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

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St. Louis Jewish Light

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Seemingly ubiquitous, the poster deserves a closer look

NANCY KRANZBERG, Special to the Jewish LightPublished February 11, 2022

I clipped an interesting article from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch a few months ago, which made reference to the Poster House museum in New York City. I  was shocked to find that is the only museum in the United States devoted to poster art.  The...

Movie salon participants dress for the occasion during a ‘Downton Abbey’ film viewing and discussion in 2019.

St. Louis group blends film, friendship for 20 years (and counting)

ELLEN FUTTERMAN, Editor-in-ChiefPublished February 6, 2022

As the new president of PROMO, Missouri’s statewide LGBTQ advocacy organization, Dr. Ken Haller recalls being on a panel at Webster University’s LBGTQ film festival in 2006 discussing a documentary about marriage equality in Massachusetts. There were...

New Jewish Theatre will revisit Neill Simons Laughter on the 23rd Floor for the opening of its 2022 season. Above: A photo of the cast of NJTs 2010 production of the play. (John Lamb)

New Jewish Theatre postpones opening of its 24th season

Published January 11, 2022

The New Jewish Theatre has postponed performances of its 24th season kickoff show, “Laughter on the 23rd Floor,” which was originally scheduled to open Jan. 20. The new start date is Feb. 10. “We have been monitoring the situation with the Omicron...

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‘St. Louis Sound’ documents city’s vibrant musical history

NANCY KRANZBERG, Special to the Jewish LightPublished September 13, 2021

There’s an incredible book entitled “St. Louis Sound” written by Steve Pick and Amanda Doyle, which traces the history of music in our city from the Native American Mississippian culture and early French settlers to the present and now. The Missouri...

Sheldon Low and Hadar Orshalimy

Sababa Jewish Arts & Culture Festival returns in October

Published August 8, 2021

Editor's note: Organizers have postponed the Sababa Jewish Arts & Culture Festival until 2022. The Jewish Community Center has announced that Sababa, St. Louis’ Jewish Arts & Culture Festival, will be held outdoors on Oct. 10 on the...

Washington University professor Henry Schvey is the author of “Blue Song: St. Louis in the Life and Work of Tennessee Williams.”

Wash U professor’s new book looks at St. Louis’ impact on Tennessee Williams

JUDITH NEWMARK, Special to the Jewish LIghtPublished July 1, 2021

Seventeen years ago, browsing in a New Orleans bookstore, Henry I. Schvey made a once-in-a-lifetime discovery: An unpublished, entirely unknown poem by Tennessee Williams. Today, the title of that poem is the title of Schvey’s new book, “Blue Song:...

This years Jewish Film Fest has a new leader at the helm

This year’s Jewish Film Fest has a new leader at the helm

CATE MARQUIS, SPECIAL TO THE JEWISH LIGHTPublished May 31, 2021

This is the Jewish Film Festival’s 26th year, but its first without Zelda Sparks, who retired as director of cultural arts at the Jewish Community Center. Sparks helped start the festival and steered it for 25 years, and this year’s festival is...

Amy Kaiser has directed the St. Louis Symphony Chorus since 1995.

Symphony’s Choral Director to receive top honor at St. Louis Arts Awards

Published April 8, 2021

The Arts and Education Council of St. Louis will honor Amy Kaiser, director of the St. Louis Symphony Chorus since 1995, with its 2021 Lifetime Achievement awards at the St. Louis Arts Awards on May 24. The celebration will take place under the Big Top...

Rob Aronson

St. Louis financial planner works to ‘Change the World’ with Jewish music

BY BILL MOTCHAN, SPECIAL TO THE JEWISH LIGHTPublished March 18, 2021

Music is an integral part of Judaism and dates back to the first temple in Jerusalem, when Levites sang and played the harp, lyre and shofar during religious services. Centuries later, communal singing remains a constant in Jewish worship and celebrations,...

Brothers Lazaroff and a host of special guests including Rabbi James Stone Goodman perform at the ninth annual Hanukkah Hullabaloo on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019 at the Grandel Theatre. Photo: Bill Motchan

Annual St. Louis Hanukkah bash with Brothers Lazaroff goes virtual

By Ellen Futterman, Editor-in-ChiefPublished November 20, 2020

In the “time flies” category, can you believe it’s been 10 years since the Brothers Lazaroff launched their first Hanukkah Hullabaloo? What began as a humble holiday after-party following a Kinky Friedman concert in 2011 has grown into a must-attend...

Nancy Kranzberg

How has the pandemic affected artists in St. Louis? Here’s what they told me

By Nancy Kranzberg, Special to the Jewish LightPublished November 6, 2020

I’ve been worried about my artist friends and wondering how they are coping in these troubled times. So I decided to just pick up the phone — I’m old fashioned — and ask.The main question I asked was how they were dealing with the time on their...

Yehuda Nahari Halevi stars in ‘Incitement.’

Chilling ‘Incitement’ dramatizes young man’s devolution to Rabin assassin

By Cate Marquis, Special to the Jewish LightPublished November 6, 2020

“Incitement,” director Yaron Zilberman’s gripping, fact-based political thriller, explores the life of a young Israeli man in the two years before he assassinated Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin at a rally in November 1995 celebrating the second...

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