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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

Gail Wechsler

Tell legislators to support safe access to state’s public hearings

By Gail Wechsler February 26, 2021

Last summer and fall, as the general election approached, citizens across the country voiced concern about the prospect of voting in person. With COVID -19 spreading, many jurisdictions saw a need, even if only temporarily, to expand absentee and mail-in...

Back-to-School Anxiety, COVID Style

Back-to-School Anxiety, COVID Style

Jewish Light Editorial July 30, 2020

Normally at this time of year, back-to-school angst begins to arrive, usually in the minds of students who are hardly eager for summer vacation to end.But nothing is normal in the time of the coronavirus pandemic. This year, the anxiety typically felt...

Dr. David Rosen is an assistant professor of pediatrics and a pathobiology researcher at Washington University School of Medicine. 

Doctor would greenlight day school opening this fall, with conditions

BY ELLEN FUTTERMAN, EDITOR July 16, 2020

A couple of weeks ago, I joined a Zoom call with parents at Saul Mirowitz Jewish Community School, which is hoping to be able to resume in-person classes this fall even though the pandemic is far from over. While most schools in St. Louis County aren’t...

A JDC employee, right, delivers an aid package to a Jewish woman in Kharkiv, Ukraine, March 2020.  

For elderly Jews in the former Soviet Union, COVID-19 lockdown loneliness is debilitating

By Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA July 2, 2020

(JTA) — Tamara Boronina, an 82-year-old Holocaust survivor living in Ukraine, can barely afford her small Odessa apartment on her monthly pension of $65.She is a widow whose only daughter died in 1999. Unable to visit the local Jewish community center...

Aaron Hadley Executive Director, Camp Ben Frankel in Southern Illinois

Reinventing Summer Camp: How some Jewish camps are going virtual this year

BY BEN SALES, JTA June 18, 2020

Ask Jewish summer camp directors about the hardest part of designing a virtual camp experience for the COVID-19 era and they’ll laugh.Then they’ll say that all of it is hard. That they’ve never done anything like this before. That camp on a screen...

Dr. Alison Spatz Levine

Should Jewish camps open this summer? This camp doctor and nurse think it’s a bad idea

By Dr. Alison Spatz Levine and Heather Maiman, JTA June 4, 2020

DENVER — In the summer of 1999, we slept head to head in top bunks at Camp Ramah in Canada. We also shared a viral upper respiratory illness that kept us from participating in the much-anticipated yom bli shemesh (a day without sun) while the rest of...

Nikki Gilsinn

Local respiratory therapist is ‘right there’ in hospital’s fight against coronavirus

Eric Berger, Associate Editor May 22, 2020

After graduating from Rockwood Summit High School, Nikki Gilsinn was interested in attending nursing school, but the closest school with openings was too far away. A director of Sanford Brown College asked Gilsinn whether she had ever heard of respiratory...

Nancy Dubman is a checker at the Schnucks grocery store near Olive Boulevard and Mason Road. 

Employee’s cheerful outlook brightens checkout lane

Eric Berger, Associate Editor May 22, 2020

Nancy Dubman started working as a checker at the Schnucks grocery store near Olive Boulevard and Mason Road in west St. Louis County about a year and a half ago.“I absolutely love it,” she said.Two months of working during the pandemic hasn’t changed...

Julie Rosenfeld (second from left) directs physical medicine and rehabilitation at SSM Health St. Louis University Hospital.

Physical, speech therapists help patients recover from disease’s debilitating effects

Ellen Futterman, Editor May 22, 2020

Ask Julie Rosenfeld what has made the biggest impression on her in caring for COVID-19 patients, and she’ll tell you in one word: debility.“From a therapy standpoint, it’s amazing how debilitated these poor people are even if they are off the ventilator...

JoAnne Levy is vice president of Mercy Research.

Mercy seeks donations of plasma from recovered COVID-19 patients to treat others

Ellen Futterman, Editor May 22, 2020

Mercy Hospital and Mercy Research are participating in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s programs allowing use of plasma from recovered COVID-19 patients to treat hospitalized ones.“If someone tested positive for COVID-19 and has been symptom-free...

Dr. Neil Ettinger

Pulmonologist faces waves of nursing home patients

Ellen Futterman, Editor May 22, 2020

When the coronavirus first hit the St. Louis area, doctors such as Neil Ettinger were taking cues from their counterparts in Seattle and New York, as well as in countries such as Italy that had many more cases of the virus and more experience treating...

Pharmacist Rick Williams 

Local pharmacist adapts to challenges of serving public during a pandemic

Eric Berger, Associate Editor May 22, 2020

Curbside delivery is hopefully swift, safe and easy for customers, but that doesn’t mean it’s a simple task for workers, said Rick Williams, the owner of pharmacies in University City and Ladue.“It really is a change in the whole model — when...

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