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St. Louis Jewish Light

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St. Louis Jewish Light

Do you know this Jew? She was a Lithuaniann orphan who invented maternity wear

Do you know this Jew? She was a Lithuaniann orphan who invented maternity wear

ABBY SHER, JTA October 18, 2021

In 1897, a 16-year-old Jewish orphan from Lithuania named Lena Himmelstein arrived in New York City and found work in a sweatshop for $1 a week. After her first husband, David Bryant, died at a young age, Lena supported herself and her son by making...

No, David Zucker, you couldn’t make ‘Airplane!’ today — but why would you want to?

No, David Zucker, you couldn’t make ‘Airplane!’ today — but why would you want to?

PJ Grisar, Forward October 18, 2021

In a lengthy essay published in the New York Post, we learn that filmmaker David Zucker was recently asked an inane question at an anniversary screening of his 1980 film “Airplane!” “Could you make ‘Airplane!’ today?” an audience member...

Design by Evelyn Frick; Photo of Jamie Lee Curtis by Dimension Films via Getty Images; Photo of Neve Campbell by Joseph Viles Dimension Films via Getty Images; Photo of Billie Lourd is screenshot from YouTube

Jewish “Scream Queens,” ranked at last

Julia Métraux, Hey Alma October 17, 2021
These 12 Jewish actresses from horror movies are scary good.
Personal letters from legendary leader of Ultra-Orthodox Jewry on display

Personal letters from legendary leader of Ultra-Orthodox Jewry on display

Zach Robart, National Library of Israel October 16, 2021

Fourteen letters penned in the 1940s by the legendary rabbi known as the 'Hazon Ish' have been donated to the National Library of Israel in Jerusalem by the family of their recipient, Rabbi Zvi Yehuda, one of the rabbi's students. The Hazon Ish (Rabbi...

Yes, there is a witch in the Torah and she was pretty powerful

Yes, there is a witch in the Torah and she was pretty powerful

Jordan Palmer October 14, 2021

In honor of Halloween,  we retell the controversial tale of the Witch of Endor, featuring Saul, the handsome but historically inept first king of Israel. The language in the Torah is pretty clear about the crimes of sorcery and witchcraft, and that...

Former Mossad chief: Iran ‘not even close to acquiring nuclear weapon’

Former Mossad chief: Iran ‘not even close to acquiring nuclear weapon’

October 13, 2021

(October 13, 2021 / JNS) Former Mossad director Yossi Cohen said on Tuesday that Iran’s position is weaker than it has been in the past. “I think that Iran, to this day, is not even close to acquiring a nuclear weapon. … This is due to longstanding...

Report exposes pervasive ‘top-down’ anti-Semitism among Irish politicians, activists

Report exposes pervasive ‘top-down’ anti-Semitism among Irish politicians, activists

October 13, 2021

(October 13, 2021 / JNS) A new report on anti-Semitism in Ireland provides a comprehensive and “deeply disturbing” look into how Irish politicians and activists use the guise of criticism of Israel to promote anti-Semitic accusations and tropes...

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Harrison Bader reveals his inner mensch in letter to St. Louis

Dan Buffa, Special to the Jewish Light October 5, 2021

Harrison Bader just finished off his best overall season in the Major Leagues, but he's not thinking about that right now. There are "other" things to accomplish this October. On the dawn of perhaps the most important game of his life -- Wednesday's...

The St. Louis chapter of the Israeli American Council (IAC) held, in conjunction with other local Jewish groups, a drive-in celebration of Yom Ha’atzmaut, Israel’s Independence Day. The event took place Thursday, April 15 in the back parking lot of the Jewish Community Center’s Staenberg Family Complex near Creve Coeur.

Participating organizations included the St. Louis Chapter of the Israeli American Council (IAC), the Jewish Community Center (JCC), St. Louis Friends of Israel (SLFI), Jewish Federation of St. Louis, Congregation B’nai Amoona, Congregation United Hebrew, Nusach Hari B’nai Zion, Kol Rinah, H.F. Epstein Hebrew Academy, Mirowitz Jewish Community School, Traditional Congregation, Shaving Israel, Central Reform Congregation, NCSY, Jewish Student Union (JSU), Shevet Keshet – Tzofim, and Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC).

Jews could use more friends

October 2, 2021

(September 29, 2021 / Jewish Journal) Winston Churchill famously said that “nothing in life is so exhilarating as to be shot at without result.” In the last several days, those of us who are part of the Jewish and pro-Israel communities have been...

Worldwide 30% of trees are in danger of extinction. Not in Israel…

Worldwide 30% of trees are in danger of extinction. Not in Israel…

Naama Barak September 29, 2021

(Israel21c) - In bad news, a report assessing the state of trees worldwide has found that 30 percent of tree species are threatened with extinction. But in good news, it would seem that only two out of Israel’s 60 or so tree species are threatened –...

Jamie Lee Curtis Is the Best Jewish Godmother to Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal

Jamie Lee Curtis Is the Best Jewish Godmother to Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal

Lior Zaltzman, Kveller September 28, 2021

This is just so stinkin’ cute. Apparently, Jamie Lee Curtis is not just a loving mom to her two daughters, Annie and Ruby. She’s also a super sweet godmother to famous siblings Jake Gyllenhaal and Maggie Gyllenhaal. Curtis, the daughter of Jewish...

An overcrowded concentration camp allowed this St. Lousian to be saved by Hungarian Rabbi

An overcrowded concentration camp allowed this St. Lousian to be saved by Hungarian Rabbi

September 28, 2021

Since 1979, Vida “Sister” Goldman Prince has been Chairman of the Oral Histories Project, at the St. Louis Kaplan Feldman Holocaust Museum. The project is dedicated to recording and preserving audio interviews of not only Holocaust Survivors,...

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