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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 nonprofit, independent news source to inform, inspire, educate and connect the St. Louis Jewish community.

St. Louis Jewish Light

Was the gangster Meyer Lansky a mensch?

Was the gangster Meyer Lansky a mensch?

Shelley Sackett, The Jewish Experience May 24, 2022

(The Jewish Experience) -- When Jonathan Lang set out to write a graphic novel about the notorious Jewish gangster Meyer Lansky, he was determined to capture the mobster's life in all its moral complexity. The result is 2019's "Meyer," for which...

Russia bans entry to numerous U.S. Jews, including Chabad rabbis seeking return of Schneerson library

Russia bans entry to numerous U.S. Jews, including Chabad rabbis seeking return of Schneerson library

May 24, 2022

(JTA) — Among the many Jews on Russia’s latest list of Americans banned entry are three Chabad rabbis, in possible retaliation for Chabad’s decades-long effort to recover texts and artifacts that the Soviets took from the movement. The...

‘Maisel’ is filming an Israel scene, looking for Jewish extras

‘Maisel’ is filming an Israel scene, looking for Jewish extras

May 24, 2022

Season four of “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” was just as Jewy as the ones that came before it — with bar mitzvah scenes, lots of Yiddishisms, Jewish foods and contemplations about the existence of God. The Amazon Prime show about a Jewish standup...

Volodymyr Zelensky, Mila Kunis, Zoë Kravitz among Jews on this year’s Time 100 list

Volodymyr Zelensky, Mila Kunis, Zoë Kravitz among Jews on this year’s Time 100 list

May 23, 2022

(JTA)— Volodymy Zelensky, Ukraine’s Jewish president who has been leading his country during the Russian invasion that began in late February, has been named to Time magazine’s annual list of the world’s 100 most influential people. Zelensky was...

Men with U-Haul covered in antisemitic signage harass customers at CA gas station

Men with U-Haul covered in antisemitic signage harass customers at CA gas station

Louis Keene, The Forward May 23, 2022
The U-Haul was covered with antisemitic slogans and the men inside reportedly harassed Black people and shouted a homophobic slur.
A Rothschild who debunks conspiracy theories for a living is writing the book about Jewish space lasers

A Rothschild who debunks conspiracy theories for a living is writing the book about Jewish space lasers

Asaf Shalev, JTA May 23, 2022

(JTA) — To a conspiracy theorist, last week seemed to offer evidence that the Rothschild family is plotting to undermine Elon Musk. It started when the Tesla tycoon bashed the Democratic Party and said in a tweet that he would switch to voting Republican....

LeBron James attends Jewish NYC wedding — holding hands with a notorious rabbi

LeBron James attends Jewish NYC wedding — holding hands with a notorious rabbi

Gabe Friedman, JTA May 23, 2022

(JTA) — LeBron James likely draws attention at most weddings he attends. After all, the basketball superstar turned entertainment mogul is 6-foot-9 and one of the most recognizable sports figures of all time. But he made an especially eye-catching...

Wild Horse Elementary students raise $4K to help others, without parents help

Wild Horse Elementary students raise $4K to help others, without parents’ help

Jordan Palmer May 23, 2022

Little kids helping big kids in need. That’s what the Rockwood School District Wild Horse Elementary K-5 students were tasked to do as part of a school-wide, service-learning fundraising project this semester. The project was co-facilitated by Debbie...

Neil Lane, the official jeweler of ‘The Bachelor,’ is designing luxury ketubahs

Neil Lane, the official jeweler of ‘The Bachelor,’ is designing luxury ketubahs

May 23, 2022

(JTA) — Jeweler Neil Lane’s name can conjure many things: celebrity wedding rings, for the likes of Madonna, Rihanna and Penelope Cruz. “The Bachelor,” the reality dating show for which he designs the end-of-season rings. Those ubiquitous Kay...

Bob Newmark tapped to become next Federation board chair

Bob Newmark tapped to become next Federation board chair

May 23, 2022

Robert “Bob” Newmark has been nominated as Board Chair of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis, to succeed current chair, Greg Yawitz, according to a news release issued from Federation. Newmark will be formally presented for election at the Jewish...

Being Jewish in St. Charles

Being Jewish in St. Charles

BEING JEWISH IN ST. CHARLES, IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE JEWISH LIGHT May 23, 2022

The St. Louis Jewish Light is very excited to announce a new partnership with Being Jewish in St. Charles, a storytelling project with the goal of sharing first-person stories and photographic portraits featuring Jewish people in St. Charles County. Did...

A 47-year veteran of Acme Smoked Fish says farewell on his final ‘Fish Friday’

A 47-year veteran of Acme Smoked Fish says farewell on his final ‘Fish Friday’

May 20, 2022

(New York Jewish Week) – Every Friday, a line snakes down the block at the Acme Smoked Fish headquarters on Gem Street in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, where the company has been based since 1954. Dozens of people cycle in throughout the morning. They’re...

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