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A nonprofit, independent news source to inform, inspire, educate and connect the St. Louis Jewish community.

St. Louis Jewish Light

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St. Louis Jewish Light

Hate-Filled Rooms

Jewish Light Editorial October 26, 2016

If you think more, better and educated dialogue is critical to young people’s understanding and concern about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, then you may be uneasy about a couple aspects of a recent Brandeis University study.The report on the study,...

Vatican official slams breakaway traditionalist Catholics for anti-Semitic positions

JTA REPORT January 16, 2013

Ahead of the Catholic Church’s annual “Day of Judaism,” a leading Vatican official slammed breakaway traditionalist Catholics for anti-Semitic positions and reaffirmed the Vatican’s commitment to fostering positive relations with the Jewish world....

A swastika spray-painted on a window of Temple Beth Israel in Hackensack, N.J., Dec. 10, 2011.

State Dept. report describes ‘rising tide’ of anti-Semitism

By Ron Kampeas, JTA July 31, 2012

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. State Department’s report on religious freedom described a “global increase” in anti-Semitism and said the “rising tide of anti-Semitism” was among the key trends of last year. The executive summary of the report for...

On the Eve, The Jews of Europe Before the Second World War

Historian looks at Europe’s Jews ‘On the Eve’ of war

By Burton A. Boxerman, Special to the Jewish Light July 25, 2012

Numerous books have been written about Europe in the 1930s prior to the holocaust.   In Bernard Wasserstein’s provoking book, “On the Eve, The Jews of Europe Before the Second World War” (Simon and Schuster, 552 pages; $32.50), the author, a Professor...

Clinton: Remain vigilant against Holocaust denial

By Ron Kampeas, JTA July 24, 2012

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that Holocaust denial and Israel criticism that crosses into anti-Semitism require vigilance. On Tuesday, Clinton addressed a symposium at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum on preventing genocide....

A man dressed as Elmo from Sesame Street is shown yelling anti-Semitic slurs in New Yorks Times Square, June 2012.

Anti-Semitic adventures for ‘Elmo,’ U.S. embassies’ thoughtless tweets, Michael Jackson’s Jews

By Uri Fintzy, JTA June 26, 2012

SIX DEGREES (NO BACON)/JEWISH CELEBRITY ROUNDUP NEW YORK (6NoBacon) -- Fans of Elmo no doubt were taken aback when a man wearing a costume of the beloved "Sesame Street" character replaced his cute and loving words with anti-Semitic slurs in some of New...

When General Grant Expelled the Jews, (Schocken, $27.95) by historian Jonathan D. Sarna 

Scholar Sarna says Grant ‘redeemed’ himself after anti-Jewish edict

BY ROBERT A. COHN, Editor-in-Chief Emeritus June 13, 2012

In his latest book, “When General Grant Expelled the Jews,” (Schocken, $27.95) historian Jonathan D. Sarna details the notoriously anti-Jewish “General Orders No. 11,” in which General Ulysses S. Grant in 1862 ordered the expulsion of all Jewish...

Editorial: The Hunger Blames

May 23, 2012

Should the history of Jewish persecution in rough economic times inform our opinions on how to deal with the world’s economic struggles? We answer in the affirmative, because we can’t avert our eyes from the rampant hatred toward Jews that spreads...

Political, social turmoil worries Hungary’s Jews

By Ruth Ellen Gruber, JTA May 13, 2012

BUDAPEST -- The debate over anti-Semitism in Hungary has sharpened since the anti-Israel, anti-Jewish and anti-Roma (Gypsy) Jobbik movement entered Parliament two years ago as the country’s third largest party. Seeking scapegoats and channeling paranoia...

Rabbi Zoltan Radnoti takes part in a Music Against Racism concert at Chanukah, 2009.

Hungarian official calls actor a ‘filty Jew’

JTA May 10, 2012

Israel’s ambassador to Hungary has cancelled a planned visit to the northern town of Eger to protest reported anti-Semitic comments directed at Jewish actor Jozsef Szekhelyi. Ambassador Ilan Mor expressed support for Szekhelyi, a veteran actor who has...

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...

Title VI should be used only on true hatemongers, not political opponents

By David A.M. Wilensky, JTA April 25, 2012

NEW YORK—In the eyes of the Zionist Organization of America, the most depraved enemies of the Jewish people are obnoxious college campus loudmouths. As the editor of New Voices, a national magazine by and for Jewish college students, I have a different...

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