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

 

Proceeding with caution: Local Jewish business owners remain positive amidst uncertainty

By Eric Berger, Associate Editor & Ellen Futterman, Editor July 2, 2020

In early April, the Jewish Light reported on how Jewish small business owners in the St. Louis area were doing after they had to either close shop or drastically alter how they operate because of the coronavirus pandemic. Both St. Louis city and county...

Anya Corson started her fermented honey business, Anya’s Apothekere, around her mother’s dining room table in 2017. In three years it's grown into a thriving enterprise, selling to major grocery chains, Amazon, as well as on her website, anyasapothekere.com.

Home-born fermented honey business takes wing

By Kate Robbins, Special to the Jewish Light June 25, 2020

In late 2017, Anya Corson started her fermented honey business around her mother’s dining room table. “We grew up with Shabbat dinners and holidays always around this table and all the wonderful conversations and things that have happened around...

Dr. David H. Gutmann

Newsmakers: June 2020

Elise Krug, Editorial & Development Associate June 4, 2020

Dr. David H. Gutmann has received the Advocate of Hope Award from the national Neurofibromatosis Network. He is the vice chairman for research affairs in the neurology department at Washington University School of Medicine. Gutmann founded and directs...

Julie Yawitz, at left, and the interior of AR Workshop at right.

Newly opened craft workshop is labor of love for mom, daughter

By Ellen Futterman, Editor May 28, 2020

It’s a question many parents of children with significant mental and/or physical challenges face after their child turns 21 and Special School District services are no longer available.Now what?For Julie Yawitz, research into that question began several...

Jeff Weis

Newsmakers: May 2020

By Elise Krug, Editorial & Development Associate May 7, 2020

The Men’s Clubs of Congregation B’nai Amoona and Kol Rinah will honor their respective Man of the Year and Youth of the Year at a luncheon on a date to be determined. All honorees have demonstrated a commitment to a primary objective of the Men’s...

Howard Berliner, left, and Irwin Loiterstein. Photo: Bill Motchan

St. Louis’ Christmas tree king? Yeah…he’s Jewish

BY BILL MOTCHAN, SPECIAL TO THE JEWISH LIGHT December 5, 2019

It’s the busy season for Irwin Loiterstein. He has to schedule deliveries, calm anxious customers and extract countless pine needles from every fiber of his clothing. Loiterstein is Jewish and St. Louis’ primary wholesaler of Christmas trees. He...

Top row, from left: Alice Ludmer, Barry Lasky, Bud Rosenbaum, Charles Elbert, Eitan Kantor, and Erin Slutzky. Second row, from left: Kara Moskowitz, Kara Newmark, Lori Lander, Mark Sophir, Mark Temkin and Martha Sneider. Third row, from left: Joan Szymanski, Richard Tishler, Rabbi Ryan Dulkin, Sara Winkelman and Steve Becker. 

Newsmakers: December 2019

Compiled by Elise Krug, Editorial & Development Associate December 5, 2019

Bud Rosenbaum has been named chairman of the Holocaust Museum & Learning Center. He has been a volunteer  there for 10 years ago served as a docent and chair of its Development Committee, among other assignments. Rosenbaum is a member of Temple Israel.Area...

Top row, from left: Allie Wielansky, Rabbi Susan Talve, Yoram Hanin, Ron Zetcher and Lisa Deutsch.  SECOND ROW: Gail Wechsler, Helene J. Sherman, Dr. Jill Mirowitz Mogil, Claudia Hearst and Kyla Gersten. THIRD ROW: Andrew Glantz, David Dresner, Jeff Vines, Randy Vines and Ari Moore.   

Jews in the News: November

Compiled by Elise Krug, Editorial & Development Associate November 7, 2019

Allie Wielansky has joined the staff of The Missouri Valley Conference as the director of media & administration. In addition to serving as the primary communications liaison for cross country and track & field, she provides operations assistance...

Jessica Goldberg

Jews in the News: September 2019

Compiled by Elise Krug, Editorial & Development Associate September 6, 2019

Jessica Goldberg received the 2019 Jewish War Veterans – Charles Sandroff Scholarship. The scholarship is given each year by the Jewish War Veterans Post 644 to an outstanding high school graduate entering college. Jessica is the daughter of Nancy and...

“Chutzpah: Why Israel is a Hub of Innovation and Entrepreneurship” by Inbal Arieli, 272 pages, HarperBusiness, $29.99. Author photo: Micha Loubaton

Book offers insights into Israel’s rise as hub of entrepreneurship

BY ROBERT A. COHN, Editor-in-Chief Emeritus August 15, 2019

Among the nations of the world, the State of Israel, which turned 71 on May 14 (the fifth of Iyar), is both a relative newcomer and the successor to Jewish self-rule that goes back over 4,000 years. In 1948, when David Ben-Gurion was serving as the first prime...

Yoni Blumberg (right) schmoozes with other guests at a Meet New People Party earlier this year. The parties, organized by Karen Kalish, offer young professionals a chance to network. Photos: Bill Motchan

‘Karen’s Parties’ encourage young professionals to sink roots in St. Louis

BY BILL MOTCHAN, SPECIAL TO THE JEWISH LIGHT May 2, 2019

Many young professionals in St. Louis covet an invitation to what’s become known as Karen’s Party.Officially, the gatherings are called Meet New People Parties, but the popular extreme networkingdinner parties are closely associated with Karen Kalish....

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Sean Gallup July 14, 2017

While the availability of less expensive kosher cheese has been a boon to observant Jews, greater culinary sophistication in the Orthodox community is also having an effect on the dairy market, experts say. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

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