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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

Ben Spector, Ezra Gould and Sam Baron carry a box of donated books.  The third-grade class at Mirowitz spearheaded the book collection effort. 

Students send thousands of books — and dollars — to Jewish groups in Houston

By David Baugher, Special to the Jewish Light September 20, 2017

As an energetic group of her classmates boisterously load a white panel van with boxes of books, third-grader Eliana Wax is clear on why she’s enjoying today’s activity.“We hope that they’ll feel happy and glad that people they didn’t even know...

The flooded street outside of the Houston apartment building of JNS.org’s Jacob Kamaras on April 18. Photo: Jacob Kamaras.

Another year, another flood for Houston’s Jews. What now?

By Jacob Kamaras April 27, 2016

For the second consecutive year, this is a story that I wish I didn’t need to write. But for the second consecutive year, I’m left with no choice but to help my local Jewish community heal through the best way that I know how to do so—writing.Leading...

Chris Cole, coach of the boys basketball team at the Robert M. Beren Academy in Houston, offering up some strategy for his squad.

Orthodox team advances to Texas state championship game

JTA March 2, 2012

After grabbing national headlines with its push for a pre-Shabbat starting time, the Robert M. Beren Academy of Houston registered a decisive 58-46 win over Dallas Covenant to secure a spot in the 2A private and parochial boys basketball state championship...

Chris Cole, coach of the boys basketball team at the Robert M. Beren Academy in Houston, offering up some strategy for his squad.

Beren Academy prevails in Texas tourney controversy

JTA March 1, 2012

NEW YORK -- A Texas athletic league has reversed course and will reschedule tournament games that will enable a Jewish day school, the Robert M. Beren Academy of Houston, to compete. The Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools, known as TAPPS,...

Jewish school’s appeal to reschedule game denied

JTA March 1, 2012

A Texas school association voted a second time not to reschedule a state tournament semi-final game so that an Orthodox high school can play. Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools executive board voted Wednesday 8-0 with one member absent...

Chris Cole, coach of the boys basketball team at the Robert M. Beren Academy in Houston, offering up some strategy for his squad.

Shabbat conflict sends Beren Academy basketball squad to the sidelines

By Ben Harris, JTA February 28, 2012

NEW YORK -- Chris Cole, the coach of the boys' basketball team at the Robert M. Beren Academy in Houston, says his squad is peaking coming off its 27-point victory in the state tournament quarterfinals. Apparently the Stars, who with a record of 24-5...

Jewish school is denied request to change basketball tourney time

JTA February 27, 2012

NEW YORK -- An Orthodox high school in Texas was rejected in its request to have the state basketball semifinals rescheduled to avoid a conflict with the Jewish Sabbath. In a decision Monday, the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools informed...

Whitney Houston

Pop star Whitney Houston, who visited Black Hebrews in Israel, dies

JTA February 12, 2012

JERUSALEM -- American pop star Whitney Houston, who visited a community of Black Hebrews in Israel in 2003, has died at the age of 48. Houston was discovered dead Saturday afternoon in the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. just hours before...

The Robert M. Beren Academy in Houston is open to kids 18 months
old and all the way through high school.

Orthodox Union has found solution to Orthodoxy’s problems: Houston

By Uriel Heilman, JTA February 2, 2012

NEW YORK -- With day school tuition fees on the rise, New York housing costs among the highest in the nation and the job market still tough, the Orthodox Union has a solution for Orthodox Jews under pressure: Move to Houston. In a first-of-its-kind partnership...

Texas enacts law upholding mezuzah rights

June 22, 2011

Texas Gov. Rick Perry signed a bill requiring homeowner associations to permit religious displays on residents’ doors, including mezuzahs.According to the law, the religious item must be under 25 inches and remain in the doorway.The law, signed June...

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