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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

Nancy Kranzberg

Virtual arts events have helped keep summer sane

By Nancy KranzbergPublished August 13, 2020

My friends are worried about me. They know that my husband, Ken, and I normally … Ha! What is normal? We go out almost every night to a play, a poetry reading, a ballet, a music event, a museum and so on. How are the Kranzbergs adjusting to the new...

Nancy Kranzberg

For centuries, artists have been inspired by subjects in repose

NANCY KRANZBERGPublished October 3, 2019

I love some of the titles of art exhibitions. A few years ago, I saw a unique one entitled, “Recline/Design: Art and the Aesthetics of Repose” at the Palm Springs Art Museum’s location in Palm Desert, Calif.The introductory panel of the exhibit...

St. Louis native Damon Rich was one of 24 innovators who received the MacArthur “Genius” Grant. Photo Courtesy: MacArthur Foundation

St. Louis native awarded MacArthur ‘Genius’ Grant; A Gallant book

Ellen Futterman, EditorPublished October 18, 2017

A true geniusWhen Sherrie and Nelson Rich of University City received an early morning call last week from their 42-year-old son Damon, who lives in Newark, N.J., their first reaction was concern.“He never calls early in the morning, so of course, being...

The University City Library art gallery will feature works by St. Louis Artist Frank Enger (above, left),  including this work (right) in ‘Homage to Dad,’ running Sept. 5-29. Photo: Yana Hotter

Exhibition explores local Jewish artist’s relationship with aging father

By Sarah Weinman, Special to the Jewish LightPublished September 5, 2012

During the last 10 years of Morris Enger’s life, his son, Frank Enger, depicted him in a series of paintings and pen-and-ink sketches.  An artist and resident of Creve Coeur, Enger, 67, documented this intimate experience to explore his father’s...

Faith communities plan Quilt Blitz for The Covering House

Published May 2, 2012

Central Reform Congregation is partnering with other St. Louis-area faith congregations to plan a Quilt Blitz to benefit The Covering House, a nonprofit organization that plans to open the first home in the area for girls under the age of 18 who have...

Central Reform artists, artisans showcased at ‘Art Shuk’

Published December 7, 2011

Twenty nine members of Central Reform Congregation (CRC) will be selling their artwork at the congregation's first "Art Shuk: A Marketplace for Artisans." The event will run from 6-7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9 and noon-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10 at CRC, 5020...

Jewish Film Festival short film competition

Published December 7, 2011

The St. Louis Jewish Film Festival is beginning the second year for its Short Film Competition and is soliciting new and established filmmakers who want to participate. The deadline for letters of intent is Feb. 24, with an entry fee of $10. The contest...

Chabad, JCC offer ‘Myths and Mysteries of Judaism’

Published November 9, 2011

Chabad's Jewish Learning Institute (JLI) will be partnering for the first time with the Jewish Community Center to present "Fascinating Facts: Exploring the Myths and Mysteries of Judaism," a newly developed six-session course commencing Monday, Nov....

St. Louis has two eruvim - the one pictured above, which encompasses part of the Washington University campus, and another in Chesterfield. Call 314-863-1811 after 12:30 p.m. on Fridays to check on the status of the eruv, or visit www.stleruv.com. Map image last updated in 2020.

St. Louis Jewish resources for students

Published August 24, 2011

Key listings Jewish Community Center (JCC) Where: Staenberg Family Complex, 2 Millstone Campus Drive, near Creve Coeur and Marilyn Fox Building, 16801 Baxter Road, Chesterfield The 411: Both campuses offer state-of-the-art fitness and aquatic centers...

Jewish musician, Rick Recht, leads a Shabbat service at Innsbrook on Friday, May 27.

Innsbrook Institute music festival features Cantor Sharon Nathanson

By Leanne Ortbals, Jewish Light InternPublished June 8, 2011

Daniel Kopp, a 2011 Ladue Horton Watkins High School graduate, looks forward to majoring in music performance at Rice University this fall. But before he gets there, Kopp, a cellist, is excited to be returning for his third summer to the 11th annual Innsbrook...

Circus Flora performs with the St. Louis Symphony at Powell Hall on January 7, 2011.

2011 Summer Arts Guide

By Patricia Corrigan, Special to the Jewish LightPublished May 25, 2011

Balance those lazy days of summer with some intensely entertaining cultural events, including theater, opera, concerts, festivals and special attractions. This week-to-week guide will help you make the most of your summer. Big girls do cry - but not while...

Columnist Lois Caplan

Is Jewish Film Festival an oxymoron?

By Lois CaplanPublished May 11, 2011

Is Jewish Film Festival an oxymoron?  It seems to me that movies are to Jews what Rogers and Hammerstein were to American musical theater.  Take, for example, early movie producers like Louis B. Mayer and Carl Laemmle as well as numerous stars like...

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