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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

Karen Aroesty

ADL leader Karen Aroesty: Turning the page on a career fighting hate

KAREN AROESTY April 8, 2021

Having devoted fully half of my adult life to professional and lay leadership of the Anti-Defamation League’s work in our region, it is time for me to pursue other challenges in the arena of social and community justice. It is a departure laced with...

Karen Aroesty

Longtime ADL regional director to leave post on May 31

BY ELLEN FUTTERMAN, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF April 2, 2021

Karen Aroesty, regional director of the Anti-Defamation League, will be leaving the Jewish anti-bias, non-governmental agency on May 31 “to pursue other challenges in the arena of social and community justice,” she explained. Aroesty, a member of...

Scott Biondo

Federation’s security chief receives ADL Heartland award

November 20, 2020

Scott Biondo, director of community security for Jewish Federation of St. Louis, has been awarded the Anti-Defamation League Heartland 2020 Distinguished Service Award.The award has recognized regional law enforcement representatives who distinguish themselves...

The Anti-Semitism Virus Expands

The Anti-Semitism Virus Expands

JEWISH LIGHT EDITORIAL May 22, 2020

As if the worldwide pandemic of the COVID-19 virus is not enough to contend with, the Anti-Defamation League’s annual audit of anti-Semitic incidents confirms our fears that age-old Jew-hatred is on the rise in our country.The ADL, the oldest anti-bigotry...

Jonathan Greenblatt

Zoom is getting safer. Here’s how you can make your meetings even more secure.

By Jonathan Greenblatt April 23, 2020

Just a few weeks ago, most Americans were not familiar with the concept of Zoombombing. But as the COVID-19 pandemic forced many business, community and even social meetings online, Zoom increasingly became the platform of choice for videoconferencing....

ADL’s Sobering Report on Extremism and Murder in the U.S.

ADL’s Sobering Report on Extremism and Murder in the U.S.

Jewish Light Editorial March 5, 2020

Since its establishment in 1913, the Anti-Defamation League has been on the front lines of fighting not only anti-Semitism but all forms of extremist hate groups and individuals. Its latest report shows that its fight is far from over.Jonathan Greenblatt,...

Noa Hahn

ADL awards 2019 Kranzberg Memorial Scholarships

July 28, 2019

ADL Heartland has announced the newest recipients of the Meyer and Marcelle Kranzberg Memorial Scholarships. They are Michael Siler from Parkway North High School, Noa Hahn from Ladue Horton Watkins High School and Hale Masaki from Ladue Horton Watkins...

Maxine Clark and Bob Fox

ADL to honor Maxine Clark and Bob Fox at Liberty Award Gala

October 11, 2018

The Anti-Defamation League will honor Maxine Clark and Bob Fox at its 2018 Torch of Liberty Award Gala on Sunday, Oct. 21. The Torch of Liberty Award celebrates “those who, by word or deed, seek to preserve our heritage of liberty, freedom, equality...

Police officers from the St. Louis area and the western United States spent eight days in March in Israel learning about the country’s counterterrorism efforts.

Local police praise Israel program

By Eric Berger, Staff writer November 23, 2017

Clayton Police Chief Kevin Murphy is proud of how his department has handled protests in the three years since the police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson. That includes officers’ response to a Nov. 8 protest outside the Anti-Defamation League’s...

Learning to converse about Israel, civilly

By Eric Berger, Staff Writer November 8, 2017

The Jewish Community Relations Council and Anti-Defamation League local chapters are collaborating on a program designed to empower people who usually avoid discussions about Israel.The Jewish nonprofits are targeting people who have never attended an...

Anti-Semitic incidents up from last year, ADL reports

By Eric Berger, Staff Writer November 8, 2017

The number of anti-Semitic incidents in the United States has increased significantly this year, according to a new audit from the Anti-Defamation League, a nonprofit that works to fight anti-Semitism and hate and tracks such occurrences. Reflected in...

ADL announces Kranzberg Memorial Scholarship recipients

July 27, 2017

The Anti-Defamation League of Missouri, Southern Illinois and Eastern Kansas announced that local high school seniors Ben Cohen and Madeleine (Maddy) Toskin are the recipients of the 19th Annual Meyer and Marcelle Kranzberg Memorial Scholarship Awards. Each...

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