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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

David Ben-Gurion (First Prime Minister of Israel) publicly pronouncing the Declaration of the State of Israel, May 14 1948 in Tel Aviv, beneath a large portrait of Theodor Herzl, founder of modern political Zionism, in the old Tel Aviv Museum of Art. Photo: Rudi Weissenstein/Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Israel at 70: Looking back and looking forward

By Andrew Rehfeld May 10, 2018

The 70th Anniversary of the founding of the State of Israel is an ideal time to reflect on the remarkable nature of Israel’s birth and what it means for the Jewish People in the years ahead.   The following essay reflects on the conditions that made...

“The mutual influence has been enormous,” said Blu Greenberg, the founder of the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance. (Debra Nussbaum Cohen)

Israel at 70: What women in Israel and the West learned from each other

Debra Nussbaum Cohen April 12, 2018

NEW YORK (JTA) — American Jewish women have idealized Israeli women as feminist role models since the days of prestate Israel, when women were photographed plowing fields alongside men. Post-independence posters featured images of female soldiers fighting...

A picture taken on December 6, 2017 shows a giant US flag screened alongside Israels national flag by the Jerusalem municipality on the walls of the old city. US President Donald Trump recognized the disputed city of Jerusalem as Israels capital on December 6, 2017, and kicked off the process of relocating the US embassy there from Tel Aviv. The old city lies in the eastern part of Jerusalem which was under Jordanian control from Israels creation in 1948 until Israeli forces captured it during the 1967 Six-Day War, and Israel later annexed it in a move not recognised by the international community. / AFP PHOTO / Ahmad GHARABLI (Photo credit should read AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP/Getty Images)

Israel at 70: Israeli and Diaspora Jews are siblings living in very different homes

Avital Hochstein April 10, 2018

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Rabbi Donniel Hartman, who lives in Jerusalem yet works regularly in North America, likens Diaspora Jews to grown children who have left their parents’ nest and created their own space and home outside the homeland of the Jewish...

Ofra Daniel as the lead character Tirza in her play “Love Sick.” (Cheshiredave Creative)

Israel at 70: How Israelis like me relate to a country that’s an ocean away

Ofra Daniel April 9, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO (J. The Jewish News of Northern California via JTA) — My Dear Land, It is almost your birthday.At 70, you are not a young country anymore. Some will consider me a stepdaughter because I left you, deciding to move an ocean away. I left...

Mordechai Schachter, third from left in top row, with fellow soldiers who fought in Israel’s War of Independence. (Courtesy of Schachter)

Israel at 70: A Holocaust survivor recalls fighting in Israel’s War of Independence

Josefin Dolsten April 4, 2018

TEANECK, N.J. (JTA) — Mordechai Schachter didn’t know he would soon be a soldier when he traveled from his native Romania to prestate Israel in 1948. He was a 17-year-old with a passion for Zionism, leaving behind a country that was becoming increasingly...

David Ben-Gurion, who was to become Israel’s first prime minister, reads the new nation’s Declaration of Independence in Tel Aviv, May 14, 1948. (Zoltan Kluger/Israeli Government Press Office via Getty Images)

Israel at 70: How 1948 changed American Jews

Ben Sales April 2, 2018

(JTA) — One year after Israel’s establishment, in the dead of night, three students ascended a tower at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York and raised the Israeli flag.The next morning, the Conservative rabbinical school’s administration...

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