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St. Louis Jewish Light

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St. Louis Jewish Light

Rabbi Hershey Novack is co-director of the Chabad on Campus Rohr Center for Jewish Life at Washington University.

Improving social ties on Purim

By Rabbi Hershey Novack February 23, 2021

A recent article in The Atlantic (“The Pandemic Has Erased Entire Categories of Friendship”) focuses on the decline of interactions among “weak social ties” during the COVID-19 pandemic. This refers to the people we know casually – the people...

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Kranzberg Family Foundation awards $71,000 to Jewish youth, young adult programs

January 21, 2021

The Kranzberg Family Foundation, a supporting foundation of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis, has awarded $71,000 in grants to 16 Jewish programs for children, teens and young adults in St. Louis.The Foundation received requests totaling more than $187,000...

TOP ROW FROM LEFT: Rabbi Hershey Novack, Debbie Bram, Maxine Weil, Mark Morgan and Erin Wolfman May. BOTTOM ROW: Alyssa Banford, Anita Kraus, Ashley Stockman, Diana Matthis and Bonnie Solomon.  

JProStl’s Annual Recognition event takes place online Jan. 28

December 31, 2020

Nine professionals have been chosen as honorees for the Annual JProStl Recognition Event, which will take place Thursday, Jan. 28, from 1 to 2 p.m. online. The theme of the program is “Seeing the Silver Lining.” JProStl, an initiative of the Jewish...

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Chabad program targets Jewish students beyond Wash U

By Eric Berger, Staff Writer August 30, 2018

Growing up the daughter of a modern Orthodox rabbi and attending Block Yeshiva High School, Dodi Smason felt “a strong Jewish identity,” she said.So after graduating high school in 2009 and starting at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, Smason...

Rabbi Hershey Novack and students such as junior Talia Menche had used a borrowed Torah before Chabad recently acquired one from Barnes-Jewish Hospital.  Photo: Eric Berger

Jewish Hospital Torah scroll gets new life with Chabad on Campus

By Eric Berger, Staff Writer September 27, 2017

A Torah was released from Barnes-Jewish Hospital in early 2016 and sent to Israel for treatment.After at least 50 years in the hospital, the scroll was in bad shape. The ink and parchment had degraded to the point where it could no longer be used.“A...

Chabad on Campus plans summer programs

June 28, 2017

Chabad on Campus has planned a variety of summer programs, including Shabbat dinners, social barbecues, Torah classes and a Shabbaton.“Summer is an effective time to engage college-age students,” Rabbi Hershey Novack, director and spiritual leader...

Chabad’s Shofar Corps seeks volunteers, requests for visits

September 15, 2016

Chabad’s Shofar Corp — a group of trained shofar-blowing volunteers — will visit individuals who for reasons of their limited mobility will be unable to attend services and hear the shofar sounded on Rosh Hashanah Oct. 3 and 4. Requests for visits...

 

Suffering Seniors; Kudos to Rabbi Novack

Ellen Futterman, Editor May 11, 2016

Suffering seniorsLately I haven’t been able to stay on task at all. I start something and then get easily distracted. Focusing on conversations seems a chore and my eyes gloss over when reading anything deeper than People magazine. Mostly all I want...

Chabad on Campus offers Passover seders for college students

April 21, 2016

Chabad on Campus is hoping to make Passover more enjoyable for students and young adults in St. Louis by hosting communal seders this year on the first and second nights of Passover — Friday, April 22 and Saturday, April 23.The seders will be held at...

Lisa Cohen, Linda Horwitz and Julie Pepper peform a number by ABBA during Lip Sync Live, a fundraiser for J Associates.  Photo: Ben Tishler  

Building Jewish life at UMSL; Lip Sync Live in the Loop

By Ellen Futterman, Editor March 9, 2016

In order to increase Jewish presence and, over time, grow admission among Jewish students, Chabad on Campus has funded a new part-time staff position to ramp up Jewish activities at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.Esther “Esty” Munk was hired...

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Chabad on Campus plans back-to-school event appearances

August 24, 2011

Chabad on Campus staff will participate in numerous involvement fairs, including: • UMSL Student EXPO, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Aug. 24 at the UMSL Quad • Washington University's Freshman Move-In Day, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25 at...

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