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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

Filmmaker Barry Sonnenfeld will be the keynote speaker at the 2020 St. Louis Jewish Book Festival, which will be held online this year. Photo: Sasha Erwitt

Filmmaker will be keynote speaker for 2020 Jewish Book Festival

By Ellen Futterman, Editor July 24, 2020

Filmmaker Barry Sonnenfeld will be the keynote speaker for opening night of the 42nd annual St. Louis Jewish Book Festival on Sunday, Nov. 1. He will speak about his new book, “Barry Sonnenfeld, Call Your Mother: Memoirs of a Neurotic Filmmaker,” which...

At left, Yaakov Shwekey performs in Jerusalem in 2015. The well-known Orthodox Jewish singer will make his St. Louis debut at the St. Louis Kollel’s upcoming Jewish Unity Live event on March 15 at the Touhill Performing Arts Center at UMSL. PHOTO: YAAKOVSHWEKEY.COM 

Jewish Unity Live will feature St. Louis debut of Orthodox singer

By Eric Berger, Associate Editor March 5, 2020

Orthodox Jewish singer Yaakov Shwekey noticed in recent years that his six children didn’t even know the name Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach or his beloved compositions. “The only time machine we have today is music — you cannot go back in time no matter...

Spencer Sickman stars in “My Name Is Asher Lev' at the New Jewish Theatre. Photo: Greg Lazerwitz 

Bringing ‘Asher Lev’ to the stage

By Judith Newmark, Special to the Jewish Light January 24, 2020

“Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda has said he loved “My Name Is Asher Lev.” The novel’s author, Chaim Potok, heard similar reactions from readers in India – in fact, from readers all over the world.Neither the Latinx theater artist nor...

Sheldon Low in the studio in 2016. Photo: Zach Dalin Photography

Couple work to repair the world with music

By Kayla Steinberg, Staff Writer July 25, 2019

In Sheldon Low’s family, music has been something of an heirloom, passed l’dor v’dor. The St. Louis native, 36, is a third generation songleader. His grandmother sang with singer-songwriter Debbie Friedman, and his father sang at Camp Ben Frankel...

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St. Louis author brings to life the stories of revered Rabbi Nachman of Bratslav

BY ROBERT A. COHN, Editor-in-Chief Emeritus October 19, 2018

Once again Howard Schwartz has retained the title of the Jewish Literary Zondek, or “Godfather” of St. Louis, bringing forth his latest book “A Palace of Pearls: The Stories of Rabbi Nachman of Bratslav” (Oxford University Press, $34.95, cloth).Schwartz,...

The Maccabeats will be one of several musical acts performing at the Sababa festival Oct. 14.   

Sababa festival will highlight Jewish arts, culture, food

By David Baugher, Special to the Jewish Light October 4, 2018

Jewish arts, music, food and culture will take center stage during a festival debuting this month. The inaugural Sababa Jewish Arts and Culture Festival will take place Sunday, Oct. 14, at Washington University. Sababa — the word is Modern Hebrew slang...

The Maccabeats will be one of several musical acts performing at the Sababa festival Oct. 14.   

Jewish Arts Festival, Mah Jongg and so much more

By Ellen Futterman, Editor September 27, 2018

As we look to October, a whole lot is happening in the St. Louis Jewish community. Here are a few events and programs you may want to note on your calendars:Sababa Jewish Arts Festival: The inaugural Sababa festival is set for 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday,...

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