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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

Longtime ‘Light’ board member brings rocket scientist skills to the table

Longtime ‘Light’ board member brings rocket scientist skills to the table

Bill Motchan, Special to the Jewish Light November 9, 2021

Talented, dedicated volunteers are worth their weight in gold. That’s especially true of Jeffry Golden, who has worked behind the scenes on the St. Louis Jewish Light’s Board of Trustees for a decade, sharing his business and financial expertise....

 Larry Edison (left) helps teach a student during a recent Tech Tutor program at the Mirowitz Center.

Volunteer tech programs bridge ‘digital divide,’ one senior at a time

Bill Motchan, Special to the Jewish Light November 8, 2021

Jackie, 72 has a Samsung Android smartphone she uses to text with her daughter and grandsons. Until recently, she didn’t know how to do much else with the device. Now, she can view and send photos with her phone, she uses Google maps and a host of other...

In 2009, Arlen Chaleff joined the board of the St. Louis chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). She has been involved with a variety of nonprofit endeavors, with a particular emphasis on helping the mentally ill.

How ‘Unsung Hero’ Arlen Chaleff is helping bring better days to the mentally ill

Ellen Futterman, Editor-in-Chief November 7, 2021

Each year millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental illness. Since May is Mental Health Awareness Month, the St. Louis Jewish Light is joining the national movement to raise awareness. This story was originally published on Nov. 7,...

From doctor to volunteer, helping people  is Dr. Laura Goldmeier’s true calling

From doctor to volunteer, helping people is Dr. Laura Goldmeier’s true calling

Bill Motchan, Special to the Jewish Light November 5, 2021

During her career as an obstetrician-gynecologist, Dr. Laura Goldmeier cared for many women. Now retired, Goldmeier has a new goal. She helps hundreds of Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) soldiers obtain much-needed personal care goods, socks, T-shirts and...

‘She’s just magical’: Veteran puppeteer  Ginny Weiss uses her talents to give back

‘She’s just magical’: Veteran puppeteer Ginny Weiss uses her talents to give back

Bill Motchan, Special to the Jewish Light November 5, 2021

Gilda Radner, Adam Sandler and Billy Crystal are just a few Jewish comedic actors known for their impersonations. Here’s another talented Jewish impersonator: Ginny Weiss. The St. Louis great-grandmother has mastered 100 different voices, ranging from...

Ex-journalist Nancy Keyser helps repair  the world by learning, telling stories

Ex-journalist Nancy Keyser helps repair the world by learning, telling stories

Eric Berger, Associate Editor November 5, 2021

Nancy Keyser has not worked as a newspaper reporter for four decades, but she retains some of the same hunger for stories. About a decade ago, Keyser retired from a career in public relations, the field she entered after leaving journalism, and was...

Photo by: Eric Berger

‘We can repair it’ ethic serves our “Unsung Hero” Carolyn Satz and others well

Eric Berger, Associate Editor November 5, 2021

When Carolyn Satz was recently preparing jewelry for sale at the Resale Shop, a fellow volunteer pulled out a bracelet with a stone missing. Satz told the volunteer, "Don't put that in the junk bag. I can fix that." She then glued the stone back into...

Wayne Kaufman

Unsung Heroes 2015: Wayne Kaufman

By David Baugher, Special to the Jewish Light October 27, 2021

This story was originally published on May 21, 2015 Wayne Kaufman may be receiving the Unsung Hero Award but it’s really his late brother Ralph in whose memory much of his work is being done. “His passion was helping people in general, mainly...

Unsung Heroes

Unsung Heroes, 2010-2021

November 24, 2020

2021 Arlen Chaleff Dr. Laura Goldmeier Nancy Keyser Carolyn Satz Ginny Weiss Tech Tutors and Get Tech volunteers Dr. Jeffry Golden 2020 Allen and Ronnie Brockman Mark Dana Aleeza Granote Sheryl Kalman Steve Rosenblum Alan...

Couple created Camp Rainbow for children with cancer, blood disorders, now serving 800+ each year

Couple created Camp Rainbow for children with cancer, blood disorders, now serving 800+ each year

By Ellen Futterman, Editor-In-Chief November 20, 2020

Perhaps Dr. Bob Bergamini summed it up best: “The unique and spectacular gift that they have given is a vision, an insight and a motivation that makes these camps endure and continue to improve, and sparks that creativity that allows us to continue...

Alan Spector receives the Uniquely U City award from Superintendent Joylynn Pruitt for having initiated a life planning program at U. City High School.

Saying ‘Yes’ to living and teaching an active, diversified retirement and helping older adults

ERIC BERGER, Associate Editor November 20, 2020

When Alan Spector leads workshops to help people with the nonfinancial aspects of retirement, one of his main suggestions is: “Look and listen for opportunities, and be predisposed to say, ‘Yes.’ ” If you’re wondering whether Spector...

Steve Rosenblum is shown with signs from The Kaufman Fund golf tournament, which he helps arrange. Rosenblum is a board member of The Kaufman Fund, an organization that works to assist veterans. Photo: Bill Motchan

Former Ferguson restaurateur ‘pays it forward’ as a volunteer

BILL MOTCHAN November 20, 2020

Steve Rosenblum can trace his commitment to volunteering and giving back to the community to his father, who was fond of saying: “If something good happens to you, send 10 bucks to the rabbi.” “What he meant was, be appreciative, be grateful...

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