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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

New approach in connecting families to Israel

By David Baugher, Special to the Jewish LightPublished May 23, 2012

“Family Feud” it is not but area Jewish families are certainly getting themselves into the game this summer — and building a connection to Israel at the same time. “It’s a new approach to Jewish programming that we’re really excited to try,”...

Ana and Steven Weisman and Stephanie Trump march to Jerusalems Jaffa Gate during the first “mega event” of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation’s mission of 700 people to Israel, April 23, 2012.

Biggest federation trip to Israel in years brings more than 700 from Miami

By Uriel Heilman, JTAPublished April 26, 2012

From afar it appeared to be a luminescent snake, twinkling in the dusk that was just beginning to cloak the desert mountains framing the Dead Sea. Upon closer inspection it turned out to be hundreds of Jews from South Florida bearing glow sticks making...

Israeli lawmakers inaugurate Diaspora caucus

JTAPublished March 21, 2012

JERUSALEM -- Israeli lawmakers from across the political spectrum launched a caucus to strengthen relations with Diaspora Jewry. At least 40 Knesset members have joined the ad hoc committee co-founded by coalition chairman Zeev Elkin of the Likud Party...


Natan Sharansky on funding, identity building, and democracy

By Jacob Kamaras/JointMedia News ServicePublished March 16, 2012

After spending nine years in the Soviet Gulag, Natan Sharansky learned not to get too caught up in current events. “You have to look at [the world] from the perspective of the history of tens or sometimes even hundreds of years, and that’s what gives...

New young adult volunteer project planned

Published February 29, 2012

A new volunteer project has been created for Jewish young adults in St. Louis. The Karen Solomon Young Adult Service Initiative, a project of Jewish Federation, is providing a $25,000 grant to recruit, market and organize an ongoing service project to...

New aid going to Greek Jewish community

JTAPublished February 28, 2012

JERUSALEM -- The Jewish Agency will provide emergency aid to the Jewish community of Greece facing a serious financial crisis. The Board of Governors of the Jewish Agency for Israel on Monday voted to grant about $1 million over two years to help Greece's...

Israel to increase number of Ethiopian immigrants

JTAPublished February 28, 2012

JERUSALEM -- Israel will increase the number of immigrants from Ethiopia for the next several months after bringing in many fewer than it had promised. Some 1,000 Falash Mura, Ethiopians whose ancestors converted from Judaism to Christianity, will be...

Phillip Grossman, 95, and wife Dorothy, 93, of Baltimore, Md.,
on a Nefesh BNefesh flight to Israel on their way to becoming one
of the oldest couples to ever immigrate to Israel, Feb. 14,

Couple married 71 years makes aliyah

JTAPublished February 14, 2012

JERUSALEM -- A Baltimore couple married 71 years is believed to be the oldest couple to make aliyah. Phillip and Dorothy Grossman, 95 and 93 respectively, made aliyah Tuesday on a Nefesh B'Nefesh group flight in cooperation with the Ministry of Immigrant...

Holocaust-era property database reaches 2 million records

JTAPublished February 1, 2012

A searchable database of Holocaust-era property records has reached more than two million records. Project HEART-Holocaust Era Asset Restitution Taskforce, an initiative of the Jewish Agency for Israel in cooperation with the government of Israel, says...

 Barbara Ribakove Gordon

Ethiopian Jewry rescue is topic at JCRC

BY ROBERT A. COHN, Editor-in-Chief EmeritusPublished March 23, 2011

Local, national and international efforts to rescue the remaining 7,000 or more Ethiopian Jews and bring them to Israel was a featured topic at last week's Jewish Community Relations Council meeting, which was attended by about 60 people at Shaare Zedek...

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