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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

Noah Oberlander poses with his sister Naomi. Photo courtesy of Naomi Oberlander.

IDF soldiers discuss their commitment to defend the Jewish State

BY ADAM RUSH, SOPHOMORE, LADUE high schoolPublished February 8, 2017

While some teens want to defend America, others want to defend Israel. Some Jewish Americans feel the need to join the Israel Defense Forces to help protect those living in the Jewish State. Most of these individuals are teenagers because the oldest one...

With rocket fire continuing, southern Israeli schools are closed

JTAPublished March 15, 2012

JERUSALEM -- Schools were closed in southern Israel again as rockets fired from the Gaza Strip continued to strike despite a cease-fire. The cities of Beersheba, Ashdod, Ashkelon, Kiryat Malachi and Gan Yavne canceled classes for Thursday after several...

Israeli retaliatory strikes hit Gaza amid cease-fire

JTAPublished March 14, 2012

JERUSALEM  -- Despite a cease-fire that has held for about a day, Israel's military struck two sites in Gaza. Israel's Air Force fired on what it called two "terrorist activity sites" in northern Gaza early Wednesday morning, some 24-hours after the...

As rocket attacks ease, Netanyahu reiterates his Gaza policy

JTAPublished March 13, 2012

JERUSALEM -- Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, reiterating his policy of responding to Gaza violence, said that Israel "will find" whoever breaks the calm. "Our message is clear: Quiet will bring quiet. Whoever violates it or even tries to violate it...

Rockets land in Israel despite reported cease-fire

JTAPublished March 13, 2012

JERUSALEM -- At least seven rockets and mortar shells fired from Gaza exploded in Israel after reports of an Egyptian-brokered cease-fire. Egypt announced that a cease-fire between terrorist groups in Egypt and Israel came into effect at 1 a.m. Tuesday....

Iron Dome, career officers on chopping block after IDF funding shortfall

JTAPublished February 12, 2012

JERUSALEM -- The Israeli military reportedly will make serious cutbacks due to a shortfall in funds. Despite a government decision last month not to make a drastic cut in the defense budget in order to pay for new social benefits, the department is still...

Bibi tables talk on extending law delaying military service

JTAPublished January 18, 2012

JERUSALEM -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has delayed discussion of extending a law for five more years that allows yeshiva students to delay their military service. Netanyahu said in a statement issued from his office Wednesday that he...

Editorial: Jew vs. Jew

Published December 21, 2011

During this season of Hanukkah, it is particularly sad to see extremely disturbing acts of violence in the modern Jewish State of Israel by Jews against fellow Jews. While the holiday celebrates the victory of Maccabeans against their enemies, the historic...

IDF Lt. Col. Tzvika Levy speaks to a group of teens during a
BBYO event at the Jewish Community Center West about Israel’s Lone
Soldier Project. Photo: Yana Hotter

Telling the story of IDF’s ‘Lone Soldiers’

By David Baugher, Special to the Jewish LightPublished November 16, 2011

After joining the Israeli military, Stan Hoffman understood that he had volunteered to serve the Jewish homeland-yet the 19-year-old native St. Louisan had never felt farther from home. "The families would come and visit their kids," recalled the Ladue...

To help with Lebanon War trauma, Israel sends veterans to program in New York City

By Dan Klein, JTAPublished August 10, 2011

NEW YORK - When Israel wanted to help its troops, it sent them to America.Last month, 15 former soldiers selected by the Israel Defense Forces traveled to New York for a weeklong program to treat lingering trauma from their combat during the 2006 Lebanon...

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