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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

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Upcoming family events in the St. Louis Jewish community

June 9, 2021

The History Clubhouse at the Missouri History Museum in Forest Park When/Where? One-hour play sessions at 10 and 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 and 3 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays each week throughout the summer Virtual/In-Person? In-person. All visitors ages...

Purim Funny Story

Howie Mandel, Bob Saget and other celebrities to read the Purim story for charity

BY ERIC BERGER, ASSOCIATE EDITOR February 19, 2021

We know you’re probably bummed that there aren’t the usual big, indoor Purim carnivals happening this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. But that doesn’t mean you can’t spin a grogger, eat some hamantaschen and watch some of the funniest Jewish...

Simcha Lourie will be the featured speaker at ‘The Events Event: 20/20 Vision for Life’s Celebrations,’ on Feb. 20 at Westwood Country Club.  

Coming in February: ‘The Events Event: 20/20 Vision for Life’s Celebrations’

By Ellen Futterman, Editor January 16, 2020

The Jewish Light is planning a series of special events this year, beginning on Thursday, Feb. 20 with a luncheon at Westwood Country Club called “The Events Event: 20/20 Vision for Life’s Celebrations.” More than 20 tables will be beautifully designed...

Art Shamsky will be speaking at the Jewish Book Festival Wednesday, Nov. 6 at 7 p.m.  

University City native Art Shamsky chronicles years after ’69 Miracle Mets

BY ROBERT A. COHN, Editor-in Chief Emeritus October 31, 2019

It is hard to get your arms around the fact that it has been a half-century since the 1969 New York Mets evolved from the “Lovable Losers” of Major League Baseball to the “Miracle Mets” who defied all odds to win the World Series of that year....

Isaac Mizrahi will be the keynote speaker at this year's Jewish Book Festival. He will speak about his book

The wait is over: 2019 St. Louis Jewish Book Festival starts Nov. 3

By Cate Marquis, Special to the Jewish Light October 31, 2019

Readers eagerly wait for it all year. The 41st annual St. Louis Book Festival takes place Nov. 3-17 at the Jewish Community Center’s Staenberg Family Complex. The festival is one of the nation’s largest, with 25 events in 12 days.This year the opening...

Yourself Bashir will be speaking at the Jewish Book Festival on Tuesday, Nov. 5 at 7 p.m.  

Author credits father’s wisdom for helping him deal with adversity

By Repps Hudson, Special to the Jewish Light October 31, 2019

Simply stated, Yousef Bashir’s memoir “The Words of My Father: Love and Pain in Palestine” is worth reading because the attitude of this Palestinian from an old, established Gaza family is not what we might expect, given his experiences during...

Jeff and Randy Vines (above) and Lory Cooper (below) are two of the featured interviews in the Jewish Light’s video series, “Why Be Jewish” which launches at an April 4 event.  

Why Be Jewish? project, event shine light on how Judaism resonates today

By Ellen Futterman, Editor March 28, 2019

April 4 event at .ZACK highlights stories of 20- and 30-something Jews in St. LouisThere’s no one way to be Jewish in 2019 America. At least that’s one of the themes the Jewish Light discovered when it embarked on its “Why Be Jewish?” video...

Faith communities plan Quilt Blitz for The Covering House

May 2, 2012

Central Reform Congregation is partnering with other St. Louis-area faith congregations to plan a Quilt Blitz to benefit The Covering House, a nonprofit organization that plans to open the first home in the area for girls under the age of 18 who have...

Coach Kate Friedman (left) and Go! St. Louis  President Nancy Lieberman (right) stand with the ‘Rebbetzin’s Runners’ team of girls from Block Yeshiva and Bais Yaakov high schools during a training session on Sunday in Forest Park, in preparation for the Go! St. Louis marathon this weekend. 
Photo: Kristi Foster

Running for the Rebbetzin

BY SUSAN FADEM, SPECIAL TO THE JEWISH LIGHT April 6, 2011

Though challenged by cancer, Rebbetzin Paula Rivkin continued to reach out during the final years of her life, brainstorming ways to enrich the lives of others. One of her newer friends during those years, Nancy Lieberman, is an athlete. Rebbitzin Rivkin,...

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