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



Wisam HashlamounPublished August 19, 2019

Israeli border police officers arrest a Palestinian youth during clashes with Palestinian protesters in the West Bank city of Hebron, Aug. 11, 2019. Reps Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar were scheduled to visit Hebron and other parts of the West Bank. (Wisam...



Abed Rahim KhatibPublished October 30, 2017

Palestinian men look at what used to be a tunnel leading from the Gaza Strip into Israel, in the area of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, on Aug. 5, 2014, after a 72-hour truce agreed by Israel and Hamas went into effect. (Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash90)

An Israeli strike that killed Hamass top commander, Ahmed Al-Jaabari

An Israeli strike that killed Hamas’s top commander, Ahmed Al-Jaabari

Abed Rahim KhatibPublished November 16, 2012

Smoke rises following an Israeli air strike in the Nusseirat in the central Gaza Strip on November 14, 2012. An Israeli strike that killed Hamas's top commander, Ahmed Al-Jaabari, in Gaza is only "the beginning" of an operation to target militant groups...

Ellen Futterman, Editor of the St. Louis Jewish Light

Schmooze from Marcy Oster

By Ellen Futterman, EditorPublished July 25, 2012

JTA’s Marcy Oster, who is stationed in Jerusalem, occasionally sends in some tidbits from Israel that aren’t exactly news but are interesting nonetheless. We at N&S, never one to look a gift horse in the mouth (what exactly does that mean, who...

Graphic from the official Palestinian Olympic Facebook page, featuring the five Palestinian Olympians for the 2012 Summer games in London.

Palestinian Olympic participation brings conflict to the fore

By Ben Sales, JTAPublished July 19, 2012

RAMALLAH, West Bank -- A portrait of the two most prominent Palestinian leaders -- current Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and former President Yasser Arafat, who died in 2004 -- hangs in the conference room of the Palestinian Olympic Committee...

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.

Netanyahu on deadly bombing in Bulgaria: ‘All signs point to Iran’

By Marcy Oster, JTAPublished July 19, 2012

A Black Sea coast town in Bulgaria became the scene of carnage when a bus carrying Israeli tourists exploded, killing at least five people and injuring at least 33. Nine people reportedly were missing. The explosion Wednesday at Sarafovo International...

Tal Brody

Now’s the Time for Financial Zionism

By Tal BrodyPublished June 13, 2012

Many casual observers of contemporary Israeli affairs face a puzzling dilemma when asked to think about the effects of the so-called BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions) movement. On the one hand, they hear reports of ever-increasing accomplishments in...

Members of the Korean community in Israel gathered in Kfar Menachem, May 10.

Love for the Bible behind South Koreans’ interest in Israel

By Michael Orbach, JTAPublished May 25, 2012

KFAR MENACHEM, Israel – It’s become a mainstay of Saturday nights on the Ben Yehuda Street pedestrian mall in Jerusalem. Between the crowds of Israeli revelers and American teens at the frozen-yogurt shops, a group of Koreans singing hymns vies for...

Michael Steinhardt

Israel at 64: ‘Chutzpah is the Key’

By Michael SteinhardtPublished 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...

Israelis advised to steer clear of Jordan and Egypt, among other travel spots

JTAPublished March 22, 2012

JERUSALEM -- Jordan and Egypt, due to "concrete terrorist threats," are singled out on a travel advisory for Israelis during Passover and other upcoming holidays. Israel's National Security Council Counter-Terrorism Bureau in Israel came out with the...

Israelis advised against travel destinations

JTA REPORTPublished March 22, 2012

JERUSALEM -- The National Security Council Counter-Terrorism Bureau in Israel announced travel advisories for Israelis during Passover and other upcoming holidays. Passover, Israel Independence Day and Lag B' Omer, according to the advisory, "are liable...

Israel’s deputy embassador to speak at J Street confab

JTAPublished March 21, 2012

WASHINGTON -- An Israeli diplomat will speak at J Street's annual conference. "This year, a representative of the embassy will participate in the annual J Street conference,"said  a statement from the organization issued Tuesday. "The deputy chief of...

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