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

Neil Jaffe

J Street event: an important message

By Neil JaffePublished November 21, 2019

As a pro-Israel, pro-peace American and an active member of the St. Louis Jewish community, I am proud of the event that was held on Nov. 13with members of the group Breaking the Silence. Co-sponsored by J Street – St. Louis and the New Israel Fund,...

Rabbi Seth Gordon

My takeaway on the J Street event

BY RABBI SETH D. GORDONPublished November 21, 2019

I braced for an ugly fight. I was first told about a program at Congregation B’nai Amoona in which former soldiers from the Israel Defense Forces would expose horrible things about their experiences in Israel’s military. The group is called Breaking...

‘Shadow Strike: Inside Israel’s Secret Mission to Eliminate Syrian Nuclear Power’ by Yaakov Katz; St. Martin’s Press, 306 pages, $28.99. 

Nail-biter ‘Shadow Strike’ details ultrasecret Israeli raid in Syria

BY ROBERT A. COHN, Editor-in-Chief EmeritusPublished July 25, 2019

The publication of “Shadow Strike” by Yaakov Katz, editor-in-chief of the Jerusalem Post, could not be more timely as he pulls back the layers of Israel’s daring and successful military and intelligence operations. For example, on Sept. 6, 2007,...

Trump aide and Israeli army warn of war as Gaza missiles fly

JTAPublished August 9, 2018

JERUSALEM (JTA) — After firing more than 180 rockets into civilian areas, armed terror groups in Gaza said Thursday afternoon that they would refrain from firing on southern Israel if Israel also maintains the calm.Shortly after the announcement, however,...

Robert A. Cohn is editor-in-chief emeritus of the St. Louis Jewish Light. Photo: Kristi Foster 

Rescue of White Helmets a proud moment for Israel

BY ROBERT A. COHNPublished July 26, 2018

The brave members of the Israel Defense Forces who rescued the besieged White Helmets of Syria rank with Israeli soldiers in numerous previous acts of valor by Israel’s armed forces. These include the fledgling IDF of Israel’s War of Independence,...

Jonathan S. Tobin is editor in chief of JNS. Follow him on Twitter at: @jonathans_tobin.

Hamas exploits baby’s death as anti-Israel propaganda

By Jonathan S. Tobin, JNSPublished May 23, 2018

When a Hamas spokesman acknowledged that 50 out of the 62 Palestinians reported killed during the May 14 assault on Israel’s border with Gaza, that fact alone should have fundamentally altered the debate over what happened. Though the international...

IDF soldiers receive toiletries, personal care products and other items through the support of the St. Louis-based non-profit, Shaving Israel.

St. Louis non-profit supports Israeli soldiers

By Galit Lev-Harir, Special to the Jewish LightPublished May 10, 2018

While on a mission to Israel with the Jewish Federation of St. Louis in 2004, Rachel Miller decided to visit her friend, Carol Hellman, z”l (of blessed memory), who was volunteering with the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) through the program “Sar-El.” Miller...

Dan Gordon will discuss his more than 40 years with the IDF, as well as his Hollywood screenwriting career at an Oct. 9 event.

IDF veteran, Hollywood screenwriter to speak at B’nai B’rith St. Louis event

BY ROBERT A. COHN , Editor-in-Chief EmeritusPublished September 28, 2016

Dan Gordon, an Israel Defense Forces veteran of several wars, a Mideast peace negotiator and the author of 15 Hollywood films, will be the featured speaker for a B’nai B’rith St. Louis program Sunday, Oct. 9. Among Gordon’s writing credits are...

Ellen Futterman is Editor of the St. Louis Jewish Light. 

Our view on cartoon controversy

By Ellen Futterman, Editor & Larry Levin, Publisher/CEOPublished April 21, 2016

In last week’s print edition of the Jewish Light, we had more than a half-dozen stories focusing on Israel, including news, editorial, opinion and analysis pieces. Some were local; some were by, or distributed through, JTA.There wasn’t much reaction...

Smoke rising following an Israeli airstrike on a house in Gaza City, Nov. 14, 2012. (Edi Israel/Flash90/JTA)

Rocket attacks intensify, IDF reservists called up after Israel kills Hamas leader in Gaza

By Marcy Oster, JTAPublished November 14, 2012

JERUSALEM (JTA) – The Israeli army began moving infantry units to the south and calling up reservists in preparation for a further escalation of hostilities with Hamas after an Israeli airstrike killed Hamas' military chief in the strip. Ahmed Jabari...

Survivors of the terror attack on the Israeli tour bus in Burgas, Bulgaria, returning to Israel with the help of the Israeli Air Force, July 19, 2012.

Survivor of Bulgaria attack recalls ‘hellish’ scene

By Ben Sales, JTAPublished July 19, 2012

TEL AVIV (JTA) -- Vered Kuza was standing with her daughter, Amit, on an airport shuttle bus at Sarafovo International Airport in Burgas, Bulgaria, when she suddenly heard a blast. “It’s an attack!” Kuza, 54, shouted at Amit, 26. “We need to get...

Benjamin Netanyahu and Shaul Mofaz.

Netanyahu promises ‘historical law’ for equal sharing of national service burden

By Israel Hayom, Exclusive to JNS.orgPublished July 12, 2012

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Vice Prime Minister and Kadima Chairman Shaul Mofaz have agreed to establish a team to hash out the new law for equality of the national burden, the replacement to the Tal Law, a statement from the Prime Minister’s...

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