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St. Louis Jewish Light

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St. Louis Jewish Light

Sara Brodsky, an intensive care unit nurse at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, receives the COVID-19 vaccine.

ICU nurse has adjusted to strain of working during pandemic


In mid-February, Sara Brodsky, a nurse, walked through the intensive care unit at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, and for the first time since March 2020, she noticed that there were more non-COVID-19 patients than people stricken by the virus. “That was a...

Sara Brodsky is an Intensive Care Nurse at Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

For ICU nurse, care is a waiting game of hope

By Eric Berger, Associate EditorPublished May 22, 2020

In late March, Sara Brodsky, a nurse at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, learned that her intensive care unit would be the first in St. Louis to switch to working only with patients sick with COVID-19.She had experience treating people with pulmonary issues who...

Rabbi Hershey Novack and students such as junior Talia Menche had used a borrowed Torah before Chabad recently acquired one from Barnes-Jewish Hospital.  Photo: Eric Berger

Jewish Hospital Torah scroll gets new life with Chabad on Campus

By Eric Berger, Staff WriterPublished September 27, 2017

A Torah was released from Barnes-Jewish Hospital in early 2016 and sent to Israel for treatment.After at least 50 years in the hospital, the scroll was in bad shape. The ink and parchment had degraded to the point where it could no longer be used.“A...

Bill Motchan pins a corsage on the lapel of his mother, Lydia Motchan, at her retirement party from Jewish Hospital on July 28, 1983.

From Bob Plager to Redd Fox: Jewish Hospital remembered

By Bill Motchan, Special to the Jewish LightPublished August 2, 2017

The 1960s represented a transformational period for medical advancements in the United States. That was especially evident at the Jewish Hospital of St. Louis, which in 1963 became a major teaching hospital, in conjunction with Washington University Medical...

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, EditorPublished 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...

The Regional Arts Commission opened the exhibit “Tradition!” featuring the works of four Jewish artists: Barbara Umbogy, Lauren Pressler, Sandy Kaplan and Frank Roth. Pictured are Umbogy, Pressler, Kaplan and the show’s curator, Buzz Spector, on the exhibit’s opening night. The show runs from July 13 – August 18 at The Regional Arts Commission, 6128 Delmar Blvd. in the Loop. For more information, visit www.art-stl.com.

Exhibit explores contemporary Jewish art with works by four local artists

By Sarah Weinman, Special to the Jewish LightPublished August 8, 2012

An ongoing exhibition at the Regional Arts Commission examines themes of contemporary Jewish art through the works of four local Jewish artists: Sandy Kaplan, Lauren Pressler, Frank Roth, and Barbara Umbogy. Buzz Spector, himself an artist, is curator...

A menorah is visible in the second-story window above the Kingshighway entryway to the old Jewish Hospital building.

Jewish Hospital building razing raises memories

By David Baugher, Special to the Jewish LightPublished July 11, 2012

Earl Payne had some great experiences at Jewish Hospital but one of the most memorable was when he took a Passover meal up to an elderly woman. He had been warned that the lady seemed angry at the world and wouldn’t speak with staff. “I said ‘shalom,’”...

Ben Novack, Congregation Shaare Emeth

Ben Novack, Congregation Shaare Emeth

Published May 2, 2012

Ben Novack wanted to honor the members of his family who have been affected by cancer.  Son of Debbie and Brian Novack of Westwood, Ben rode in Pedal the Cause, a fundraiser whose mission is to provide funding for cancer research and cancer discovery...

Congregants Pamela Dern (left) and Judy Jacks at a past Mitzvah Day at Temple Israel.

Temple Israel plans Mitzvah Day

Published April 25, 2012

Free electronics recycling by MERS Goodwill and an American Red Cross Blood Drive will be two of the highlights of Congregation Temple Israel’s Mega Mitzvah Day on Sunday, May 6.   The community is invited to participate in a variety of indoor and...

St. Louis Senior Olympics seek athletes age 50+

Published March 14, 2012

The St. Louis Senior Olympics, the regional competition for athletes aged 50 and older, are actively seeking applications for athletes to participate in more than 85 events over Memorial Day Weekend, May 24 -29. The Senior Olympics engage more than 1,000...

The obligation to remember the wise-hearted

BY RABBI DALE SCHREIBERPublished February 29, 2012

This week’s portion, Tetzaveh, begins with commandments to raise an eternal flame and to find people who are wise hearted to build a sanctuary where God’s presence would be visible. Tetzaveh, from the root word command, is paired with a special Sabbath...

Gustav Schonfeld

Gustav Schonfeld, 77; Shoah survivor, physician, professor

BY ROBERT A. COHN, Editor-in-Chief EmeritusPublished May 25, 2011

Dr. Gustav Schonfeld, a survivor of the Holocaust who went on to a successful and admired career as a physician, professor and former head of the Washington University Department of Medicine, died Saturday, May 21, at the Sloan Kettering Cancer Center...

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