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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

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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, Israel21c
Published April 17, 2024
Fauda (Netflix)

10 best Israeli shows and films to catch on Netflix

By Naama Barak, Israel21c.org
Published February 29, 2024
Image by Below the Sky via Shutterstock.com

13 books to help you and others understand the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

By Naama Barak, Israel 21c
Published November 21, 2023
Mustaches at the ready. Photo courtesy of the Israel Defense Forces

In the face of war, reserve soldiers grow mustaches

By Naama Barak, Israel 21c
Published October 25, 2023
A new fifth season of Fauda is on its way. Photo courtesy of YES

‘Fauda’ returns for unexpected season 5

By Naama Barak, Israel21c
Published September 5, 2023
Best Israeli content to catch on Netflix

Best Israeli content to catch on Netflix

By Naama Barak, Israel21c
Published May 4, 2023
Ari Nagel, father of over 130 kids. Image from “The Baby Daddy” filmed by Yair Cymerman and Adi Rabinovici

Film follows Jewish serial sperm donor Ari Nagel, father of 130

By Naama Barak, Israel21c
Published April 10, 2023
What to pack on your trip to Israel

What to pack on your trip to Israel

By Naama Barak, Israel21c
Published March 9, 2023
Roladin is the most famous purveyor of outlandish Hanukkah donuts in Israel. This one is full of pastry cream and topped with caramelized pecans, toffee and whipped cream. Photo by Ronen Mangan

Feast your eyes on these outrageous Hanukkah donuts

By Naama Barak, Israel21c
Published December 19, 2022
An American Jewish man wears a sweder with the Star of David and a lit Hannukkia (Menorah) during the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah, at the Mahane Yehuda Market in Jerusalem, on December 25, 2019. Photo by Hadas Parush/Flash90 *** Local Caption *** ירושלים חנוכה תייר תיירים מנורה חנוכייה שוק מחנה יהודה

10 reasons why Hanukkah is the most fun holiday

By Naama Barak
Published December 13, 2022
Twelve of the most beautiful secret spots in Israel

Twelve of the most beautiful secret spots in Israel

By Naama Barak
Published March 15, 2021
A historic photograph showing Jewish community leaders meeting with an emissary from Israel in Ernakulam, India. Photo courtesy of the Cochin Jewish Heritage Center.

Meet the Cochin Jews — Israel’s oldest Indian community

By Naama Barak
Published January 24, 2021
The Nile Festival House uncovered in the Galilean town of Tzipori has 11 mosaic floors depicting the annual Nile flooding festival held in ancient Egypt. The Byzantine-era mosaics show the Nilometer that measured water levels, a bare-chested woman symbolizing Egypt, the river god, people offering gifts, flowers, fauna and water creatures. Photo by Eti Koriat Aharon/INPA

9 magnificent ancient mosaics of Israel

By Naama Barak
Published January 18, 2021
Delve into inspiring and engaging reads that could change your life. Image by Yuganov Konstantin via Shutterstock.com

These 11 books can change your life

By Naama Barak
Published January 4, 2021
Visitors tour the underground Western Wall tunnels in Jerusalem’s Old City. Photo by Hadas Parush/Flash90. 

Jerusalem’s archeological tunneling efforts win top award

By Naama Barak
Published December 14, 2020
The cast of “Fauda” (Ohad Romano)

9 of the best new Israeli TV shows you don’t want to miss

By Naama Barak
Published December 7, 2020
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