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

Carl Reiner at the 41st Emmy Awards in September 1989. Photo: Alan Light

Carl Reiner was funny, wise and a true mensch

BY ROBERT A. COHN, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF EMERITUS July 10, 2020

Although legendary funny man Carl Reiner enjoyed a very full life in which he was amazingly successful in every medium, his passing last week at the age of 98 left our already cloudy world even darker. With the COVID-19 pandemic growing worse and with...

Page one of the St. Louis Light, June 11,  1948 with coverage of Golda’s visit to St. Louis to raise funds.

When the (real) Golda Meir came to St. Louis

BY ROBERT A. COHN, Editor-in-Chief Emeritus October 19, 2016

The one-woman play “Golda’s Balcony,” which is being performed through Oct. 30 at the New Jewish Theatre, features actress Lavonne Byers in a stunning portrayal of the late Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir, who died in 1978 at the age of 80. But...

Elie Wiesel gives a commencement address in May 2011 at Washington University in St. Louis. Photo: Joe Angeles/Washington University

Elie Wiesel’s kindness matched his vast intellect

BY ROBERT A. COHN, Editor-in-Chief Emeritus July 6, 2016

Elie Wiesel, the Nobel Peace Prize laureate and Holocaust survivor and author who died over the weekend at the age of 87, was a towering intellect who became “the conscience of the world,” in the words of President Barack Obama. He also was a true...

One of Mark Richmans color photographs taken during the Beatles’ visit to St. Louis in 1966.

Mark Richman’s ‘Hard Day’s Night’ photographing Beatles

BY ROBERT A. COHN, Editor-in-Chief Emeritus May 11, 2016

Local longtime photographer and Frank Sinatra-style crooner Mark Richman has always been a major fan of popular culture icons, including Ol’ Blue Eyes, Jay Leno, and perhaps his all-time favorite, the Beatles. When the Beatles came to Busch Stadium...

Then-Missouri Rep. Sue Shear addresses women visiting the Capitol in Jefferson City during a Jewish Federation Women’s Division trip in April 1982. File photo: David M. Henschel

If you knew Susie…Sue Shear, that is!

By Robert A. Cohn, Editor-in-Chief Emeritus May 30, 2012

Some Missouri voters too young to remember the sterling career of Sue Shear, the longest serving woman in the history of the Missouri House of Representatives and a passionate advocate for women’s rights, may not have understood the ham-fisted attempt...

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