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St. Louis Jewish Light

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St. Louis Jewish Light

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

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:...

Congregation Temple Israel

Temple Israel welcomes community to online High Holiday services

August 31, 2021

Temple Israel welcomes the St. Louis community to enjoy its virtual High Holy Days services from home, live-streamed on their website and Facebook page. Services include traditional Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur rituals, live worship music, and sermons...

St. Louis faith leaders encouraging worshippers to get vaccinated

St. Louis faith leaders encouraging worshippers to get vaccinated

Jordan Palmer August 28, 2021

St. Louis area faith leaders— including Rabbi Amy Feder, Senior Rabbi of Temple Israel and President of the St. Louis Rabbinical and Cantorial Association—are joining together to encourage vaccination among St. Louis area worshippers. In an approximately...

From left to right is Ivana Todorova, Risa Fingerman, Josh Devine and Reis Lourie. Josh and Reis are doing mitzvah projects to benefit the Bennett Project; Josh’s bar mitzvah at Temple Israel and Reis’ at United Hebrew Congregation are a week apart in May.

One good mitzvah continues to help make a difference

BY ELLEN FUTTERMAN, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF April 13, 2021

To better tell this story, let’s rewind to December. That’s when we introduced you to Drew Patchin, a second-grader, cancer survivor and member of Temple Israel, who was fundraising for a charity outside a Walgreens in Creve Coeur when his jar full...

Temple Israels ‘Amazing Race’ will send teams around St. Louis area

Temple Israel’s ‘Amazing Race’ will send teams around St. Louis area

April 2, 2021

From the minds that brought the community the Wandering Jews Scavenger Hunt, Temple Israel presents: TI’s Amazing Race: Family & Friends Edition from 3 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 24. The St. Louis community is invited to enjoy a Shabbat afternoon...

Rob Aronson

St. Louis financial planner works to ‘Change the World’ with Jewish music

BY BILL MOTCHAN, SPECIAL TO THE JEWISH LIGHT March 18, 2021

Music is an integral part of Judaism and dates back to the first temple in Jerusalem, when Levites sang and played the harp, lyre and shofar during religious services. Centuries later, communal singing remains a constant in Jewish worship and celebrations,...

On Sunday, Feb. 28, Temple Israel welcomed more than 100 cars to our campus for safe and socially distanced parking lot activities such as Purim-themed games, stories, prizes, as well as a professional circus show with juggling, acrobatics and more. Families were encouraged to wear costumes and decorate their vehicles, as well as bring boxes of pasta to donate to the Harvey Kornblum Jewish Food Pantry and a bag of coins to play games, which was collected for Tzedekah. All guests were gifted a Mishloach Manot with sweets, Hamentashen, grogger, and other goodies.

Temple Israel’s Purim Car-nival

March 2, 2021

On Sunday, Feb. 28, Temple Israel welcomed more than 100 cars to the congregation's Purim Car-nival and Mishloach Manot. Families were able to enjoy safe and socially distanced parking lot activities, such as Purim-themed games, stories, prizes, as...

Colin Gordon

Temple Israel hosting series on social justice and equity

January 28, 2021

Temple Israel invites you to an engaging equity speaker series inspired by the quote, “Who is wise? One who learns from everyone.” (Pirkei Avot 4:1). The series takes place at 7 p.m. Mondays, Feb. 8, March 8, May 10, and June 14 and is open to the...

Elana Hertel

Newsmakers: January 2021

COMPILED BY ELLEN FUTTERMAN, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF January 15, 2021

Elana Hertel has joined Central Reform Congregation as executive assistant to the rabbinic team. She graduated from Missouri State University with a bachelor’s degree in business and event management, holds a Certified Special Events Professional (CSEP)...

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

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...

Rabbi Amy Feder

TI’s renovated Deutsch Center is back making connections

By Rabbi Amy Feder December 3, 2020

Temple Israel students who began college this year have a special nickname for themselves. It doesn’t have to do with COVID-19 or with their time in confirmation class or shared experiences during their b’nai mitzvah year. They call themselves “Miss...

Temple Israel volunteers prepared and delivered Thanksgiving meals to those in need. This is the 34th year of the annual volunteer effort. During other years, guests are served a meal at Temple Israel, but due to the pandemic, TI delivered meals to those in need. This year, TI delivered meals to more than 350 individuals and families.

Photos: TI volunteers prepare Thanksgiving meals for those in need

November 27, 2020

Temple Israel volunteers prepared and delivered Thanksgiving meals to those in need. This is the 34th year of the annual volunteer effort. During other years, guests are served a meal at Temple Israel, but due to the pandemic, TI delivered meals to those...

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