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

FBI reaches out to Hasidic Jews to fight antisemitism – but bureau has fraught history with Judaism

FBI reaches out to Hasidic Jews to fight antisemitism – but bureau has fraught history with Judaism

Sarah Imhoff , Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Indiana University April 27, 2021

The FBI wants to hear from Hasidim, or “ultra-Orthodox” Jews. The Hate Crimes Unit said as much when it issued announcements – in both Yiddish and Hebrew – asking Jews to report antisemitic incidents in an outreach campaign launched in April 2021. The...

Jonathan S. Tobin

Why is Reform widening the divide between Israel and American Jewry?

BY JONATHAN S. TOBIN November 7, 2019

Friction between American Jews and Israel has never been greater. The divide between these two branches of the Jewish people has been exacerbated by differences about religious pluralism, the peace process, as well as over opinions about President Donald...

American Jews for Donald Trump?

By Henry Schvey May 18, 2016

Amid the incessant election babble of recent months, there was one headline that stood out for me as an American who happens to be Jewish. That was the news that Sheldon Adelson, Las Vegas casino owner, Republican party broker and supporter of Israel,...

Campers at Camp Havaya in the Ayanot Youth Village in central Israel participating in Saturday morning prayers, July 29, 2012.

Israeli summer camps venture into Jewish identity building

By Ben Sales, JTA July 29, 2012

AYANOT, Israel -- Raised in a small and intimate Jewish community, Gal Herman, 14, has always been active in his local Reform youth group, attending services and participating in events. So it was an easy decision to spend summer at the Reform sleepaway...

A good deed for health care in a weary world

By Alan van Capelle, JTA July 8, 2012

NEW YORK — The U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding the Affordable Care Act is far more than a narrow legal decision. It is a decisive affirmation of what is right. Health care surely is right — and a right. This issue is highly personal, hitting home...

Rabbi Susan Talve addresses the crowd at a health care rally on Thursday evening in front of Vintage Vinyl in the U. City Loop. Several Jewish organizations and congregations were represented at the rally.

Jewish groups largely applaud health care ruling

By Zach Silberman, JTA July 2, 2012

WASHINGTON — American Jewish groups — with the notable exception of the Republican Jewish Coalition — were largely satisfied with the U.S. Supreme Court’s vote to uphold President Obama’s landmark Affordable Care Act in a 5-4 vote. Nancy Kaufman,...

The Jewish Light earned a first place award for Outstanding Website from the American Jewish Press Association. The award was one of five Simon Rockower Awards for Excellence in Jewish Journalism for 2011 received by the paper. 

Putting Jewish journalism into perspective

BY LARRY LEVIN, Publisher/CEO June 20, 2012

As noted scholar and Jewish historian Jonathan Sarna suggested at the American Jewish Press Association (AJPA) annual conference last week in Philedelphia, news organizations such as the Jewish Light provide the first draft of our community history. ...

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, JTA 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...

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, JTA 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...

Missouri State Rep. Stacey Newman represents the states 73rd District, encompassing Clayton and Richmond Heights.

Jewish American Heritage Month reception

BY REP. STACEY NEWMAN June 13, 2012

Last month I received an invitation via email through my legislative office that I wasn’t sure at first was real. However, after calling the number listed, I was assured it was legitimate. I was overjoyed. I was invited to the White House for the annual...

Op-Ed: Moderate middle must be heard on Israel debate

By Peter A. Joseph, JTA May 7, 2012

NEW YORK -- The intellectual food fight over Israel that has played out over the Op-Ed pages of virtually all Jewish and many mainstream newspapers in recent weeks may have settled down, but the passion of the discussion has made one thing very clear:...

Rabbi Hershey Novack

Debate over campus anti-Semitism misses the point

By Rabbi Hershey Novack May 2, 2012

The holiday of Shavuot (May 26 - 28), when we will celebrate the receiving of the Torah, is just around the corner. It is an appropriate time to reflect upon the importance of Jewish education, and the sharing of our national inheritance—the Torah —to...

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