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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

Screenshot from the “Choose Your Own Adventure” virtual Birthright video, led by an Israeli guide, Navee.

Virtual Birthright trip lets viewers choose their own adventure

By Ellen Futterman, EditorPublished August 23, 2020

For the first time in its 20-year history, Birthright has had to postpone all of its trips to Israel since March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Wanting to engage past participants and interest potential future participants, the organization developed an...

An image from a past Rubin Israel trip. The deadline to apply for the 2020 trip is April 6.

Application deadline approaches for Rubin Israel trip this fall

Published March 22, 2020

St. Louisans between 35 and 50 years old who have never been to Israel may qualify for an all-expenses-paid trip to Israel. Applications for the 2020 Rubin Israel trip are due by April 6.The 2020 Rubin Israel trip is scheduled to take place Oct....

Michael Costello

UMSL to launch Israel trip for business students

By Eric Berger, Associate EditorPublished January 30, 2020

Airports and planes are often spaces for sharing details about travel plans, which is what Rabbi Hershey Novack and Michael Costello did when they met en route to Toronto from St. Louis in January 2019.Novack, the co-director of Chabad on Campus — Rohr...

Travel grants to Israel offered for teens, young adults

Travel grants to Israel offered for teens, young adults

Published January 19, 2020

A gift from the St. Louis community will provide grants to teens and young adults to help them experience Israel. Administered by Jewish Federation of St. Louis, the Israel travel grants are $1,500 for a year-long program, $1,000 for a semester-long...

A scene from a previous ‘Jerusalem Journey’ Israel trip led by Jewish Student Union.

JSU plans summer trip in Israel for high school students

Published November 15, 2019

Jewish Student Union invites high school students in ninth through 12th grades to spend four weeks in Israel as part of JSU’s The Anne Samson Jerusalem Journey. The Israel trip is for Jewish teens attending public and private non-Jewish high schools. Supported...

Rabbi Noah Arnow of Kol Rinah (at left) and Pastor Carlos Smith of the Journey church recently took part in an eight-day trip to Israel designed to build connections between rabbis and African-American Christian clergy. 

Local clergy become brothers of the cloth in Israel

By Eric Berger, Staff WriterPublished November 23, 2018

Pastor Carlos Smith of the Journey church said he and Rabbi Noah Arnow did not get much sleep during a recent trip to Israel.It wasn’t jet lag or that the beds in the hotel rooms they shared were uncomfortable. Rather, it was because the two St. Louis...

Federation announces teen Israel trip

Published November 8, 2017

Jewish Federation of St. Louis is accepting applications for Israel Bound 2017, a three-week trip to Israel bringing together Jewish high school students from around the community. Participants will have the opportunity to:• Explore ancient Jerusalem...

The Aish HaTorah group of 16 women from St. Louis pose in Israel this summer.

Touring Aish HaTorah women from St. Louis form bond with Israel

By Debra KlevensPublished July 26, 2017

For an eighth year, Aish HaTorah of St. Louis partnered with the Jewish Women’s Renaissance Project (JWRP) to bring womenwith children under 18 years old on an eight-day journey through Israel. After 12 hours of traveling,the 16 women arrived in Tel...

Jewish Federation plans Israel mission for interfaith couples

Published May 4, 2017

Jewish Federation of St. Louis has planned a mission trip to Israel for Jewish community members and their spouses or partners who identify as an interfaith couple. The trip is designed to engage couples with Israel and understand the importance of the...

Chelle and Bobby Medow will be honored at Epstein Hebrew Academy’s 74th annual  banquet on March 14.

Epstein Hebrew Academy banquet to honor Chelle and Bobby Medow

Published March 1, 2017

On Tuesday, March 14, the H.F. Epstein Hebrew Academy (EHA) will hold its 74th annual banquet. The event will honor Chelle and Bobby Medow and celebrate EHA’s achievements during the academic year. The Medows are longtime supporters of EHA and grandparents...

Former St. Louisan Leah Soibel founded Fuente Latina (‘Latin Source’), a nonprofit based in Israel that works to educate Spanish speakers about Israel and the Middle East. 

Bringing Israel to Spanish speakers worldwide

By Carol Wolf Solomon, Special to the Jewish LightPublished February 15, 2017

So what was a nice Jewish girl from St. Louis doing traveling the Arab world dressed in a hijab, armed with a notebook and tape recorder?  If you were Leah Soibel in 2001, it was to learn how public opinion is formed and shaped on Israel, the Middle...

Jewish Federation offers scholarship opportunities for teen travel to Israel

Published December 15, 2016

Jewish Federation of St. Louis, through the Israel Center, has announced several grants and scholarships for teens and young adults traveling to Israel in 2017 on a peer-based educational experience.• Israel Travel Grant - Open to all teens and young...

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