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

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

St. Louis Jewish Light

Rabbi Debra Newman Kamin of Am Yisrael Conservative Congregation in Northfield, Ill., was installed recently as president of the Rabbinical Assembly. 

Conservative movement is closing its gender gap, but there is still work to be done

By Debra Newman Kamin and Alisa Pomerantz-Boro, JTAPublished July 12, 2018

As the Jewish world this year marks Israel’s 70th anniversary, we recall that two years before Israel’s independence, a momentous change came in the Conservative movement: Its then new prayer book, known as the Silverman siddur, no longer contained...

A Conservative Movement ruling late last year lifted the ban on kitniyot — which includes corn, rice, beans and other legumes — during Passover. 

Rabbis expand the Passover menu — but will Conservative Jews bite?

David Holzel, Washington Jewish WeekPublished April 12, 2016

ROCKVILLE, Md. (Washington Jewish Week via JTA) — On Passover, Lynne Sandler will be passing on the beans and rice.Sandler, a member of Conservative Agudas Achim Congregation in Alexandria, Virginia, said she won’t take advantage of her movement’s...

To thrive, Conservative movement requires continuity in college

Douglas Kandl, JTAPublished July 16, 2012

NEW YORK -- A Conservative Jew, I am a third-generation member of Temple Beth-El Mekor Chayim in Cranford, N.J., was very active in the movement’s United Synagogue Youth and helped create a presence for Koach, the movement’s college program, at my...

Conservative rabbinic group issues guidelines for same-sex wedding rituals

By Ben Sales, JTAPublished June 4, 2012

NEW YORK — The Conservative movement — affirming that same-sex marriages have “the same sense of holiness and joy as that expressed in heterosexual marriages” — last week established rituals for same-sex wedding ceremonies. The landmark vote...

President Barack Obama is photographed with Orthodox Jewish rabbis inthe Oval Office, June 5, 2012.

Back to ‘kishkes’: Obama defends his Israel commitments, touts his Jewish ties

By Ron Kampeas, JTAPublished May 31, 2012

WASHINGTON -- The so-called “kishkes issue” -- what does President Obama, deep down, really feel about Israel -- is now being addressed at the highest level by Obama himself. Obama dropped in on a White House meeting Tuesday of lay and rabbinical...

Rabbi Alona Lisitsa, a Reform rabbi, participated in a religious council in in Mevasseret Zion, a town west of Jerusalem, May 2012.

Reform, Conservative movements continue making inroads in Israel

By Mati Wagner, JTAPublished May 22, 2012

JERUSALEM — After a Jerusalem-area’s religious council allowed a female Reform rabbi to participate in its proceedings, some advocates of liberal Judaism in the country are hailing their inroads into the Orthodox-dominated religious infrastructure....

Josh Breitzer, left, is invested as a cantor by Rabbi David Ellenson, president of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. Photo courtesy HUC-JIR

What’s in a word? For ‘ordained’ rather than ‘invested’ cantors, a lot

By Debra Rubin, JTAPublished May 1, 2012

What’s the difference between investiture and ordination? Plenty, say officials at the Reform movement’s Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, which has announced that for the first time since establishing its cantorial school in 1948,...

Hillel J. Kieval

Scholar to discuss roots of Conservative Judaism

Published April 25, 2012

Brith Sholom Kneseth Israel’s Education Committee is presenting a lecture by Professor Hillel J. Kieval on the roots of Conservative Judaism on May 11.  Kieval is Gloria M. Goldstein Professor of Jewish History and Thought in  Washington University’s...

Network to connect Ramah alumni

JTAPublished January 17, 2012

The Ramah camping movement has established a network to connect its thousands of alumni. The Reshet Ramah initiative, which was announced Tuesday by The National Ramah Commission of The Jewish Theological Seminary, is being funded by $1.8 million in grants...

Winnipeg to host for Conservative gay ceremony in Canada

JTA, WINNIPEGPublished January 13, 2012

A Winnipeg synagogue is about to become the first Conservative shul in Canada to host a same-sex wedding ceremony. Shaarey Zedek Synagogue will be the scene on Jan. 21 for the "renewal" of marriage vows between two men wedded in a civil service in Vancouver...

Can We Talk?

Synagogues aim to evolve to fit changing needs

By David Baugher, Special to the Jewish LightPublished December 14, 2011

They come for the wedding. They come for the bar and bat mitzvah. They come for the High Holidays. But the question that troubles Rick Kodner doesn't revolve around lifecycle events. How do you get them to come the rest of the time? "What's happened is...

Sherie Schild and Janice Barrier wait with 16 other couples from
St. Louis to be married during a trip to Iowa in 2009. The couples
wedding was officiated by Rabbi Susan Talve of Central Reform
Congregation. Photo: Kristi Foster

The changing St. Louis Jewish community

By David Baugher , Special to the Jewish LightPublished November 30, 2011

As Barry Rosenberg nurses a cup of coffee at a local café, the President and CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater St. Louis paints a picture of what many once thought was a typical Jewish home. "Most of our institutions were designed to serve what...

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