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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

A St. Louis native, Sarah Weinman writes a weekly visual arts blog for the Light (stljewishlight.com/art)

A potpourri of art at St. Louis Artists’ Guild exhibition

BY SARAH WEINMANPublished July 11, 2012

What do all of the artworks have in common in the show Ann Metzger Memorial National All Media Exhibition 2012 at the St. Louis Artists’ Guild? Not much. That’s the beauty of this exhibition, held on the first and second floors of the Guild. There's...

Chicago at the Muny

Steamy ‘Chicago’ heats up Muny stage

BY ROBERT A. COHN, Editor-in-Chief EmeritusPublished June 27, 2012

It was not the St. Louis heat wave, but the hot, hot, hot production of “Chicago” that brought The Muny stage to the boiling point on the mercifully cool opening night. This is the Muny’s premiere production of “Chicago,” the wildly popular...

Yelli (center) strikes a pose next to her parents, Chani and Rabbi Ze’ev Smason. Yelli is 11 years old and has Down syndrome. 

Child with Down syndrome has strong family support

By David Baugher, Special to the Jewish LightPublished June 13, 2012

Like many 11 year olds, Yelli Smason is happy, very sociable and loves animals. She is deeply spiritual as well — a fact her father, as a rabbi, is proud to relate.“On Thursday evening, when we’d talk about the upcoming Sabbath we’d say Shabbos...

David R. Blumenthal

Veteran B’nai B’rith leader David R. Blumenthal dies at 91

BY ROBERT A. COHN, Editor-in-Chief EmeritusPublished May 25, 2012

David R. Blumenthal, longtime passionate leader in B’nai B’rith at the local, national and international levels, and a retired specialty advertising salesman, died Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at the Delmar Gardens West, where he had resided since 2009....

Circus Flora presents ‘The Wizard’ May 31 to June 24. 

2012 Summer Arts Guide

By PATRICIA CORRIGAN, Special to the Jewish LightPublished May 23, 2012

Ladies and Gentlemen  — in this one issue only — the Jewish Light brings you the all-singing, all-dancing 2012 Summer Arts Guide! We have for you a plethora of performances, perhaps more cultural events than ever before seen in the pages of this...

Sam Weissman, then an assistant professor of chemistry, and Jonathan Townsen examine magnetic resonance data at Washington U. around 1962.

Washington U’s Manhattan Project braintrust

BY ROBERT A. COHN, Editor-in-Chief EmeritusPublished May 16, 2012

Samtuel “Sam” Isaac Weissman, Ph.D., who died at 94 in 2007, was one of the six founders of the modern chemistry department at Washington University. All six were veterans of the Manhattan Project, which led to the assembling of the atomic bombs used...

An image from Jonathan Samuels of Congregation B’nai Amoona.

Visions of Judaism

By David Baugher, Special to the Jewish LightPublished April 25, 2012

The photos are both simple and stark.  There is a Klezmer duo in Buenos Aires, a circumcision in Uzbekistan, a musician at a New York soup kitchen. Set in crisp black-and-white, dozens of scenes captured by Israeli native Zion Ozeri reveal an evocative...

Schneider beats Sheyman in Illinois Democratic primary

JTAPublished March 21, 2012

NEW YORK -- Businessman Brad Schneider has emerged as the victor in a hotly contested Democratic congressional primary in Illinois. Schneider took 47 percent of the vote to 39 percent for activist Ilya Sheyman in the congressional district in Chicago’s...

Jewish foundations meet to discuss Israel education

JTAPublished March 5, 2012

NEW YORK -- Leading Jewish organizations came together to discuss the future of Israel education for North American pre-college students. Some 80 groups gathered last week in New York for a meeting called iThink convened by the iCenter, a Chicago-based...

Robert Nevel

Founder of food justice and sustainability program at Chicago synagogue to speak

Published February 8, 2012

A growing movement in the Jewish community nationwide is focused on "food justice"-the right of communities everywhere to access to healthy, fresh food. On Sunday, Feb. 12, Chicago architect and urban farmer Robert Nevel will speak in St. Louis about...

Indian official: We won’t cut back on Iranian oil

JTAPublished January 30, 2012

India will not reduce the amount of oil Iranian oil it purchases, the country's finance minister said. "It is not possible for India to take any decision to reduce the imports from Iran drastically because among the countries which can provide the requirement...

Ensemble Espanol Spanish Dance Theater performing Una Hobra de
Arte. The dance company will be peforming Jan. 27 and 28 at the
Touhill Performing Arts Center on the campus of University of
Missouri - St. Louis.

Hispanic dance troupe has Jewish roots


When you think of Hispanic dances-the staccato rhythms of flamenco, the dramatic arc of zarzuelas, the color and fire of folkloric numbers-do you also think of a Jewish woman born and reared outside Chicago in Evanston, Illinois? From now on, you will....

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