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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

Dr. Chana Wircberg, who grew up in a Chabad Hasidic home and graduated in May 2021 from New York Medical College, sees her work as a physician as part of her religious outreach work. (Courtesy of Touro)

For these Orthodox women, balancing demanding careers with family life is worth the challenges

RENEE GHERT-ZAND , JTAPublished December 23, 2021

Orthodox Brooklyn native Chana Wircberg always knew she wanted to be a physician. Shortly after marrying and becoming a young mother, Wircberg made her dream come true, graduating in May from Touro’s New York Medical College. Now 27, Wircberg is...

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Upcoming family events in the St. Louis Jewish community

Published 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...

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Upcoming family events in the St. Louis Jewish community

Published May 25, 2021

Memorial Day Weekend Photo by Juan Salamanca from Pexels Swim time at the J Friday, May 29 File photo of Bais Abraham Congregation in University City.  FABA (Families at Bais Abe) event Memorial...

Here are three children’s books to help them deal with anxiety, stress

Here are three children’s books to help them deal with anxiety, stress

JENNIFER BAERPublished April 27, 2021

One of the most influential Torah scholars of the Middle Ages, Maimonides (also referred to by the acronym Rambam), instructs us that "the soul is subject to health and disease, just as is the body."  A friend once told me that we are only as happy as...

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Celebrating Purim with books for children of all ages

Jennifer Baer, Special to the Jewish LightPublished February 24, 2021

If you could have one superpower, what would it be? I was thinking it might be fun to be able to fly, although I probably wouldn’t be able to use GPS up there, which could definitely be a problem. Who doesn’t love a superhero? From movies and...

Camp Sabra is offering ‘Sabra Family Getaways’ this summer. 

Camp Sabra opening for ‘Family Getaways’ this summer

Published June 18, 2020

Families and campers can experience Camp Sabra in a new way this summer — through all-inclusive Family Getaways. Weekly getaways feature a variety of activities and programs in an appropriately distanced environment while adhering to health and safety...

 

In search of the unexpected benefits of quarantine

Ellen Futterman, EditorPublished April 2, 2020

At our slab ranch in Olivette, it’s just my husband and me right now. We’re empty nesters and have gotten used to the perks it affords, namely a relatively clean house and the knowledge that all lids to plastic containers in our refrigerator are screwed...

No meal is more important than the one where families eat together

By Dorothy Firestone, Special to the Jewish LightPublished October 26, 2016

When I was a child, every dinner was a family gathering.  What I mainly remember of those meals is that my father shared the chicken legs with me. (This was when chickens were sold whole, not in parts, with only two legs.)  I have forgotten what side...

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Beckers celebrate 50th anniversary

Published October 26, 2016

Ron and Leslie Becker celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on an Eastern Caribbean cruise.  They took their children and grandchildren on the cruise.  When in St. Thomas, they visited the beautiful and historic Hebrew Congregation synagogue. ...

Brooklyn fire kills 7 children

Brooklyn fire kills 7 children

Yonatan SindelPublished March 25, 2015

A man reacts near the fresh graves of the seven children from the Sassoon family during thier funeral in Jerusalem on March 23, 2015. The seven children died early on Saturday after flames ripped through their Brooklyn home in one of New York City. the...

Sustaining day school education, financially and morally

By Aryeh Klapper, Jewish Ideas DailyPublished May 23, 2012

There is a lot of hand-wringing these days about whether the rising costs of Jewish day schools are sustainable. The discussion has been about money, but this misses the point: The largest costs of day school tuition are not financial but moral, and the...

NA’AMAT USA launches campaign

Published May 23, 2012

NA’AMAT USA St. Louis Council will launch its Spiritual Adoption Campaign in June. This year’s campaign focuses on children of economically disadvantaged families in Israel to assure them a place in one of NA’AMAT’S daycare centers. The NA’AMAT...

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