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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

Members of the 1973-74 first-grade class at Old Bonhomme School gather to celebrate teacher Christine Williams’ retirement in 2005. John Green is second from left; Williams is in the middle.

Early teacher-student bond led to lifelong friendship

By Ellen Futterman, Editor-in-ChiefPublished December 30, 2020

If there ever was any doubt about the lasting impact a teacher can have on a student’s life, meet John R. Green. Today, the 53-year-old native St. Louisan is a 25-year veteran of ABC News in New York, where he currently serves as executive producer...

United Hebrew Cantor Ron Eichaker recently completed rabbinical studies and received his ordination this spring.

Cantor becomes rabbi, luxury shopping, diary chronicles

Ellen Futterman, EditorPublished July 18, 2018

While you were sleepingA favorite 2016 Jewish Light story of mine detailed Cantor Ron Eichaker’s mentoring of an Olympic hopeful in javelin throwing. Through the story readers come to know that Eichaker, whose cantorial day job is at United Hebrew,...

Played by Michael A. Kahn

Author reveals how the legal game is ‘Played’ in latest mystery

BY ROBERT A. COHN, Editor-in-Chief EmeritusPublished July 13, 2017

St. Louis lawyer Michael A. Kahn has entertained mystery novel fans for more than a decade with his series of nine books centered on the career of Rachel Gold, whose St. Louis legal activities often move from the mundane into the territory of classic...

‘Zionism: The Birth and Transformation of an Ideal’ By Milton Viorst; Thomas Dunne Books, 336 pages,  $27.99

Journalist traces evolution of Zionism from idealism to militarism

By Burton Boxerman, Special to the Jewish LightPublished January 18, 2017

Milton Viorst has dedicated his career to studying the Middle East by writing articles for The New York Times, serving as the Middle East correspondent for The New Yorker and writing six previous books on the region. In his most recent book, “Zionism:...

Author Scott Turow

Legal-thriller writer Scott Turow headlines November’s Jewish Book Festival

By Cate Marquis, SPECIAL TO THE JEWISH LIGHTPublished October 26, 2016

Best-selling author Scott Turow will headline the 38th annual St. Louis Jewish Book Festival, which opens Nov. 6 at the Jewish Community Center. Turow, the writer of several legal thrillers-turned-movies including “Presumed Innocent” and “The Burden...

Author Scott Turow

Scott Turow will kick off Jewish Book Festival

Published August 10, 2016

More than 30 programs and 35 authors will highlight the 38th annual St. Louis Jewish Book Festival, which runs from Nov. 6-20. The festival’s range of author topics is vast and includes business, cooking, economics, family, fiction, history, music,...

Letters to the Editor, week of Feb. 22, 2012

Published February 22, 2012

Author leaves lasting memories for St. Louisan After the tragic and untimely death of author Jeffrey Zaslow, as possibly the person in St. Louis who has known Jeff the longest, he is compelling me to write for a newspaper-again. The last and only other...

Your Retirement Quest

‘Your Retirement Quest’ provides steps for success

BY ROBERT A. COHN, Editor-in-Chief EmeritusPublished August 18, 2010

Alan Spector, local author of "You're Never Too Old to Play the Game," about his lifetime attachment to playing baseball and "Hail, Hail to U. City High," about his high school and post-graduation experiences as a student and alumnus of the University...

Jerry Weintraub

Brooklyn boy strikes Hollywood gold

By Elaine K. Alexander, Special to the Jewish LightPublished August 18, 2010

"When I Stop Talking, You'll Know I'm Dead: Useful Stories From A Persuasive Man" By Jerry Weintraub with Rich Cohen Twelve, 280 pp., $25.99 Jerry Weintraub has been a talent agent and manager, impresario, sometime actor, movie producer, and philanthropist....

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