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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 Brad Horwitz leads a dedication for the Garden of Eden on the grounds of the Jewish Community Center in Creve Coeur.

Fresh ideas feed the hungry

By Repps Hudson, Special to the Jewish LightPublished July 25, 2012

Despite the worst drought in decades, those gardeners who water their plants are apt to be rewarded with a bountiful harvest.And, as the gardeners who are tending the Garden of Eden plots north of the Jewish Community Center buildings in Creve Coeur have...

Rabbi Elizabeth Hersh received a B.A. from Skidmore College and was ordained as a Rabbi from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. She is fortunate to be involved in so many facets of the community including serving as the chaplain for JF&CS and an instructor for CAJE. This will be her fifth year serving as the visiting Rabbi in Decatur, Ill. She has also served congregations in both Sydney and Perth, Australia. When not writing her weekly BLOGS, she can be found running marathons.

The comfort of Jewish food

By Rabbi Elizabeth HershPublished June 14, 2012

He lives in a far away facility where there are no other Jewish residents. There are not many activities and the food is less than appetizing. I have sat with him at lunchtime and wondered what dietician approved the gravy-ladened slice of pork on a plate...

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.

Souls need nourishment, too

By Cathleen Kronemer, NSCA-CPTPublished June 7, 2012

Nathan Hale, the great American Patriot, is often credited with having uttered these immortal words: "I only regret that I have but one life to give for my country." While the world today is a far cry from the times in which this famous soldier lived–...

The Swastika Clock

Author’s latest revisits the Shoah

BY ROBERT A. COHN, Editor-in-Chief EmeritusPublished May 23, 2012

To describe local poet, author and essayist Louis Daniel Brodsky as “prolific” is an understatement. With the publication of his latest poetry collection, “The Swastika Clock,” (Time Being Books, $15.95), the St. Louis native has produced 73 volumes...

NA’AMAT USA launches campaign

Published May 23, 2012

NA’AMAT USA St. Louis Council will launch its Spiritual Adoption Campaign in June. This year’s campaign focuses on children of economically disadvantaged families in Israel to assure them a place in one of NA’AMAT’S daycare centers. The NA’AMAT...

Laura K. Silver

A Mother’s Day I Won’t Soon Forget

By Laura K. SilverPublished May 18, 2012

Mother’s Day this year was nice-for the most part. I woke up to breakfast served by my husband. I received cards made by my kids. I spent the day at my Mom’s house. And to round out a pleasant day, I got my arm stuck in the freezer. Yes, that’s...

Bagels regain bread status in Ireland

JTAPublished February 9, 2012

DUBLIN -- Bagels have been granted equal status with soda bread in Ireland following a government decision to reclassify the traditionally Jewish favorite as ordinary bread for the purposes of taxation. Now bagels and other 'ethnic' breads such as naan,...

Avrom Honig and Bubbe

Bubbe’s recipes rise to the top

By Susie Davidson, JointMedia News ServicePublished February 8, 2012

Mix together segments of social media and three tablespoons of sour cream. Cover with plastic wrap and set overnight. Garnish with applesauce, and serve. All together, you've got a thoroughly heimish, warm and comforting Internet sensation. It's not a...

Thinking outside the bowl

Thinking outside the bowl

Published January 11, 2012

"Soup puts the heart at ease, calms down the violence of hunger, eliminates the tension of the day, and awakens and refines the appetite." - Auguste Escoffier Chicken soup is not the only soup that nurtures the body and feeds the soul.  On a cold winter...

Joey Goldman

Joey Goldman, Congregation Shaare Emeth

Published December 28, 2011

This past summer, the Epworth Children & Family Services youth board was asked to create a community service project to benefit the homeless and runaway youth in the community. They called it Jeans for Teens. Youth board members spoke at various places...

Vanessa Van Petten

Expert incorporates teen perspectives in ‘Radical Parenting’ advice


Vanessa Van Petten, author and youthologist, will be the keynote speaker at this year's Yom Limmud Day of Discovery for Teens on Sunday, Nov. 20, sponsored by the Central Agency for Jewish Education. The Jewish Light interviewed Van Petten recently about...

Michael Eastman making his Matzah Brei in his home. Photo: Kristi Foster

Visiting local kitchens for several takes on Passover staple — Matzah Brei

By Margi Lenga Kahn, Special to the Jewish LightPublished April 13, 2011

When it comes to Matzah Brei, that perennial Passover favorite, there seem to be as many versions of this treat as there are Jewish families in St. Louis.  There is something about the combination of matzah and eggs that brings out the creative muse...

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