3 and Feb. 4.  Benjamin is an Indian-Jewish artist who spent more than a year working on a painting that would be transformed into a 15-foot...

Vice President Kamala Harris and her husband Doug Emhoff participate in a virtual White House seder, March 25, 2021. (Screen shot)

Doug Emhoff will visit Oskar Schindler’s factory during Poland and Germany visit

Gabe Friedman, JTAPublished January 26, 2023

(JTA) — Doug Emhoff’s itinerary on an upcoming trip to Poland and Germany includes a stop at the factory where Oskar Schindler saved over 1,000 Jews, a Shabbat dinner with local Jewish leaders and a visit to a United Nations center housing refugees...

Adina Talve-Goodman’s posthumously published book of essays is poignant blend of humor, insight

Adina Talve-Goodman’s posthumously published book of essays is poignant blend of humor, insight

Ellen Futterman, Editor-in-ChiefPublished January 25, 2023

I never met Adina Talve-Goodman, but I feel as if I know her. The daughter of Rabbis Susan Talve and Jim Goodman of Central Reform Congregation, Talve-Goodman was born with a congenital heart condition and survived multiple operations during her childhood...

St. Louis Bagel Renaissance continues with opening of Bagel Union

St. Louis’ ‘Bagel Renaissance” continues with opening of Bagel Union

Jordan Palmer, Chief Digital Content OfficerPublished January 25, 2023

"Bagel Week" may be over but St. Louis' "Bagel Renaissance" continues unabated.  Our town's newest bagel shop, Bagel Union, is set to open on Wednesday, February 8th. The team from Union Loafers Cafe and Bread Bakery is bringing its baking skills and...

Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg attend the 2020 Breakthrough Prize Red Carpet at NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California on Nov. 3, 2019 (Ian Tuttle/Getty Images for Breakthrough Prize).

Half of America’s 25 most generous philanthropists are Jews. Few give much to Jewish causes.

Asaf Elia-Shalev, JTAPublished January 25, 2023

(JTA) — Jews made up nearly half of America’s biggest philanthropic donors last year, according to a calculation by Forbes of who gave the most money away in 2022. In a year that saw their fortunes take a hit amid declines in the stock market,...

Photo Courtesy of the Creve Coeur Police Department.

Graffiti removed from Temple Israel monument sign

Bill Motchan, Special To The Jewish LightPublished January 25, 2023

An illegible scrawl of graffiti has now been removed from the Congregation Temple Israel monument at the entrance on Ladue Road. TI staff discovered the red spray-painted marking on Tuesday, Jan. 24. Creve Coeur Police are investigating the incident,...

Former President Donald Trump faced criticism for having dinner with Nick Fuentes, a vocal antisemite. Photo-illustration by Benyamin Cohen

Notorious bigot Nick Fuentes is the latest white supremacist reinstated to Twitter

Adam Kovac, The ForwardPublished January 25, 2023

This story was originally published in the Forward. Click here to get the Forward's free email newsletters delivered to your inbox. One of the United States’ most notorious white supremacists is once again on Twitter. On Tuesday, the social media...

Jewish twins were kept alive to be used in Dr. Josef Mengeles medical experiments. These children from Auschwitz were liberated by the Red Army in January 1945. Credit: USHMM/Belarusian State Archive of Documentary Film and Photography.

Survey: Half of Americans don’t know how many Jews died in the Holocaust

Published January 24, 2023

(JNS) Only 53% of Americans over the age of 18 answered correctly that approximately six million Jews were killed in the Holocaust, according to an American Jewish Committee public opinion survey released ahead of International Holocaust Remembrance Day...

A rally in New York City against antisemitism. Credit: Christopher Penler/Shutterstock.

2022 saw fewer antisemitic incidents worldwide for first time in a decade

Published January 24, 2023

(JNS) The number of antisemitic incidents has been “curbed” for the first time in a decade, a report released by the Department for Combatting Antisemitism of the World Zionist Organization on Tuesday shows. Nevertheless, there were 10 antisemitic...

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