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A nonprofit, independent news source to inform, inspire, educate and connect the St. Louis Jewish community.

St. Louis Jewish Light

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St. Louis Jewish Light

What St. Louis Jews are reading

What St. Louis Jews are reading

Jordan Palmer November 27, 2021

What are St. Louis Jews are reading? That is the question posed last week on Facebook, to kick-off a new column, creatively titled, "What St. Louis Jews are reading." Now, it's up to you, the Jews of St. Louis to help write it. But first some context....

Books

Fight summer isolation: Take a vacation in a good book

By Kate Robbins, Special to the Jewish Light July 17, 2020

With COVID-19 keeping us stuck inside this summer, a good book has become more important than ever. A book can transport you into another world without ever leaving the house, and the St. Louis Jewish community has lots of great books to recommend. From...

The cover of Leesa Neiner’s book, ‘Kids Are Amazing.’ Cover art by Christine Gunn. 

An inspiring book club

Ellen Futterman, Editor February 6, 2020

As she explains it, Leesa Neiner was looking for something meaningful that she and her daughter, Alyson, could get involved in. “When my daughter was about 8 or 9 years old, we tried sports, we tried music, we tried everything and found we had talent...

Art Shamsky will be speaking at the Jewish Book Festival Wednesday, Nov. 6 at 7 p.m.  

University City native Art Shamsky chronicles years after ’69 Miracle Mets

BY ROBERT A. COHN, Editor-in Chief Emeritus October 31, 2019

It is hard to get your arms around the fact that it has been a half-century since the 1969 New York Mets evolved from the “Lovable Losers” of Major League Baseball to the “Miracle Mets” who defied all odds to win the World Series of that year....

Isaac Mizrahi will be the keynote speaker at this years Jewish Book Festival. He will speak about his book I.M.: A Memoir on Nov. 3 at 7 p.m.

The wait is over: 2019 St. Louis Jewish Book Festival starts Nov. 3

By Cate Marquis, Special to the Jewish Light October 31, 2019

Readers eagerly wait for it all year. The 41st annual St. Louis Book Festival takes place Nov. 3-17 at the Jewish Community Center’s Staenberg Family Complex. The festival is one of the nation’s largest, with 25 events in 12 days.This year the opening...

  

Biographer captures complexity of Robin Williams’ personality

Eric Berger, Associate Editor October 31, 2019

The first time that The New York Times culture reporter Dave Itzkoff spoke with Robin Williams, he was surprised not by the iconic performer’s various accents but with how “his voice was so serene and quiet,” Itzkoff recalled. And while Williams...

Yourself Bashir will be speaking at the Jewish Book Festival on Tuesday, Nov. 5 at 7 p.m.  

Author credits father’s wisdom for helping him deal with adversity

By Repps Hudson, Special to the Jewish Light October 31, 2019

Simply stated, Yousef Bashir’s memoir “The Words of My Father: Love and Pain in Palestine” is worth reading because the attitude of this Palestinian from an old, established Gaza family is not what we might expect, given his experiences during...

Book covers

Here are 6 new children’s books for the Jewish New Year

Penny Schwartz, JTA September 13, 2019

A Rosh Hashanah apple cake bake-off fit for reality television and another installment in the Scarlet and Sam series from the award-winning author Eric A. Kimmel are among the highlights in the crop of new High Holiday books for children.Six engaging...

Eight Jewish books  to read this summer

Eight Jewish books to read this summer

By Victor Wishna, JTA July 13, 2017

Sure, winter might seem like the ideal time of year for curling up with a good book — but summer is when you might actually have time to read.So before these warm months all too swiftly fade to fall, here are eight Jewish-themed titles, from a wide...

Washington University professor Henry I. Schvey is the author of ‘The Poison Tree.’

WU professor exposes hard childhood in memoir

BY SUSAN FADEM, SPECIAL TO THE JEWISH LIGHT November 2, 2016

A mensch. A widely published academic. Embraced by family and friends. Excels at putting others at ease, making them feel affirmed.Why then would Henry I. Schvey, longtime Washington University professor of drama and comparative literature, suddenly expose...

William Novak

William Novak fondly targets old folks in new joke book

By David Baugher, Special to the Jewish Light November 2, 2016

William Novak, a best-selling ghostwriter and co-creator of the “Big Book of Jewish Humor,” will speak at the St. Louis Jewish Book Festival (see infobox for full event details) on Saturday, Nov. 12. His most recent work is “Die Laughing: Killer...

Passover Book

A new crop of Passover books for one kid — or many

By Penny Schwartz, JTA April 13, 2016

Afikomen hunts, a rambunctious pup and the catchy classic “Dayenu.” All are featured in a half-dozen new Passover books for children that will inform and entertain even the littlest kid — or a whole herd of ‘em.The eight-day holiday kicks off...

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