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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

Pandemic has helped reveal true meaning of birthdays

Pandemic has helped reveal true meaning of birthdays

BASSY LANDA July 7, 2021
Birthdays should remind children of their intrinsic value, not the value of their presents
Rabbi Yossi Abenson

Chabad emissaries ‘overcome time, space,’ Zoom to a record

BY BILL MOTCHAN, SPECIAL TO THE JEWISH LIGHT November 25, 2020

When the annual International Conference of Chabad-Lubavitch Emissaries ended last week, it broke a record. At 136 hours, the conference stands as the longest Zoom online videoconference call. The previous record was just under 24 hours, set earlier this...

Chabad St. Charles County

This week’s Spotlight Photos

June 18, 2020

Rabbi Chaim Landa and Bassy Landa, directors of the Chabad Jewish Center of St. Charles County, prepare dozens of ‘Shavuot-to-Go’ kits on Wednesday, May 27, 2020 to be distributed to Jewish households throughout St. Charles County.  Photos: Bill...

Chabad offers ‘seder-to-go’ kits

April 2, 2020

As Passover approaches, and with all the safety restrictions being put in place to curtail the spread of COVID-19, many Jewish families throughout the St. Louis region may not be able to gather for a seder with family and friends as they have done in...

Rabbi Novack of Chabad is joined by University City Council member Paulette Carr at the public Menorah lighting on the Delmar Loop in a previous year.

Chabad plans Hanukkah events in three St. Louis area locations

December 15, 2019

Chabad of Greater St. Louis has several events planned in the St. Louis area on the first night of Hanukkah, Sunday Dec. 22. The events, which are free, are:• A Hanukkah Car Menorah Parade, organized by Chabad of Chesterfield, from 4 to 6:30 p.m. atCentral...

Niki Stein, Braden Stein, Gavin Stein and Barb Shaffer make menorahs at Chabad’s 2018 Menorah Workshop on Sunday at the Home Depot in Richmond Heights.

Menorah Workshop set for Dec. 15 at Home Depot

December 12, 2019

Chabad of Greater St. Louis will be partnering with Home Depot to offer a pre-Hanukkah Menorah Workshop from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 15 at the Home Depot, 1603 S. Hanley Road. Participants will craft their own unique menorah from wood and...

Chabad of Chesterfield transformed a pavilion in Chesterfield’s Central Park into a Shofar Factory on Sunday, helping participants craft their own horn instrument and learn the traditional sequence of notes sounded on Rosh Hashanah. This year, Rosh Hashanah begins the evening of Sunday, Sept. 29 and ends the evening of Tuesday, Oct. 1. Photo: Bill Motchan

Shofar Factory

September 26, 2019

Chabad of Chesterfield transformed a pavilion in Chesterfield’s Central Park into a Shofar Factory on Sunday, helping participants craft their own horn instrument and learn the traditional sequence of notes sounded on Rosh Hashanah. This year, Rosh...

Hebrew school children greet Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn, the sixth Lubavitcher Rebbe, during his 1930 visit to St. Louis.

The Rebbe’s penny: Blessed coin from St. Louis fetches nearly $7,000 at auction

By Bill Motchan, Special to the Jewish Light July 25, 2019

If you could put a value on a blessing, what might it be worth? For a unique, nearly 90-year-old blessing, the going rate is $6,750. That’s the amount a bidder paid last week in Tel Aviv for a well-traveled Lincoln penny, the subject of frenzied bidding...

Zoe Farmingdale

Theatrical homecoming, concert for the Rebbe, Light survey

June 13, 2019

Truth, immigration, loveIn any given week, numerous email pitches come my way, but here’s one from last week I couldn’t resist:Hello! I’m a St. Louis native, Solomon Schechter graduate and B’nai Amoona member. I’m based in Los Angeles, but I’m...

David Suissa is President of Tribe Media/Jewish Journal in Los Angeles, where he has been writing a weekly column on the Jewish world since 2006. His commentary was originally published in the Jewish Journal and is reprinted with permission. Visit the Jewish Journal online at www.jewishjournal.com.

Poway and the power of Chabad

BY DAVID SUISSA, Jewish Journal May 2, 2019

With anti-Semitism on the rise, the deadly shooting at the synagogue in Poway last Shabbat had a tragic familiarity. Here we go again: Six months ago we had Pittsburgh, now it’s Poway. What’s next?It’s even worse in Europe, and especially in France,...

Rabbi Yosef Landa, director of Chabad of Greater St. Louis, speaks at a community gathering on Sunday organized by Jewish Federation of St. Louis and the Jewish Community Relations Council after the shooting at the Chabad of Poway synagogue in California.  Photo: Eric Berger 

Faith leaders urge redoubling of fight against anti-Semitism, bigotry

By David Baugher, Special to the Jewish Light May 1, 2019

The St. Louis Jewish community is mourning with others across the country in the wake of a fatal shooting Saturday during worship at a Southern California synagogue.“We cannot offer a deeper meaning. We are not even sure we know how to offer consolation,”...

Rabbi Yossi Abenson (right), co-director of Chabad of Central West End, celebrates Purim on March 20 at Café Ventana. 

New Chabad center now open in Central West End

By Eric Berger, Associate Editor April 4, 2019

After 18 years in University City, Hillel Kieval and Deborah Katz moved in August to the Central West End.The couple, who both work at Washington University, liked the idea of having a condo more centrally located in the city, said Kieval, a Jewish Studies...

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