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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

White supremacist Pedersen pleads guilty to two murders

JTA March 14, 2012

White supremacist David Joseph Pedersen, who said he was on his way to "kill more Jews" when arrested in connection with four West Coast murders, pleaded guilty to two of them. Pedersen, 31, pleaded guilty on Monday to two counts of aggravated first-degree...

Sister Helen Prejean

An interview with Sister Helen Prejean

By Victoria Siegel, Special to the Jewish Light August 24, 2011

Sister Helen Prejean, author of the best-selling book turned award-winning movie, "Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty in the United States," was in town this weekend to attend the Missouri premiere of the opera based on her book....

Elise Quagliata and Jordan Shanahan perform in Union Avenue
Operas production of ‘Dead Man Walking. Photo: Ron Lindsey

Opera deftly explores capital punishment

By Larry Levin, Publisher/CEO August 24, 2011

The fine staging of "Dead Man Walking" at Union Avenue Opera, which continues this weekend, begins much as did Opera Theatre of St. Louis' production of "The Death of Klinghoffer" - namely, at the scene of the crime. Yet while both find their titles and...

What is Judaism’s take on capital punishment?

BY ROBERT A. COHN, Editor-in-Chief Emeritus August 24, 2011

The St. Louis premiere of the opera "Dead Man Walking," the story of the relationship between Sister Helen Prejean and a Louisiana prisoner on death row, has rekindled the age-old debate about capital punishment. The National Conference of Roman Catholic...

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