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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

Ed Asner will star in The Soap Myth on Thursday, May 2 at Temple Israel.

In St. Louis performance, Ed Asner will star as Holocaust survivor struggling with memories

By Judith Newmark, Special to the Jewish LightPublished April 25, 2019

This story was originally published on April 25, 2019, and is being republished to honor Ed Asner.  Lou Grant wasn’t Jewish. He was Roman Catholic, opines the one person who really ought to know: actor Ed Asner. Asner famously portrayed...

Alison Fox, Sarah Shulman and B’nai Amoona Cantor Sharon Nathanson sing during last year’s Yom HaShoah commemoration, held at B’nai Amoona. This year’s event will be April 15 at United Hebrew.

Yom HaShoah commemoration planned for April 15

Published April 5, 2018

This year’s Yom HaShoah commemoration will take place at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 15 at United Hebrew Congregation, 13788 Conway Road. The community-wide Holocaust Remembrance Day event will focus on the theme of “#WeRemember: To honor the past and protect...

Stacey Newman is Missouri state representative of the 87th District, which includes Clayton and parts of Brentwood, Ladue, Richmond Heights and University City.

Reflections on Holocaust by a Jewish state legislator

Published April 27, 2017

St. Louis, along with numerous U.S. and Israeli cities, observed Yom Hashoah, the “Day of Remembrance of the Holocaust” this past week.  Signed into formal law by Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion in 1953, it is a yearly reminder for each of us to...

First-year students from Washington University in St. Louis who were enrolled in the yearlong “The History, Memory, and Representation of the Holocaust” program gathered at the Holocaust Museum and Learning Center for the Feb. 2 opening of an exhibit about their experiences. Above, student Cecily Hibbs tours the exhibit with her mother, Roz Hibbs. Photo: Sid Hastings / WUSTL Photos

Holocaust beyond the numbers

By Dale Singer, Special to the Jewish LightPublished February 8, 2017

With four grandparents who survived the horrors of Nazi Germany, Rachel Berger is no stranger to the stories from the Holocaust.And when she came to Washington University from New York City, she was one of 13 students who took an intensive freshman class...

Concentration camp liberator to speak at Washington U

Published November 3, 2016

Washington University alumnus Sanford “Buddy” Lebman, a corporal in the 445th Heavy Duty Ordnance attached to the 42nd Infantry Division that entered and helped liberate Dachau concentration camp in Germany in April 1945, will share his reflections...

Work from artist Vita Eruhimovitz  that will be on display in her exhibit, “Synthetic Landscapes” Nov. 4-Dec. 26 at the Gallery at the Kranzberg Arts Center. In her art, Eruhimovitz explores the ways modern culture perceives nature and pushes the boundaries of physical nature into the digital realm. Her recent focus has been in interactive sculpture and digital fabrication.

Bad baseball bible stories

Ellen Futterman, EditorPublished October 26, 2016

The moment the Chicago Cubs clinched the National League Championship Series Saturday night to advance to the World Series against the Cleveland Indians, my husband left the room and went outside. He stayed there for more than a half-hour while I gleefully...

HMLC lecture looks at ‘Churches’ Complicity in the Holocaust’

Published August 31, 2016

“The Christian Churches’ Complicity in the Holocaust” will be the focus of the third annual Marilyn (z’’l) and Arthur Gale Family Lecture at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15 at the Jewish Federation building, 12 Millstone Campus Drive.  Robert Ericksen...

Dr. Rafael Medoff is founding director of the David S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies and author of 16 books about Jewish history and the Holocaust. His commentary was distributed by JNS.org.

Comparing Rwanda and the Holocaust: A valid analogy?

By Rafael MedoffPublished July 13, 2016

At a memorial in Rwanda to the victims of the 1994 genocide, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu this week wrote in the visitors’ book that he was “reminded of the haunting similarities to the genocide of our own people.”Certainly all instances...

St. Louisans reflect on Wiesel’s impact, legacy

By Hannah Snidman, Staff writerPublished July 6, 2016

Elie Wiesel wanted no one to forget the atrocities of the Holocaust, during which six millions Jews were slaughtered, including his own parents and younger sister. As a survivor, a human activist and Nobel laureate, Wiesel spoke and wrote eloquently about...

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