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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

Pan de Los Siete Cielos

A beautiful and symbolic bread for Shavuot

MARGI LENGA KAHN, Special to the Jewish LightPublished May 11, 2021

Salonika, also known as Thessaloniki, is a large port city on the Aegean Sea, the second largest city in Greece after Athens. Prior to 1942, more than 56,000 Jews lived here and had unique culinary traditions, including a remarkable bread for Shavuot...

Laura K. Silver

Greek myth becomes reality for mom

By Laura K. SilverPublished July 13, 2012

Growing up, I never really saw the applicability of the Greek Myths.Sure, I understood that it wasn’t good to be vain--look at the way Narcissus ended up -- but I didn’t understand what Sisyphus had to do with anything.Until I became him.You remember...

New aid going to Greek Jewish community

JTAPublished February 28, 2012

JERUSALEM -- The Jewish Agency will provide emergency aid to the Jewish community of Greece facing a serious financial crisis. The Board of Governors of the Jewish Agency for Israel on Monday voted to grant about $1 million over two years to help Greece's...

Greek political party stresses commitment against anti-Semitism

JTAPublished February 26, 2012

ATHENS, Greece -- Antonis Samaras, the leader of Greece's New Democracy Party, reaffirmed his personal and the party's commitment against anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial. Samaras stressed in an e-mail to the American Jewish Committee that the party's...

Greek Jewry concerned over far-right lawmakers’ movement

JTAPublished February 20, 2012

ATHENS -- Greek Jewish leaders have expressed concern over the movement of two far-right lawmakers to the conservative party. Makis Voridis and Adonis Georgiadis, two former deputies of the Popular Orthodox Rally, or Laos, a far-right party, have joined...

Greece honors former Jewish parliamentarians

JTAPublished February 1, 2012

ATHENS -- Greek Jewish parliamentarians from 1915 to 1936 were honored in a ceremony at the old Parliament building in Athens. The Greek parliament commissioned Greek Jewish writer Leon Naar to write a book about the 32 Greek Jews elected to parliament...

AJC’s Harris calls Iranian president ‘Holocaust denier-in-chief’

JTAPublished January 31, 2012

ATHENS -- Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is the "Holocaust denier-in-chief," American Jewish Committee Executive Director David Harris in Greece. "The Holocaust denier-in-chief is the president of Iran. This is shameful enough. What I find no less...

Israel, Greece pledge to ramp up defense ties

JTA, ATHENSPublished January 11, 2012

Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak pledged to ramp up defense cooperation with Greece at a meeting with his Greek counterpart in Athens. Barak and Greek Defense Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos on Tuesday discussed defense cooperation for 2012, including...

Rabbi Weiman is a speaker, teaches Jewish history at Esther Miller Bais Yaakov, and is author of the new book, “48 Things, 49 Days,” (Targum Press) as well as “A Simple Guide to Happiness,” “A Map of the Universe,” and “the Everything Learning Hebrew Book.”

During Hanukkah, count your blessings one by one

By Rabbi Max WeimanPublished December 21, 2011

Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, comes at a time when the nights are longer providing more darkness. Nothing is a coincidence. The sages also say that Greece is synonymous with darkness, since they wanted to uproot Judaism from the Jews. We celebrate...

Spies of the Balkans

WWII-era Spy novel spiced with Righteous Gentiles, Balkan politics

By Elaine K. Alexander, Special to the LightPublished August 12, 2010

Alan Furst's dream of a feature-length, movie adaptation of one of his novels has yet to be fulfilled. But his espionage novels set in Europe during World War II, are appreciated by critics and have shown up on New York Times bestseller lists. His most...

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