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

Kelly and Barry Larson work to help people with disabilities.Photo: Bill Motchan

Couple’s role in repairing world is helping disabled

BY BILL MOTCHAN, SPECIAL TO THE JEWISH LIGHT January 10, 2018

Judaism and community service go hand in hand. Many Jews take time to contribute their time and energy to tikkun olam, repairing the world. Efforts range from random acts of kindness and teenagers developing creative mitzvah projects to the Unsung Heroes...

Jason Wilson and his mother Lynda, outside of Jason’s home.  Jason, 41, was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2000.

Festivus redux, talking the talk

By Ellen Futterman, Editor June 13, 2012

It’s summertime and the heat index is soaring.  My 14-year-old has a social life that exhausts me, mostly because I’m old and I’m spending much of my “free” time driving him from one place to another. Work has been particularly busy. My garden...

Sarijane Freiman with her daughter, Rebecca Helfer, in the background. The photo was taken in Mrs. Freimans home.

Learning to accept “exceptional” children

By Sarijane Freiman June 13, 2012

In 1961, several days after I had my first child, an acquaintance also delivered a baby boy. Soon after, she received a visit from her doctor telling her that the baby was a “mongoloid.” The doctor’s best advice was to put the baby in an institution,...

Ellen Rosenbaum talks during a meeting of Achraiyut (Hebrew for ‘to assume responsibility’) at Congregation Neve Shalom. The group, founded in 1993, is for individuals living with mental illness. The group meets the first Monday of the month. Although most of the group’s members are Jewish, it is open to individuals of other faiths as well.

Confronting mental illness: No easy answers

By Ellen Futterman, Editor June 6, 2012

Jason Wilson wants people to understand that although he hasn’t been able to work full time since 1999, he’s neither lazy nor is he a loser. What he is, he explains, his voice choking with emotion, is mentally ill. The 41-year-old was diagnosed with...

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