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

A nonprofit, independent news source to inform, inspire, educate and connect the St. Louis Jewish community.

St. Louis Jewish Light

Lou Albert

Adolescents underserved by mental health services

By L. Louis AlbertPublished June 20, 2012

Our community should be aware that mental health services for adolescents are in short supply in the greater St. Louis area with good reason, given the recent dictates of health care delivery.  With the onset of managed care during the 1990s, adolescents...


Ohr Chadash teen page welcomes new advisor

By Lily Siwak, Clayton High SchoolPublished March 19, 2012

This year, the St. Louis Jewish Light has many exciting things in store. Along with our usual interesting stories, we are lucky to welcome another new face to the Ohr Chadash teen page. Elizabeth Tucker, co-founder of Alive magazine, is eager to join...

Beth Koritz, Director of B’nai Tzedek, speaks to the b’nai mitzvah class at Shaare Emeth. Cantor Seth Warner praised the program and challenged the class to have 100 percent participation in the teen philanthropy program.

Teen philanthropy program registering new participants

Published February 29, 2012

B’nai Tzedek is enrolling new participants for the teen philanthropy program, which aims empowers teens to improve the world by launching them on a personal and engaged relationship to life-long Jewish giving.  B’nai Tzedek will hold an introductory...

Applications sought for Hy C. Miller scholarship fund for teen Israel trip

Published February 1, 2012

St. Louis area teens are encouraged to apply for the Hy C. Miller Israel Scholarship Fund, which offers a month-long Israel trip, including airfare from New York, for $1,999 (and in some cases less).The trip, called the Jerusalem Journey (TJJ), also includes...

Mary Ann Srenco

Kranzberg Foundation awards $55K in grants to local NextGen programs

Published February 1, 2012

The Kranzberg Family Foundation, a supporting organization of Jewish Federation of St. Louis, has awarded $55,000 in grants to eight local Jewish organizations for teen and young adult initiatives in 2012. This is the fifth year the family has gifted...

Jewish Opportunities & Learning for Teens (JOLT) students
pose with Rabbi Shmuel Kay during a class. The programs new
trimester begins Feb. 9.

JOLT program begins new trimester Feb. 9

Published January 25, 2012

Jewish Opportunities & Learning for Teens (JOLT) will begin its third trimester on Feb. 9, featuring eight Thursday evenings for students in grades 8-12 to socialize and learn with other teens.  Trimester three includes a special Purim celebration...

Joey Goldman

Joey Goldman, Congregation Shaare Emeth

Published December 28, 2011

This past summer, the Epworth Children & Family Services youth board was asked to create a community service project to benefit the homeless and runaway youth in the community. They called it Jeans for Teens. Youth board members spoke at various places...

Caleb Ellis

A teen perspective on affiliation

By Caleb Ellis, Ohr Chadash StaffPublished December 14, 2011

CAN WE TALK? - TEEN COMMENTARY Throughout the first 17 years of my growing up, there's no question that Judaism has played an integral role. Like many of my Jewish peers, I underwent the staples of elementary Jewish education. I reluctantly attended Hebrew...

Vanessa Van Petten

Expert incorporates teen perspectives in ‘Radical Parenting’ advice


Vanessa Van Petten, author and youthologist, will be the keynote speaker at this year's Yom Limmud Day of Discovery for Teens on Sunday, Nov. 20, sponsored by the Central Agency for Jewish Education. The Jewish Light interviewed Van Petten recently about...

Technology offers benefits — but some pitfalls — for teens

BY ANIEL SHAPIRO, Junior, Block YeshivaPublished November 9, 2011

Cell phones, laptops, and television have revolutionized society. As a result of these technological innovations, people spend more and more time plugged in, especially teenagers. According to Sciencedaily.com, most teenagers spend an average of 20 hours...

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