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St. Louis Jewish Light

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St. Louis Jewish Light

Native St. Louisan looks back on 20+ years in Jerusalem

Native St. Louisan looks back on 20+ years in Jerusalem

ELLEN FUTTERMAN, EDITOR-IN-CHIEFPublished January 27, 2022

In 1998, native St. Louisan Leah Elbaum Hakimian and her husband, Yusef, left St. Louis for Israel, where they made aliyah and settled in Jerusalem. They had been living in Clayton and raising four daughters. The family was a member of B’rith Sholom...

The welcoming “I ♥️ JLM” sculpture between the new and old parts of Jerusalem is a natural Instagram magnet. Photo by Ava Rose

10 perfect Instagrammable spots around Jerusalem

Danya Belkin, Israel21c.orgPublished November 8, 2021

Jerusalem has many Instagram-worthy spots. If you’re looking to liven up your Instagram feed or just want to explore Jerusalem, searching out these places will be not only an enjoyable task, but you will learn much about Jerusalem’s rich history as...

Bridal portrait.

Bridal portrait.

Hadas ParushPublished August 5, 2020

In a photo from August 2019, an Israeli woman in a wedding dress is photographed a few days before her wedding with a view of the Old City of Jerusalem in the background. (Hadas Parush/Flash90) 

MIDEAST ISRAEL USA

MIDEAST ISRAEL USA

Photo: Yonatan SindelPublished August 22, 2018

Steven Mnuchin, US Secretary of the Treasury, and daughter of President Donald Trump, Ivanka Trump, revealing a dedication plaque at the official opening ceremony of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem, May 14, 2018. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Some 45 former St. Louisans who now live in Israel came together earlier this month at the home of Leah Hakimian in Jerusalem.  Photo: Maayan Jaffe-Hoffman 

Former St. Louisans who have made aliyah reconnect in Jerusalem

By Maayan Jaffe-Hoffman, Special to the Jewish LightPublished July 26, 2018

Some 45 attendees streamed into Jerusalem from across the country for the event July 5, making treks from Rehovot, in the central part of the country; Beit Shemesh, a suburb about 45 minutes outside Jerusalem, and the Samarian communities of Neve Tzuf...

MIDEAST ISRAEL USA

MIDEAST ISRAEL USA

Yonatan SindelPublished May 14, 2018

Steven Mnuchin, U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, and Ivanka Trump, adviser to and daughter of President Donald Trump, revealing a dedication plaque at the official opening ceremony of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem, May 14, 2018. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

A view of the Western Wall and the golden Dome of the Rock Islamic shrine in Jerusalem on Dec. 6.    Photo: Lior Mizrahi Getty Image

Praise and protest after President Trump’s Jerusalem decision

By Eric Berger, Staff WriterPublished December 13, 2017

Rabbi Ze’ev Smason doesn’t usually talk politics at Nusach Hari B’nai Zion — except when it comes to Israel, he said.He decided he should deliver a sermon last Saturday addressing President Donald Trump’s recent decision to recognize Jerusalem...

Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin is the senior rabbi of Temple Solel in Hollywood, Florida, and the author of numerous books on Jewish thought published by Jewish Lights Publishing and the Jewish Publication Society.  His blog is  “Martini Judaism,” available at jeffreysalkin.religionnews.com.  Salkin’s commentary was distributed by JTA.

We can love Jerusalem as Jews without taunting its Muslims

By Rabbi Jeffrey K. SalkinPublished June 8, 2016

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. — Normally, to quote the famous song, “I love a parade.”Except when I don’t.This weekend was the celebration of the 49th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem during the Six-Day War. The anniversary was accompanied by gleeful...

MIDEAST ISRAEL TERROR

MIDEAST ISRAEL TERROR

Yonatan SindelPublished April 18, 2016

Firefighters and rescue personnel at the scene of a possible bus bombing, in jerusalem, on April 18, 2016, leaving at least 21 people injured. Police are investigating if the incident was a terror attack. The explosion occured on bus 12, while passing...

MIDEAST ISRAEL TERROR

MIDEAST ISRAEL TERROR

Yonatan SindelPublished November 12, 2014

Israeli security personnel at the site where an Arab man from the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Shuafat drove his car into a crowd of people waiting by the Shimon ha Tzadik lightrail station in Jerusalem injuring at least 8 people, and killing one bystander....

Western Wall in Jerusalem

Western Wall in Jerusalem

George DuffieldPublished September 11, 2013

An Imax film camera photographs from high overhead at the Western Wall in Jerusalem during the filming of  ‘Jerusalem.’ The Jewish Community Center’s St. Louis Jewish Film Festival worked with the St. Louis Science Center to plan a special screening...

Israel’s Housing Ministry opens bids on building in two settlements

JTA REPORTPublished January 16, 2013

JERUSALEM — Israel's Housing Ministry opened bidding to developers on 200 homes in the West Bank. The ministry issued the tenders for two construction projects including 114 homes in Efrat and 84 in Kiryat Arba, near Hebron. The announcement comes...

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