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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

War In Israel

Anti-Israel activists protest outside Columbia University in New York City on April 20, 2024. (Photo by Leonardo Munoz / AFP) (Photo by LEONARDO MUNOZ/AFP via Getty Images)

Rabbi at Columbia U urges Jewish students to leave campus

Philissa Cramer, JTAPublished April 21, 2024

(JTA) — An Orthodox rabbi at Columbia University has encouraged students to leave the campus until further notice, saying that he does not believe the university and city police can be counted on to keep Jewish students safe. “What we are witnessing...

Part of a delivery of tactical helmets to the Israeli army’s Golani Brigade, which were donated earlier this week in memory of Tomer Grinberg, a soldier killed in combat in December.

Six months into war, Israeli soldiers still count on donations for basic supplies. Why?

Asaf Elia-Shalev, JTAPublished April 18, 2024

(JTA) — When Aaron Moshe Shalman was recalled for another round of reserve duty in Israel’s army last month, he took to Facebook, seeking help for his 35-member paratrooper unit. “We are in dire need of equipment: tactical helmets, tactical uniforms,...

Launch of #LetOurPeopleGo campaign presses for hostages release

Launch of #LetOurPeopleGo campaign presses for hostages’ release

Jordan Palmer, Chief Digital Content OfficerPublished April 18, 2024

As the St. Louis Jewish community as well as Jews throughout the world prepare to gather around the seder table to commemorate the Exodus and freedom from bondage, we cannot forget the 133 hostages who remain captive in Gaza. To seize...

Israeli army flares fall over the northern Har Dov area on Mount Hermon on Nov. 13, 2023, amid increasing cross-border tensions between Lebanons Hezbollah and Israel as fighting continues with Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip. (Jalaa Marey/AFP via Getty Images)

Survey: Jews feel close to Israel; its government, not so much

By Ron Kampeas, JTAPublished April 18, 2024

(JTA) — As of early March, five months into Israel’s war with Hamas, American Jews felt close to Israel but were also likely to feel uncomfortable with its government’s actions, according to a Jewish Federations of North America poll. Almost...

A long exposure picture shows Iron Dome firing interception missiles, as seen from the southern Israeli city of Ashdod on May 16, 2021. Photo by Avi Roccah/Flash90

Everything you need to know about Israel’s Iron Dome

By Naama Barak, Israel21cPublished April 17, 2024

The current round of violence between Israel and Iran, as well as Hamas in the Gaza Strip erupted with a literal boom as rockets and drones were fired from Iran toward Israel. They set off rocket attack sirens that have become the soundtrack of the...

Esther Panitch, a state representative, in the Georgia House of Representatives chamber in the state Capitol in Atlanta, on Jan. 25, 2024. Credit: Georgia House of Representatives.

‘My southern Jewish … way of saying bless their hearts,’ says state rep who buys trees in Israel for trolls

Menachem Wecker, JNSPublished April 16, 2024

Esther Panitch was inspired when Renee Evans, of the World Jewish Congress, bought trees in Israel recently for Peach State legislators who voted in favor of a bill to codify into law the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA)’s working...

Nov 4, 2023; Altoona, Iowa, United States; Pennsylvania Senator John Fetterman speaks at the Iowa Democrats Liberty and Justice Celebration. Mandatory Credit: Rachel Mummey-The Des Moines Register

Sen. Fetterman: ‘Astonishing’ the U.S. is ‘not standing firmly’ with Israel

By Jacob Kornbluh, The ForwardPublished April 15, 2024

This story was originally published in the Forward. Click here to get the Forward's free email newsletters delivered to your inbox. Sen. John Fetterman, a Democrat from Pennsylvania, lambasted President Joe Biden’s recent critique of Israel’s action...

Yehonatan, Naama, Or and Ofer behind the scenes with their cake while filming their first Taste of Memories recipe video.

St. Louis Shinshinim hosting ‘Taste of Memories’ honoring a fallen IDF’s soldier’s favorite foods

MEGAN RUBENSTEIN, SPECIAL TO THE JEWISH LIGHTPublished April 14, 2024

For the last seven years, the Jewish Federation of St. Louis has brought a group of shinshinim, or young Israeli emissaries, to St. Louis. They share a taste of Israeli culture through their presence in the community and lead programming at local synagogues,...

People take cover in a stairway in Jerusalem, as a red alert is sounded when drones and missiles fired from Iran neared Israel, April 14, 2024.

As Jews do, Israelis awaiting Iranian missile barrage, counter with humor

Philissa Cramer, JTAPublished April 14, 2024

(JTA) — The sirens started blaring all over Israel just before 2 a.m. — in the south, in the north, near army bases around the country and, unusually, in and around Jerusalem. The sirens are meant to stop Israelis in their tracks — or wake...

President Joe Biden meets with his top Cabinet and National Security officials to discuss Irans attacks on Israel, at the White House, April 13, 2024. (White House)

Iran’s attack draws Israel and US closer together after weeks of growing tension

Ron Kampeas, JTAPublished April 13, 2024

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Unqualified public expressions of support for Israel from President Joe Biden. The United States and other nations scrambling to protect Israel from rockets. Congress accelerating defense assistance to Israel. When Iran attacked...

An Iranian missil is intercepted over Tel Aviv on April 14, 2024. (Tomer Neuberg/Flash90)

Iran attacks Israel: How we got here and what might happen next

Ben Sales, JTAPublished April 13, 2024

(JTA) — On Saturday night, Iran fired more than 200 missiles and drones at Israel.  The unprecedented attack — from Iranian soil to Israeli territory — is the most direct confrontation ever between the two longtime adversaries. It threatens...

Iron dome anti-missile system fires interception missiles as rockets fired from Lebanon, as it seen over the Hula Valley, April 12, 2024. (Ayal Margolin/Flash90)

Iran launches dozens of drones at Israel, risking an escalation in the Israel-Hamas war

RON KAMPEAS, JTAPublished April 13, 2024

(JTA) — Iran launched dozens of drones at Israel, a gambit that may be aimed at swarming Israel’s air defenses. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel was ready to strike back, portending an escalation in the Israel-Hamas war. “We...

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