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St. Louis Jewish Light

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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

Joe Biden and Donald Trump commented on the vote results in the early hours of Nov. 4, in Delaware and the White House respectively. (Getty Images)

With Trump and Biden battling still, American Jews grapple with profound political shifts

Ron Kampeas November 4, 2020

PITTSBURGH (JTA) — American Jews woke up on Wednesday to a presidential election that is extending their anxiety and to electoral maps that show a Republican Party changed by a president they repudiated with their votes.Joe Biden and Donald Trump were...

Joe Biden at the Chase Center in Wilmington, Dela., early on Nov. 4, 2020. (Roberto Schmidt/AFP via Getty Images)

Poll: Jewish voters favored Biden 77-21

Ron Kampeas November 4, 2020

(JTA) — Jewish voters favored Joe Biden over President Donald Trump 77%-21% in an exit poll.The numbers, in a poll by GBAO Strategies for J Street, a liberal Jewish Middle East advocacy group which endorsed Biden, was of 800 voters who voted early or...

Kathy Manning lost in 2018 but is now favored to win after a court redrew North Carolinas districts, which were gerrymandered by Republicans. (Kathy Manning for Congress)

Kathy Manning, former Jewish Federations head, wins North Carolina congressional race

Ron Kampeas November 3, 2020

(JTA) — Kathy Manning, a former immigration attorney who led two national Jewish organizations, won a congressional seat in North Carolina.Manning defeated Lee Haywood, her Republican opponent in an open Greensboro-area district. The 6th District was...

Missouri Democratic congressional candidate Cori Bush gives her victory speech at her campaign office in St. Louis, Missouri on August 4, 2020. (Michael B. Thomas/Getty Images) 

Cori Bush, Democrat who expressed support for BDS, wins Missouri congressional race

Ben Sales November 3, 2020

(JTA) — Cori Bush, a Democrat who expressed support for the movement to boycott Israel, is set to become the St. Louis area’s next congresswoman.Reps. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib, who also support the movement to boycott, divest from and sanction...

Marjorie Taylor Greene at a press conference in Dallas, Ga., Oct. 15, 2020. (Dustin Chambers/Getty Images) 

Marjorie Taylor Greene becomes Congress’ first adherent of the anti-Semitic QAnon theory

Gabe Friedman November 3, 2020

(JTA) — Georgia Republican Marjorie Taylor Greene will become the first member of Congress who has expressed belief in the QAnon conspiracy theory, which is rich in anti-Semitism.Greene, whose Democratic challenger dropped out of the race in September,...

Videos circulated of a man reciting a prayer for victory for Donald Trump in an Orthodox synagogue Tuesday morning. (Screenshot from WhatsApp)  

Anxious Jewish voters turn to an old standby: prayer

Shira Hanau November 3, 2020

(JTA) — When Rabbi David Seidenberg wrote a prayer for the presidential election in 2004, he wanted it to be usable by people on both sides of the political aisle.This year, he added lines calling for the tearing out of tyranny and the pulverization...

J. Martin Rochester, Curators’ Distinguished Teaching Professor of Political Science Emeritus at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, is the author of 10 books on international and American politics.

Which party better represents Jews? No easy answers

BY MARTY ROCHESTER September 24, 2020

There is the old saw that “where there are two Jews, you will find three opinions.” A case in point is the ongoing debate over whether it is the Republican Party or the Democratic Party that better represents Jews today and, more particularly, which...

Marty Rochester

Foreign policy debate needs bigger voice in 2020 campaign

By Marty Rochester June 20, 2019

Did you know that the U.S. Air Force is the smallest it has been since 1947 and that we have the smallest navy in almost a century? Do you care? You may recall a slogan that Bill Clinton’s campaign used during his 1992 run for the presidency: “It’s...

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