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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

Participants dancing at a concert held to celebrate the end of the first Limmud FSU conference in Moldova, June 2012.

Moldovan Jews struggle to maintain their historic community amid poverty, anti-Semitism

By Gavin Rabinowitz, JTAPublished June 20, 2012

CHISINAU, Moldova -- To tour the largely empty Jewish communities of Moldova and its capital, Chisinau -- once known by Jews the world over as Kishinev -- is not to wonder where did all the Jews go but why there are any remaining. Overgrown cemeteries...

Evan Lazar, second from left, president of the European Council of Jewish Communities, with members of Italy`s Jewish communities, June 17, 2012.

European Jewish leaders, with ambivalence, are turning to Israel for funds to meet needs

By Cnaan Liphshiz, JTAPublished June 19, 2012

BARCELONA -- Jozeph Nassi, the vice president of Istanbul's Jewish community, describes the dilemma facing Europe’s Jewish communities. "When the father gives to the son, they both laugh. When the son gives to the father, they both cry," he said. Nassi...

Shalom Baby names new chair

Published May 16, 2012

Jennifer Bernstein will take over as the new chair of the Shalom Baby program, administered through the Jewish Community Center on behalf of the entire Jewish community.  Bernstein takes over for Batya Wertman, who recently completed her two-year term....

Ana and Steven Weisman and Stephanie Trump march to Jerusalems Jaffa Gate during the first “mega event” of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation’s mission of 700 people to Israel, April 23, 2012.

Biggest federation trip to Israel in years brings more than 700 from Miami

By Uriel Heilman, JTAPublished April 26, 2012

From afar it appeared to be a luminescent snake, twinkling in the dusk that was just beginning to cloak the desert mountains framing the Dead Sea. Upon closer inspection it turned out to be hundreds of Jews from South Florida bearing glow sticks making...

Ivan Ceresnjes of the Center for Jewish Art in Jerusalem at a Jewish tombstone that can been seen in the Roma village built on top of part of the Jewish cemetery in Nis.

Neglect, new construction squeezing historic Serbian Jewish cemetery

By Ruth Ellen Gruber, JTAPublished April 20, 2012

NIS, Serbia—In some alternate universe, it might be a Jewish dream: a Jewish cemetery with a restaurant and discount department store on its doorstep. But in this old Serbian town about 125 miles south of the capital of Belgrade, it’s more like a...

Myra Kraft remembered at National Jewish Book Awards

JTAPublished March 15, 2012

NEW YORK -- The owner of the New England Patriots joined writers, literary judges and supporters of the Jewish Book Council for the inaugural presentation of an award named after his widow, Myra Kraft. Fighting through tears, Robert Kraft thanked the...

Dr. Gilat Raish (far left), an Israeli post-trauma expert, guides Japanese teachers through a recovery course in Wateri, Japan, sponsored by IsraAID.

In Japan, pride in the Jewish response to tsunami

By Antonio Di Gesu, JTAPublished March 7, 2012

TOKYO—Sitting in Tokyo shortly before the first anniversary of the tsunami, I recalled my surprise the first time a Japanese person thanked me, as a Jew, for Israel’s immediate response to the disaster. It was certainly not the time to instruct that...

New aid going to Greek Jewish community

JTAPublished February 28, 2012

JERUSALEM -- The Jewish Agency will provide emergency aid to the Jewish community of Greece facing a serious financial crisis. The Board of Governors of the Jewish Agency for Israel on Monday voted to grant about $1 million over two years to help Greece's...

Tikva Childrens Home infants facility director Chava Melamed
leads the orphanages boys music class.

In a Ukrainian Jewish orphanage, Tikva, economic downturn hits home

By Alex Weisler, JTAPublished February 15, 2012

ODESSA, Ukraine -- In a colorful room at the Tikva Children’s Home here, 30 young boys stand in two straight lines and wait for the cue signaling that they are to start singing. The children, students in a music class, are performing “Mind Your Manners”...

U.S. Jewish leaders accompany Ethiopian emigres to Israel

JTAPublished February 2, 2012

JERUSALEM -- Seventy-one Ethiopians arrived in Israel accompanied by lay leaders from the Jewish Federations of North America. After landing Thursday at Ben Gurion Airport, the new immigrants and the delegation of leaders were taken to an absorption center...

Czech Holocaust survivor publishes diary

By Michael Stein, JTAPublished January 31, 2012

PRAGUE -- A Czech Holocaust survivor published a diary of his Nazi concentration camp experiences. Michal Kraus, 81, published the diary, which he wrote shortly after World War II, on International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Jan. 27. The diary will be...

Opening day of the General Assembly of The Jewish Federations of
North America in Denver, Nov. 6, 2011. ( Eric Stephenson for

At GA, Federation plan for overseas seen as blow to Jewish Agency

By URIEL HEILMAN, JTA, DENVERPublished November 9, 2011

After a decades-long partnership that saw the Jewish Agency for Israel serve as the official, exclusive Zionist arm of North America's Jewish community federations, the federation system is getting ready to date other partners. But Jewish Agency officials...

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