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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

Cheryl Maayan is head of school at Saul Mirowitz Jewish Community School.

Jewish day schools confront challenges in quest to reopen

By Ellen Futterman & Eric Berger, Editor & Associate Editor July 16, 2020

At Torah Prep School of St. Louis, a majority of the families not only live in University City, they also attend Agudas Israel of St. Louis, an Orthodox synagogue in the suburb. As educators and government and health officials anxiously work through...

H.F. Epstein Hebrew Academy has sold its eight-acre property on Warson Road to the Miriam Foundation. Epstein plans to purchase and move to a new University City location. JEWISH LIGHT File photo 

Epstein sells campus to Miriam

By David Baugher, Special to the Jewish Light September 26, 2019

An era has come to an end for the H.F. Epstein Hebrew Academy as it completes the sale of the building that housed the Jewish day school for most of its 76-year existence. “While it is certainly bittersweet to bid farewell to the building that has...

Howard and Jackie Oppenheimer

Epstein to honor Howard and Jackie Oppenheimer

March 10, 2016

H.F. Epstein Hebrew Academy will hold its 73rd Annual Banquet, “The Future is Bright…Be the Light,” on Thursday, March 17 at the Hilton Frontenac. The event will honor Howard and Jackie Oppenheimer, as well as celebrate the school’s achievements...

Bais Yaakov high school planning student production March 9

March 2, 2016

Esther Miller Bais Yaakov High School students are planning a musical production for women from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. on March 9 at the Clayton High School Theater. The school’s students stage a production every other year — students spend summers...

(From left) Zahava Kiernan, Riva Stern and Daniel Shanker sit in the Saul Mirowitz Jewish Community School gymnasium before Simchat Gan, a ceremony marking the first day of school for kindergarten students. Photos: Yana Hotter

SMJCS starts first semester as fully merged school

Repps Hudson, Special to the Jewish Light August 22, 2012

Merging two organizations of any kind may be fraught with troublesome issues that can haunt all concerned for years. So blending a Reform and a Conservative day school into a new Jewish school — with different approaches to Biblical studies and food,...

Yelli (center) strikes a pose next to her parents, Chani and Rabbi Ze’ev Smason. Yelli is 11 years old and has Down syndrome. 

Child with Down syndrome has strong family support

By David Baugher, Special to the Jewish Light June 13, 2012

Like many 11 year olds, Yelli Smason is happy, very sociable and loves animals. She is deeply spiritual as well — a fact her father, as a rabbi, is proud to relate.“On Thursday evening, when we’d talk about the upcoming Sabbath we’d say Shabbos...

Letters to the Editor, week of June 6, 2012

June 6, 2012

Make St. Louis a leader in financing Jewish day school education Aryeh Klapper (May 23 commentary, “Sustaining day school education, financially and morally”) is correct in criticizing the current financing mechanism for Jewish day schools. However,...

Sustaining day school education, financially and morally

By Aryeh Klapper, Jewish Ideas Daily May 23, 2012

There is a lot of hand-wringing these days about whether the rising costs of Jewish day schools are sustainable. The discussion has been about money, but this misses the point: The largest costs of day school tuition are not financial but moral, and the...

Sustaining a day school education, financially and morally

By Aryeh Klapper, JTA May 17, 2012

BOSTON -- There is a lot of hand-wringing these days about whether the rising costs of Jewish day schools are sustainable.The discussion has been about money, but this misses the point: The largest costs of day school tuition are not financial but moral,...

Bobby Ingram (center) is flanked by co-workers who volunteered over the weekend painting the Youth in Need headquarters in St. Charles.

Schmooze’s Ellen returns from Israel

Ellen Futterman, Editor May 16, 2012

United we run In a groundbreaking collaboration, pre-teen girls in the local Orthodox, Conservative and Reform Jewish communities joined together this spring to participate in Girls on the Run, the nonprofit after-school program that seeks to inspire...

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, JTA 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,...

Reconsideration of state aid to Jewish schools is welcome

By Nathan Diament, JTA April 19, 2012

WASHINGTON -- For decades, the American Jewish community has debated the advisability, constitutionality and necessity of government aid to Jewish (and other faiths’) parochial schools. But with the United States still experiencing tough economic challenges,...

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