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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

Back to his roots: Eitan Kantor becomes artist-in-residence at B’nai Amoona

Back to his roots: Eitan Kantor becomes artist-in-residence at B’nai Amoona

ERIC BERGER, ASSOCIATE EDITOR July 20, 2021

Eitan Kantor did not let a local music school’s denial keep him from playing the shofar or pursuing Jewish music. When he was about 7 years old, Kantor was already part of the shofar band at Congregation B’nai Amoona and realized that the other...

Gabe Fleisher hosts a politics podcast for St. Louis Public Radio.  Photo: David Kovaluk 

From bedroom to pressroom: Now Gabe Fleisher wakes up to politics in the Rose Garden

VIRGINIA GILBERT, Special to the Jewish Light May 27, 2021

Gabe Fleisher has been on a 10-year journalism journey, from summarizing news in his St. Louis bedroom before school to getting a press pass to the Rose Garden introduction of Amy Coney Barrett as a nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court. Fleisher, 19,...

Ben Hillman. Photo: Bill Motchan

Food biz entrepreneur prioritizes staff, customer experience

BILL MOTCHAN, Special to the Jewish Light May 18, 2021

On his way to work every day, Ben Hillman is greeted by a giant purple chicken. Hillman manages the year-old fast casual restaurant Chicken Out at Delmar and Skinker boulevards in the Loop. The restaurant’s mascot is a 10-foot-high statue known as...

Esther Santer – Fashion and lifestyle blogger (esthersanter.com).

Inside the world of professional social media influencers: Esther Santer

By Bill Motchan, Special to the Jewish Light April 2, 2021

Social media influencers are increasingly changing the media landscape by virtue of their popularity, with many having the power to affect purchasing among their many followers. Among the Jewish social media influencers with substantial audiences are...

A former artist with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, Elliana Grace now teaches aerial at Circus Harmony. Photo by GABRIELPHOTO.CA

Circus aerialist discusses the art of circus performance

BY ERIC BERGER, ASSOCIATE EDITOR January 2, 2020

While circus arts are generally on the descent — the company that owns the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus closed in 2017 after 146 years — St. Louis resident Elliana Grace is trying to ensure that performers continue to ascend high...

Photo: Bill Motchan

Young entrepreneur may hold the key to spacecraft fuel efficiency

BY BILL MOTCHAN, SPECIAL TO THE JEWISH LIGHT December 27, 2019

The future of space exploration could be largely influenced by a young Jewish entrepreneur who grew up in St. Louis. Tyler Bernstein, 21, is CEO of a fledgling company called Zeno Power Systems that is developing a system to convert the heat from nuclear...

Haimann is shown with his wife, Sarah, and their two children. 

Putting his stamp on the world

By Ellen Futterman, Editor October 3, 2019

Stamp collector Alex Haimann has traveled the world extensively in pursuit of a hobby that first grabbed him in childhood. In August, he gave billionaire philanthropist Warren Buffett an impromptu tour of the nation’s largest annual stamp show, which...

Sam Zvibleman (center) with stars and co-creators Maya Erskine and Anna Konkle. Photo: Alex Lombardi for AwesomenessTV

St. Louis native co-creates Emmy-nominated show

By Eric Berger, Associate Editor September 12, 2019

When Sam Zvibleman was a middle school student at Parkway Central in the 1990s, friends put up signs like, “Brant loves Alison,” or “Sam loves Michelle.”The declarations were not genuine but rather from friends trying to make one another laugh....

Lucy Greenbaum is music and youth engagement coordinator at Congregation Shaare Emeth. Photo by Zach Dalin

Rising Jewish singer-songwriter takes baton at Shaare Emeth

By Kayla Steinberg, Staff Writer July 11, 2019

Lucy Greenbaum was always told she should become a cantor.  Before high school, music was just her side gig. She sang at open mics and coffeehouses, never taking her performances too seriously. But Greenbaum’s cantor urged her to participate in the...

Becca Near is coordinator of young adult engagement at Jewish Federation of St. Louis.

Jewish Federation staffer networks to attract young adults

By Eric Berger, Associate Editor June 20, 2019

Becca Near sees her work as coordinator of young adult engagement for Jewish Federation of St. Louis as a critical part of the local Jewish community’s future.“I think it’s important for young professionals and young adults to know the different...

Matt Lebon, owner of a local landscaping company, forages for juneberries on May 30 in St. Louis. Photo: Eric Berger 

Foraging, farming and foodscaping

By Eric Berger, Associate Editor June 6, 2019

One of Matt Lebon’s first foraging experiences took place on a hike in Israel when someone spotted a mulberry tree. He recalls climbing into the tree and “gorging on mulberries.”“That was incredibly exciting to me, whereas some people might just...

Rabbi Karen Bogard of Central Reform Congregation was one of 11 rabbis selected for the InterfaithFamily Rukin Rabbinic Fellowship Program. 

New fellowship aims to reach multifaith couples

By Eric Berger, Associate Editor April 29, 2019

About three years ago, Rabbi Karen Bogard had to make an uncomfortable decision. She had received a request from a cousin who had been Bogard’s maid of honor. The cousin wanted Bogard to officiate at her wedding. But for Bogard, there was an issue:...

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