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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

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Jewish clergy group changes name to include new cantorial members

May 2, 2019

The St. Louis Rabbinical Association has changed its name to reflect its welcoming of ordained cantors in to the organization. The group is now the St. Louis Rabbinical and Cantorial Association (STLRCA).Since its founding in 1955, the STLRCA has been...

Letters to the Editor: March 1, 2017

March 1, 2017

City residents should vote yes for Prop. SFollowing a recommendation from the Ferguson Report, Jews United for Justice (JUJ) established an Opportunity to Thrive Task Force. The task force chose reduction of predatory lending as its first target. As...

Andrew Rehfeld is President and CEO of Jewish Federation of St. Louis.

Solidarity critique deserves nuanced reply

By Andrew Rehfeld February 15, 2017

Two weeks ago the Jewish Federation of St. Louis issued a statement expressing concern with the recent executive order concerning refugees. The statement enjoyed the broad, if not unanimous support of our organization’s leadership. Since then we have...

Elizabeth Slonim Macanufo is a freelance writer. She and her husband live in St. Louis with their three children. 

When hate flies down the street

By Elizabeth Slonim Macanufo, Special to the Jewish Light January 26, 2017

Throughout the election cycle, coming across political signs from the opposing party rattled me, but seeing a Confederate flag within sight of my home truly shocked me. I noticed the Confederate flag while driving down our street in Richmond Heights....

Interfaith ‘Descendants of Abraham in America’ panel discussion planned at United Hebrew

September 15, 2016

On Sunday, Sept. 18, members of the Jewish, Muslim and Christian faiths will gather at United Hebrew Congregation for “Descendants of Abraham in America: Exploring what it means to be an American and Jewish, Muslim, or Christian.” The afternoon of...

Ellen Rosenbaum talks during a meeting of Achraiyut (Hebrew for ‘to assume responsibility’) at Congregation Neve Shalom. The group, founded in 1993, is for individuals living with mental illness. The group meets the first Monday of the month. Although most of the group’s members are Jewish, it is open to individuals of other faiths as well.

Confronting mental illness: No easy answers

By Ellen Futterman, Editor June 6, 2012

Jason Wilson wants people to understand that although he hasn’t been able to work full time since 1999, he’s neither lazy nor is he a loser. What he is, he explains, his voice choking with emotion, is mentally ill. The 41-year-old was diagnosed with...

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