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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

Guards carrying the coffin carrying of former Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir from the Knesset on the way to his funeral at Mount Herzl, Israels national cemetery, July 2, 2012.

Shamir remembered for saying little, standing strong

By Ron Kampeas, JTAPublished July 2, 2012

WASHINGTON — When Yitzhak Shamir was Israel’s prime minister, he liked to point American visitors to a gift he received when he retired as director of the Mossad, Israel’s intelligence service.It was a depiction of the famed three monkeys: See no...

Dr. Ruth Westheimer speaking about The Future of Sex during the Israeli Presidential Conference, June 21, 2012.

At the Israeli Presidential Conference: from Dr. Ruth to Peter Beinart

By Uriel Heilman, JTAPublished June 21, 2012

REPORTER'S NOTEBOOK JERUSALEM (JTA) – What do hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons, Google Chairman Eric Schmidt, Zionist critic Peter Beinart and Dr. Ruth have in common? If you’re still puzzling over that one, you’re not alone. So are the participants...

President Bill Clinton speaking at the 2001 Israel Policy Forum dinner, January 2001.

Revived Israel Policy Forum aims to rise above partisan fray as a pragmatic pro-Israel voice

By Ron Kampeas, JTAPublished June 19, 2012

WASHINGTON -- When President Bill Clinton chose in January 2001 to unveil his Clinton Parameters for Arab-Israel peacemaking, he chose an Israel Policy Forum gala to do it. Four years later, then-Israeli Deputy Prime Minister Ehud Olmert sought the same...

President Barack Obama is photographed with Orthodox Jewish rabbis inthe Oval Office, June 5, 2012.

In outreach to Orthodox Jews, Obama repeats commitment to Israel

By Ron Kampeas, JTAPublished June 6, 2012

WASHINGTON -- President Obama is spreading the word, one Jewish constituency at a time: He has Israel's back. Obama defended his record on Israel and on religious freedoms on Tuesday during a White House meeting with Orthodox leaders. Challenged by one...

Israeli President Shimon Peres meeting with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg at Facebook headquarters in Palo Alto, Calif., as Peres launches his official page on the social networking site, March 6, 2012.

Facebook IPO: Good for the Jews?

By Uriel Heilman, JTAPublished May 15, 2012

NEW YORK – If the Talmud were written today, would it look like Facebook? First, the rabbis of the Mishnaic period post a Jewish legal rule. Then, Talmudic sages weigh in with their comments, all pithy and lacking punctuation. Almost immediately, the...

House passes enhanced Israel cooperation bill

By Zach Silberman, JTAPublished May 9, 2012

WASHINGTON -- The U.S House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed bipartisan legislation that reaffirms and enhances U.S. policy commitments to Israel’s security.  The United States-Israel Enhanced Security Cooperation Act of 2012, which was sponsored...

Yehuda Lancry, a former Israeli ambassador to French, spoke to French journalists in Marseille in June 2011 in a talk organized by the Israel Project.

Translating U.S. pro-Israel advocacy for Jewish communities abroad—and taking care about context

By Ron Kampeas, JTAPublished March 25, 2012

WASHINGTON—It takes more than a translator to translate American-style pro-Israel activism for foreign audiences. Nearly a decade after an effort by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee to replicate its model overseas collapsed in acrimony,...

David Makovsky speaks to the audience about the situation in Iran and how it effects the rest of the world.

Makovsky: U.S. and Israel converge on Iran, but timing gaps loom large

BY ROBERT A. COHN, Editor-in-Chief EmeritusPublished March 21, 2012

While the United States and Israel have “converged” their thinking on how to respond to the threat of a nuclear-armed Iran, “gaps” remain on how long the “window will be open” for a possible military response if diplomacy fails, according...

AIPAC praises SWIFT on Iran compliance

JTAPublished March 16, 2012

WASHINGTON -- The American Israel Public Affairs Committee praised the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication's compliance with sanctions on Iranian banks.  SWIFT, which serves as the final entry point for electronic transactions...

Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-NY), right, greets Ilan Grapel, a dual U.S.-Israeli citizen who had been a former Ackerman intern, on Oct. 27, 2011, following the latter’s release from imprisonment in Egypt.

Ackerman won’t run again

By Ron Kampeas, JTAPublished March 15, 2012

WASHINGTON -- Gary Ackerman, one of the veteran Jewish members of the U.S. House of Representatives, announced he would not run again. Ackerman, who has served 29 years as a Democrat from Queens/Long Island, said he was stepping down at a time that his...

Obama: Diplomacy window on Iran shrinking

JTAPublished March 14, 2012

WASHINGTON -- The window for Iran to resolve its differences with the West through diplomacy is shrinking, President Obama said. "They should understand that because the international community has applied so many sanctions, because we have employed...

Robert A. Cohn, Editor-in-Chief Emeritus

Iran and Israel: Best and worst-case scenarios

BY ROBERT A. COHN, Editor-in-Chief EmeritusPublished March 14, 2012

Can we “handle the truth” about the Iran-Israel crisis, or has the debate become so partisan, ideological and acrimonious that it is impossible to agree on even the most basic facts?  This piece is an attempt to put into perspective where things...

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