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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

Cindy Levin. Photo: Bill Motchan

Advocacy leader’s work inspires others to become activists

BILL MOTCHAN, Special to the Jewish Light May 4, 2022

If you’ve ever signed a petition, written a letter to the editor or marched for a cause you believe in, you participated in a form of advocacy. It’s an act of free speech that can help call attention to important issues. Cindy Levin has made advocacy...

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St. Louis native returns for the J’s Children’s Mitzvah Program

BILL MOTCHAN, Special to the Jewish Light February 20, 2022

Dean Robbins fondly remembers growing up in St. Louis and playing softball at the Jewish Community Center. When he was rounding the bases, “I was thinking about Jackie Robinson, Babe Ruth, Lou Brock and all the great Cardinal stars in the late ’60s.” He...

St. Louis author hopes to inspire parents to let kids ‘Fly!’

St. Louis author hopes to inspire parents to let kids ‘Fly!’

Ellie Grossman Cohen, Special to the Jewish Light April 19, 2021

Roots and wings, the two greatest gifts parents can give their children, are the foundation for Sheri Glantz’s new book, “Fly!” which launched just in time for Mother’s Day. The idea of the book was born when her middle child, Corey, graduated...

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St. Louis Jewish Book Festival plans Spring Virtual Popup

April 2, 2021

The St. Louis Jewish Book Festival will hold a Spring Virtual Popup, featuring four nights of author presentations, from April 18-21. Headlining the event is longtime St. Louis Public Radio host and TV news anchor Don Marsh, who will discuss his latest...

David Koffman

Author will discuss history of American Jews and Native Americans

By Eric Berger, Associate Editor February 26, 2021

In 2002, David Koffman was a graduate student at New York University and planning to pursue a doctorate on two famous Jewish American anthropologists when the leader of an indigenous people in Canada made hateful comments about Jews that prompted Koffman...

Agnes Hirschi-Grausz and Charlotte Schallié co-authored ‘Under Swiss Protection: Jewish Eyewitness Accounts from Wartime Budapest,’ which retraces Lutz’s rescue efforts in wartime Budapest through the lens of eyewitness testimonies. 

Rubin Feldman Memorial Lecture to honor Holocaust rescuer with St. Louis ties

February 26, 2021

This year’s Annual Rubin Feldman Memorial Lecture will put a spotlight on a little-known story of Carl Lutz, a former St. Louisan who saved more than 50,000 Jews from the Nazis. The program will take place virtually at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 28, and...

Holocaust Remembrance Day discussion with author Rebecca Erbelding

Holocaust Remembrance Day discussion with author Rebecca Erbelding

January 26, 2021

In honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day, the St. Louis Kaplan Feldman Holocaust Museum will host a Facebook Live event with author Rebecca Erbelding, who will discuss her book, "Rescue Board: The United States War Refugee Board and the Holocaust." The...

Alana Newhouse, editor of “The 100 Most Jewish Foods: A Highly Debatable List,” is speaking at a St. Louis Jewish Book Festival event on Sunday, Nov. 10, held at the Mirowitz Center at Covenant Place.

A toast to Sweet’N Low and 99 other Jewish foods

By Ellen Futterman, Editor November 7, 2019

My mother taught me that it was never OK to take something that didn’t belong to you. That was called stealing, and it was wrong. Looking back, the exception seemed to be Sweet’N Low.I can’t remember a time growing up that mom didn’t stuff a few...

“Something Wonderful: Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Broadway Revolution” by Todd-Purdum

Some enchanted reading… about Rodgers & Hammerstein

BY JUDITH NEWMARK, SPECIAL TO THE JEWISH LIGHT November 7, 2019

Todd S. Purdum never saw a Rodgers & Hammerstein show at the Muny.But when he was growing up in Macomb, Ill., he saw lots of other musicals at the Forest Park theater. “We came to the Muny quite often,” recalled Purdum, a staff writer at Vanity...

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St. Louis author brings to life the stories of revered Rabbi Nachman of Bratslav

BY ROBERT A. COHN, Editor-in-Chief Emeritus October 19, 2018

Once again Howard Schwartz has retained the title of the Jewish Literary Zondek, or “Godfather” of St. Louis, bringing forth his latest book “A Palace of Pearls: The Stories of Rabbi Nachman of Bratslav” (Oxford University Press, $34.95, cloth).Schwartz,...

Lisa Cohen, Linda Horwitz and Julie Pepper peform a number by ABBA during Lip Sync Live, a fundraiser for J Associates.  Photo: Ben Tishler  

Building Jewish life at UMSL; Lip Sync Live in the Loop

By Ellen Futterman, Editor March 9, 2016

In order to increase Jewish presence and, over time, grow admission among Jewish students, Chabad on Campus has funded a new part-time staff position to ramp up Jewish activities at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.Esther “Esty” Munk was hired...

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