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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

An urgent appeal to our readers

An urgent appeal to our readers

Ellen Futterman, Editor April 2, 2020

During these isolating times, staying connected to friends, family and neighbors is more important than ever.While you follow orders to stay home, there is no organization that better connects you to the St. Louis Jewish community than your non-profit...

Joel Frankel

Times have changed; the importance of the Jewish Federation Annual Campaign hasn’t

By Joel Frankel August 15, 2019

Ring ring. Ring ring. Hi, this is Jane. I am calling today as a Super Sunday Volunteer on behalf of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis. Thank you for your past support of our Annual Campaign. Last year you pledged $X, can we count on you for $X this year?...

Above, Jewish Federation President and CEO Andrew Rehfeld addresses the audience at the 116th Annual Meeting on Sept. 7 at the Magic House in Kirkwood. Photo: Bill Motchan

Annual campaign tops $10 million

BY ERIC BERGER, STAFF WRITER March 14, 2018

Although Jewish Federation of St. Louis raised more than $10 million during last year’s annual campaign and received its first million-dollar donation, it still faces challenges related to an aging donor base, according to data recently provided by...

The J seeks donations of books for summer Used Book Sale

June 15, 2017

The Jewish Community Center is seeking donations of books through Aug. 1 for its summer used book sale, which takes place Aug. 13-17. Donated books may be dropped off between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. at the J’s Arts & Education Building, 2 Millstone Campus...

The family of Michael and Leslie Litwack.

PJ Library celebrates 10 years in St. Louis; $10k donation match

May 11, 2017

This week, the Jewish Federation of St. Louis is celebrating the 10th anniversary of PJ Library with a #PJPayItForward Campaign. From May 7-12, St. Louis’ founding PJ Library family, Michael and Leslie Litwack, have agreed to match every dollar up to...

Muslim American Rashidah Rafat came to help with the cleanup. The only way mankind can move forward is through peace, harmony and love, she said.  Photo: Ellen Futterman

Interfaith donations, support pour in after cemetery vandalism

By Eric Berger, Staff writer March 1, 2017

After Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens announced that he would lead a cleanup last week of the vandalism at Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery, he heard from an unexpected volunteer: Vice President Mike Pence.“The vice president said, ‘I am so inspired by what...

Matching grant to double JF&CS donations during December

December 8, 2016

Jewish Family & Children’s Service received an anonymous $25,000 donation to match contributions to the agency during December.   JF&CS runs elder care, counseling, child abuse prevention, homemaker services, chaplaincy and financial assistance...

A volunteer helps a child select items at last year’s Back to School! Store, held at Central Reform Congregation. This year, the event takes place at Temple Israel. Photo: Kristi Foster

Bigger space means NCJW program will serve more St. Louis students

By David Baugher, Special to the Jewish Light July 6, 2016

The Back-to-School! Store is celebrating its 16th birthday in a big way as it moves to more expansive quarters in West County.Set for July 24, the National Council of Jewish Women-St. Louis Section program, which distributes clothing and school supplies...

The Jewish Community Center will hold its summer used book sale Aug. 14-18.

Donations sought for the J’s summer used book sale

June 22, 2016

The Jewish Community Center is seeking donations of books through July 31 for its summer used book sale, which takes place Aug. 14-18. Donated books may be dropped off at the J’s Arts & Education Building, 2 Millstone Campus Drive. The sale’s...

Ellen Futterman, Editor of the St. Louis Jewish Light

Rallying to support a family whose home was lost to fire

By Ellen Futterman, Editor January 18, 2012

Last Sunday, the Roth family of Creve Coeur lost their home and all of their possessions in an early morning fire. Luckily, none of the family-parents Jane and Boaz and daughters Liat, 12; Sela, 8, and Orli, 1-were hurt in the three-alarm blaze that gutted...

Volunteers work at Central Reform Congregation on Tuesday afternoon to sort items donated to send to Joplin, Mo. Photo: Kristi Foster

St. Louis mobilizes Joplin relief

By Victoria Siegel, Special to the Jewish Light June 1, 2011

It took just a little over 48 hours for the staff and a few members of United Hebrew Congregation in Creve Coeur to respond to an urgent request from the sole synagogue in tornado-ravaged Joplin. Through the generosity of St. Louisans and the speed and...

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