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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

Jason Morse and his grandfather, Phillip Recoon, volunteer at the Harvey Kornblum Jewish Food Pantry.

Bar mitzvah announcement: Jason Morse

Published February 28, 2020

Jason Morse, the son of Sheri Recoon and Howard Morse of Chesterfield, became a bar mitzvah on Nov. 30, 2019 at Congregation B’nai Amoona. Jason is the grandson of Laura and Phillip Recoon of Sarasota, Fla. and Buffalo, N.Y., and Martha and Joseph...

A group of volunteers from Congregation Shaare Emeth helped at the Garden of Eden on Oct. 29. The group dug up 144 pounds of sweet potatoes, which were donated to the Harvey Kornblum Jewish Food Pantry.

Garden of Eden at the J Seeks Volunteers

Published August 2, 2019

The Jewish Community Center’s Garden of Eden is looking for individuals or groups to help tend the community garden at the J near Creve Coeur. Each year, the garden yields more than 4,500 pounds of produce, which is donated to the Harvey Kornblum Jewish...

Dr. Gary Ratkin, a retired oncologist, meets with a patient at Casa de Salud, a low-cost health clinic in St. Louis city. PHOTO: ODELL MITCHELL JR./COURTESY CASA DE SALUD

Dr. Gary Ratkin: Retired oncologist brings quality care to low-cost health clinic

By Eric Berger, Associate EditorPublished May 30, 2019

Dr. Gary Ratkin is aware that for patients with little money, trips to the emergency room can be debilitating even if doctors are able to diagnose and treat the ailment. So when Ratkin, a retired oncologist, recently saw a patient at Casa de Salud, a...

Judy Berkowitz

Harvey Kornblum Jewish Food Pantry

Published October 3, 2017

Address: 10601 Baur Blvd., St. Louis, Mo.  63132 | Phone: 314-513-1672 | fax: 314-828-7558 | email: [email protected] | website: jfcs-stl.org/location-hoursJudy Berkowitz, DirectorCelebrating 27 years of feeding those in need, the Harvey Kornblum...

Brothers Lazaroff, shown performing at the Tick Tock Tavern in St. Louis, are planning the sixth annual Hanukkah Hullabaloo on Dec. 10 at Joe’s Café, 6014 Kingsbury Ave. Photo: Annie Martineau

Latkes and the Lazaroffs

Ellen Futterman, EditorPublished November 23, 2016

Latkes and the Lazaroffs The holidays are in full swing, which means lots of fun events and celebrations for us to partake. First up: the 6th annual Brothers Lazaroff Hanukkah Hullabaloo at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10 at Joe’s Café, 6014 Kingsbury Ave....

Andrew Rehfeld, Ph.D., is President and CEO of Jewish Federation of St. Louis.

Annual Campaign vital in building a thriving Jewish community in St. Louis

By Andrew RehfeldPublished August 31, 2016

On Sept. 1, 2016, the Jewish Federation of St. Louis will be kicking off its 2016 Annual Campaign. Since 1901, the Federation has existed to “preserve and enhance Jewish life in St. Louis, Israel and around the globe.”  And each year thousands of...


25 years on, Jewish Food Pantry nourishes client service

By Eric Berger, Staff WriterPublished August 24, 2016

Larry, 67, walks through the Harvey Kornblum Jewish Food Pantry, picking up a chicken and a stalk of celery. He tells a volunteer that he doesn’t need peanut butter, “does not take cabbage” and would not like any plums, which are too soft. “I...


Jewish Food Pantry turns 25

Lois CaplanPublished August 3, 2016

IF MY MEMORY IS NOT PLAYING TRICKS ON ME, I recall that 25 years ago there was a lot of excitement about a new project here in St. Louis called the Jewish Food Pantry. Started in 1991 with a small grant from Jewish Federation, it was housed in the Jewish...

Alan Schmuckler will perform as Motel, the tailor, in the Muny’s production of ‘Fiddler on the Roof.’

Talking with ‘Fiddler’ actor before St. Louis opening

Ellen Futterman, EditorPublished July 27, 2016

Name shame no moreI wonder if Juliet would have surmised otherwise had she asked, “What’s in a name?” and it turned out the name was Schmuckler.That’s Schmuckler as in Alan Schmuckler, who arrived in town from New York last week to play the role...

JFed Executive Vice President; Contract ends in 2013

Knitting a thriving Jewish community

Barry RosenbergPublished January 4, 2012

Reflecting on the growing trend toward self-directed philanthropy, an editorial in the Dec. 28 Jewish Light argues that a Jewish community needs three strands to thrive. It requires high quality specialized organizations and professionals providing excellent...

Leonard Rifkin received a loan from the Jewish Federations
Lifeline Fund to help pay bills while he searches for a new job.
Photo: Kristi Foster

Economic fallout still taking a toll

By David Baugher, Special to the Jewish LightPublished December 28, 2011

Not long ago Melvin Zuhler seemed to have it all -- his family, his health, a successful business and a bank account totaling near six figures. Yet as 2011 draws to a close, Zuhler is looking for only one thing -- help. "I want a second chance," said...

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