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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

Local attorney to be honored by Jewish Council for Public Affairs

Published January 30, 2020

The Jewish Council for Public Affairs presents its prestigious Tikkun Olam Awards annually to individuals who have displayed extraordinary efforts to make the world a better place and a passion for civic engagement and justice. The 2020 honorees include...

Jewish religious movements present plans to end gun violence

JTA REPORTPublished January 16, 2013

WASHINGTON — Jewish leaders representing the Reform, Conservative, Orthodox and Reconstructionist movements are all answering the nation’s call for ideas to end gun violence. Together, they have held news conferences, written to Vice President Joe...

Obama’s same-sex marriage nod echoes historic Catholic-Jewish debate

By Ben Sales, JTAPublished May 24, 2012

NEW YORK -- When President Obama publicly endorsed same-sex marriage two weeks ago, most secular Jewish leaders applauded while some religious ones disagreed -- the latter group joining their Catholic counterparts. In doing so, these representatives...

Letters to the editor: week of May 2, 2012

Published May 2, 2012

Lessons of ‘Hunger Games’ [Regarding the April 18 commentary, “An Israeli perspective on the ‘Hunger Games’”] I have also read the “Hunger Games” trilogy because I wanted to know what my grandchildren’s generation found so intriguing....

Title VI should be used only on true hatemongers, not political opponents

By David A.M. Wilensky, JTAPublished April 25, 2012

NEW YORK—In the eyes of the Zionist Organization of America, the most depraved enemies of the Jewish people are obnoxious college campus loudmouths. As the editor of New Voices, a national magazine by and for Jewish college students, I have a different...

The Ben Gamla Boynton charter school in Florida is located in the second floor of a Conservative synagogue.

Jewish groups rethinking vouchers, tax credits to religious schools

By Shira Schoenberg, JTAPublished April 20, 2012

BOSTON—When the U.S. Supreme Court effectively legalized school vouchers in 2002, the Jewish Council for Public Affairs called it “a devastating blow to one of the foundations of our democracy”: the separation of church and state. Four years earlier,...

Morton A. Klein

Jewish groups should embrace new legal protection for Jewish students

By Morton A. Klein and Susan B. Tuchman, JTAPublished April 16, 2012

Imagine if the NAACP responded with skepticism to the passage of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act and urged African Americans to exercise their civil rights cautiously under this law. Title VI was landmark legislation when it was passed in 1964 to remedy...

Keep the SNAP aid program strong

By Steve Gutow and Abby LeibmanPublished April 5, 2012

A well-known D.C. maxim advises that any economic stimulus must be timely, targeted and temporary. So as legislators begin drafting the 2012 Farm Bill, why are some proposing to cut a program that responds in direct relation to need, supports recipients...

Saint Louis University and the Jewish Community Relations Council held a social action seder on Monday focused on hunger awareness.

Local seders explore social justice themes, identity

By David Baugher, Special to the Jewish LightPublished April 4, 2012

For those exploring seder options this Passover, St. Louis presents no shortage of opportunities to mark the holiday with a variety of specially themed gatherings to suit any taste. St. Louis University and the Jewish Community Relations Council held...

Jewish groups sign on to ‘Faithful Budget’ plan, protest GOP budget proposal

JTAPublished March 22, 2012

WASHINGTON -- Jewish groups are among dozens of religious denominations and organizations endorsing a "Faithful Budget" in opposition to the Republican budget proposal, which would cut Medicaid spending and disproportionately shift Medicare costs to fixed-income...

Rabbi Howard Kaplansky serves United Hebrew Congregation and is a member of the St. Louis Rabbinical Association.

JCRC and SLU plan interfaith hunger seder

Published March 21, 2012

In conjunction with a national mobilization focused on poverty issues, the Jewish Community Relations Council and St. Louis University are organizing an interfaith Hunger Awareness Seder to take place at 5 p.m. Monday, April 2 on the SLU campus.  The...

Faith leaders describe Indonesia outreach

JTAPublished March 2, 2012

  WASHINGTON -- A group of U.S. Jewish, Christian and Muslim faith leaders briefed lawmakers on their tour of Indonesia, Jordan and Israel. The six day trip, on the role of religion in advancing Middle East peace, was led by Rabbi Sid Schwarz and included...

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