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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

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...

Debbie Lechtman

WashU Hillel event will explore ‘21st Century Anti-Semitism’

March 31, 2021

Hillel at Washington University (WashU Hillel) will host “21st Century Anti-Semitism:  Exploring Hate, Oppression, and Identity,” from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 6. The virtual event will feature a one-hour panel conversation on identifying...

New York City Mayor de Blasio holds a press confrence denouncing hate crimes

New York City Mayor de Blasio holds a press confrence denouncing hate crimes

Andrew Lichtenstein October 20, 2020

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio attends a press conference after meeting with Satmar Jewish community leaders to denounce the hate crime attack in Jersey City, December 12, 2019 in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. (Photo by Andrew...

Amy Fenster Brown

Raise our voices for the cause of justice

By Amy Fenster Brown June 18, 2020

It’s 2020, a year we are not likely to soon forget. We’re barely halfway in, and the hits just keep coming: Australian fires, COVID-19, the killing of George Floyd, riots. We are people in emotional turmoil. The term for visual acuity is 20/20, the...

Protesters shout ‘dirty Jews’ at Paris rally against police racism

JTA June 18, 2020

Paris police are investigating after multiple participants were heard shouting “dirty Jews” at a demonstration in Paris focused on Adama Traore, a black man who died in police custody there in 2016.The chants erupted at Republique Square on Saturday...

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....

Letters to the editor: April 1, 2020

Letters to the editor: April 1, 2020

April 2, 2020

Commentary leaves out crucial contextI am writing regarding the recent op-ed in The New York Times that compared Israel’s current coronavirus quarantine to the Israel Defense Forces military curfew of the Palestinians that occurred in 2002 (“Stay...

By Gary Slutkin

How do we contain the spread of anti-Semitism?

By Gary Slutkin February 13, 2020

Epidemiologist who studies community violence offers adviceSome commentators have used the word “epidemic” to describe the recent spikes in anti-Semitism. They may not realize how correct they are.Twenty years ago, upon my return to the United States...

 

Even though anti-Semitism is rising, we can still appreciate how far the acceptance of Jews has come in America

By Rabbi Levi Shemtov January 30, 2020

WASHINGTON — Early Friday afternoon, I received a call inviting me to the White House to participate in a same-day signing ceremony for legislation authorizing $375 million in Homeland Security grants to help protect synagogues, churches, mosques and...

Joel M. Petlin

After the Monsey attack, online hate against Jews has only gotten worse

By JOEL M. PETLIN January 16, 2020

MONSEY, N.Y. — As Jewish people around the globe were lighting candles in celebration of the 7th night of Hanukkah, the joyous family gatherings in our town were disrupted by the breaking news of a tragedy close to home: At approximately 10 p.m. on...

Letters to the editor: November 13, 2019

Letters to the editor: November 13, 2019

November 14, 2019

Vetting of author’s ‘truths’ neededI was so very disappointed to discover that a partner of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis — the St. Louis Jewish Book Festival — has chosen to disparage Israel and the Israel Defense Forces by featuring Yousef...

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