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For her mitzvah project, Sara Marks collected items and filled 20 backpacks for Project Backpack, which  ‘provides area police departments, social service agencies, domestic violence shelters and Department of Family Services workers with backpacks filled with necessities and comfort items,’ according to the group’s website. 

Mitzvot from the Heart: Sara Marks

Published April 27, 2016

Sara Marks Congregation B’nai AmoonaProject Backpack was the organization Sara supported for her mitzvah project. She was committed to filling 20 backpacks with comfort items that would make a difference in the lives of teens in crisis. What made this...

Jokes a-plenty planned at inaugural Purim Night Live

Published February 26, 2014

For the first time, an evening of Jewish joke telling and comedy will be held to crown the best joke-teller in St. Louis. “Purim Night Live” will take place at 7 p.m. Sunday, March 16 at the Jewish Community Center’s Staenberg Family Complex, 2...

(From left) Zahava Kiernan, Riva Stern and Daniel Shanker sit in the Saul Mirowitz Jewish Community School gymnasium before Simchat Gan, a ceremony marking the first day of school for kindergarten students. Photos: Yana Hotter

SMJCS starts first semester as fully merged school

Repps Hudson, Special to the Jewish LightPublished August 22, 2012

Merging two organizations of any kind may be fraught with troublesome issues that can haunt all concerned for years. So blending a Reform and a Conservative day school into a new Jewish school — with different approaches to Biblical studies and food,...

The Regional Arts Commission opened the exhibit “Tradition!” featuring the works of four Jewish artists: Barbara Umbogy, Lauren Pressler, Sandy Kaplan and Frank Roth. Pictured are Umbogy, Pressler, Kaplan and the show’s curator, Buzz Spector, on the exhibit’s opening night. The show runs from July 13 – August 18 at The Regional Arts Commission, 6128 Delmar Blvd. in the Loop. For more information, visit www.art-stl.com.

Exhibit explores contemporary Jewish art with works by four local artists

By Sarah Weinman, Special to the Jewish LightPublished August 8, 2012

An ongoing exhibition at the Regional Arts Commission examines themes of contemporary Jewish art through the works of four local Jewish artists: Sandy Kaplan, Lauren Pressler, Frank Roth, and Barbara Umbogy. Buzz Spector, himself an artist, is curator...

Summer reading list

Summer reading list

Jewish Light Staff ReportPublished August 1, 2012

  Barb Raznick, Director of Saul Brodsky Jewish Community Library Recommended books:  “Room Enough for Daisy” by Debby Waldman and Rita Feutl — inspired by a Yiddish folktale, a young girl’s clever mom helps her realize that “less is more”...

The space at Bnai El previously occupied by Saul Mirowitz Day School - Reform Jewish Academy (pictured above) may be leased to a new Muslim day school. Leaders of the school and Bnai El said nothing is final yet, but negotiations are ongoing.

New Islamic school may move into former RJA space on B’nai El campus

By Ellen Futterman, EditorPublished July 25, 2012

It looks as if a new, faith-based Islamic school will be moving into the property most recently occupied by the Saul Mirowitz Day School-Reform Jewish Academy (RJA) on the campus of B’nai El Congregation in Frontenac.The new school, Al Manara Academy...

Eli Temkin at the Next Dor house. 

What’s next for the Jewish NextGen?

By David Baugher, Special to the Jewish LightPublished December 7, 2011

Rachel Tabak, 28, grew up at Congregation B'nai Amoona, which she still attends with family for the High Holidays. But she said she isn't a member of the congregation on her own. "I think that really kicks in when you have kids," said Tabak. "In between...

Bnai Amoonas Rabbi Carnie Shalom Rose

Parashah has special meaning this year for B’nai Amoona rabbi

By Rabbi Carnie Shalom RosePublished June 1, 2011

Every parent knows that there are certain moments in the life of your child that can never be forgotten. Specific liminal events, which will forever be etched into your consciousness - engraved indelibly upon your heart. For me, one such moment took place...

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