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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

Rabbi Garth Silberstein in front of Bais Abraham Congregation. Silberstein started at Bais Abe on Sept. 1.  

Decaf and tradition: New Bais Abe rabbi embraces past practice for holidays

By Bill Motchan, Special to the Jewish LightPublished September 26, 2019

Here’s a pro tip to make it through a 25-hour fast: Lay off caffeine for a couple of weeks.That’s one way Rabbi Garth Silberstein is preparing for his first High Holidays at Bais Abraham Congregation. Silberstein is planning for the holidays in other...

Bais Abe plans summer Shabbaton with scholar-in-residence

Published July 19, 2018

The Yeshivat Maharat summer tour will visit Bais Abraham Congregation on July 28 for a scholar-in-residence Shabbaton with Shira Eliassian.The following talks are planned: • Shabbat Morning Drasha (Shacharit starts at 9 a.m.):“Dreaming in the Wake...

Dr. Gregory Storch

Bais Abraham plans Science and Judaism Shabbaton

Published November 8, 2017

On Nov. 18, Bais Abraham Congregation will hold its second annual Science and Judaism Shabbaton, exploring medical scientific advances and their relationship to Judaism. Speakers will explore the theme of “Medical Science and Halachic/Ethical Implications.”Saturday...

Bais Abraham will pay tribute to Rabbi Hyim Shafner and Sarah Winkelman and their family at a July 23 event. 

Bais Abraham plans farewell event for Shafner family

Published July 6, 2017

Bais Abraham welcomes the community to bid farewell to the Shafner family before they depart for Washington, D.C.  Rabbi Hyim Shafner has served the congregation since 2004. He has accepted a position as senior rabbi of Kesher Israel, a Washington synagogue....

Sara Winkelman and Rabbi Hyim Shafner, in a 2009 file photo. Rabbi Shafner has accepted a new position with Kesher Israel, a congregation in Washington, D.C. 

Never can say goodbye

Ellen Futterman, EditorPublished March 22, 2017

Never can say goodbyeSad but exciting news came last week from Rabbi Hyim Shafner, who has served Bais Abraham Congregation since 2004. In a letter to congregants, Shafner explained he would be leaving St. Louis this summer to become senior rabbi at Kesher...

Rabbi Hyim Shafner serves Bais Abraham Congregation in University City. 

Having a grown-up relationship with G-d

By Rabbi Hyim ShafnerPublished March 1, 2017

In the beginning of this week’s Torah portion, Terumah, Moses has just ascended Mount Sinai after the saying of the aseret hadibrot, Ten Commandments, and G-d now commands Moses to tell the Jewish People to collect funds for the building of the Mishkan...

Rabbi Dov Linzer

Shabbaton will explore how science, Jewish law intersect

By Eric Berger, Staff writerPublished November 2, 2016

How do you observe Shabbat on Mars if the day is not 24 hours and there are 687 days in a year? Or a question with more immediate relevance: Is lab-engineered bacon kosher?These are the kind of topics that Jewish scholars and scientists will explore...

Rabbi Hyim Shafner serves Bais Abraham Congregation.

All in the family

By Rabbi Hyim ShafnerPublished August 31, 2016

What are the Jews? Not a religion, for there are many who would say they are Jewish but are not religious. Not a nation, for a nation is identified with its land and shared culture, and Jews have not had a land for most of their history and do not share...

Rabbi Hyim Shafner of Bais Abraham works with students  taking part in a yearlong bar/bat mitzvah program for Israeli families in St. Louis. Photos courtesy Bais Abraham

Bar/bat mitzvah initiative aims to engage Israeli families here

By Hannah Snidman, Staff writerPublished June 22, 2016

After forming a Hebrew school specifically for secular Israelis, Bais Abraham recently created a yearlong bar and bat mitzvah program for Israeli families living in the St. Louis area.In Israel, many Jewish teenagers host parties for bar and bat mitzvahs...

Federation awards $50k to inclusion programs

Published May 26, 2016

Jewish Federation of St. Louis has awarded $50,000 in grants to 14 Jewish schools, agencies and congregations for inclusive programs. This is the second year that the Jewish Federation of St. Louis has allocated Mini Grants in order to help Jewish organizations...

Rabbi Richard Address

Nick of time

Ellen Futterman, EditorPublished May 25, 2016

Nick of timeWhen Ted Grazman was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2000, at age 59, he wanted to do everything he could to help those studying this brain disorder to understand it better, his wife Marsha recalled the other day.Alzheimer’s, the...

Rabbi Hyim Shafner serves Bais Abraham Congregation.

Seder mirrors breakup, redemption of family

By Rabbi Hyim ShafnerPublished April 28, 2016

Passover is about relationships.  Over and over, the Torah expresses the Passover Seder in intergenerationally related terms, such as:  “When your child shall ask you, ‘What is this service’ ” and, “And you shall say to them, ‘With a strong...

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