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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

St. Louis’ remarkable stories from the Holocaust: Irene Baron

St. Louis’ remarkable stories from the Holocaust: Irene Baron

ST. LOUIS KAPLAN FELDMAN HOLOCAUST MUSEUM, SPECIAL TO THE JEWISH LIGHT June 8, 2021

Since 1979, Vida “Sister” Goldman Prince has been Chairman of the Oral Histories Project, at the St. Louis Kaplan Feldman Holocaust Museum. The project is dedicated to recording and preserving audio interviews of not only Holocaust Survivors,...

Prisoners play ‘The Tango of Death’ during the execution of Soviet citizens at the Janowska concentration camp in Ukraine. AFP via Getty Images

How the Nazis used music to celebrate and facilitate murder

Edward B. Westermann, Regents Professor of History, Texas A&M-San Antonio April 6, 2021

In December 1943, a 20-year-old named Ruth Elias arrived in a cattle car at the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. She was assigned to Block 6 in the family camp, a barracks that housed young women and the camp’s male orchestra, an ensemble...

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WOJTEK RADWANSKI January 30, 2020

President of the World Jewish Congress Ronald Lauder addresses the offical ceremony at the former German Nazi death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau during events to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the camp's liberation in Oswiecim, Poland, on January 27,...

Saul Mirowitz Jewish Community School eighth grader Omry Kielmanowitz and sixth grader Leora Dean visit the Legacy Museum’s lynching memorial in Montgomery, Ala. In the background, 800 steel monuments suspended from the ceiling represent counties in the U.S. where a lynching took place.

Students learn about racial injustice; upcoming mahj tournament; Arts & Faith concert

Ellen Futterman, Editor August 29, 2019

Walking in the footsteps of civil rights historyCaleb Arnow, a seventh-grader at Saul Mirowitz Jewish Community School, said he enjoyed going to all of the museums he and the other middle-schoolers visited last week on a five-day social justice trip,...

St. Louis Jewish Light Digital Archives

Decades of the Light now available online

By David Baugher, Special to the Jewish Light October 11, 2017

The past is meeting the future at the St. Louis Jewish Light, where, for the time in its history, the paper’s full archives will be available online, with fully searchable pages and stories.“Anything that appeared in the paper is there and it appears...

Rabbi Roxanne Shapiro

D’var Torah: The ‘time out’ remedy

By Rabbi Roxanne J.S. Shapiro April 25, 2012

The double portion Tazria-Metzora is abundant with everything we need to know about dealing with skin diseases and bodily infections. Offering us more than a search on the Internet, we are taught not only the signs of these diseases, but how we should...

Cathleen Kronemer, NSCA-CPT, Certified Health Coach, is a longtime fitness instructor at the Jewish Community Center. She is also a member of the St. Louis Jewish Sports Hall of Fame.

Stepping stones to a joyful existence

By Cathleen Kronemer, NSCA-CPT February 23, 2012

"Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort." —Franklin Roosevelt As I read this, I can’t help but think about what our great president had in mind when he spoke these words. Surely they can be applicable to a multitude...

Samantha Weil

Experiencing Israel—a journey to be continued

By Samantha Weil January 25, 2012

Before leaving for Israel, I didn't fully understand the deep connection and love people have for it. I had learned a lot about Israel throughout my Jewish education, but I never felt a personal connection with the country or its people. Although I was...

Suspect arrested in destruction of Rome Holocaust memorial

JTA January 17, 2012

ROME – Police are charging a 41-year-old man in the destruction of a downtown Rome Holocaust memorial installation. Italian media said the man, who was not identified by name, has been charged with theft for allegedly removing three memorial “stumbling...

Synagogue in Roth, Germany

Holocaust Museum exhibit examines stories of five families from German town

By David Baugher, Special to the Jewish Light January 11, 2012

St. Louis attorney Michael Wetmore recalls watching his mother Trudy Hochster Wetmore quietly blessing his son in a German train station before the latter's departure to see a friend in Paris. "She turned around and said ‘The last time I was in this...

Talking turkey

Thanksgiving mitzvahs

By Ellen Futterman, Editor November 16, 2011

Talking Turkey There's never a shortage of mitzvot opportunities in the St. Louis Jewish community, but perhaps no time of year are these opportunities as bountiful-or as greatly needed-at Thanksgiving. The Harvey Kornblum Jewish Food Pantry (HKJFP) recently...

Michon A. Madison

A Transformative Journey with Cultural Leadership – Michon A. Madison

Michon A. Madison July 13, 2011

"You face a lot of choices in life - we choose, and if we choose rightly enough, we can restore the broken fragments in our world." These words from Rabbi Bruce Kahn impacted me because I also believe the world has pieces that need to be fixed. Rabbi...

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