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

Do you know this Jew? His yeast built the Jewish Catskills

Do you know this Jew? His yeast built the Jewish Catskills

April 13, 2022

This article originally appeared on The Nosher. Many home cooks this past year, in an Instagram-inspired spirit, upped their challah-baking game with new braiding patterns, interesting flavors and vibrant colors. Yet it was a more standard ingredient...

Do you know this Jew? He was a boxing champ and movie star

Do you know this Jew? He was a boxing champ and movie star

December 12, 2021

Maxie Rosenbloom was one tough Jew. Born September 6, 1904, in Leonard’s Bridge, Connecticut, Maxie Rosenblum grew up and leaned to box in Harlem's Union Settlement in New York. He turned pro in 1923, and slowly rose up the ranks of the sport. On...

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Do you know this Jew? One of his books is among the most “checked out” ever

December 8, 2021

Born Ezra Jack Katz in Brooklyn to Polish Jewish immigrants in 1916, Keats was a largely self-taught artist who would go on to become the trailblazing children's book author of "The Snowy Day, the most checked out book of all time at the New York Public...

The Nazi-Defying Grandfather of Actress Helena Bonham Carter

The Nazi-Defying Grandfather of Actress Helena Bonham Carter

ZACHARY SOLOMON, JTA October 26, 2021

The award-winning English film and television actress Helena Bonham Carter probably could have gone on to a career in diplomacy had acting not so caught her fancy. She certainly had the family legacy: Her grandfather was Eduardo Propper de Callejon,...

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Do you know this Jew? He invented the clicker!

ABBY SHER, JTA August 22, 2021

Robert Adler was a brilliant physicist and inventor who narrowly escaped the Holocaust, came to the U.S. to help discover innovations like the electric beam parametric amplifier and touch-screen technology. But he is best-known as “the father of the...

Do you know this Jew? Hes the porky hockey hero you’ve never heard of

Do you know this Jew? He’s the porky hockey hero you’ve never heard of

Irv Osterer, Forward August 13, 2021

This article originally appeared at forward.com. Reposted with permission. When the 2021-22 National Hockey League season opens this October, the Seattle Kraken will be the first professional Emerald City team since the Totems folded in 1975. But,...

Do you know this Jew? Shes said to have had the saddest eyes in Hollywood

Do you know this Jew? She’s said to have had the ‘saddest eyes in Hollywood’

July 1, 2021

Born 1910 as Sophia Kosow in The Bronx, New York to Russian-Jewish immigrants, she would become on the stage and film as actress Sylvia Sidney. Sidney rose to fame in the 1930s for playing the partner of gangsters and alongside the leading actors of...

Do you know this Jew? Hes a Hollywood legend and lived in St. Louis

Do you know this Jew? He’s a Hollywood legend and lived in St. Louis

JORDAN PALMER June 24, 2021

It never fails! Since I started working a the St. Louis Jewish Light, I continue to be surprised by the breadth of Jewish accomplishments, but this one really came as a surprise. The very first star of Western films, Gilbert "Broncho Billy" Anderson,...

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