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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

Rendering of the Basilica after restoration and development works. Image courtesy of Israel Antiquities Authority and Turner Landscape

See the 2,000-year-old basilica to be excavated, restored in Israel

200 marble items found on the site include dozens of column capitals with plant motifs, and some bearing an eagle – the symbol of the Roman Empire.
A view of the head offices of SodaStream, an Israeli maker in the city of Lod, southeast of Tel Aviv. (Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images)

PepsiCo to acquire Israel’s SodaStream for $3.2 billion

JTA August 20, 2018

JERUSALEM (JTA) — PepsiCo will acquire the Israeli home soda maker manufacturer SodaStream for $3.2 billion, the soft drink giant said Monday.PepsiCo plans to maintain the Israeli company’s current base of operations in the Negev. SodaStream will...

From left to right, Ron Dermer, Jason Greenblatt, Jared Kushner, Benjamin Netanyahu, Dina Powell and David Friedman meet in Jerusalem, Aug. 24, 2017 (Amos Ben Gershom/Government Press Office)

Hamas calls Jared Kushner ‘spokesman for the Israeli Occupation’

JTA July 20, 2018

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Hamas accused Jared Kushner of becoming a “spokesman for the Israeli Occupation” after President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and adviser co-wrote a highly critical op-ed condemning the terror organization for prolonging the Israeli-Palestinian...

Israeli shoppers will have to make way for pregnant women thanks to a law passed in the Knesset on July 16, 2018. (Courtesy Rami Levy)

Pregnant Israelis get to skip to the front of the line

JTA July 20, 2018

JERUSALEM (JTA) — An amendment to Israel’s Women’s Equal Rights Act passed this week will allow pregnant women to skip to the head of lines at “supermarkets, shops, pharmacies, the post office and other places that provide public service.”The...

One Palestinian killed as Israel and Gazans trade strikes

JTA July 19, 2018

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel and Gaza Palestinians traded attacks on Thursday, with a 22-year-old Palestinian man reported to be killed in a retaliatory strike by Israel.In the latest salvo, a rocket fired from Gaza at southern Israel in the afternoon set...

A column in Teen Vogue unflatteringly compares policing of minority communities in the United States and Israel. (Lily Hong/Flickr)

For Teen Vogue, bashing Israel has become the fashion

Charles Dunst July 19, 2018

(JTA) – Once a must-read for young fashionistas, Teen Vogue in 2016 expanded its coverage, shifting the magazine more aggressively into “covering politics, feminism, identity and activism” from an apparently liberal lens.Now, among articles on makeup,...

Prime Ministers Viktor Orban, left, of Hungary and Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel meet in Jerusalem, July 19, 2018. (Kobi Gideon/Israeli Government Press Office)

In Israel, Hungary’s Orban gets praise from Netanyahu and protests at Yad Vashem

JTA July 19, 2018

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu thanked his Hungarian counterpart, Viktor Orban, for defending Israel in international forums and for being a “good friend” to his country.Netanyahu made his remarks before the leaders met Thursday...

Members of Israel’s national lacrosse team sway to the country’s national anthem before a game at the World Lacrosse Championships in Netanya, Israel, July 2018. Photo: Hillel Kuttler

What is Israel doing hosting a world lacrosse championship?

Hillel Kuttler July 19, 2018

NETANYA, Israel (JTA) – Scott Neiss got the good news in an email in April 2017.“Congratulations. More details to follow. Pat on the back,” read the message to Neiss, the Israel Lacrosse Association’s executive director.A Federation of International...

Jonathan S. Tobin is editor in chief of JNS — Jewish News Syndicate. Follow him on Twitter at @jonathans_tobin. 

Why Israel wants Trump to get along with Putin

By Jonathan Tobin, JNS July 19, 2018

As far as much of the American public is concerned, the timing for President Donald Trump’s meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin couldn’t be worse. The indictments of 12 Russian military intelligence officers on Friday renewed the calls for...

The Israeli flag (Wikimedia Commons)

Israel passes controversial law that cements it as country for Jews

JTA July 19, 2018

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Knesset passed controversial legislation making Israel the “nation-state of the Jewish people,” angering groups in Israel and the Diaspora.The so-called Nationality Law enshrines in Israel’s quasi-constitutional Basic Law...

JERUSALEM (JTA) — A Conservative rabbi in Israel was awakened by police early Thursday morning and taken in for questioning over performing an illegal marriage ceremony.

Israeli Conservative rabbi questioned over performing illegal marriage ceremony

JTA July 19, 2018

Rabbi Dov Dubi Haiyun, who lives in Haifa, was taken to a local police station by two officers at 5:30 a.m. for questioning after the Haifa Rabbinical Court filed a complaint against him for conducting a marriage ceremony of a couple with a forbidden...

An Israeli flag is inscribed with the text of “Hatikvah,” the national anthem. (Avital Pinnick/Flickr Commons)

Israel’s Nationality Law will humiliate the Jews of the Diaspora

Ariel Picard July 18, 2018

JERUSALEM (JTA) — There are many problems with the Nationality Law nearing passage as the Knesset wraps up its summer session on Sunday, not the least of which is that there is no reason for it. No Israelis challenge the Jewishness of the state, thus...

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