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

St. Louis Jewish Light

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St. Louis Jewish Light

Amid antisemitism concerns, 101 local Jewish federations to spend $54M on improving security

Amid antisemitism concerns, 101 local Jewish federations to spend $54M on improving security

October 4, 2021

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Jewish Federations of North America is launching a campaign to expand its security program to every federation in the country, an initiative that will cost $54 million. JFNA CEO Eric Fingerhut announced the initiative on Monday...

Is Alicia Silvestone Jewish?

Is Alicia Silvestone Jewish?

October 3, 2021

Alicia Silverstone has had a long and varied career in the public eye, from her star-making turn in the 1995 film “Clueless” to her reemergence a decade later as a vegan and animal rights activist. Silverstone’s father was born Jewish on October...

The remarkable true story of the Great Knish War of 1916

The remarkable true story of the Great Knish War of 1916

October 3, 2021

The last place I thought I'd find some interesting Jewish history was on my plate during a recent visit to Pumpernickels Delicatessen in Creve Coeur. As I perused the menu, I mentioned to my wife that I hadn't had a knish in years, and remembered how...

American actor Ed Asner as newspaper editor Lou Grant in the US TV show The Mary Tyler Moore Show, circa 1975. (Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images)

Ed Asner, who starred as Lou Grant, dies at 91

August 29, 2021

(JTA) — Ed Asner, whose trademarked a gruff, flawed, and loving persona as Lou Grant in “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and in a spin-off series about journalism, has died at 91. “We are sorry to say that our beloved patriarch passed away this...

GOP congressman compares COVID measures to Holocaust, prompting an intern’s resignation

GOP congressman compares COVID measures to Holocaust, prompting an intern’s resignation

August 27, 2021

(JTA) — Kentucky Rep. Thomas Massie was far from the first Republican lawmaker to compare public health measures aimed at curbing the spread of COVID-19 to the Holocaust when he posted an image of a tattooed wrist on Twitter on Wednesday. Reps. Marjorie...

18 Orthodox Jewish girls pulled off New York-bound flight in Amsterdam in dispute over COVID protocols

18 Orthodox Jewish girls pulled off New York-bound flight in Amsterdam in dispute over COVID protocols

August 8, 2021

(JTA) — Dutch police at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport removed 18 Orthodox Jewish girls from a Delta-KLM flight bound for New York on Friday allegedly because they failed to comply with COVID-19 measures about eating at proscribed times. The girls...

Hezbollah fires 19 rockets at Israel in worst fighting since 2006 war

Hezbollah fires 19 rockets at Israel in worst fighting since 2006 war

August 6, 2021

(JTA) — Israel and the Lebanese terrorist group Hezbollah are engaged in their heaviest fighting since the 2006 Lebanon War. On Friday morning, Hezbollah fired 19 rockets at Israel. Ten were intercepted by Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system,...

Incendiary balloons from Gaza prompt new Israeli airstrikes

Incendiary balloons from Gaza prompt new Israeli airstrikes

June 16, 2021

(JTA) — After balloons filled with incendiary material were sent from Gaza into the Israeli countryside, Israel’s military launched a fresh offensive of airstrikes on Hamas targets on Wednesday. There were no casualties on either side, Reuters...

Pride rallies held across Israel in lieu of annual parades due to coronavirus

July 2, 2020

JERUSALEM — They came out by the thousands across Israel to show their support for LGBTQ rights — but the numbers were a far cry from the Pride parades held annually that were canceled due to the coronavirus.Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Haifa, as well...

Ohio’s Health Dept. director resigns after backlash over stay-at-home orders

June 18, 2020

Amy Acton, the Department of Health director in Ohio who came under fire for the stay-at-home orders to stem the coronavirus crisis, including armed protesters carrying signs with anti-Semitic messages, has resigned.Acton will become the chief health...

Protesters shout ‘dirty Jews’ at Paris rally against police racism

June 18, 2020

Paris police are investigating after multiple participants were heard shouting “dirty Jews” at a demonstration in Paris focused on Adama Traore, a black man who died in police custody there in 2016.The chants erupted at Republique Square on Saturday...

Steven Spielberg speaks onstage during the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ 10th annual Governors Awards at The Ray Dolby Ballroom in Hollywood, Calif., Nov. 18, 2018. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Steven Spielberg warns: Genocide as possible today as it was during Holocaust

December 6, 2018

(JTA) — Steven Spielberg, the Oscar-winning director of the Holocaust film “Schindler’s List,” has a warning: The possibility of hate leading to genocide is as possible today as it was during the Holocaust.Spielberg in an interview with NBC’s...

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