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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

Editorial: Nothing to See Here

Jewish Light EditorialPublished January 16, 2013

President Barack Obama has had two Supreme Court vacancies to fill. Both were filled with women. Through mid-December 87 of Obama’s 217 judicial nominees were female, with about 40 percent of those being women of color (contrast that with President...

Eric Mink

The blame game has no winners

By Eric MinkPublished August 1, 2012

By the time George W. Bush left the White House, the “free”-market kleptocracy over which he had cheerily presided had transformed the American economy into a toxic-waste dump.With breathtaking arrogance and an almost sociopathic capacity for self-delusion,...

Romney, Obama exchange foreign policy jabs, with Israel as an emphasis

By Ron Kampeas, JTAPublished July 24, 2012

WASHINGTON — It’s foreign policy, stupid, at least for the next two weeks or so -- and it’s the Middle East, especially. Mitt Romney’s planned trip to Britain, Poland and Israel beginning at the end of this week has shifted the presidential campaign...

Condoleezza Rice

News Analysis: Would Condoleezza Rice as Veep choice undercut GOP’s Israel argument?

By Uriel Heilman , JTAPublished July 13, 2012

NEW YORK — For the past four years, Jewish conservatives have been working hard to paint President Obama as too willing to press Israel on Palestinian issues.  But the latest Washington buzz could throw a wrench in that line of attack — if, as some...

President Obama, flanked by Nathan Diament, left, and Dr. Simcha Katz of the Orthodox Union, displays the framed reproduction of President George Washington’s letter to the Jewish community of Newport, R.I., that he was given at the conclusion of his Oval Office meeting with Orthodox Jewish leaders.

Nathan Diament bestrides Orthodox, Washington worlds

By Ron Kampeas, JTAPublished July 10, 2012

WASHINGTON — Nathan Diament learned two things 22 years ago while watching Barack Obama play pickup basketball at the Harvard Law School gym.“He was a generous passer,” he said of the school’s Law Review editor and the future U.S. president. “He...

Republican Jewish Coalition leaders to campaign in Israel

By Ron Kampeas, JTAPublished July 3, 2012

WASHINGTON -- The Republican Jewish Coalition is sending two of its top officials to Israel to rally for expatriate votes. The voter registration drive led by Ari Fleischer, the press secretary during the George W. Bush presidency and an RJC board member,...

Rabbi Susan Talve addresses the crowd at a health care rally on Thursday evening in front of Vintage Vinyl in the U. City Loop. Several Jewish organizations and congregations were represented at the rally.

Jewish groups largely applaud health care ruling

By Zach Silberman, JTAPublished July 2, 2012

WASHINGTON — American Jewish groups — with the notable exception of the Republican Jewish Coalition — were largely satisfied with the U.S. Supreme Court’s vote to uphold President Obama’s landmark Affordable Care Act in a 5-4 vote. Nancy Kaufman,...

Letter to the Editor, week of June 27, 2012

Published June 27, 2012

Cartoon was poor choice The editors of the Light showed extremely poor taste in their selection of the cartoon for the opinions page of the June 20 issue. Implying that the recent action taken by the Egyptian Supreme Court is equivalent to the United...

President Bill Clinton speaking at the 2001 Israel Policy Forum dinner, January 2001.

Revived Israel Policy Forum aims to rise above partisan fray as a pragmatic pro-Israel voice

By Ron Kampeas, JTAPublished June 19, 2012

WASHINGTON -- When President Bill Clinton chose in January 2001 to unveil his Clinton Parameters for Arab-Israel peacemaking, he chose an Israel Policy Forum gala to do it. Four years later, then-Israeli Deputy Prime Minister Ehud Olmert sought the same...

Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-NY), right, greets Ilan Grapel, a dual U.S.-Israeli citizen who had been a former Ackerman intern, on Oct. 27, 2011, following the latter’s release from imprisonment in Egypt.

On Capitol Hill, Gary Ackerman served with a sharp wit and a stubborn candor

By Ron Kampeas, JTAPublished March 20, 2012

WASHINGTON -- When Rep. Gary Ackerman decided to retire, he did it in the same manner that he served in Congress for the past three decades: on his own terms. The veteran New York Democrat had insisted for weeks that he would run again, so the announcement...

Bin Laden urged associates to make Palestine the issue

JTAPublished March 16, 2012

WASHINGTON -- Osama bin Laden chided terrorists in his network for not making Palestine a primary issue. "It was necessary to discuss Palestine first," the terrorist leader, assassinated last year in a U.S. operation, said after a December 2009 suicide...

McConnell: Authorize force if Iran launches nuclear weapons program

By Ron Kampeas, JTAPublished March 5, 2012

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), the Senate minority leader, proposed threatening "overwhelming force" against Iran should it enrich uranium to weapons-grade level or launch a weapons program. "If Iran at any time at any time begins to enrich...

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