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

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

St. Louis Jewish Light

Hannah Barg is a St. Louis native with a passion for education, radio and storytelling. Barg is based in Chicago, where she works as a development associate at the New Israel Fund. Prior to NIF, she worked as a radio producer at StoryCorps and Israel Story. In her free time, she produces her podcast “Tight Lipped.”

Breaking the Silence turmoil ‘broke my heart’

BY HANNAH BARG December 12, 2019

Last month, on a below freezing day, I rode the Amtrak train from my home in Chicago to my childhood home of St. Louis. I was on my way to a Breaking the Silence event at Congregation B’nai Amoona. Breaking the Silence is an organization of former...

Letters to the editor: December 4, 2019

Letters to the editor: December 4, 2019

December 5, 2019

The choice is oursIn response to the Nov. 27 commentary “Two Events One Week Apart,” I offer my impression of two events four days apart that deal with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Full disclosure, I am a co-sponsor of the second event.The first...

Jeffrey Stiffman is Rabbi Emeritus of Congregation Shaare Emeth.

Two events one week apart: Which represents St. Louis Jews?

By Rabbi Jeffrey Stiffman November 29, 2019

I recently attended two programs dealing with the Israeli-Palestinian situation. The audience reactions were a dramatic study in contrasts that disturbed me greatly. I am not a member of any of the organizations presenting the programs. I attended each...

Letters to the editor

Letters to the editor: Nov. 27, 2019

November 29, 2019

An invitation to learn more about St. Louis Friends of IsraelIn the Jewish Light’s Nov. 20 article about the “Breaking the Silence” event (hosted by J Street and The New Israel Fund at Congregation B’nai Amoona) mentioned a local, pro-Israel advocacy...

Rabbi Seth Gordon

My takeaway on the J Street event

BY RABBI SETH D. GORDON November 21, 2019

I braced for an ugly fight. I was first told about a program at Congregation B’nai Amoona in which former soldiers from the Israel Defense Forces would expose horrible things about their experiences in Israel’s military. The group is called Breaking...

Benzi Sanders was one of four Israeli Defense Force veterans to speak before a crowd of about 200 people at an event sponsored by J Street on Nov. 13 at Congregation B’nai Amoona. Photo: Eric Berger

‘Breaking the Silence’ event at B’nai Amoona exposes raw divisions

By Eric Berger, Associate Editor November 21, 2019

Weeks before former soldiers in the Israel Defense Forces started to explain why they had become disillusioned with the Israeli government’s occupation of the West Bank, some people in the St. Louis Jewish community were upset.The veterans were set...

Neil Jaffe

J Street event: an important message

By Neil Jaffe November 21, 2019

As a pro-Israel, pro-peace American and an active member of the St. Louis Jewish community, I am proud of the event that was held on Nov. 13with members of the group Breaking the Silence. Co-sponsored by J Street – St. Louis and the New Israel Fund,...

Can we still talk civilly about Israel?

Can we still talk civilly about Israel?

JEWISH LIGHT EDITORIAL November 21, 2019

The Sh’ma prayer, the eternal watchword of the Jewish faith, commands us to hear, to listen.  But recent public discussions about how American Jews should relate to the State of Israel have ignored that plea, devolving from legitimate passion into...

Galit Lev-Harir

The problem with Breaking the Silence

By Galit Lev-Harir November 7, 2019

On Nov. 13, Congregation B’nai Amoona will host a program sponsored by J Street and the New Israel Fund with Breaking the Silence, known in Hebrew as “Shovrim Shtika.” There is much controversy as to whether or not mainstream Jewish organizations...

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