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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

Old Cathedral has Hebrew inscription

Old Cathedral has Hebrew inscription

By Robert A. Cohn, Editor-in-Chief EmeritusPublished June 27, 2012

To paraphrase Christopher Wren, if you seek the monuments in St. Louis with a Jewish connection, just look about you. In previous Cohnipedia columns, we have noted the Jewish connections to the statue of “The Runner” at Kiener Plaza (Jewish sculptor...

Israeli climber Nadav Ben-Yehuda, left, together with Turkish climber Aydin Irmak, whose life Ben-Yehuda saved near the Mount Everest summit. 

Friday Five: Nadav Ben Yehuda, Andy Samberg, Yisroel Portugal, Adin Steinsaltz, Chaya Kurtz

By Adam Soclof, JTAPublished May 25, 2012

It may be the deadliest season on Mt. Everest yet, but the highest peak in the world found a hero in Israeli climber Nadav Ben Yehuda. Ben Yehuda, 24, was less than 1,000 feet from the top when he spotted unconscious Turkish climber Aydin Irmak sprawled...

Children celebrating Chanukah at Temple Beth Emunah in Brockton, Mass., where children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder have special programs to help them study for their bar/bat mitzvah ceremony.

Synagogues slowly expanding inclusion to those with emotional, mental disabilities

By Shira Schoenberg, JTAPublished April 30, 2012

BOSTON -- On a recent Sunday, Ayla Watson celebrated her bat mitzvah.Ayla, who has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and other behavioral difficulties, ascended the bimah and recited the Torah reading for Rosh Chodesh, the new month. The service...

Dr. George and Darla Grossberg

H.F. Epstein Hebrew Academy gala to honor Dr. George and Darla Grossberg

Published April 4, 2012

The H.F. Epstein Hebrew Academy will honor Dr. George and Darla Grossberg at its 69th annual gala on  April 29. The honorary chair for the event is Gabe Grossberg.  Dr. Grossberg is the Samuel W. Fordyce Professor and Director of Geriatric Psychiatry...

Atheist group’s Hebrew billboard temporarily thwarted

JTAPublished March 7, 2012

An atheist organization's Hebrew-language billboard calling God a "myth" was not unveiled near a Brooklyn Chasidic enclave as scheduled.  The billboard sponsored by the American Atheists organization was supposed to be unveiled Tuesday in New York's...

Amazing racers, cake for breakfast and an unkosher extradition

By Marcy Oster , JTAPublished March 5, 2012

JERUSALEM—Here are some recent stories out of Israel that you may have missed: Racing to sanctify God's name A Modern Orthodox couple's participation in Israel's version of the "Amazing Race" has sparked a debate among the movement's rabbis. Akiva and...

Atheists placing Hebrew billboard near hasidic enclave

JTAPublished March 4, 2012

NEW YORK -- An atheist organization says it will unveil a Hebrew-language billboard calling God a “myth” near a Brooklyn hasidic enclave. The group American Atheists says it will unveil a billboard Monday in hasidic-dominated South Williamsburg. The...


Bari Weber, United Hebrew Congregation

Published March 1, 2012

For the past several years, Bari and her parents, Suzy and Mark Weber of Chesterfield, had volunteered at United Hebrew’s Mitzvah Day. Bari loved making bracelets at the Circle of Hope station. So it was only natural for this to become one of her mitzvah...

Rabbi James Stone Goodman

D’var Torah— A reflection in poetry

By Rabbi James Stone GoodmanPublished February 22, 2012

Parashat Terumah Make [of] Me a Mikdash/holy placeand I will dwellwithin them- Exodus 25:8 The Zohar understands the Sanctuary as a place where two worlds are unified. It is built out of terumah, which is read by many from a Hebrew root which means to...

A scene from ‘Ha Hov (The Debt), an Israeli thriller about
three Mossad agents who capture an infamous war criminal.

Temple Israel to host annual Israeli Film Festival

Published February 22, 2012

"The Debt" and "Three Mothers" will headline Congregation Temple Israel's fifth annual Israeli Film Festival on Sunday, March 11. "The Debt" will open the festival at 3 p.m., followed by a panel discussion of the film. Complimentary Israeli refreshments...

D.C. Hebrew-language charter school accepted for review

JTAPublished February 9, 2012

The application for a proposed Hebrew-language charter school was accepted by the District of Columbia Public Charter School board. The D.C. Hebrew Language Public Charter School is one of 11 prospective charter schools, including an Arabic-language immersion...

United Hebrew plans Jewish Overnight Camp Fair

Published February 8, 2012

United Hebrew Congregation invites the community to attend the Jewish Overnight Camp Fair on Sunday, Feb. 12. Families interested in learning more about 2012 Jewish summer camp opportunities for children age 7 to 18 years will be able to meet with a variety...

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