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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

Five Years After Ferguson

Five Years After Ferguson

JEWISH LIGHT EDITORIAL August 8, 2019

The fatal shooting of Michael Brown by then-Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in 2014 made the suburb of Ferguson a household word nationwide, but it was hardly a distinction that anyone would welcome.Mention the word “Ferguson” in the months...

Rabbi Susan Talve

Don’t stay on the sidelines in the fight for justice

By Rabbi Susan Talve August 8, 2019

The daughters of Zelophechad (Numbers 26ff) challenged the systems of power and inheritance that left them invisible and vulnerable. The Book of Numbers tells us that they understood that movements for social change often take generations. They planted...

Sonny Tzion Dayan outside his store, STL Cordless, located at 9100 W. Florissant Ave. in Ferguson. In November 2014, Dayan’s store was looted during protests. Dayan said business is still down significantly almost five years later. Photo: Eric Berger

Five years after Ferguson, merchant remains in ‘survival mode’

By David Baugher, Special to the Jewish Light August 8, 2019

Five years ago, a lot of things changed for St. Louis business owner Sonny Tzion Dayan. “I’m in what we call a survival mode right now,” said Israel native Dayan, 58. “I’m just trying to make it with the means that we have at the moment.”That...

David Bernstein is president and CEO of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, the representative voice of the Jewish community relations movement. Follow him on Twitter @DavidLBernstein.

Intersectionality excludes and includes. Jews must learn the difference.

By David Bernstein, JTA July 20, 2017

Last year, I wrote an opinion piece for JTA about a term and a trend few Jews over the age of 30 had ever heard of: intersectionality. Coined in the late 1980s, intersectionality posits that various forms of oppression — racism, sexism, classism, ableism...

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