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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

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Talking Hollywood with Jerry Weintraub

By Ellen Futterman, Editor November 3, 2010

Recuperating from his sixth back surgery doesn't seem to have dampened Jerry Weintraub's spirit. Even at 7:20 a.m. West Coast time, the 73-year-old Weintraub is sharp, funny and on point as he answers questions prior to his arrival Sunday at the 32nd...

Martin Fletcher

Q&A with NBC correspondent, author Martin Fletcher

By: Robert A. Cohn, Editor-in-Chief Emeritus October 27, 2010

Martin Fletcher, the multiple Emmy Award-winning NBC News foreign correspondent, returns to the St. Louis Jewish Book Festival to discuss his latest book, "Walking Israel: A Personal Search for the Soul of a Nation" (St Martin's Press, $25.99). Fletcher...

Len Berman

Author dares the impossible with “The 25 Greatest Baseball Players of All Time”

By Cate Marquis, Special to the Jewish Light October 27, 2010

Is there a surer way to start a lively debate, dare we say argument, in a true baseball city than to list the 25 best baseball players of all time? Author Len Berman must have no fear, for that is just what the former NBC TV sportscaster, whom many know...

Judith Viorst

Judith Viorst creates an ode to turning 80

By Patricia Corrigan, Special to the Jewish Light October 27, 2010

At 79¾ years of age, Judith Viorst feels qualified to speak - or at least write - from the perspective of someone in her eighties. Viorst, author of 36 books, is not apologizing for her somewhat premature 37th, "Unexpectedly Eighty and Other Adaptations"...

Yann Martel

Unconventional novel explores legacy of Holocaust

By Patricia Corrigan, Special to the Jewish Light October 27, 2010

Yann Martel, the author of the popular "Life of Pi," spent six years researching and writing his next book. Though Martel's stated intention was not to pen something controversial, one reviewer claimed that "Beatrice and Virgil" (Spiegel and Grau, $24)...

Miss Manners’ Guide to a Surprisingly Dignified Wedding

Miss Manners on weeding out bad wedding habits

By Patricia Corrigan, Special to the Jewish Light October 27, 2010

In the 32 years that Judith Martin has preached proper etiquette as Miss Manners, Martin has been asked countless questions about wedding "do's" and "don'ts." She has addressed the topic in her advice column, which runs in more than 200 newspapers worldwide,...

Rick Meyerowitz

Artist Rick Meyerowitz pens a serious look at (National) Lampooning

By: Patricia Corrigan, Special to the Jewish Light October 27, 2010

In his new book, veteran illustrator and author Rick Meyerowitz - longtime contributor to "National Lampoon" magazine and the man who created the poster for the movie "Animal House" - offers a tribute to 35 of the artists and writers at the "Lampoon"...

Joan Nathan

Acclaimed author explores rich French-Jewish food heritage

by Margi Lenga Kahn, Special to the Jewish Light October 27, 2010

It is easy to understand why Joan Nathan, the grande dame of Jewish cooking, is the winner of three James Beard awards. Along with her splendid recipes, Nathan's books include life stories from the heritage cooks she meets, historical perspectives on...

Author: Tom Segev

Book offers multi-faceted portrait of legendary Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal

By Arthur Gale Special to the Jewish Light October 27, 2010

Shortly after his release in 1945 from the Mauthausen Concentration Camp in Austria, 41-year-old Simon Wiesenthal began his search for Nazi war criminals. He had been trained as an architect and had no experience in conducting investigations. Initially...

Rabbi Harold S. Kushner

Rabbi offers practical advice for coping with real world issues

By Elaine K. Alexander, Special to the Light October 27, 2010

Harold S. Kushner, the 75-year-old rabbi laureate of Temple Israel in Natick, Mass., was an army chaplain and, in the several decades following, a Conservative synagogue rabbi. Meanwhile, he earned an international reputation as an author, especially...

Hollywood producer Jerry Weintraub will give the Book Festivals keynote talk Nov. 7. 
Photo: Norman Jean Roy

2010 St. Louis Jewish Book Festival

By Cate Marquis, Special to the Light October 27, 2010

A big-time Hollywood producer, an octogenarian whose poems about aging turn it into a humorous adventure and "the" authority on politeness and good behavior are among the more than 30 authors appearing over 12 days at the 32nd annual St. Louis Jewish...

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