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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

From left, Emily Steinberg and Stacia Hanna are longtime yoga instructors at the J who have received a Yoga4Cancer certification. Kyler Williams and Deb Earp are licensed massage therapists at the J who received additional an certification from the Society for Oncology Massage. 

The J offers new services for cancer patients

By David Baugher, Special to the Jewish LightPublished February 20, 2020

Two new services for cancer patients and survivors will soon be available through the Jewish Community Center. “So much of a cancer journey is dictated by the medical community but these are two complementary services they can control and they can...

Ari on the field with the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium.

11-year-old inspired many during battle with cancer

By Eric Berger, Staff writerPublished November 15, 2017

Arianna “Ari” Dougan loved the book “Fancy Nancy,” about a girl who loves to dress up fancy, “just like Ari,” her mother, Lori Zucker, said.  When they would read it, Ari would always ask to skip over the page where Nancy takes her family...

Rabbi James Stone Goodman is Immediate Past-President of the St. Louis Rabbinical Association.

Come together to save lives, give hope

By Rabbi James Stone GoodmanPublished January 4, 2017

As I write this, President Barack Obama is signing his last major bill into law, a $6.3 billion medical research bill devoted to cancer and other diseases. Attached to the legislation is a strategy to take on the nation’s mental health crisis. The...

Kathy Bearman facilitates the Sharsheret Supports Circle founded in St. Louis a year ago for Jewish women with breast or ovarian cancer. 

Social worker brings music, support to cancer fighters


A licensed clinical social worker, Kathy Bearman works with people confronting their mortality and making choices about priorities as they face a life-threatening disease. She leads the Sharsheret Supports Circle, founded in St. Louis a year ago for...

Left to right: R-Mission members Robin Burger, Roni Bibring, and Yonina Teitelbaum at inaugural event on June 3, 2012.

In a new network, Jewish cancer survivors are finding the understanding they need

By Charlotte Anthony, JTAPublished July 12, 2012

NEW YORK — Roni Bibring was 15 when she was diagnosed with leukemia. Four years later, her treatment completed, she says her biggest challenge — having lost touch with many of her friends — is making new friends who understand what she’s been...

Letters to the Editor, week of June 20, 2012

Published June 20, 2012

Information on disabled sports program Reading the full page of information about the Can We Talk? session in the Jewish Light got me to wondering how much information will be shared about special needs individuals having opportunities in the St. Louis...

Laura K. Silver

Camp — Ok

By Laura K. SilverPublished June 15, 2012

Our eight year olds left for overnight camp earlier this week. This is their first time going away and it’s an adjustment for all of us. Since their departure, my husband and I have been asked countless times, “Are you sad? Are you okay? Are you surviving?”...

Ben Novack, Congregation Shaare Emeth

Ben Novack, Congregation Shaare Emeth

Published May 2, 2012

Ben Novack wanted to honor the members of his family who have been affected by cancer.  Son of Debbie and Brian Novack of Westwood, Ben rode in Pedal the Cause, a fundraiser whose mission is to provide funding for cancer research and cancer discovery...

Names for Walk On Sunshine needed

Published May 2, 2012

Individuals can honor loved ones who have been affected by a brain tumor by submitting their names by May 8 for inclusion on a Walk On Sunshine T-shirt. Hadassah holds the annual Suzy Esstman’s Walk on Sunshine, raising funds to help find a cure for...

Alex Dubinsky

Alex Dubinsky, United Hebrew Congregation

Published April 25, 2012

Alex and his family have been involved with Friends of Kids with Cancer for the past nine years. His 10-year old sister, Blair, is a cancer survivor. So it was a no surprise when he chose to support this organization for his mitzvah project. Son of Karen...

Focus group planned for Jewish women impacted by breast cancer

Published March 21, 2012

Are you a Jewish woman impacted by breast cancer? Have you wished for more support within the Jewish community?  The community is invited to participate in a focus group at 7 p.m. Monday April 23 at the JCC Staenberg Family Complex - Arts & Education...

Danny Brickman (Congregation Shaare Emeth) & Jordan Stern (Temple Israel)

Friends team up for mitzvah project

Adapted from a story by Matt Grover, originally published in “Hockey Stop” Magazine -- Reprinted with PermissionPublished December 28, 2011

Danny Brickman (Congregation Shaare Emeth) & Jordan Stern (Temple Israel) Childhood friends, Danny and Jordan were in search of a bar mitzvah project they could do together. They wanted to do something a little different, but it had to revolve around...

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