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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

Congregation Bnai El

Unwise Vote Derails Good B’nai El Deal

Jewish Light Editorial June 13, 2019

It is highly regrettable that an apparently good deal for the future of the former B’nai El synagogue property and its interested potential buyer, the well-regarded Miriam School, has been derailed by a 3-2 vote of board members in the tiny village...

Letters to the editor: May 15, 2019

May 16, 2019

Former B’nai El leader responds to storyRegarding the Light’s May 1 story on the Miriam Foundation’s purchase and use of the former B’nai El Congregation building, I would like to correct Westwood chairman Fred Berger’s statements in this...

Zoning issue stalls Miriam Academy bid for B’nai El building

Zoning issue stalls Miriam Academy bid for B’nai El building

By Eric Berger, Associate Editor May 2, 2019

Miriam Academy, a private high school for students with learning disabilities, has reached an agreement with Congregation Shaare Emeth to purchase the former B’nai El Congregation building, but the deal must still receive zoning approval from the Village...

Renee Silverstein (left) and Marci Rosenberg say the B’nai El and Shaare Emeth merger is  a ‘reunification’ of the two congregations.

Shaare Emeth, B’nai El approve merger deal

By Eric Berger, Staff Writer October 13, 2016

Reform congregations B’nai El and Shaare Emeth have decided to merge, in a move that marks the official end of one congregation that had largely been gone already.B’nai El was founded in 1852. The congregation’s board voted in 2012 to put up for...

The devastating tornado that struck Joplin, Mo. and the St.
Louis Jewish communitys efforts to provide relief became of the
top local news stories of 2011.

Top local stories of 2011 reflect changes in Jewish community

BY ROBERT A. COHN, Editor-in-Chief Emeritus January 4, 2012

St. Louis had a year of ups and downs in 2011, saying farewell to some beloved communal leaders, one local congregation and two longtime kosher mainstays. The community pulled together in response to the tragic devastation of the tornado that struck Joplin....

Jewish teen group holds native plant sale at B’nai El Congregation

April 21, 2011

Just in time for Mother's Day, the Jewish Environmental Initiative (JEI) and its teen group are sponsoring a native plant sale and rain barrel raffle. The sale will take place at B'nai El Congregation and the Saul Mirowitz Day School-Reform Jewish Academy,...

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