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A nonprofit, independent news source to inform, inspire, educate and connect the St. Louis Jewish community.

St. Louis Jewish Light

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St. Louis Jewish Light

Jillian Shatken, photo courtesy of The Source.

Jewish Wash U grad Jillian Shatken making it big in NYC fashion scene

Leslie McCarthy and Jordan PalmerPublished March 27, 2022

As a student designer in the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts, Jillian Shatken, BFA ’07, never aspired to be the head of a fashion label. But if her time at Washington University taught her anything, it’s that when a creative opportunity...

Ella Emhoff, left, with Kamala Harris’ niece Meena Harris before the inauguration, Jan. 20, 2021. (Meena Harris/Instagram)

3 Jewish fashion statements from the inauguration: Bernie’s mittens, Batsheva, Lady Gaga’s dove

Gabe FriedmanPublished January 20, 2021

(JTA) — It was a big day for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, who were sworn into their offices at the presidential inauguration ceremony. But it was also quietly a big day for Jewish fashion.Ella Emhoff, Jewish daughter of the historic Second Gentleman...

Lynn Hamilton has started an online niche T-shirt business. 

Lynn’s at it again, too

By Ellen Futterman, EditorPublished January 16, 2020

Serial entrepreneur Lynn Hamilton has gone into the T-shirt business, with a mash-up brand of her own Olympic making.“These are niche T-shirts that focus on things that are not Olympic sports but that people take as seriously, such as shopping, chocolate...

Madison Marks talks with a reporter  at the St. Louis Fashion Fund on Washington Avenue downtown. Madison, who just entered her freshman year at Parkway Central High School, will show some of her designs at an Aug. 18 event  at United Hebrew, raising funds for My Diversity Circle. Photo: Mike Sherwin

Making her Mark(s) as a fashion designer

By Ellen Futterman, EditorPublished August 15, 2019

Madison Marks. Remember the name.The 14-year-old, who just began her freshman year at Parkway Central High School, is well on the way to realizing her dream as a cutting-edge fashion designer with a unique aesthetic. Her sustainable creations embrace...

Ellie DesPrez

St. Louis educators attend Holocaust teaching conference; Ramot Amoona cookbook; fashionable fundraiser at UH

Ellen Futterman, EditorPublished August 8, 2019

Studying dark days to enlightenUnder the heading, “highlights of my summer vacation,” teachers Ellie DesPrez and Jill Donovan say their time spent at the Belfer Conference in Washington, D.C. about tops the list.English teachers at John Burroughs...

Dorothy Firestone

First look at Jewish Book Fest lineup; talking with Dorothy Firestone

Ellen FuttermanPublished August 3, 2016

Dorothy Firestone called last Friday morning to talk about a concern of hers. She’s worried that families don’t spend enough time around the table eating dinner together. “I know families are so busy today running in so many directions, with work,...

Susan Sherman (left) and Eric Johnson (right) will discuss the new fashion incubator in downtown St. Louis during the Light’s annual Women in Business event, June 20.

The Lou will be a ‘cuing, kosher-style

Ellen Futterman, EditorPublished June 8, 2016

The Lou will be a ‘cuing, kosher-styleKansas City has long laughed in the face of St. Louis barbecue. Why, I don’t know; frankly, from what I have eaten, both cities have stellar joints to boast about. Now comes more news that should continue to...

Colored denim and lots of bangles are all the rage this spring

Think bright & bold this spring

By Ellen Futterman, EditorPublished March 28, 2012

Tangerine. No, not the fruit, the color. After spending the better part of a week interviewing local boutique owners and style experts about the hot trends in spring fashion, I am now on the hunt to find a “statement piece” in the color of tangerine....

Ellen Futterman

Fashionably frum for Pesach and Take 5 for Torah

By Ellen Futterman, EditorPublished March 23, 2011

Fashionably frum for Pesach Who says modest clothing has to look frumpy? Certainly not the women's division of St. Louis Kollel, which has organized a fashion extravaganza called "Princess with Pride" for women and teens from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Tuesday,...

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