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St. Louis Jewish Light

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St. Louis Jewish Light

Naomi Jacobs to teach 4-session CAJE course

April 18, 2012

Naomi Jacobs will be offering a short course using Maccabees 3, a story from the Apocrypha, as a text for “The Other Purim-type Story: How God Saves the Jews of Egypt from Elephant-trampling.” Maccabees 3 is a story that predates Maccabees 1 and 2;...

Judy and Alan Gross are pictured in a family photo.

Alan Gross’ family appeals to pope to press for his release

By Ron Kampeas, JTA March 7, 2012

WASHINGTON -- Alan Gross' family is appealing to Pope Benedict XVI to plea for Alan Gross' release when he visits Cuba. "We believe this is a special opportunity," Peter Kahn, Gross' American lawyer told JTA this week. "Given the significance of the Pope’s...

Netanyahu says Israel’s friends will stand by her

JTA March 7, 2012

JERUSALEM -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel has "many courageous friends." In remarks after landing in Israel following a visit to Canada and the United States, Netanyahu said, "I was received warmly, we have many courageous friends."...

Discount Purim basket with a rich theme: Products purchased at a 99 Cents Only Store connect to characters in the Purim story.

Snagging bargains for shalach manot

By Edmon J. Rodman, JTA February 29, 2012

LOS ANGELES—Falling between the giving season of Hannukahand the getting season of tax refunds, Purim time finds households like mine searching for ways to keep holiday expenses down to earth without losing the mirth. What with the cost of fancy, professionally...

The obligation to remember the wise-hearted

BY RABBI DALE SCHREIBER 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...

B’nai Amoona’s Assistant Director of Education and Youth Andrew Schwebel briefs students on expectations and behavior during the bus ride to Gateway 180 and during the congregation’s Purim carnival. Photos: Andrew Kerman

Confirmation trip inspires teens to continue community service work with the homeless

By David Baugher, Special to the Jewish Light March 23, 2011

For a group of B'nai Amoona confirmation students, last year's trip to Washington, D.C. was educational in more ways than one. Not only did the delegation see the nation's capital, they made a number of new friends among the city's homeless for whom the...

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