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St. Louis Jewish Light

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St. Louis Jewish Light

Bernie Sanders Mittens

Bernie Sanders Mittens

BRENDAN SMIALOWSKIPublished January 28, 2021

TOPSHOT - Former presidential candidate, Senator Bernie Sanders (D-Vermont) sits in the bleachers on Capitol Hill before Joe Biden is sworn in as the 46th US President on January 20, 2021, at the US Capitol in Washington, DC. (Photo by Brendan SMIALOWSKI...

Cort VanOstran, the Democratic candidate for Missouris second congressional district, is participating in a candidate forum at Congregation Shaare Emeth on Oct. 15. Photo: Facebook

Candidate forum planned at Shaare Emeth Oct. 15

Published October 11, 2018

Congregation Shaare Emeth will host a forum for candidates in Missouri’s second congressional district from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15.Democrat Cort VanOstran and Libertarian Larry Kirk have confirmed they will participate. Shaare Emeth reports...

Sydney Tennill, a senior at Clayton High School, said she got involved with politics after Cort VanOstran, the Democratic candidate for Missouris 2nd Congressional District, spoke to her AP Government class in May.

Teens get politically active working on local campaigns

By Ethan Kalishman, JUNIOR, John Burroughs SchoolPublished September 14, 2018

With midterm elections approaching soon, political-talk is ubiquitous, and for a small number of teens, politics play an important role in their lives. Ranging from campaign-work to advocacy, from staff positions to volunteering, no matter their age or...

Repps Hudson is an adjunct instructor and freelance journalist who lives in University City.

Strength, progress is in our diversity

By Repps HudsonPublished November 23, 2016

Several evenings ago, my wife and I were driving an older friend home from a birthday dinner. As we started out, I mentioned that the Trump election was quite a surprise.The woman, who’s been a family friend for many decades, said she has never feared...

Donald Trump at a campaign event in Sarasota, Fla., on Nov. 7. Photo: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images

The 2016 election: A post-mortem

By Marty RochesterPublished November 16, 2016

We are all still recovering from the shock of the 2016 presidential election. Virtually nobody, including the leading political scientists in the country, predicted the outcome that saw Donald Trump defeat Hillary Clinton. We are left with deciphering...

Myth Busters

Jewish Light EditorialPublished November 9, 2016

For decades the conventional wisdom was that there was an almost monolithic “Jewish vote,” representing all streams of Judaism as well as secular and non-observant Jews. Politicians of both major parties would court the Jewish vote by citing support...

Eric Mink is a freelance writer and editor and teaches film studies at Webster University. He is a former columnist for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and the Daily News in New York.  Contact him at ericmink1@gmail.com.

Extraordinary Anastasia Somoza captivates DNC

BY ERIC MINKPublished August 3, 2016

Anastasia Somoza was on television last week, delivering the best speech you probably didn’t see at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. She spoke in a strong, clear and only slightly nervous voice with conviction, heart and authenticity.It...

Donald Trump in Dallas in September. Photo: Tom Pennington/Getty Images

Donald Trump is a visionary with talents our country needs

By Jason Dov GreenblattPublished May 18, 2016

I am executive vice president and chief legal officer of The Trump Organization. I have been working with Donald Trump for over 19 years. I am an observant, committed Jew.What comes to my mind when I think of Donald Trump?Inspiration. He inspires people...

Bernie Sanders speaks at the CNN Democratic presidential debate in Flint, Mich., on March 6. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images

Separating fact from Sanders’ sound bites

By Galit Lev-HarirPublished April 13, 2016

On Tuesday, April 5, two events occurred that emphasized to me the critical importance of separating fact from sound bites: First, Bernie Sanders, although acknowledging he did not know the exact number, accused Israel of killing “over 10,000 innocent...

Rabbi Brigitte Rosenberg is Senior Rabbi of United Hebrew Congregation.

The measure of a leader

By Rabbi Brigitte RosenbergPublished January 25, 2012

The political season has arrived!  There is buzz all around as to who is truly electable and who will best represent our country and the desires of the voters.  And, certainly with every election year, at least for me, comes the internal struggle with...

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