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 nonprofit, independent news source to inform, inspire, educate and connect the St. Louis Jewish community.

St. Louis Jewish Light

Robert A. Cohn

Paying respects to Rep. John Lewis of blessed memory

BY ROBERT A. COHN, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF EMERITUS July 22, 2020

The American Jewish community, like the rest of the nation, has lost a dear friend and an authentic hero in the recent passing of Rep. John Robert Lewis. The Georgia Democrat, who began life as the son of sharecroppers and became a towering figure in...

Five Years After Ferguson

Five Years After Ferguson

JEWISH LIGHT EDITORIAL August 8, 2019

The fatal shooting of Michael Brown by then-Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in 2014 made the suburb of Ferguson a household word nationwide, but it was hardly a distinction that anyone would welcome.Mention the word “Ferguson” in the months...

Malachi Owens Jr. is cantorial soloist at Temple Emanuel. 

Civil rights celebration, memorial blood drive and a ‘Shark Tank’ style retail competition

Ellen Futterman, Editor May 30, 2019

History 101For those unfamiliar, Juneteenth is an annual observance to remember when Union soldiers enforced the Emancipation Proclamation and freed all remaining slaves in Texas — and more generally in the remote areas of former Confederate States...

Josh Gad (left) and Chadwick Boseman (center) star in ‘Marshall.’

‘Marshall’ recalls true story of civil rights case

By Cate Marquis, Special to the Jewish Light October 11, 2017

In 1941, a Jewish attorney becomes a reluctant Civil Rights hero when he teams up with a NAACP lawyer to defend an innocent man, in the new film “Marshall.” Based on a true story, this inspiring, entertaining, surprisingly funny film features Josh...

Rabbi Marc Schneier,  the president of the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding,  is the author of  ‘Shared Dreams: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Jewish Community’  and co-author with Imam Shamsi Ali of  ‘Sons of Abraham: A Candid Conversation about the Issues that Divide and Unite Jews and Muslims.’ His commentary was distributed by JTA. 

As allies of Martin Luther King, Jews must fight for Muslims’ civil rights

By Rabbi Marc Schneier January 11, 2017

As we celebrate the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr., American Jews should reflect anew upon the epic struggle he led to free African-Americans from the shackles of bigotry and take pride in the singular role played by the Jewish community in support...

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