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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

Jan Abrams is passionate about helping children. Photo: Kristi Foster

Jan Abrams: Children are her passion and life’s work

By Carol Wolf Solomon, Special to the Jewish Light May 25, 2018

Sometimes the benefits of working out extend well beyond physical fitness. In the case of Jan Abrams, a session on the treadmill landed her a dream job. Seven years ago, as Abrams was exercising at Wellbridge Athletic Center & Spa, Susan E. Block...

At the 2017 Jewish-Muslim Day of Community Service, Sophie Malik (third from left) is shown with fellow event co-chairs Jerry Hochsztein and Julie Williams, as well as JCRC staff member Alyssa Banford. Photo: Bill Motchan

Sophie Malik: Bridging Muslim-Jewish communities

BY ERIC BERGER, STAFF WRITER May 25, 2018

In 2012, one of Sophie Malik’s friends from Daar Ul Islam Mosque asked her what she had planned for Christmas.A Muslim, Malik does not celebrate the holiday, so she replied:  “I’m probably going to go to the movies. I might go to a Christmas lunch...

Susan Kottler has been a docent at many of St. Louis’ major cultural institutions, including the St. Louis Zoo.

Susan Kottler: Culture, education and compassion motivate work as volunteer, docent

By BILL MOTCHAN, Special to the Jewish Light May 25, 2018

Chat for a while with Susan Kottler and you’ll learn something new about St. Louis history. Or the St. Louis Zoo or the St. Louis Art Museum or the Pulitzer Arts Foundation or the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis. Kottler has been a docent at all four...

David Lander

David Lander: A decades-long pursuit of social justice

By David Baugher, Special to the Jewish Light May 25, 2018

After he stopped working, David Lander felt he’d have more time for other pursuits. It turns out he was right. “One of the things I wondered when I retired was, ‘Is there an upward limit on how many hours a day or a week someone could read?”...

Maxine Mirowitz feeds the chickens in her backyard coop. Photo: Bill Motchan

Maxine Mirowitz: Zen and the art of spiritual sharing

BY ELLEN FUTTERMAN, EDITOR May 25, 2018

Spend a little time with Maxine Mirowitz and don’t be surprised if you wind up feeling relaxed, more spiritually connected, even downright Zen. The 56-year-old yoga enthusiast has a truly calming aura that is infectious. But she says she wasn’t...

2018 Unsung Heroes

2018 Unsung Heroes

May 24, 2018

On Thursday, May 17, members of the community came out to support the Jewish Light’s 9th class of Unsung Heroes, as well as pay tribute to the event’s founder and honorary chair, Sheri Sherman. The Jewish Light’s 2018 Unsung Heroes are Robert Stein,...

Robert Stein talks with young people at the Herbert Hoover Boys & Girls Club in April. Photo: Bill Motchan

Robert Stein: ‘Energetic and dedicated volunteer’ strives to make impact in community

By David Baugher, Special to the Jewish Light May 24, 2018

Robert “Bob” Stein still remembers his first home visit to an immigrant family while volunteering for the International Institute. “I walk into the home and it was very hot,” said the 66-year-old. “The air conditioning was working but...

Hannah Maurer

Hannah Maurer: Student’s causes bend toward justice

By Bill Motchan, Special to the Jewish Light May 24, 2018

Ask a group of high school students to name their favorite celebrity and you’ll get answers such as actress Emma Watson or singer Demi Lovato. Hannah Maurer marches to a different drummer. Her “political crush” is voting rights activist Jason...

Susie Spitzer Kinsella

Susie Spitzer Kinsella: Giving back is common denominator among wide variety of service projects

By Carol Wolf Solomon, Special to the Jewish Light May 24, 2018

Talking to Susie Spitzer Kinsella about her volunteer work is like hopping in a car with a NASCAR driver. You had better buckle your seat belt and hold on for dear life because she operates at maximum speed. Keeping up with her is a challenge.Whether...

Arik Levy

Arik Levy: Easing the burden on ill out-of-towners

BY ERIC BERGER | STAFF WRITER May 24, 2018

Last spring, a Los Angeles man named Pejman learned that he had cancer in his bile duct, a tube connected to the liver, and would likely need a transplant.He met with doctors at LA-area hospitals and learned that the wait time for a liver transplant would...

Steve Gorin and Covenant Place Executive Director Joan Denison look at plans for Covenant’s new building project.

Steve Gorin: Legal, financial background helps nonprofits thrive

By David Baugher, Special to the Jewish Light May 24, 2018

Being president of the board at Covenant Place during the biggest decision in its history was a tough job but Steve Gorin is quick to credit others for the accomplishment. “We had the right executive director in place,” recalls Gorin, 55, as...

2018 Unsung Heroes event

2018 Unsung Heroes-Event photos

May 24, 2018

On Thursday, May 17, members of the community came out to support the Jewish Light’s 9th class of Unsung Heroes, as well as pay tribute to the event’s founder and honorary chair, Sheri Sherman. The Jewish Light’s 2018 Unsung Heroes are Robert Stein,...

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