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

Unsung Heroes

Unsung Heroes returning in the fall; nominations due Aug. 16

By Ellen Futterman, EditorPublished July 2, 2020

No question that at six months into the year it’s been a trying one, and everyone could use a boost. Frankly, we don’t think there has ever been a time when we have needed the reassurance and reminder that there are true heroes within our midst more...

Gerry Greiman is a local attorney and Board Chair of Jewish Federation St. Louis.  

Why is Federation betting on the future of the Light?

By Gerry Greiman & Andrew RehfeldPublished August 2, 2018

Our mission at the Jewish Federation of St. Louis is clear: mobilize the Jewish community and its resources to preserve and enhance Jewish life in St. Louis, in Israel and around the world. Executing that mission can be more complicated.We support nearly...

Members of Temple Israel of Alton, Ill., stand in front of the congregation’s ark. 

As membership numbers decline, small shuls ponder their legacy

Eric Berger, Staff WriterPublished October 18, 2017

In 1995, Gail Lipe called a member of Temple Israel in Alton and told her she was interested in joining. Lipe said she wanted her two daughters to attend Sunday school. “The first thing she said was, ‘What class do you want to teach?’” recalls...

Rabbi Yosef Landa is the Regional Director of Chabad of Greater St. Louis.

Forget About Jewish Unity? Not so fast.

By Rabbi Yosef LandaPublished October 11, 2017

Should we just throw in the towel and abandon our aspirations for achieving Jewish unity? It seems like such an unrealistic, unattainable, pie-in-the-sky goal. Wishful thinking. We Jews are just not in the habit of agreeing with each other about much...

TOP ROW, FROM LEFT:  Shira Kraft, Yosef (Joey) Granillo, Leonard Frankel, Debbi Braunstein, Gail Wechsler, Susan Fadem and Sandy Weintraub.SECOND ROW: Julie Stern, Carly Cooper and Steve Malter, Ohad Kadan, Robyn S. Klein, Linda Nissenbaum and Jean Millner.THIRD ROW: Bill Bruns, Feliks Levin, Sheldon Harber, James Kolker, Sylvia Nissenboim, Michelle Schwerin and Ann Spector.BOTTOM ROW: Carolyn Furfine, Erica Steen and Jessica Wax.

Jews in the News: August 2, 2017

Published August 2, 2017

Shira Kraft will become the director of Nishmah: The St. Louis Jewish Women’s Project beginning mid-September. A member of Kol Rinah, she was the J’s Jewish Arts & Soul Project coordinator.  Seven year old, Yosef (Joey) Granillo, a 4th grader...

Next year, Jessica Goldberg plans to attend Vanderbilt University.Photo by Barbi Macon.

Ohr Chadash Editor-in-Chief heads off to college


Serving as Co-Editor-in-Chief of Ohr Chadash this year and as a staff writer for the three years prior has been an honor and a privilege. My experiences writing stories about the exceptional teenagers in our Jewish community who are effectuating positive...

Jewish Federation plans Israel mission for interfaith couples

Published May 4, 2017

Jewish Federation of St. Louis has planned a mission trip to Israel for Jewish community members and their spouses or partners who identify as an interfaith couple. The trip is designed to engage couples with Israel and understand the importance of the...

Jewish Light seeks community photos

Published May 4, 2017

The Jewish Light’s recent redesign includes the new Spotlight photos page (on page 23), supported by the Staenberg Family Foundation. Spotlight  will include a full page of color photos from Jewish community events. If your Jewish organzation, school...

More than 200 people gathered March 8 at Graham Chapel at Washington University to hear Andrew Rehfeld, president and CEO of Jewish Federation of St. Louis, and Tarek El Messidi, founding director of Celebrate Mercy, a Muslim advocacy organization, discuss the response to the cemetery vandalism and how the Jewish and Muslim communities can continue to work together. The two organizations raised several hundred thousand dollars to help Chesed Shel Emeth Jewish cemetery make repairs to the 154 damaged headstones and upgrade its security. Photo: Eric Berger

Panel of activists helps bridge gulf between Muslims, Jews

BY ERIC BERGER, STAFF WRITERPublished March 15, 2017

Andrew Rehfeld, president and CEO of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis, did not initially publicly thank the Muslim organization that raised funds to help repair a local Jewish cemetery because he and others had not yet been able to verify that the campaign...

Members of Ashreinu, an egalitarian spiritual community that has been meeting for more than a year,  sing nigunim (wordless melodies) at the Jewish Mystic Jam in January at the Jewish Community Center in Creve Coeur. Photo: Eric Berger

Young Jews bring davening, song wherever they go

By Margaret Gillerman, Special to the Jewish LightPublished March 15, 2017

“Happy are we! How goodly is our portion, and how pleasant is our lot, and how beautiful our heritage!” — Translation of the Shabbat Ashrei song As the dusk settles into darkness and the temperature drops on a recent winter night, about 25 people...

Brodsky Library presents the annual Lazaroff lecture: L’Oud and the Abstract Truth

Published March 15, 2017

The Saul Brodsky Jewish Community Library will present the the Annual Morris and Ann Lazaroff Lecture: L’Oud and the Abstract Truth featuring Rabbi James Stone Goodman and Rabbi Zach Fredman, the Epichorus.  The afternoon of unique music and storytelling,...

Andrew Rehfeld is President and CEO of Jewish Federation of St. Louis.

Build on unifying response to cemetery ordeal

By Andrew RehfeldPublished March 1, 2017

Last week an estimated 2,500 individuals gathered to show the world that St. Louis would not tolerate senseless acts of violence, particularly those aimed at minorities.  The desecration of Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery was a signal event for our community...

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