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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

Phyllis Markus

Community Against Poverty program breaks ground on north St. Louis playground

Published August 8, 2012

Pre-school age children at an early childhood center in north St. Louis will soon have a new outdoor play space thanks to an interfaith early childhood pilot program coordinated by the Community Against Poverty (CAP) coalition.  The new playground will...

Romanian native Hava Hershkovitz was crowned the winner of the Miss Holocaust Survivor beauty pageant in Haifa, June 28, 2012.

Holocaust survivors beauty pageant crowns Romanian beauty

JTA REPORTPublished June 29, 2012

A beauty pageant for Holocaust survivors was held in Haifa and featured female survivors walking down a red carpet and sharing details of their travails during World War II. Fourteen women, aged 74 to 97, participated according to news reports. Romanian...

The Butwin family of Tempe, Ariz., shown in a photo from May 2009, is believed to have been killed in a murder-suicide.

Phoenix-area Jews shocked, grieving over apparent murder-suicide

By Ben Sales, JTAPublished June 7, 2012

The Phoenix-area Jewish community is grieving after hearing of the suspected murder-suicide of a local Jewish family that was active in Jewish life.Evidence suggests that James Butwin, a resident of the Phoenix suburb of Tempe, Ariz., burned himself and...

Pam Droog Jones


By Pam Droog JonesPublished June 6, 2012

Clicking over to huffingtonpost.com to zone out on some celebrity news, I was stopped by the headline “Photos Reveal Startling Transformation.” Did someone’s innocent pictures show a scary monster? UFOs? The wrong face? Actually, yes. The writer’s...

Jacob Ostreicher

N.Y. Chasid resorts to hunger strike after nearly a year in Bolivian prison

By Ben Sales, JTAPublished May 10, 2012

NEW YORK – Supporters say he’s an innocent man caught up in the tentacles of a corrupt Latin American regime. Authorities in Bolivia, however, allege that he’s a shady businessman with ties to drug dealers and money launderers. What's certain is...

Assad family, insiders slammed with new sanctions

JTAPublished March 23, 2012

E.U. foreign ministers are slapping new sanctions on the wife of Syrian President Bashar Assad, three other Assad family members, and eight Syrian government ministers, according to reports. The new restrictions, which are slated to go into effect on...

Demjanjuk to be buried in the United States

JTAPublished March 22, 2012

Convicted Nazi war criminal John Demjanjuk will be buried near his home in suburban Cleveland. A German funeral home reportedly said the body of Demjanjuk, who died on March 17, will travel to Cleveland next week. The U.S. consulate in Munich confirmed...

Residents vote to rename Jew Pond

JTAPublished March 14, 2012

Residents of a small New Hampshire town voted to rename a recreational water hole called Jew Pond. The 104-33 vote Tuesday night by residents of Mont Vernon, N.H. came after a charged debate among residents, interrupted for a half hour due to a false...

Remove Israeli envoy, stop gas exports, Egyptian parliament demands

JTAPublished March 13, 2012

JERUSALEM -- The Egyptian parliament voted unanimously on a statement calling for the deportation of Israel's ambassador and stopping gas exports to Israel. The People's Assembly passed the resolution Monday night stating that the halting of gas exports...

Egyptian parliament mulls cutting aid from U.S.

JTAPublished March 12, 2012

The Egyptian parliament may vote on a measure that would cut $1 billion in U.S. foreign assistance.  A resolution was introduced in parliament on Sunday, The Associated Press reported. The vote, which would be largely symbolic, reflects the growing tensions...

Mormons limit genealogical access to stop baptisms of Shoah victims

By Daniel Treiman, JTAPublished March 9, 2012

The Mormon Church is restricting access to its genealogical records relating to Holocaust victims in a move to protect their names for posthumous baptisms. "The church is committed to preventing the misguided practice of submitting the names of Holocaust...

Irans supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

Iran’s supreme leader praises Obama’s emphasis on diplomacy

By Daniel Treiman, JTAPublished March 8, 2012

Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, welcomed President Obama's emphasis on diplomacy to resolve tensions over the Islamic Republic's nuclear program. Iranian state TV reported Thursday that Khamenei had embraced Obama’s position that there...

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