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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

U.S. Rep Andy Levin (center), Democrat of Michigan, spoke at a J Street breakfast fundraiser Oct. 25 at the St. Louis Club in Clayton.

Two-state solution bill sponsor: Don’t cancel Cori Bush over apartheid claim

Eric Berger, Associate EditorPublished October 26, 2021

U.S. Rep Andy Levin of Michigan has a “really warm relationship” with fellow Democrat Rep. Cori Bush of St. Louis, Levin said Monday morning at a J Street breakfast fundraiser in Clayton. That close connection includes his son Saul and former legislative...

J Street

Local chapter leader shares highlights of J Street national conference

NEIL JAFFEPublished May 14, 2021

After this year’s J Street National Conference last month, I wanted to provide a summary of the event for those still wondering what J Street is all about. Before I do, I want to note the ongoing violent escalation taking place in Israel and Gaza....

Maharat Rori Picker Neiss is executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council.

JCRC leader to speak at national J Street conference

By Ellen Futterman, Editor-in-ChiefPublished April 9, 2021

Maharat Rori Picker-Neiss, executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council, has been invited to speak on a panel at the virtual J Street National Conference April 18-19. The 2019 J Street Conference had over 4,000 attendees, including...

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...

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,...

Galit Lev-Harir

The problem with Breaking the Silence

By Galit Lev-HarirPublished November 7, 2019

On Nov. 13, Congregation B’nai Amoona will host a program sponsored by J Street and the New Israel Fund with Breaking the Silence, known in Hebrew as “Shovrim Shtika.” There is much controversy as to whether or not mainstream Jewish organizations...

Letter to the Editor: Nov. 2, 2016

Published November 2, 2016

Keep asking questions It is ironic that Brent Efron (Oct. 26 commentary, “J Street U is keeping me in the Jewish community”) found J Street U to be the experience that allowed him to ask questions, because J Street allows only questions about Israel....

Brent Efron, who is originally from the Boston area, is a junior at Washington University and the co-chair of J Street U Wash U. He can be reached at efron.b@wustl.edu.

J Street U is keeping me in the Jewish community

By Brent EfronPublished October 26, 2016

Supporting Israel was always an important part of my Jewish upbringing and education, both from my family and the Reform movement. As a child, my grandmother told me stories about the time she had spent in Israel. I heard about when the kibbutz she lived...

President Bill Clinton speaking at the 2001 Israel Policy Forum dinner, January 2001.

Revived Israel Policy Forum aims to rise above partisan fray as a pragmatic pro-Israel voice

By Ron Kampeas, JTAPublished June 19, 2012

WASHINGTON -- When President Bill Clinton chose in January 2001 to unveil his Clinton Parameters for Arab-Israel peacemaking, he chose an Israel Policy Forum gala to do it. Four years later, then-Israeli Deputy Prime Minister Ehud Olmert sought the same...

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...

Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-NY), right, greets Ilan Grapel, a dual U.S.-Israeli citizen who had been a former Ackerman intern, on Oct. 27, 2011, following the latter’s release from imprisonment in Egypt.

On Capitol Hill, Gary Ackerman served with a sharp wit and a stubborn candor

By Ron Kampeas, JTAPublished March 20, 2012

WASHINGTON -- When Rep. Gary Ackerman decided to retire, he did it in the same manner that he served in Congress for the past three decades: on his own terms. The veteran New York Democrat had insisted for weeks that he would run again, so the announcement...

Biden’s national security adviser to address J Street

JTAPublished March 20, 2012

WASHINGTON -- Tony Blinken, Vice President Joe Biden's national security adviser, will address this year's J Street conference. Blinken will address a session on the U.S. role in resolving the Arab-Israel conflict and join a panel afterward discussing...

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