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

A nonprofit, independent news source to inform, inspire, educate and connect the St. Louis Jewish community.

St. Louis Jewish Light

James Lago, a street merchant in Juba, South Sudan, with the Israeli flag.

South Sudan, world’s youngest nation, develops unlikely friendship with Israel

By Armin Rosen, JTA May 17, 2012

JUBA, South Sudan – This city in the world’s newest country is not your typical Arabic-speaking capital. For one thing, most of the city’s inhabitants are Christian. For another, the Israeli flag is ubiquitous here. Miniature Israeli flags hang...

Dr. Gilat Raish (far left), an Israeli post-trauma expert, guides Japanese teachers through a recovery course in Wateri, Japan, sponsored by IsraAID.

In Japan, pride in the Jewish response to tsunami

By Antonio Di Gesu, JTA March 7, 2012

TOKYO—Sitting in Tokyo shortly before the first anniversary of the tsunami, I recalled my surprise the first time a Japanese person thanked me, as a Jew, for Israel’s immediate response to the disaster. It was certainly not the time to instruct that...

IsraAID opens training program in South Sudan

JTA March 7, 2012

JERUSALEM -- The Israeli nongovernmental organization IsraAID opened a training program to deal with gender-based violence for social workers in the fledgling country of South Sudan. Helen Murshalli, the South Sudanese minister of social development,...

Residents of a temporary housing site for tsunami survivors in the city of Ishinomaki participating in a movement therapy session run by post-trauma experts from the Israeli NGO IsraAID.

In Japan, Israelis bring trauma expertise to tsunami victims

By Boaz Arad, JTA February 22, 2012

SENDAI, Japan—Tears run down the face of Kohata Yuriko as she recalls the events of March 11 last year, when a massive 9.0 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of eastern Japan in the early afternoon. Shopping for groceries in the small fishing...

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