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Greitens’ Next Chapter

Greitens’ Next Chapter


Nearly one year after resigning as Missouri’s first Jewish governor, Eric Greitens apparently is ready to return to public service and the public eye.The Kansas City Star reported last week that Greitens has told friends that he plans to rejoin the...

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens greets volunteers at Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery in February, 2017. After news broke about vandalism at the cemetery, Greitens called for volunteers to gather at the cemetery to work on cleanup efforts. Now, the governor is facing widespread calls for his resignation. File Photo: James Griesedieck

After release of House report, widespread calls for Greitens’ resignation

By Eric Berger, Staff WriterPublished April 18, 2018

A little more than a year ago, parts of the Jewish community felt pride as they observed or participated in the inauguration of Missouri’s first Jewish governor, Eric Greitens.A Jewish Light story on the festivities got more than 450 likes on Facebook. “I...

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens organized a clean-up event at Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery in University City following vandalism in 2017.

RJC: Despite affair, Gov. Greitens still ‘family’

By Eric Berger, Staff WriterPublished January 17, 2018

The Republican Jewish Coalition responded last week to the recent infidelity and blackmail allegations against Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens by stating that the Jewish Republican “is family.”The former Navy SEAL, who took office a year ago and has been...

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens is a former Navy Seal who made national headlines during his political campaign with  TV ads showing Greitens firing military weapons. Here he is shown at  United Hebrew  in January, the weekend before his inauguration.  File photo

Las Vegas shooting brings debate over gun rights, regulations to the forefront

By Eric Berger, Staff WriterPublished October 4, 2017

Mark Cantor and his son Zac were both wearing camouflage yarmulkes when they stood on the bimah at Zac’s bar mitzvah in early September at Congregation B’nai Amoona. “The Torah teaches us about morality and compassion and you have that,” Cantor...

Missouri Governor-elect Eric Greitens and his wife Sheena wait for the church bells to toll at  noon on Monday during inauguration ceremonies on the steps of the Capitol in Jefferson City, Mo.  Greitens becomes Missouris 56th Governor. Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI

Milestone for Jews in Missouri politics

By David Baugher, Special to the Jewish LightPublished January 12, 2017

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — For the first time in its nearly two centuries of statehood, Missouri has inaugurated a person of Jewish faith as its governor.“The people have spoken and a new direction has been decided,” said Eric Greitens, moments after...

Religion and politics

Ellen Futterman, EditorPublished January 4, 2017

Religion and politicsRabbi James Bennett of Congregation Shaare Emeth has been invited to participate in the Jan. 9 inauguration of Missouri Governor-elect Eric Greitens, who is a Republican and grew up in the Jewish faith. Bennett will offer the benediction...

Eric Greitens won the gubernatorial race in Missouri in his first run for office.  

With election of Eric Greitens, state will have its first Jewish governor

BY ROBERT A. COHN, Editor-in-Chief EmeritusPublished November 16, 2016

Missouri has elected Republican Eric Greitens as its first Jewish governor since the Show Me State was admitted to the Union in 1821. It has been a long road for Jewish candidates seeking to move into the Governor’s Mansion in Jefferson City. The highest...

Missouri Capitol Building

State’s Jewish Democrats face changed political landscape

By Eric Berger, Staff WriterPublished November 16, 2016

Jewish Democrats — and Jewish legislators — will have a harder time preventing Missouri from moving in a more conservative direction following the Republicans’ victory in the governor’s race and retention of control of the State House and Senate.Missouri...

Meet Eric Greitens — a Navy SEAL, Rhodes Scholar and would-be governor of Missouri

Gabe FriedmanPublished March 30, 2015

Eric Greitens: “What’s beautiful about the military is that it’s probably the most well integrated institution on the planet.” (Chloe Crespi)It would be unfair to say that few Jews have résumés as impressive as that of Eric Greitens — because...

Eric Greitens is pictured at his downtown office. 

St. Louisan wins national humanitarian award

By Repps Hudson, Special to the Jewish LightPublished May 23, 2012

At 38, Eric Greitens has lived a full life and then some. A former Navy SEAL in Iraq, Greitens was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University, where he wrote his doctoral thesis on children in crisis areas. He majored in ethics at Duke University, where he...

This image of children in Bolivia is included in an exhibit at the Holocaust Museum of Eric Greitens photographs from his travels doing humanitarian work.

HMLC photo exhibit draws from Greitens’ award-winning book

By David Baugher, Special to the Jewish LightPublished October 13, 2010

Have you read "Night"?The question surprised Eric Greitens for a moment. It's not an unusual query but one that held extra meaning coming from a 19-year-old English student in Kigali, Rwanda's war torn capital. The questioner explained that he had often...

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