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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

(From left) Infectious disease physicians Morey Gardner, Tessa Gardner, Michael Gutwein and Gregory Storch lead a panel discussion on the coronavirus on Feb. 23 at Bais Abraham Congregation. 

Infectious disease doctor urges vaccinated St. Louisans to remain vigilant


A year ago, a day after the holiday Shavuot, Congregation Bais Abraham in University City hosted four infectious disease doctors — all of them Bais Abe members— for a panel discussion on the state of the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, a year later,...

Rabbi Garth Silberstein

Humility is the foundation of success

BY RABBI GARTH SILBERSTEINPublished August 6, 2020

Carl Sagan once said, “If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe.” In other words, none of us have ever done anything by ourselves.  Anything that we manage to achieve is possible only because we find ourselves...

Randi Mozenter is president of Kol Rinah, while her husband, Larry Friedman, is president of Bais Abraham Congregation

Presidential couple: Husband and wife are current board leaders of their respective shuls

Bill Motchan, Special to the Jewish LightPublished April 19, 2020

The board presidents of Bais Abraham Congregation and Kol Rinah meet regularly to discuss a variety of subjects: supporting the Jewish community, governing an Orthodox synagogue. . . and whose turn it is to take out the trash.That’s because they are...

St. Louis synagogues providing live streaming

St. Louis synagogues providing live streaming

Published March 25, 2020

Listing below provided by the St. Louis Rabbinical and Cantorial Association, with additional information from congregations directly• Bais Abraham (Orthodox): Daily Tehillim, Halakha and Mishnah Monday through Friday at 7 a.m. Online at https://zoom.us/j/297962649...

Unable to work in his clinic because he is in a high-risk age group, Dr. Gregory Storch has been helping groups like the Orthodox Union from his home in Clayton. 

Infectious disease specialists fill leadership roles at St. Louis synagogue, in fighting coronavirus

By Eric Berger, Associate EditorPublished March 24, 2020

The board of directors at Bais Abraham Congregation could be mistaken for a COVID-19 response unit.Of the 19 people on the board of the modern Orthodox synagogue, four are physicians who specialize in infectious diseases. For those counting at home (which...

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 WriterPublished 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...

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 WriterPublished 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...

Jewish Federation awards $50k in inclusion grants

Published April 27, 2017

Jewish Federation of St. Louis has awarded $50,000 in grants to 14 Jewish schools, agencies and congregations for inclusive programs. This is the third year that Federation has allocated mini grants to help Jewish organizations eliminate barriers so that...

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