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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

Students at KoREH (Kol Rinah Education Hub) last month. Photo: Bill Motchan

Religious schools find innovative ways to engage students in Jewish learning

ELYSE PICKER, Special to the Jewish Light July 21, 2021

Religious school. If you attended as a child, your memories may be along the lines of mine: something you had to do that took up extra time after school and on the weekends and was often quite dull. However, after surveying the directors of eight...

Rabbi Hyim Shafner of Bais Abraham works with students  taking part in a yearlong bar/bat mitzvah program for Israeli families in St. Louis. Photos courtesy Bais Abraham

Bar/bat mitzvah initiative aims to engage Israeli families here

By Hannah Snidman, Staff writer June 22, 2016

After forming a Hebrew school specifically for secular Israelis, Bais Abraham recently created a yearlong bar and bat mitzvah program for Israeli families living in the St. Louis area.In Israel, many Jewish teenagers host parties for bar and bat mitzvahs...

It’s time to raise the bar on the bar/bat mitzvah

By Rabbi Joel E. Hoffman, Special to the Jewish Light May 26, 2016

I have always wondered why bar/bat mitzvah lessons consists of learning trope, how to chant a section of the Torah and Haftarah, and how to lead parts of the service, especially because we know that 99 percent will never again read from the Torah or Haftarah...

Lay leaders and rabbis of small congregations participating in United Synagogue of Conservative Judaisms Size Matters 2012 conference in Wilmette, Ill., June 4, 2012.

Smaller congregations experimenting to stay vibrant, gaining attention from movements

By Yisrael Shapiro, JTA June 17, 2012

CHICAGO — Sinai Synagogue in South Bend, Ind., has been struggling with issues facing many small congregations in an era of dwindling budgets and shifting demographics. In particular, with only 150 families, until recently it was increasingly difficult...

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, JTA 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...

Mei Lin Kellman celebrates her bat mitzvah in Jakarta,
Indonesia, Feb. 4, 2012.

A deaf Indonesian 12-year-old is not your typical bat mitzvah

By Jessica Leader, JTA February 7, 2012

NEW YORK -- This wasn’t your typical bat mitzvah. It took place in Jakarta, Indonesia, a majority Muslim country with an Jewish community that is thought to number in the double digits. The bat mitzvah, Mei Lin Kallman, spent part of her Hebrew school...

Some cities find Hebrew among language immersion options

BY SARAH ALLEN, SOPHOMORE, LADUE HORTON WATKINS November 9, 2011

Most Jewish students learn Hebrew during the course of preparing for their b'nai mitzvot or in language classes at school. Now, the establishment of Hebrew immersion schools in cities across the United States offers students the chance to learn Hebrew...

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