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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

This year's 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 LIGHT 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

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 LIGHT 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-Chief 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 Light 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 Light 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...

Rev. Traci Blackmon of Christ the King United Church of Christ in Florissant and Rabbi Susan Talve of Central Reform Congregation in St. Louis are featured in the documentary “Shared Legacies,” which is part of this year’s St. Louis Jewish Film Festival.

The full lineup: Jewish Film Festival

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

The Jewish Film Festival is a bit shorter this year, but it offers 12 outstanding dramas, documentaries and comedies from various countries. Some films have already appeared in St. Louis-area film festivals or theaters; others are local debuts. The annual...

Films

Curtain going up on virtual Jewish Film Festival

By Cate Marquis, Special to the Jewish Light November 5, 2020

Think you missed this year’s St. Louis Jewish Film Festival? Actually, no, because the film fest that usually takes place in June will run Monday through Nov. 15, back-to-back with the Jewish Book Festival. And like the book festival, the film...

Nancy Kranzberg

Getting a breath of fresh air at St. Louis parks

By Nancy Kranzberg September 24, 2020

Of course, I hate the awful situation that we are trapped in, though I realize how fortunate I am. I count my blessings on a daily basis.Usually, we take some sort of a trip in the summer and I don't even think about a staycation, but, if nothing else, this...

Edward Coffield, New Jewish Theatre’s Artistic Director 

New Jewish Theatre announces lineup for 2020-21 season

By Ellen Futterman, Editor March 12, 2020

He had me at “Crossing Delancey.”That was my response when Eddie Coffield shared the lineup for the New Jewish Theatre’s 2020-21 season, beginning in October. Coffield is artistic director of NJT, which is part of the Jewish Community Center.Although...

Wendy Kout is the playwright of ‘We Are the Levinsons,’ coming to the New Jewish Theatre March 19-April 5.

‘Levinsons’ writer embraces Jewish ‘legacy of laughter’

By Judith Newmark, Special to the Jewish Light March 12, 2020

Editor's update (March 16): The New Jewish Theatre has postponed "We Are The Levinsons" due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It will be rescheduled for later this summer. When Wendy Kout, author of “We Are the Levinsons,” a touching comedy opening March...

Spencer Sickman stars in “My Name Is Asher Lev' at the New Jewish Theatre. Photo: Greg Lazerwitz 

Bringing ‘Asher Lev’ to the stage

By Judith Newmark, Special to the Jewish Light January 24, 2020

“Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda has said he loved “My Name Is Asher Lev.” The novel’s author, Chaim Potok, heard similar reactions from readers in India – in fact, from readers all over the world.Neither the Latinx theater artist nor...

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