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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

Will Soll teaches a Yiddish version of a Passover song at a Shaare Emeth Yiddish Club meeting.

Yiddish groups help keep language alive in St. Louis


You say you have shpilkes when Cardinals manager Mike Matheny calls the bullpen for a relief pitcher? Had a little too much wine and you’re feeling shikker? That’s a shondeh! But don’t worry, bubbe, listen to my mayse.Please pardon me if I’m...

Students and parents check out the total solar eclipse Monday at Saul Mirowitz Jewish Community School, which was located in the path of totality. Mirowitz celebrated the solar eclipse ‘through a Jewish lens,’ with music by Mirowitz dad Rick Recht, and Jewish and secular eclipse learning. For a gallery of images from the event, visit stljewishlight.com/multimedia.  Photo: Bill Motchan

All eyes on the sky

By Eric Berger, Staff WriterPublished August 23, 2017

In the weeks leading up to the total eclipse Monday, Dr. Jay Pepose, an ophthalmologist, saw a sliver of the worst of humanity. He said more than 50 people brought in glasses to his office that were billed online as being safe to use to look at the sun...

Roasted Vegetable Borscht. Photo: Michael Kahn

Vegging out: Inspired recipes that skip the meat

By Margi Lenga Kahn, Special to the Jewish LightPublished February 15, 2017

I recently presented a unique cooking demonstration to a gathering at Crown Center in University City. What made it unique was a remarkably contemporary vegetarian cookbook dating back before World War II. That book, originally written in Yiddish and...

Herbert Gralnick

Artist Herbert Gralnick

Lois Caplan, Special to the Jewish LightPublished November 16, 2016

ARTIST HERBERT GRALNICK is back in circulation. Actually, his work is circulating more than Herb is. During a two-day sale Nov. 19 and 20 from noon to 5 p.m.at the McNair Administration Building, 8136 Groby Road, his small and large sculptures, small...

Crown Center for Senior Living in University City.

Crown Center to celebrate 50th anniversary with gala

Published October 13, 2016

Gladys and Henry Crown Center for Senior Living will mark its 50th anniversary in 2017. To celebrate the milestone, Crown Center has planned a gala event at 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6 at Washington University’s Hillman Hall. The gala will commemorate Crown...

Federation awards $50k to inclusion programs

Published May 26, 2016

Jewish Federation of St. Louis has awarded $50,000 in grants to 14 Jewish schools, agencies and congregations for inclusive programs. This is the second year that the Jewish Federation of St. Louis has allocated Mini Grants in order to help Jewish organizations...

Jewish Federation awards micro-grants for Yom Ha’Atzmaut programs in St. Louis

Published May 11, 2016

Through the Lubin-Green Foundation, a supporting foundation of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis, 12 programs were offered funding for Yom Ha’Atzmaut celebrations. Events held by Congregation Shaare Emeth, the Jewish Community Center and the J’s...

A photograph by fine art photographer David Coblitz. Coblitz’s show runs from Friday, Aug. 3 through Thursday, Aug. 29 at the new Ober-Anderson Gallery in Kirkwood.

Games, art, kudos and roses

By Lois CaplanPublished August 2, 2012

AN ALL-GAMES PARTY sounds to me like bingo or poker, neither of which is a favorite.  Now Hadassah is planning my idea of a perfect all-games party from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, August 5 at Crown Center, 8350 Delcrest Drive in University City. In...

Robert A. Cohn, Editor-in-Chief Emeritus

Tommy Goldenberg — for 50+ years, ‘Soundtrack’ for community

BY ROBERT A. COHN, Editor-in-Chief EmeritusPublished July 12, 2012

This week’s Cohnipedia marks the first anniversary of the column’s debut. Cohnipedia is designed to focus on specific persons, places or events in the 200+ years of St. Louis Jewish history. It seems fitting for this first anniversary installment...

Crown Center plans ‘Homecoming’ event

Published May 30, 2012

Bluegrass and klezmer music will combine with kosher food and artwork next month when the Crown Center for Senior Living celebrates its 2012 “Homecoming Event.” The festivities will take place from 2 to 5 p.m., June 24 at Crown Center, 8350 Delcrest...

Jean Cavender

JProStl to install Cavender as new president at May event

Published May 2, 2012

Jean Cavender, Director of the Holocaust Museum and Learning Center, will be installed as President of JProStl at the annual JProStl “end of year” event on May 22.  The program, Let the Good Times Roll, is designed to promote networking between professionals...


NCJW welcomes Bravo’s Andy Cohen

By Lois CaplanPublished March 21, 2012

“CANCER CAN BE FUN.” Come on, that’s a sick, unfunny statement made by comedians and ignorant people who think they are funny. However, there can be some truth in it.  Take, for example, “Humor, Heart And Hope: Laughter Through The Cancer Journey”...

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