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St. Louis Jewish Light

“Philip Roth: The Biography” by Blake Bailey, W. W. Norton & Company, 912 pages, $40. Published April 6, 2021

Author explores the life and many loves of Philip Roth

BY ROBERT A. COHN, Editor-in-Chief Emeritus April 9, 2021

First, full disclosure:  I have been an unabashed admirer of the acclaimed novelist Philip Roth throughout my long career at the Jewish Light.  Roth, the tormented genius of American Jewish letters, who earned every major literary award except for the...

Firqat Alnoor performing at the Jerusalem Festival. Photo: courtesy 

Israeli orchestra sends musical love letter to Arab states

By Abigail Klein Leichman, Israel21c October 23, 2020

Atop a soaring Tel Aviv skyscraper, an orchestra of Jewish, Muslim, Druze and Christian musicians from across Israel performed the Emirati song “Ahebak” (“I Love You”) in tribute to the historic Israel-UAE peace treaty.Posted on September 15...

Works by artist Jeffie Brewer are among the new sculptures installed on the Millstone Campus. 

Philanthropist gives Jewish community campus a new infusion of outdoor art

Ellen Futterman October 21, 2020

If you haven’t been to the I.E. Millstone Campus near Creve Coeur lately, you’re in for a pleasant surprise next time you visit. Five new towering sculptures, including three whimsical, brightly colored ones, continue to enliven the campus, thanks...

Nancy Kranzberg

Murals can be windows to our world

BY NANCY KRANZBERG May 7, 2020

Murals, which are by definition a large painting or photo affixed to a wall, reflect the many aspects of our environment and society. They show both the good and the bad sides of our world and are a great way to involve people of all ages in expressions...

Nancy Kranzberg

War museums, memorials shine a light on the past

By Nancy Kranzberg, Special to the Jewish Light December 5, 2019

Drive through any city in the world and you will find war memorials dedicated to battles or individual war heroes. Many of the sculptures are made by famous artists. War and the military have been themes in art through the ages.St. Louis and the state...

For more of Nancy Kranzberg’s commentary, listen to KWMU (90.7) St. Louis on the Air the first Friday of each month at approximately 12:50 p.m. She also hosts a weekly Arts Interview podcast for KDHX (88.1), available at artsinterview.kdhxtra.org.

Exploring jewelry as an enduring art form

By Nancy Kranzberg, Special to the Jewish Light September 6, 2019

I was once again thrilled by an exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Titled “Jewelry: The Body Transformed,” the exhibit is described in the museum’s brochure — “What is jewelry? Why do we wear it? What meaning does...

The cast of  ‘Angels in America’ at The Rep Sept. 4-Oct. 6.  Photo: Peter Wochniak

2019 Fall Arts Guide

Compiled by Jewish Light staff August 29, 2019

Labor Day weekend may signal the official end of summer — though not necessarily the end of hot weather — but it also signals the start of the 2019 Fall Arts Season, with enough performances, concerts and art openings to heat up the landscape. But...

For more of Nancy Kranzberg’s commentary, listen to KWMU (90.7) St. Louis on the Air the first Friday of each month at approximately 12:50 p.m. She also hosts a weekly Arts Interview podcast for KDHX (88.1), available at artsinterview.kdhxtra.org.

Tracing the paper trail of history

By Nancy Kranzberg, Special to the Jewish Light August 8, 2019

I picked up a copy of “The Pharaoh’s Treasure: The Origin of Paper and The Rise of Western Civilization,” by John Gaudet published last fall. What a fascinating read it was. In his author’s note, Gaudet says, “When is paper not paper? Many...

From left: Cristina Buciu, Lucy Dhegrae and Dana Hotle are three of the featured artists in this year’s Gesher Music Festival.

2019 Summer Arts Guide

BY MIKE SHERWIN & ELLEN FUTTERMAN, MANAGING EDITOR & EDITOR May 22, 2019

The big chill of this past winter finally thawed, just in time for the weather — and the St. Louis arts scene — to sizzle. As the temperature heats up, so does the local entertainment scene, with literally dozens of live performances, concerts, festivals...

For more of Nancy Kranzberg’s commentary, listen to KWMU (90.7) St. Louis on the Air the first Friday of each month at approximately 12:50 p.m. She also hosts a weekly Arts Interview podcast for KDHX (88.1), available at artsinterview.kdhxtra.org. 

Discover wonderful art, artifacts at campus museums

By Nancy Kranzberg, Special to the Jewish Light August 2, 2018

When thinking of going to a museum to view art masterpieces and other high quality visual works of art, one might think of the St. Louis Art Museum or even the Missouri History Museum.We often forget the free and open to the public university museums...

“My Dear Ones: One Family and the Final Solution” by Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg, Harper Collins, $35

Fading letters reveal family’s Holocaust story

By Burton Boxerman, Special to the Jewish Light July 26, 2018

While Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg of New North London Synagogue was in Jerusalem visiting his father’s family, his father’s sister, Steffi, passed away. After Steffi’s burial, Wittenberg and his cousin Michal (Steffi’s daughter), began to clear...

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