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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

Kranzberg Family

Kranzberg Family Foundation awards $71,000 to Jewish youth, young adult programs

Published January 21, 2021

The Kranzberg Family Foundation, a supporting foundation of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis, has awarded $71,000 in grants to 16 Jewish programs for children, teens and young adults in St. Louis.The Foundation received requests totaling more than $187,000...

Holocaust Survivor to speak at Hillel’s Kristallnacht commemoration

Holocaust Survivor to speak at Hillel’s Kristallnacht commemoration

Published November 6, 2020

Holocaust Survivor Eva Perlman will share her extraordinary life story at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10. Her talk is hosted by Hillel at Washington University and the Hillel Leadership Council in commemoration of Kristallnacht (the Night of Broken Glass). ...

Rachel Miller at home, in front of paintings of three of her family members lost during the Holocaust— her mother, father and sister. A German prisoner of war created the portraits, working from photographs of the family. Photos: Lisa Mandel

Holocaust survivor Rachel Miller to speak at Wash U Hillel Kristallnacht commemoration

Published November 7, 2019

St. Louis resident Rachel Miller, who survived the Holocaust as a hidden child, will share her story of courage and resilience at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 9 in the Women’s Building Formal Lounge on the campus of Washington University in St. Louis. Miller’s...

Students attend a community gathering Oct. 28 at Hillel at Washington University, organized after the shooting at Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh. The group heard from three students from Pittsburgh, including two who are members of Tree of Life.  

Hillel to host vigil, discussion in commemoration of Pittsburgh shooting

Published October 25, 2019

Hillel at Washington University will host a vigil and program in memory of the victims of the Tree of Life synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28 in the Women’s Building Formal Lounge.A candle lighting will be followed by a panel...

Hillel at Washington University organized an August trip to Israel for non-Jewish students. During the 10-day trip, the 19 non-Jews and four Jews traveled throughout the Jewish State, including to Netiv HaAsara, a town just north of the border with Gaza that is frequently the target of rockets.  

A Different Perspective: Hillel sends non-Jewish campus leaders to Israel

By Eric Berger, Staff WriterPublished November 16, 2018

During a recent trip to the West Bank, Kedar Bell and other Washington University students traveled to Ramallah to meet with a Palestinian Authority official. “He was being very hospitable,” Bell, a sophomore, recalls. “I don’t know if that was...

Silk Foundation Trustees Dr. Richard Kofkoff and Dr. Susan Godwin-Kofkoff are shown with Rabbi Jordan Gerson. Gerson is The Silk Foundation Campus Rabbi at Hillel at Washington University in St. Louis.

Silk Foundation smooths way for many Jewish agencies


Susan Godwin-Kofkoff remembers her uncle Martin Silk as a colorful, religious man, a collector of clocks and antiques who loved being Jewish. “He wanted to be able to give to people who were in need,” she said.Today, the foundation that bears his...

Hillel program to address intimate partner violence in the Jewish community

Published October 11, 2017

Editor's note: The location for this event has been changed since this article was originally published. The event will be held in Hillman Hall, Room 70.  Parking is available at WashU Hillel.As part of national Domestic Violence Awareness month, expert...

‘Jewish College Bound’ seeks to help soon-to-be college students

Published June 28, 2017

Hillel’s Jewish College Bound website seeks to connect incoming Jewish college students directly to Hillel staff at the college or university they will attend. Families can send the name, email address and college of the student in their life. Their...

Washington University students Reuben Siegman and Joanna LeFebvre lead a panel discussion on topics such as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and treatment of dissenting views in the Jewish community with Avner Gvaryahu, a former Israeli soldier representing the left-wing group Breaking the Silence, and Karen Aroesty, director of the Anti-Defamation League of Missouri and Southern Illinois. Photo: Eric Berger

WashU exhibit puts campus Jewish groups at odds

By Eric Berger, Staff WriterPublished May 4, 2017

An exhibit last week at Washington University produced by a controversial group of former Israeli soldiers led some Jewish students to accuse the campus Hillel of stifling critical views of Israel.  Hillel at Washington University in St. Louis declined...

Washington U. Hillel selected for new ‘Excellence Accelerator’ program

Published March 8, 2017

Hillel at Washington University is among 10 campuses nationwide selected to participate in Hillel International's "Excellence Accelerator" program. This is the pilot year of the program, which will provide increased resources designed to support campus...

Andrew Rehfeld

Editorial: Context or Pretext

Published July 11, 2012

We’ll endeavor to put up information in a broader context because we know that very little news is born at the moment it comes across our wire.— Will McAvoy, HBO’s “The Newsroom,” Episode 3, “The 112th Congress.”Andrew Rehfeld will join...

Rabbi Andy Kastner

Order it your way: On designing the seder

By Rabbi Andy KastnerPublished April 4, 2012

By design, the Passover seder is perhaps the paradigmatic family holiday. Relatives, distant and close, friends, even strangers crowd around the dinner table to laugh, eat and of course to read the Haggadah, telling the story of the Israelites Exodus...

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