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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

Down under, a furor over a Jewish publisher’s attack on boat people, Muslims

By Dan Goldberg, JTAPublished August 7, 2012

SYDNEY – An article on illegal boat people by the publisher of Australia’s main Jewish newspaper has ignited a storm of protest, with some critics savaging it for “vilifying Muslims” and promoting “xenophobic, Islamophobic and heartless sentiments.”...

Australia’s Steven Solomon takes fast track to Olympics

By Dan Goldberg, JTAPublished August 2, 2012

SYDNEY -- Moments after Steven Solomon walked into Ramat Gan Stadium for the opening of the 2009 Maccabiah Games in Israel, the Australian teenager sent his parents a photo with a message describing how amazing it was to be at his first “Jewish Olympics.”...

Peter Singer speaking at a Veritas Forum event on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology campus, March 2009.

Peter Singer: ‘World’s most dangerous man’ or hero of morality?

By Dan Goldberg, JTAPublished June 29, 2012

SYDNEY, Australia — He's been brandished “the most dangerous man on earth,” accused of being a “public advocate of genocide” and likened to Josef Mengele, the notorious Nazi “Angel of Death." Yet he’s also been hailed as “one of the world’s...

Study: Jews are world’s most migratory religious group

JTAPublished March 9, 2012

NEW YORK -- A new study found that Jews are the most internationally migratory of all the world’s major religious groups. “Faith on the Move,” a study released Thursday by the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life, found...

Gallup: American support for Israel near all-time high

JTAPublished February 22, 2012

WASHINGTON -- Israel is the eighth most-favored country by Americans, a Gallup poll found.  Some 71 percent of Americans view Israel favorably, a three-point increase over last year’s results of 68 percent, the Gallup poll, conducted Feb. 2-5, measured. ...

Report: Mossad continues to use foreign passports

JTAPublished February 13, 2012

Agents of Israel's Mossad intelligence agency reportedly are still using foreign passports to conduct undercover operations in other countries. According to a report Sunday in The Times of London, new evidence shows that foreign nationals residing in...

Orthodox Jews mount appeal for Eruv in Sydney

JTAPublished February 8, 2012

SYDNEY, Australia (JTA) -- Orthodox Jews have appealed to a court in Sydney to overturn a decision to deny them an Eruv. Plans for a symbolic religious enclosure have been underway for more than five years on Sydney's north shore, but last year the local...

Australian broadcaster rejects ‘Promise’ complaints

JTAPublished February 3, 2012

SYDNEY, Australia -- An Australian TV broadcaster rejected complaints from Jewish groups that a controversial series "endorses and reinforces demeaning stereotypes about Jews." Special Broadcasting Service ombudsman Sally Begbie this week dismissed a...

Rabbi Sacks dedicates Torahs in Melbourne

JTAPublished January 29, 2012

SYDNEY, Australia—Two Torah scrolls were dedicated in Victoria's state parliament before being led through the streets by the Commonwealth's Chief Rabbi,Lord Jonathan Sacks, to Melbourne's oldest functioning synagogue. Sunday morning's service celebrated...

Sacks makes last official visit to Australia

JTAPublished January 23, 2012

SYDNEY, Australia - The Chief Rabbi of the Commonwealth arrived in Australia on his last official visit before stepping down after two decades in his post. Lord Jonathan Sacks, who travelled with his wife, Lady Elaine, was the guest of honor at a gala...

Australian Jew working to end discrimination against indigenous peoples

JTAPublished January 22, 2012

SYDNEY, Australia—A high-profile Jewish Australian cited the effects of the Holocaust on his family as a driving force in his work to help "end the exclusion" of Australia's Indigenous peoples from the nation's constitution. Melbourne lawyer Mark Leibler,...

Australian Jewry slams broadcaster over anti-Jewish series

JTAPublished January 18, 2012

SYDNEY, Australia – Australian Jewry’s umbrella body slammed a national broadcaster for screening a controversial TV series that “endorses and reinforces demeaning stereotypes about Jews.” The Executive Council of Australian Jewry submitted a...

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