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A nonprofit, independent news source to inform, inspire, educate and connect the St. Louis Jewish community.

St. Louis Jewish Light

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St. Louis Jewish Light

Chabad plans  7 local ‘Rosh Hashanah in the Park’ services

Chabad plans 7 local ‘Rosh Hashanah in the Park’ services

September 11, 2020

With the High Holidays approaching and COVID-19 making it difficult for many to join a traditional synagogue service, Chabad centers throughout St. Louis will hold seven outdoor Rosh Hashanah services on Sunday, Sept. 20. Dubbed “Rosh Hashanah in the...

Temple Israel offers TI-to-go holiday meals

Temple Israel offers TI-to-go holiday meals

September 11, 2020

Temple Israel’s chef Debbie Jennings is firing up the kitchen to handmake gourmet meals from scratch for easy, contactless curbside weekly pick up. If you’re tired of cooking and need a break or have some friends, family or neighbors that may...

Rabbi Yosef Landa, director of Chabad of Greater St. Louis, sounds the shofar. Photo: Bill Motchan

Have shofars, will travel: St. Louis rabbis ready to bring Rosh Hashanah mitzvah to the people

By Bill Motchan, Special to the Jewish Light September 10, 2020

The Torah commands us to hear the sound of the shofar on Rosh Hashanah, and a mitzvah is a mitzvah, come rain, snow, sleet or even pandemic. That poses a dilemma for Jewish St. Louisans who are hesitant to leave their homes given the risk of COVID-19....

Cartoon: Steve Greenberg

Dark Clouds and Silver Linings: A challenging New Year 5781

JEWISH LIGHT EDITORIAL September 10, 2020

The Jewish year 5780 is about to end and not a moment too soon. Still, while world events have upended almost all of our conceptions about the way modern life works, we remain hopeful that 5781 will allow us to again find our footing on stable ground. But...

Rabbi Josef Davidson is affiliated with Congregation B’nai Amoona and is a member of the St. Louis Rabbinical and Cantorial Association, which coordinates the d’var Torah for the Light.  

We’re all in this together

By Rabbi Josef Davidson September 10, 2020

As we find ourselves in the seventh month of the “new normal” of COVID-19 and near the beginning of the New Year 5781, one of the most popular catch phrases has become, “We’re all in this together.” This statement is intended to awaken within...

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Sounding the shofar is a blast — and meaningful

By Carnie Shalom Rose September 10, 2020

Rabbi Carnie Shalom Rose and three additional Hadar fellows reflect on the calls of the shofarIn this unprecedented year when our High Holiday experiences will surely be modified to address the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, below you...

Rabbi Brigitte Rosenberg of United Hebrew Congregation sounds the shofar at Millennium Park in Creve Coeur. Photo: Wyatt Weed

Creativity rules in St. Louis as pandemic poses High Holiday challenges

By Ellie Grossman, Special to the Jewish Light September 10, 2020

If the Jewish people had to choose a theme for Rosh Hashanah 5781, it would probably be something like, “Think outside the box.” Any other year, Jews everywhere would flock to their places of worship en masse to pray, schmooze, sing “Avinu Malkeinu”...

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