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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

Crafting a Holocaust insurance solution that works

By Menachem Z. Rosensaft, JTA June 27, 2012

NEW YORK -- There is a solution to get us beyond the seemingly endless stalemates and complications that continue to characterize the ongoing debate over Holocaust-era insurance claims. And I do not believe it can be found in the well-intentioned bill...

Op-Ed: Keep down the rates of student loans

By Alan Kalish, JTA May 3, 2012

NEW YORK -- Education is the key to success -- a "silver bullet" for changing lives in all segments of society. An affordable, quality college education must be available to all, not just the wealthy. Horace Mann, the renowned innovator in public education,...

Jewish groups praise halved security allocation

JTA February 22, 2012

WASHINGTON -- Jewish groups praised the Obama administration and Congress for $10 million in new homeland security grants, while noting that it was almost half of last year's allocation. "While tough decisions were made by Congress and the Administration,...

Obama administration to seek waiver on UNESCO funding ban

By Ron Kampeas February 15, 2012

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration formally announced its intention to ask Congress to waive a ban on funding UNESCO over its recognition of Palestinian statehood. "The Department of State intends to work with Congress to seek legislation that would...

Rabbi David Saperstein

Medicaid reforms need not undermine services

By David Saperstein and William Daroff, JTA February 13, 2012

WASHINGTON—During February, Jewish communities across North America observe Jewish Disability Awareness Month. It is an opportunity for us to raise awareness of the needs, strengths, opportunities and challenges of individuals with disabilities in our...

U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords hugs Daniel Hernandez, the former
congressional intern who helped save her life, at a private
gathering Jan. 23.

Giffords announces resignation from Congress

By Sheila Wilensky Arizona Jewish Post January 25, 2012

U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was seriously wounded in an assassination attempt about a year ago, is resigning from Congress. In a dramatic two-minute video posted Sunday on her congressional website, Giffords (D-Ariz.) said she will step down as...

U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords hugs Daniel Hernandez, the former
congressional intern who helped save her life, at a private
gathering Jan. 23.

Giffords announces resignation from Congress

JTA January 22, 2012

NEW YORK—U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was shot by a gunman in January, announced that she will resign from Congress. In a two-minute video released Sunday, Giffords (D-Ariz.) said she will step down as she continues her recovery. "I have more work...

Students at Saul Mirowitz Day School - Reform Jewish Academy
nosh on freshly prepared veggies for lunch - and the school even
highlights a different vegetable or fruit each month. November, for
example, is broccoli month.

Making a big difference on a smaller scale

By Ellen Futterman, Editor November 23, 2011

We've gotten a little jiggy at the Jewish Light this week, talking about Thanksgiving and how it's a favorite holiday for many of us. In today's editorial, the boss calls it a holiday of faith, family and friends. I agree, though I'd add another "f" to...

The Headquarters of the United Nations Educational, Scientific
and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in Paris, France. Photo:
Matthias Ripp

What happens now that the U.S. has cut UNESCO funds?

By Ron Kampeas, JTA, WASHINGTON November 2, 2011

The immediate consequence of UNESCO's vote to grant the Palestinians membership is clear: A cutoff of American funding for the U.N.  agency governing the protection of cultures and sharing of scientific knowledge, which stands to lose roughly a fifth...

Jewish groups exhale after vote extends Medicaid program

By Jacob Berkman, JTA August 18, 2010

NEW YORK - Jewish groups are breathing a sigh of relief after Congress passed a law that saved them $150 million to $200 million.  President Barack Obama on Aug. 10 signed into law a bill that extends relief provided by the federal government to individual...

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