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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

Choosing Life!

JEWISH LIGHT EDITORIALPublished August 15, 2012

In the Hebrew Bible, God tells us, “Behold, I have set before you good and evil, life and death,” and adds, “therefore, choose life!”  Within the past 10 days, our nation and the world have witnessed a cascade of horrific episodes in which evil...

The space at Bnai El previously occupied by Saul Mirowitz Day School - Reform Jewish Academy (pictured above) may be leased to a new Muslim day school. Leaders of the school and Bnai El said nothing is final yet, but negotiations are ongoing.

New Islamic school may move into former RJA space on B’nai El campus

By Ellen Futterman, EditorPublished July 25, 2012

It looks as if a new, faith-based Islamic school will be moving into the property most recently occupied by the Saul Mirowitz Day School-Reform Jewish Academy (RJA) on the campus of B’nai El Congregation in Frontenac.The new school, Al Manara Academy...

A scene from “Israel Inside,” a new film that encourages viewers to see the country through the lens of creativity, not conflict.

Beyond conflict: Film presents ‘larger picture’ of Israel

By Rachel Marder, JointMedia News ServicePublished April 25, 2012

Rabbi Raphael Shore, the producer of “Israel Inside: How A Small Nation Makes a Big Difference,” denies that his film ignores Israel’s conflicts or encourages viewers to do so. The media does a good enough job of detailing the Israeli-Palestinian...

Bill banning application of religious law dies in Florida Senate

By Marcy Oster, JTAPublished March 11, 2012

Legislation that would ban the application of religious or foreign law in marriage, divorce or custody cases stalled in Florida's state Senate. The Senate failed to bring the measure to a vote by March 9, the end of the current legislative session. It...

Police quell Temple Mount riots

JTAPublished February 24, 2012

Police dispersed Muslim rioters on the Temple Mount who apparently had been spurred by reports that Jewish extremists planned to enter the site. Reports said the rioters, among the Friday worshippers at the site's mosques, hurled rocks at the Mughrabi...

Polls: Jordanians and Lebanese strongly negative toward Jews

JTAPublished February 3, 2012

WASHINGTON -- Polls showed overwhelmingly negative feelings for Israel and Jews among Jordanians and Lebanese. The polls commissioned by The Israel Project in November and December and published Thursday showed 94 percent negatives for Israel and 99 percent...

Islamic parties dominate in new Egyptian parliament

JTAPublished January 22, 2012

JERUSALEM—The fundamentalist Islamic political party the Muslim Brotherhood won 47 percent of the seats in the new Egyptian Parliament. An alliance of ultraconservative Islamist parties, the Salafi Al-Nour, also won 25 percent of the vote in the first...

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...

Abbas Ali

The story of one organizer of the Muslim-Jewish day of service

By Abbas AliPublished December 21, 2011

I came to this country as an immigrant, not unlike the ancestors of many in the Jewish community who arrived here around the turn of the 20th Century. One of the greatest families in my extended family, who had been living in the United States for more...

Letters to the Editor, week of Nov. 23, 2011

Published November 23, 2011

Interfaith opportunity should not be missedThere comes a moment in time when the decision to act, to make a committment, to pay back for what others have done for us is upon us. The time has come.In the 1990s in Billings, Mont. a brick was thrown through...

Norwegian mourners lighting memorial candles outside the
Domkirke Cathedral in Oslo for the July 22 attack victims in their
country, July 25, 2011. Photo: Alex Weisler

Anti-Muslim sentiments assessed after attacks in Norway


Dr. Ghazala Hayat recalls well the climate after the terrorist attacks nearly a decade ago. "I would say for sure, all over the country since 9/11, it's gotten worse," said Hayat , who chairs the public relations committee of the Islamic Foundation of...

Abby Abrams

Reflections on JAM: Jews and Muslims


I am involved in JAM (Jews and Muslims), a teen dialogue group sponsored by the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC). We meet twice a month to discuss religious and cultural topics as well as current events. When I first started participating in...

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