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

'Love it was Not'

Jewish Film Festival: Documentary tells strange tale of survival in Auschwitz

CATE MARQUIS, Special to the Jewish Light June 4, 2021

“Love It Was Not” is a Shoah survivor’s story about a young woman who was at Auschwitz, but it is also a strange tale about obsession, love and survival. The documentary opens with an old photo. We see a picture of a healthy, pretty, young woman...

Staff of the Jewish Community Center’s Camp Sabra at the Lake of the Ozarks.

Camp Sabra seeking summer staffers

June 2, 2021

Camp Sabra is currently looking for summer staff who want to forge friendships, create lasting memories and build skills for the future. Camp Sabra is hiring counselors, specialists, unit heads, lifeguards, ropes staff and ski staff.  Each summer,...

This year's Jewish Film Fest has a new leader at the helm

This year’s Jewish Film Fest has a new leader at the helm

CATE MARQUIS, SPECIAL TO THE JEWISH LIGHT May 31, 2021

This is the Jewish Film Festival’s 26th year, but its first without Zelda Sparks, who retired as director of cultural arts at the Jewish Community Center. Sparks helped start the festival and steered it for 25 years, and this year’s festival is...

Summer camp

Still hunting for a summer day camp for your kids? Here are some options to consider.

By Elyse Picker, Special to the Jewish Light April 14, 2021

Spring is here and summer is fast approaching; with that, a longing and readiness to return to some degree of “regular” life. For many parents, that means making plans for summer camp and fortunately, St. Louis offers a multitude of options for just...

St. Louis artist Tsila Schwartz takes part in the first the Sababa Jewish Arts & Culture Festival in 2018. The festival, planned by Jewish Federation of St. Louis and the Jewish Community Center, is seeking artists for the 2021 festival, which is set for Oct. 10. Photo: Bill Motchan

Artists sought for Sababa Jewish Arts & Culture Festival

By Ellen Futterman April 8, 2021

I’m guessing like me, you can’t wait until the return of in-person events in the STL Jewish community. Last week I got word that the 2021 Sababa Jewish Arts & Culture Festival is scheduled to take place outside on Oct. 10. Details of the location...

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St. Louis Jewish Book Festival plans Spring Virtual Popup

April 2, 2021

The St. Louis Jewish Book Festival will hold a Spring Virtual Popup, featuring four nights of author presentations, from April 18-21. Headlining the event is longtime St. Louis Public Radio host and TV news anchor Don Marsh, who will discuss his latest...

Kristen Conard

Adult Day at the J assistant director gets national honor

March 23, 2021

Kristen Conard, assistant director of the Jewish Community Center’s Adult Day at the J program, has received the Spotlight Award from the National Association of Qualified Intellectual Disability Professionals for her exemplary work in the field of...

Cathleen Kronemer, a longtime fitness instructor and trainer at the Jewish Community Center, works with a member shortly after the J reopened in June. 

Fitness instructor from the J discusses sourcing carb energy during Passover

Cathleen Kronemer March 22, 2021

For Jews who will soon observe the age-old Pesach dietary rules, eliminating leavened bread for eight days often translates to “no carbs.” This creates a challenging dilemma for the avid exerciser, as the human body utilizes carbohydrates as a primary...

Danielle Stewart

The Lighter Side: Q&A with Danielle Stewart

By Ellen Futterman February 15, 2021

Danielle Stewart, Digital Marketing Manager at the Jewish Community CenterHow long have you worked in the STL Jewish community?Six years – I began at the J on January 5, 2015.Can you explain your job in a few sentences?I’m responsible for any digital...

On Dec. 15, Jodi Sperling and St. Louis native Mitch Morgan became owners of Camp Kingswood in Bridgeton, Maine. Morgan attended the J's Camp Sabra throughout his childhood and teenage years and then worked as a counselor and eventually, assistant director.

Love of Jewish summer camp led St. Louis native to become camp co-owner

BY ERIC BERGER, ASSOCIATE EDITOR February 2, 2021

When Mitch Morgan was growing up in the Brentwood School District, he was one of two Jews.The other was his younger brother, Sean. “Kids would ask us if we were ‘Hanukkah,’” Morgan recalls and laughs.He met his first Jewish friend at the Jewish...

Mobile mammography unit returns to the J on Feb. 12

Mobile mammography unit returns to the J on Feb. 12

February 1, 2021

The St. Luke’s Mobile Mammography Unit will be at the Jewish Community Center near Creve Coeur on Friday, Feb. 12 from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. This service provides 3-D screening mammograms for women age 40 and older.   St. Luke’s is adhering to all...

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