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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

Liel Asulin works for CAMERA on Campus. His commentary was distributed by JNS. 

An open letter to participants who left their Birthright trip

By Liel Asulin July 5, 2018

I’m conflicted. On the one hand, I am hesitant to engage with you because a response would give your rhetoric a degree of legitimacy. On the other hand, your rhetoric is so presumptive and your intentions for participating on this trip are so disingenuous...

ISRAEL BIRTHRIGHT

ISRAEL BIRTHRIGHT

Yonatan Sindel November 1, 2017

Young Jewish adults from all over the world participating in the Taglit Birthright program celebrate 10 years of the Birthright program at an event held at the International Conference Center in Jerusalem. Taglit-Birthright is a free 10-day educational...

Michael Steinhardt

Israel at 64: ‘Chutzpah is the Key’

By Michael Steinhardt April 25, 2012

As Israel prepares to begin its 65th year of modern-day independence, there can be no disputing that this nation remains confronted with a myriad of challenges and threats to its very existence.  But despite the perceived pall of fear and tension which...

Birthright has contributed $535 million to Israel’s economy

JTA February 27, 2012

JERUSALEM -- Taglit-Birthright Israel has contributed over $535 million to Israel's economy since its inception in 2000, the organization said. The contribution to Israel's tourism industry comes from providing transportation, lodging, food, training,...

Scott Bender watches the sunrise at Masada with Michal, a boot camp instructor with the Israeli Defense Forces who was among an IDF group traveling with Benders Birthright contingent.

Transformative moments on Birthright journey

BY SCOTT BENDER May 14, 2010

It's 3:43 a.m. and my alarm is going off. I desperately hurry up and grab a cup of coffee and a piece of breakfast cake because the bus is leaving at 4 a.m. It's the seventh day of our Birthright trip and we are hiking Mt. Masada, a range of beautiful...

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