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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

Bais Abraham President Martha Ginsburg with Rabbi Ben Greenfield at a recent farewell event. Photo: Kayla Steinberg

Bais Abe bids farewell to its young interim rabbi

BY KAYLA STEINBERG, Staff Writer June 27, 2019

The home of George and Darla Grossberg is packed with congregants, students and friends of Rabbi Ben Greenfield. They’ve gathered to wish their beloved rabbi farewell as he leaves Bais Abraham Congregation to start his next chapter as rabbi of Brooklyn’s...

Evelyn’s House, a 16-bed hospice home located on the campus of Barnes West, opened in June. 

BJC’s Evelyn’s House brings compassion to dying; new rabbi at Bais Abe

Ellen Futterman, Editor August 2, 2017

Putting the hope into hospiceI didn’t know community leader and philanthropist Evelyn Edison Newman, once dubbed the “Queen of St. Louis Fundraising” because she was instrumental in the founding of local institutions such as the Greater St. Louis...

Rabbi Hyim Shafner says goodbye to community members during a gathering Sunday at Bais Abraham Congregation in University City.Photo: Bill Motchan

Making a move, Bais Abe rabbi looks toward future at D.C. synagogue

By Eric Berger, Staff Writer July 26, 2017

If Rabbi Hyim Shafner encounters Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner, at Kesher Israel in Washington, D.C., he already has a line planned: “Hmmm... are you related to the Teaneck Trumps?” Shafner is preparing to become head rabbi at Kesher...

Local News Briefs: October 19, 2016

October 19, 2016

Three-week teen trip to IsraelJewish Federation of St. Louis is accepting applications for Israel Bound 2017, a three-week trip to Israel bringing together Jewish high school students from around the community. Participants will have the opportunity to...


Rabbi Hyim Shafner
presents a mezuzah to the Gastfraind Family (Gilat & Assi) at
the house warming ceremony held Sunday morning at Bais Abraham.
 Photo: Yana Hotter

Bais Abe’s renovated parsonage offers new home for Israeli educators

By David Baugher, Special to the Jewish Light July 20, 2011

Every time Rabbi Hyim Shafner stops by the home next door, he gets the same feeling - part memory, part emotion. "I do remember sitting in that house with Rabbi [Abraham] Magence and talking to him," said Shafner, who took over as Bais Abraham Congregation's...

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