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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

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens greets volunteers at Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery in February, 2017. After news broke about vandalism at the cemetery, Greitens called for volunteers to gather at the cemetery to work on cleanup efforts. Now, the governor is facing widespread calls for his resignation. File Photo: James Griesedieck

After release of House report, widespread calls for Greitens’ resignation

By Eric Berger, Staff Writer April 18, 2018

A little more than a year ago, parts of the Jewish community felt pride as they observed or participated in the inauguration of Missouri’s first Jewish governor, Eric Greitens.A Jewish Light story on the festivities got more than 450 likes on Facebook. “I...

Members of the cast of “The MeshugaNutcracker!” which will play here at the Gravois Bluffs Stadium 12 theater in Fenton at 7 p.m. on Dec. 19.  Photo: Kersh Branz Photography

A kosher ‘Nutcracker’ in Fenton? What are you, nuts?

Ellen Futterman, Editor December 7, 2017

Hard to fathom Owned by the three largest film distributors — AMC Entertainment Inc., Cinemark Holdings, Inc. and Regal Entertainment — Fathom Events offers a variety of one-of-a-kind entertainment experiences in movie theaters. These include live,...

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens visited the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum Monday as part of a trade mission to Israel paid for by the Republican Jewish Coalition and the Hawthorn Foundation. PHOTO: Facebook

Gov. Greitens visits Israel

By Eric Berger, Staff Writer November 8, 2017

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens traveled to Israel on Sunday as part of a trade mission sponsored by the Republican Jewish Coalition and the Hawthorn Foundation.The governor planned to meet with government and business leaders “in an effort to strengthen...

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens greets volunteers at Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery in February. After news broke about vandalism at the cemetery, Greitens called for volunteers to gather at the cemetery to work on cleanup efforts. To the left of Greitens is Vice President Mike Pence.  Photo: James Griesedieck

Gov. Greitens, Russel Neiss among ‘Forward 50’

By Eric Berger, Staff Writer November 1, 2017

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens and Russel Neiss, a local Jewish coder, have been named to the Forward 50, the Jewish publication’s annual list of the “most influential, accomplished and interesting American Jews.”The Forward, the New York-based website...

Gov. Greitens signs on to AJC initiative against BDS

March 22, 2017

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens has joined AJC’s Governors United Against BDS initiative, a bipartisan collective of governors from across the country united in rejecting the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement and in reaffirming support for...

Darlene and Paul Schroeder hold a placard at the Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery cleanup event Feb. 22. Photo: James Griesedieck

Governor, vice president pitch in during cemetery cleanup

By Eric Berger & Ellen Futterman, Staff writer & editor March 1, 2017

Rashidah Rafat, a home health care nurse who is a Muslim-American, came to Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery last week to help with a cleanup organized by Gov. Eric Greitens. She arrived about an hour before the official start time of 3 p.m. and wandered through...

Muslim American Rashidah Rafat came to help with the cleanup. The only way mankind can move forward is through peace, harmony and love, she said.  Photo: Ellen Futterman

Interfaith donations, support pour in after cemetery vandalism

By Eric Berger, Staff writer March 1, 2017

After Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens announced that he would lead a cleanup last week of the vandalism at Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery, he heard from an unexpected volunteer: Vice President Mike Pence.“The vice president said, ‘I am so inspired by what...

Missouri Governor-elect Eric Greitens and his wife Sheena wait for the church bells to toll at  noon on Monday during inauguration ceremonies on the steps of the Capitol in Jefferson City, Mo.  Greitens becomes Missouris 56th Governor. Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI

Milestone for Jews in Missouri politics

By David Baugher, Special to the Jewish Light January 12, 2017

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — For the first time in its nearly two centuries of statehood, Missouri has inaugurated a person of Jewish faith as its governor.“The people have spoken and a new direction has been decided,” said Eric Greitens, moments after...

Mazel Tov, Gov! 

Jewish Light Editorial January 11, 2017

For the first time since Missouri was admitted to the Union in 1821, our state has a Jewish governor. Yes, it is a big deal that Gov. Eric Greitens, who was sworn into office Monday, is a member of our community. Greitens, who attended Parkway North...

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