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

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

St. Louis Jewish Light

Jewish Federation’s investment in community’s early childhood centers reaps national interest

Jewish Federation’s investment in community’s early childhood centers reaps national interest

Published August 11, 2022

Confident of the positive impact Jewish early childhood centers (ECC) can have on children, their parents and the St. Louis Jewish community, Jewish Federation invested $125,000 last August into a collaborative initiative for all 10 of the community’s...

Yael Shaw

Yael Shaw’s journey to Israel

Published August 10, 2022

What about your Israel trip still resonates the most? Did visiting the Jewish state change your connection to Judaism? How did the actual trip compare to your expectations? The above questions are just a few the Jewish Light asked a number of St. Louis...

Vivian Zwick in 2017 and the late Dr. Michael Freiman.

St. Louis’ Pro-choice pioneers are snapped back 50 years by end of Roe

Published August 10, 2022

After the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in June and Missouri immediately activated the state’s “trigger law” banning legal abortion, I got to thinking about those who fought hard for reproductive rights before the passage of Roe in 1973. In...

Lindsey Marglous center  with her nephew Sawyer Merlin left and niece Lila Merlin hamming it up at Candytopia a candy themed pop up in New York City in 2018    

How “Aunt Lindsey” left a legacy of lovingness

Published July 27, 2022

Lately, I’ve been thinking about legacies — how they happen, what they mean, how we hope to be remembered, how we actually are remembered. Maybe these thoughts have something to do with the realization that I have lived many more years than are likely...

Deanna Shoss and Jerry Witkovsky are the authors of  “Where Two Worlds Meet: A Guide to Connecting With Your Teenage Grandchildren.”

Two worlds don’t have to collide: A guide for grandparents of teens

Published June 29, 2022

As a grandma with two amazing granddaughters, ages 6 and 4, I’ve got to say, life doesn’t get much better. They’re at the ages when they are so happy to see me, especially if it’s for a sleepover because they love to play “interview” at...

On Sunday, St. Louis Jewish teens gathered at the Jewish Community Center’s Day Camp Pavilion for last minute instructions and a meet-and-greet before embarking the next day (June 13) on a three-week Israel Bound trip under the auspices of Jewish Federation.

Federation program helps St. Louis teens take Root One to Israel

Published June 29, 2022

Sarah Rumfelt and Katie Wallace happily chatted as they waited Sunday afternoon for the meeting at the Jewish Community Center’s outdoor pavilion to start. It was uncomfortably hot and humid, with temperatures hovering around 100 degrees, but that...

St. Louis Holocaust Museum announces reopening date

St. Louis Holocaust Museum announces reopening date

Published June 20, 2022

The St. Louis Kaplan Feldman Holocaust Museum will reopen on Nov. 2. The new 36,000 square foot structure will be four times larger than the previous facility, which was located on the lower level of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis building. It...

Inside a HoJo from the 1960s. Photo: Losttables.com

Photos courtesy of Harley Hammerman and Losttables.com

Farewell to HoJo’s, a Futterman family favorite

Published June 9, 2022

You know how sometimes you see a headline, or catch a snippet on the TV news and bam, you’re transported back in time? Often, it’s the innocuous stuff that does it, something you haven’t thought about for decades. But then, once that headline or...

Synagogue changing name of B’nei Mitzvah program

Synagogue changing name of B’nei Mitzvah program

Published May 26, 2022

What’s in a name? Maybe more than you think. In a letter to Shaare Emeth members, Cantor Seth Warner explains how the Reform congregation has renamed its B’nei Mitzvah program to B’Mitzvah Program. “This shift reflects Shaare Emeth’s commitment...

Ben Poremba planning new Jewish deli for spring 23

Ben Poremba planning new Jewish deli for spring ’23

Published May 26, 2022

Last week at a Federation event, I moderated a panel that consisted of five local Jewish restaurateurs, including Israeli native Ben Poremba, owner and chef of Bengelina Hospitality Group (Elaia, Ol io, Nixta, The Benevolent King and more). When asked...

She missed graduation to get married. 50-years later Gail Lang walks with Wash U 72

She missed graduation to get married. 50-years later Gail Lang walks with Wash U ’72

Published May 25, 2022

On Friday, May 20, Gail Lang did something she had waited to do for 50 years — walk at her college graduation ceremony. There she was, replete in cap and gown, at the age of 71, walking with roughly 50 members of Washington University’s Class of...

Two decades at the J, People just want to be around Kevin and Lynda’

Two decades at the J, ‘People just want to be around Kevin and Lynda’

Published May 11, 2022

I learned long ago that many of the best story ideas come from readers. So when someone calls or stops me to say, “Hey, I’ve got a good story for the Light,” I listen. Sure, some stories don’t pan out or live up to the hype, but the flip side...

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