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

Sacha Baron Cohen poses in humorous fashion for a photo during a screening of the Oscars in Sydney, Australia, April 25, 2021 in Sydney, Australia. (Rick Rycroft/ Pool/Getty Images)

Oscars 2021: Jewish nominees (nearly) strike out

Gabe Friedman April 25, 2021

(JTA) — It was an unusual Academy Awards in several ways. Forced to adapt to social distancing protocols, the ceremony was split into different venues but mostly took place in Los Angeles’ Union Station. For only the second time in history,...

The Color of Money

Looking back at the Jewish Oscar sweep of 1986, and predicting Sunday’s big winners

Dan Buffa, Special to the Jewish Light April 23, 2021

The year 1986 was not only a very good year at the movies, it also was a very good year for Jewish talent in the movies. Both the Best Actor and Best Actress awards went to Jewish people on that fateful Oscar night. Paul Newman took home the coveted...

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The top 3 Jewish Oscar-winning performances of all time

Dan Buffa, Special to the Jewish Light April 22, 2021

The year 1929 may be known to many as the year the Great Depression settled in but for Jewish movie fans, it represents the first breakthrough. Norma Shearer won the Best Actress Oscar for "The Divorcee" that year. Six years later, Paul Muni would become...

Jack Black

Jewish actor Jack Black is trending and for all the right reasons

Jordan Palmer, Director of Digital Communications April 20, 2021

Jack Black has always been that one actor you hoped was Jewish, wished he was Jewish, and then when you learned that he really was, you couldn't believe he was Jewish. This week, the 51-year-old actor and musician began trending on Twitter, and we...

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Happy Birthday, James Franco! Here are five movies to watch to celebrate

Dan Buffa, Special to the Jewish Light April 19, 2021

From his early roots in the cult TV show “Freaks and Geeks,” James Franco had the making of a star. Not only is he a deft actor, but he also has a bachelor’s degree from UCLA and two masters of fine art degrees, from Columbia University and...

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