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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 Appleson is a writer for Armstrong Teasdale LLP and freelancer who lives in St. Louis.
“Dor to Dor,” is an intermittent Jewish Light series looking at various aspects of “grown-up” life and generational connections through the lens of Jewish writers living in the St. Louis area.  
   If you are interested in contributing to Dor to Dor, email efutterman@thejewishlight.com.

A Rabbi who could ‘reach’ me

By Gail Appleson April 25, 2012

Growing up, I was always taught that rabbis were an exalted lot. These were holy men—there weren’t any women rabbis at the time—who seemed above and different from the rest of us. Bigger than life, they were learned and authoritative with a special...

Gail Appleson is a writer for Armstrong Teasdale LLP and freelancer who lives in St. Louis.
“Dor to Dor,” is an intermittent Jewish Light series looking at various aspects of “grown-up” life and generational connections through the lens of Jewish writers living in the St. Louis area.  
   If you are interested in contributing to Dor to Dor, email efutterman@thejewishlight.com.

Rethinking notions of beauty and aging

By Gail Appleson August 3, 2011

If there was one thing I could change about my face, I'd get rid of the frown lines between my eyebrows. I know I'm not alone in this targeted hostility towards those lines. In fact, one of my colleagues who's young enough to be my daughter and has beautiful,...

Gail Appleson is a writer for Armstrong Teasdale LLP and freelancer who lives in St. Louis.
“Dor to Dor,” is an intermittent Jewish Light series looking at various aspects of “grown-up” life and generational connections through the lens of Jewish writers living in the St. Louis area.  
   If you are interested in contributing to Dor to Dor, email efutterman@thejewishlight.com.

‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’ calms the Jewish soul

By Gail Appleson, Special to the Jewish Light June 22, 2011

Jay O'Brien, who had been a soloist for Brith Sholom Kneseth Israel the last two years, gave a farewell pre-Shabbat service concert earlier this month before leaving for cantorial school in Israel. There was nothing particularly "Jewish" about his choice...

Gail Appleson is a writer for Armstrong Teasdale LLP and freelancer who lives in St. Louis.
“Dor to Dor,” is an intermittent Jewish Light series looking at various aspects of “grown-up” life and generational connections through the lens of Jewish writers living in the St. Louis area.  
   If you are interested in contributing to Dor to Dor, email efutterman@thejewishlight.com.

At Pesach, remembering Debbie Friedman’s legacy

BY GAIL APPLESON April 13, 2011

As Passover approaches, thoughts of singer-songwriter Debbie Friedman flood my mind.Of course, I will always remember Friedman, who died early this year, for her monumental healing prayer "Mi Shebeirach" and other songs that touched a multitude of people...

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Magazine story brings to mind wedding memories

BY GALIT LEV-HARIR March 9, 2011

I enjoyed reading the personal stories of multi-cultural weddings in the Light's Oy! Magazine (included in subscribers' Feb. 23 edition). My husband and I also had a multi-cultural wedding, as he is Yemenite (like Galia Movitz) and I am Ashkenazi American...

Gail Appleson is a writer for Armstrong Teasdale LLP and freelancer who lives in St. Louis.
“Dor to Dor,” is an intermittent Jewish Light series looking at various aspects of “grown-up” life and generational connections through the lens of Jewish writers living in the St. Louis area.  
   If you are interested in contributing to Dor to Dor, email efutterman@thejewishlight.com.

Attack on Lara Logan echoes Biblical story of Dinah

By Gail Appleson March 2, 2011

On the day Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak stepped down, CBS chief foreign correspondent Lara Logan was covering the jubilation in Tahrir Square when she was separated from her team in the crush of the mob. She was then sexually attacked and brutally...

Gail Appleson

Face-to-face with the pros and cons of Facebook

By Gail B. Appleson February 16, 2011

When a friend used a Facebook posting to announce that her father had died, I have to admit that I was a bit startled.It wasn't that his death was unexpected. In fact, he'd been ill for some time and was receiving hospice care. It was the way I learned...

Rebecca Brown

Lessons learned from ‘A Year (or More) of Shabbats’

By Rebecca Brown January 12, 2011

January 1, 2011 marked the final Shabbat in our “Year (Or More) of Shabbats” odyssey.  While expressing my feelings through my writing has always come fairly easy I now find it hard to put to paper exactly how much this experience has changed our...

Rebecca Brown

Happily out of range at the bottom of the Grand Canyon

By Rebecca L. Brown November 24, 2010

Every year more than five million people visit the Grand Canyon. Only one percent make it to the bottom. Last week, Steve and I became members of this elusive club.The view from the edge of the Grand Canyon is breathtaking. To climb down (and out) on...

Gail Appleson is a writer for Armstrong Teasdale LLP and freelancer who lives in St. Louis.
“Dor to Dor,” is an intermittent Jewish Light series looking at various aspects of “grown-up” life and generational connections through the lens of Jewish writers living in the St. Louis area.  
   If you are interested in contributing to Dor to Dor, email efutterman@thejewishlight.com.

Shabbat in Puerto Rico challenges notion of ‘Jewish look’

By Gail Appleson November 17, 2010

Every one of my friends who read Kathryn Stockett's "The Help" told me it was impossible to put the book down. Not only was it a wonderful read, but they said I would find it especially compelling because it's about African American maids working...

Gail Appleson

From restricted breathing to breath of fresh air — a Jewish transformation

By Gail Appleson, Special to the Light September 1, 2010

A non-Jewish friend recently attended her first bar mitzvah and told me how impressed she was with the young man's performance. She wondered if there was a similar ceremony for girls and if I had celebrated one at that age. Yes to both, I said. "Was it...

Gail Appleson

Heartfelt, sad farewell to Classic99, KFUO Radio

By Gail Appleson July 14, 2010

In the days leading up to the end of Classic99, KFUO radio, I found myself growing increasingly desperate to find a gathering of like-minded folks who wanted to commemorate the station. My behavior was starting to scare me since I normally do everything...

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