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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

Event co-chair Julie Williams speaks to participants at the opening breakfast of last year’s Jewish-Muslim Day of Community Service  at Daar-ul-Islam mosque in West County. 

Jewish-Muslim Day of Community Service aims to create connections between faiths

Published December 12, 2019

Nine years after a small group of Jews and Muslims first gathered on Christmas Day to work side-by-side in community service, the annual interfaith effort returns in 2019 with a renewed focus on the popular program’s core mission: building strong community.The...

Students from Saul Mirowitz Jewish Community School and Al-Salam Day School meet four times a year as part of Operation Cooperation Middle School. Photos: Mike Sherwin

Program connects St. Louis students from Jewish and Muslim day schools

By Ellen Futterman, EditorPublished April 4, 2019

Picture four middle schoolers playing a game of catch-and-release. Divided into pairs, each twosome holds onto either end of a net and tosses a beanbag back and forth, trying to land it in the other pair’s net. The objective isn’t for one pair to...

Ellen Futterman

Women’s March, Jewish journalism, interfaith honors

Ellen Futterman, EditorPublished January 17, 2019

Walk this wayI’ve been reading a lot in newspapers and on social media about the controversy dogging the third annual Women’s March, which is scheduled to take place this Saturday at numerous locations around the country, including St. Louis. Organizers...

Rabbi Noah Arnow of Kol Rinah (at left) and Pastor Carlos Smith of the Journey church recently took part in an eight-day trip to Israel designed to build connections between rabbis and African-American Christian clergy. 

Local clergy become brothers of the cloth in Israel

By Eric Berger, Staff WriterPublished November 23, 2018

Pastor Carlos Smith of the Journey church said he and Rabbi Noah Arnow did not get much sleep during a recent trip to Israel.It wasn’t jet lag or that the beds in the hotel rooms they shared were uncomfortable. Rather, it was because the two St. Louis...

Temple Israel plans night out for interfaith couples

Published August 17, 2017

Congregation Temple Israel is hosting a community-wide evening for interfaith couples on Thursday, Sept. 7. The evening will include wine and an assortment of other refreshments, heavy hors d’oeuvres, and an opportunity to create a hand-painted rustic-style...

Darlene and Paul Schroeder hold a placard at the Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery cleanup event Feb. 22. Photo: James Griesedieck

Governor, vice president pitch in during cemetery cleanup

By Eric Berger & Ellen Futterman, Staff writer & editorPublished March 1, 2017

Rashidah Rafat, a home health care nurse who is a Muslim-American, came to Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery last week to help with a cleanup organized by Gov. Eric Greitens. She arrived about an hour before the official start time of 3 p.m. and wandered through...

Muslim American Rashidah Rafat came to help with the cleanup. The only way mankind can move forward is through peace, harmony and love, she said.  Photo: Ellen Futterman

Interfaith donations, support pour in after cemetery vandalism

By Eric Berger, Staff writerPublished March 1, 2017

After Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens announced that he would lead a cleanup last week of the vandalism at Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery, he heard from an unexpected volunteer: Vice President Mike Pence.“The vice president said, ‘I am so inspired by what...

Estimates of up to 2,500 people gathered at Chesed Shel Emeth on Feb. 22 to help in a cleanup effort at the cemetery. Here the group listens to remarks by Gov. Eric Greitens, who put out a call on social media for volunteers to join him in a show of community support after 154 headstones were overturned or broken at the cemetery. Photo: James Griesedieck

Standing Tall

Jewish Light EditorialPublished March 1, 2017

In physics, Isaac Newton told us, for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. That observation certainly applies to the inspirational response to last week’s horrible desecration of the Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery in University City.As...

Temple Israel’s Interfaith Shabbat will honor the late Harry Offenbach, who would have turned 100 this month.  Jewish Light file photo 

Interfaith Shabbat at TI to honor the late Harry Offenbach

BY ROBERT A. COHN, Editor-in-Chief EmeritusPublished June 8, 2016

The life and legacy of the late Harry M. Offenbach, longtime chancellor of the Jewish Chautauqua Society and a past president of the Jewish Community Relations Council, will be recognized at an Interfaith Shabbat service, in addition to the weekly Shabbat...

Rabbi Seymour Rosen-bloom retired recently after 36 years as spiritual leader of Congregation Adath Jeshurun in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania. He is now the president of the Jewish Social Policy Action Network. His commentary was distributed by JTA.

It’s time to allow Conservative rabbis to officiate at interfaith weddings

Uriel HeilmanPublished April 4, 2016

ELKINS PARK, Pa. (JTA) — The Conservative movement’s leadership must drop its ban on Conservative rabbis officiating at interfaith weddings — before it’s too late.The Rabbinical Assembly’s unequivocal rule is that a Conservative rabbi may...

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Batya Abramson-Goldstein retirement party

Published January 14, 2016

After 26 years with the St. Louis Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC), and the last 12 years serving as Executive Director, Batya Abramson-Goldstein retired, Oct. 31. Members of the Jewish and interfaith communities recognized Batya for her years...

Aaron Whittington and Ken Cohen volunteer at Temple Emanuel
during the Jewish-Muslim Day of Service on Dec. 25. The inaugural
event, organized by the Jewish Community Relations Council, the
National Council of Jewish Women and the Islamic Foundation of
Greater St. Louis, drew close to 400 people. For a gallery of more
than 30 images from the event, visit
www.stljewishlight.com/multimedia. Photo: Yana Hotter

Interfaith service event draws 400

By David Baugher, Special to the Jewish LightPublished December 28, 2011

Looking out over a sea of people in garb ranging from hijabs to yarmulkes to baseball caps, enjoying laughter and conversation with one another over bagels and coffee on a holiday few in the room even celebrate, Batya Abramson-Goldstein couldn't help...

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