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

St. Louis Jewish Light

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St. Louis Jewish Light

Making meaning through midrash: A d’var Torah for Chayei Sarah

Making meaning through midrash: A d’var Torah for Chayei Sarah

Rabbi Rachel K. BearmanPublished November 18, 2022

This week’s Torah Portion, Chayei Sarah, introduces us to Isaac and Rebecca’s love story. I have always been interested in Isaac and Rebecca’s relationship, and a few years ago, I used the medium of midrash to dive more deeply into their story....

Lucy Greenbaum

Shaare Emeth starting choir for Jewish children in grades 3-7

Published July 21, 2022

Attention youngsters who enjoy singing. Shir Emeth Youth Choir, which is open to all 3rd-7th graders in the St. Louis Jewish community, will officially get underway next month. Although it will be based at Congregation Shaare Emeth, any child from any...

MICDS grad, Jake Speller named Director of Football operations at Dayton

MICDS grad, Jake Speller named Director of Football operations at Dayton

Published May 2, 2022

It's cliche to say that most kids growing up dream of becoming professional athletes, but few who aren't born with the natural gifts, stick with their dreams long enough to realize them. That is not the case for Jake Speller. Speller, 23, grew up in...

Rabbi Stiffman

83 is the new 13, and Rabbi Stiffman is all in for his second Bar Mitzvah

Jordan Palmer, Chief Digital Content OfficerPublished March 16, 2022

The custom of a second bar mitzvah, which has become more and more popular in recent years among men, is based on the reading of Psalm 90:10, which says that 70 years is the expected lifespan of most humans. Reaching age 70, then, can be considered a...

Clockwise from top left: Rabbi Elizabeth Hersh, Rabbi Rachel Bearman, Rabbi Amy Feder and Rabbi Michael Alper

Reform rabbis from St. Louis congregations lead intro to Judaism course

Published September 28, 2021

Temple Emanuel is hosting an introduction to Judaism course from Oct. 5 to Jan. 25.  Classes will be taught virtually on Zoom. There is no tuition fee for the course.   Students are asked to purchase the book, “Honoring Tradition, Embracing Modernity:...

The Lighter Side: Q&A with Beth Kodner, director of Camp Emeth

The Lighter Side: Q&A with Beth Kodner, director of Camp Emeth

ELLEN FUTTERMAN, Editor-in-ChiefPublished August 23, 2021

Q&A with Beth Kodner, director of Camp Emeth at Congregation Shaare Emeth How long have you worked in the Jewish community?   I was a camp counselor at Shaare Emeth when I was in high school and college and then returned in 2009...

New vaccination clinic to open at Shaare Emeth on April 25

New vaccination clinic to open at Shaare Emeth on April 25

Jordan PalmerPublished April 16, 2021

A new mass COVID-19 vaccination site is gearing up to open April 25, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at a Reform temple in Creve Coeur. Today, Congregation Shaare Emeth announced it was teaming up the St. Louis County Health Department, and the Creve Coeur fire...

Summer camp

Still hunting for a summer day camp for your kids? Here are some options to consider.

By Elyse Picker, Special to the Jewish LightPublished April 14, 2021

Spring is here and summer is fast approaching; with that, a longing and readiness to return to some degree of “regular” life. For many parents, that means making plans for summer camp and fortunately, St. Louis offers a multitude of options for...

Rabbi Lori Levine

Lifting our children, as on wings of eagles

BY RABBI LORI LEVINEPublished February 4, 2021

In this week’s Torah portion, Yitro, we encounter one of the most epic moments in the Torah.At the foot of Mount Sinai, accompanied by thunder and lightning, the newly freed Israelites enter into a new covenant with their Redeemer. They hear the Ten...

Rabbi Rachel Bearman

Torah gives us role models to be righteous upstanders

BY RABBI RACHEL K. BEARMANPublished January 7, 2021

After I graduated from college, I spent a year working for Facing History and Ourselves, an international organization whose mission is to use lessons of history to challenge teachers and their students to stand up to bigotry and hate.One of Facing History’s...

TOP ROW FROM LEFT: Rabbi Hershey Novack, Debbie Bram, Maxine Weil, Mark Morgan and Erin Wolfman May. BOTTOM ROW: Alyssa Banford, Anita Kraus, Ashley Stockman, Diana Matthis and Bonnie Solomon.  

JProStl’s Annual Recognition event takes place online Jan. 28

Published December 31, 2020

Nine professionals have been chosen as honorees for the Annual JProStl Recognition Event, which will take place Thursday, Jan. 28, from 1 to 2 p.m. online. The theme of the program is “Seeing the Silver Lining.” JProStl, an initiative of the Jewish...

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