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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

Rabbi Michal Ken-Tor

Reform rabbi from sister city in Israel visits STL

BY ROBERT A. COHN, Editor-in-Chief Emeritus July 11, 2019

To describe Rabbi Michal Ken-Tor as a dynamic educator who is bursting with energy and ideas is not an exaggeration. Ken-Tor was born in 1972 in Kibbutz Geva and grew up on Moshav Kfar in the Jezebel Valley. She is the fifth child from a Zionist family...

Rabbi Alona Lisitsa, a Reform rabbi, participated in a religious council in in Mevasseret Zion, a town west of Jerusalem, May 2012.

Reform, Conservative movements continue making inroads in Israel

By Mati Wagner, JTA May 22, 2012

JERUSALEM — After a Jerusalem-area’s religious council allowed a female Reform rabbi to participate in its proceedings, some advocates of liberal Judaism in the country are hailing their inroads into the Orthodox-dominated religious infrastructure....

Putting the Ten Commandments on display

By Edmon J. Rodman , JTA May 17, 2012

LOS ANGELES -- Are the Ten Commandments only to be heard but not seen? And when they are seen, how should they look? Some groups, notably the Anti-Defamation League, believe that public images of the Ten Commandments should be scarce. “That the increasing...

Op-Ed: Ordaining cantors is mostly good for congregations

By Dana Evan Kaplan, JTA May 7, 2012

KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Six graduates of the cantorial program of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion were ordained Sunday at Temple Emanu-El in New York. The key word here is “ordained.” Since the cantorial school was established at...

Josh Breitzer, left, is invested as a cantor by Rabbi David Ellenson, president of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. Photo courtesy HUC-JIR

What’s in a word? For ‘ordained’ rather than ‘invested’ cantors, a lot

By Debra Rubin, JTA May 1, 2012

What’s the difference between investiture and ordination? Plenty, say officials at the Reform movement’s Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, which has announced that for the first time since establishing its cantorial school in 1948,...

Rabbi Brigitte Rosenberg is Senior Rabbi of United Hebrew Congregation.

Weekend of events celebrates UH senior rabbi installation

November 9, 2011

A full weekend celebration is planned as United Hebrew installs Rabbi Brigitte S. Rosenberg as the fifth senior rabbi in the large Reform congregation’s 174-year history at a special Shabbat service at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 11, followed by an Oneg...

Rabbis’ love for Israel: Is it a generational thing?

By Dan Klein, JTA, NEW YORK October 12, 2011

Do Conservative rabbis become more politically conservative on Israel as they grow older, or are older rabbis simply more right wing than younger rabbis when it comes to Israel?A new study by the Conservative movement's flagship institution presents some...

Jewish community needs a Jewish cultural policy

By Stephen Hazan Arnoff and Steven M. Cohen July 20, 2011

NEW YORK - JDub Records, the innovative nonprofit Jewish music endeavor that discovered Matisyahu and numerous other artists, released 35 albums, and brought 150,000 participants to concerts and other events, announced last week that it would be closing...

Rachel Isaacs, the first openly gay rabbinical student JTS accepted, completes path to ordination

By Debra Nussbaum Cohen, FORWAR June 1, 2011

NEW YORK — Rachel Isaacs has known, for as long as she can remember, that she wanted to be a rabbi.  On May 19, she concluded her pioneering journey through the Conservative movement's Jewish Theological Seminary to become the first openly gay person...

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