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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

The St. Louis chapter of the Israeli American Council (IAC) held, in conjunction with other local Jewish groups, a drive-in celebration of Yom Ha’atzmaut, Israel’s Independence Day. The event took place Thursday, April 15 in the back parking lot of the Jewish Community Center’s Staenberg Family Complex near Creve Coeur.

Celebrating Israel’s freedom

Cathleen Kronemer, Special For The Jewish Light May 3, 2022

This year on May 4, we usher in Yom HaZikaron, or Israeli Memorial Day, marking the observance of silence and respect for the martyrs of Israel’s War of Independence. The following day we celebrate Yom Ha’atzmaut, which commemorates Israel’s Independence...

The 2012 Yom Ha’atzmaut (Israeli Independence Day) celebration at the Jewish Community Center. File photo: Yana Hotter

JCC events to mark Israel’s Memorial Day, Israel’s Independence Day

April 27, 2016

The Jewish Community Center’s Helene Mirowitz Family Center has planned events to celebrate Yom Hazikaron (Israel’s Memorial Day) and Yom Ha’atzmaut (Israel’s Independence Day): • Yom Hazikaron — At 7 p.m Tuesday, May 10, the St. Louis Jewish...

Michael Steinhardt

Israel at 64: ‘Chutzpah is the Key’

By Michael Steinhardt April 25, 2012

As Israel prepares to begin its 65th year of modern-day independence, there can be no disputing that this nation remains confronted with a myriad of challenges and threats to its very existence.  But despite the perceived pall of fear and tension which...

David Harris is the executive director of the American Jewish Committee. He served as national coordinator for Freedom Sunday for Soviet Jewry, Dec. 6, 1987.

A birthday reflection on the Jewish State

By David Harris April 25, 2012

What’s so special about a country’s 64th birthday?  Well, in the case of most nations, perhaps not all that much, unless the country happens to be Israel, which celebrates its birthday this year on April 25 and 26. Israel has the dubious distinction...

Students at the Max Rayne Bilingual School in Jerusalem, a K-12 public school with some 530 students, part of the Hand in Hand nonprofit educational organization.

Israeli school offers model for uniting Jewish, Arab students

By Eetta Prince-Gibson, JTA April 25, 2012

JERUSALEM—The two seventh-grade girls walk together down the hall, their heads touching as they talk excitedly. Dana’s dark auburn hair is pulled back in a ponytail. Waard’s head is covered by a hijab, the traditional Arab headscarf, held with a...

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