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

A nonprofit, independent news source to inform, inspire, educate and connect the St. Louis Jewish community.

St. Louis Jewish Light

August Häffner,left, and Viktor Trill, two of the perpetrators of the Babi Yar massacre

34,000 Jews were murdered at Babi Yar in 48 hours. This is who did it

Noga Tarnopolsky, Forward October 7, 2021

Babi Yar may be the world’s deepest whodunit: Who killed some 34,000 Jews in just 48 hours on September 29 and 30, 1941, in this unexceptional park 15 minutes from downtown Kyiv? And who proceeded to murder a total of 100,000 people in this leafy...

Michael Oberlander is Chief Philanthropy Officer (CPO) at the Jewish Federation of St. Louis.

Babi Yar visit is a searing reminder of Shoah in Kiev, Ukraine

By Michael Oberlander August 2, 2017

What is your first Jewish memory?  That is a question I was recently asked and asked of others while on a trip.  I was privileged to visit Kiev, Ukraine with Tim Stern, vice chairmain  of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis Board of Directors and annual...

Russian-speaking Jews launch group in Iran fight

JTA January 26, 2012

An international Jewish organization of Russian-speaking Jews was launched to influence governments to join the fight against Iran. The World Forum of Russian Jewry was inaugurated Wednesday at the United Nations during a ceremony commemorating International...

Survivor Sarah Klein (right) lights a candle with her granddaughter, Hannah Klein, during the 2010 Yom HaShoah community commemoration at Brith Sholom Kneseth Israel.  This year’s Yom HaShoah takes place Sunday, May 1 at Congregation Shaare Emeth. File photo: Lisa Mandel

Yom HaShoah event marks 70 years since Nazi forces invaded Former Soviet Union

By David Baugher, Special to the Jewish Light April 27, 2011

In the predawn hours of Sunday, June 22, 1941 millions of German troops accompanied by thousands of tanks and armored vehicles swarmed over the Soviet frontier and in doing so launched one of the largest invasions in the history of combat. Codenamed Operation...

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