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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

St. Louis hosting the JCC Maccabi Games was one of the major stories in the St. Louis Jewish Community in 2016. Maccabi photo: Mike Sherwin

A look at 2016’s top stories in St. Louis Jewish news

Compiled by Jewish Light staff January 4, 2017

Some would rather forget the year 2016, which will likely be remembered for its contentious presidential primary and election processes. But in St. Louis, it was also a year of several highs, including the city hosting the JCC Maccabi Games last summer,...

Lois Severin of University City is hoping to make St. Louis — and beyond — a happier place by running for president on the ‘Smilocracy‘ party ticket.

A candidate to smile about

By Ellen Futterman, Editor September 15, 2016

Perhaps like millions of Americans, you’re frustrated with the options (or lack thereof) in the 2016 presidential race. After all, both Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump share the distinction of being among...

Eric Mink is a freelance writer and editor and teaches film studies at Webster University.  He is a former columnist for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and the Daily News in New York.  Contact him at ericmink1@gmail.com.

How Trump can win the nomination

By Eric Mink April 6, 2016

Donald Trump periodically whines about being the victim of unfair treatment by official Republican-dom, a laughable complaint considering that the essence of his campaign persona is that of a defiant outsider from official political entities. Trump also...

Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders. 

The stakes changed after Scalia died

BY ERIC MINK March 2, 2016

With Super Bloated Tuesday 2016 now relegated to the dustbin of history, the key presidential campaign questions confronting Republicans and Democrats are fewer and clearer.On the Republican side, party leadership, if such a thing still exists, has to...

J. Martin Rochester, Curators’ Teaching Professor of Political Science at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, is author of 10 books on international and American politics, including the forthcoming “New Warfare:  Rethinking Rules for An Unruly World.”  In addition to teaching courses in international politics, international organization and law, and U.S. foreign policy, he has served as chair of the Political Science Dept. at UM-St. Louis.

Waiting for the political center to coalesce

By Marty Rochester February 25, 2016

I recall long ago reading Louis Hartz’s classic 1955 work “The Liberal Tradition in America,” which argued that the United States has been blessed with a relatively consensus-based political culture grounded in the liberal democratic principles...

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