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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

What are Melton courses and why you should take one

What are Melton courses and why you should take one

Jordan Palmer, CHIEF DIGITAL CONTENT OFFICERPublished December 29, 2021

Have you ever thought to yourself, "what does it mean to be Jewish?" For some of us, just seeking the answers to our questions about our own Judaism, often raises more questions. Searching to provide a bit clarity is what the Florence Melton School...

Students at Scheck Hillel Community School in south Florida celebrated Lag bOmer while commemorating the tragedy in Meron, Israel. (Greg Feldman)

Jewish day schools struggle with how to celebrate Lag b’Omer, commemorate tragedy

BEN SALESPublished April 30, 2021

(JTA) — After months of distanced learning, Sharon Levin was excited for her school to celebrate Lag b’Omer together on Friday with a day of outdoor activities. The spring holiday, which is popular among students at Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy...

Rabbi Scott Slarskey is Director of Jewish Life at Saul Mirowitz Jewish Community School and a member of the St. Louis Rabbinical and Cantorial Association.

Teach, learn Torah in radically accessible places

By Rabbi Scott SlarskeyPublished February 13, 2020

D’VAR TORAH — Parashat YitroAs a Jewish educator, it is not uncommon to think about or to discuss with colleagues what it is specifically that make Jewish education Jewish. Is it the “chosen” content or the identity/ideology of the teacher? Are...

Rabbi Yaakov Green, head of school at Epstein Hebrew Academy, speaks to students during the Jewish Student Union Torah of Unity Celebration in December 2017 with students of Epstein and Yeshivat Kadimah High School. Green is leaving Epstein at the end of the 2018-2019 school year to join a Jewish day school in Dallas.

Epstein, Kadimah plan to merge, move to new campus

By Eric Berger, Associate EditorPublished April 11, 2019

H.F. Epstein Hebrew Academy and Yeshivat Kadimah High School announced last week that they would merge to form one school and move from the Olivette building they share to a new space in University City. Leaders of Epstein, an early childhood, elementary...

Students and learning specialists collaborate in Epstein Hebrew Academy’s “Brain Cave,” its department for student support services.

Jewish day schools in St. Louis aim to help students with special needs

BY ERIC BERGER, STAFF WRITERPublished August 30, 2018

On July 30, Chana Novack, the mother of a fourth-grader, posted on the St. Louis Jewish Mamas Facebook page that eight children were not returning to Orthodox Jewish schools this year because of their “behavioral and learning needs.”“I’m sure...

ABOVE: David Feit Mann, a sophomore at Yeshiva Kadmiah High School, closed a presentation for students in an AP English class at Affton High School by explaining how a ram’s horn is used in Judaism.Photo: Eric Berger

JCRC’s Student to Student program to expand to other cities

By Eric Berger, Staff WriterPublished October 4, 2017

The Jewish Community Relations Council of St. Louis plans to expand its Student to Student program to other cities after receiving a $15,000 grant.JCRC, which started the program in 1992, sends Jewish high school students in the St. Louis area to schools...

Young Israel to honor Jewish educators at upcoming gala

Published June 1, 2017

Young Israel of St. Louis will honor three couples for their work in Jewish education. At this year’s gala dinner June 4 at the Third Degree Glass Factory, the shul will honor Rabbi Yaakov and Elisheva Green, Rabbi Naftali and Tali Rothstein, and Rabbi...

Rabbi Amiel Rosenbloom congratulates students at the Block Yeshiva High School commencement ceremony in 2010. File photo: Lisa Mandel

After 38 years, Block Yeshiva closes its doors

By Eric Berger, Staff WriterPublished August 31, 2016

After 38 years of serving St. Louis area Orthodox teenagers and their families, Louis and Sarah Block Yeshiva High School has closed. Rabbi Gabriel Munk, principal of the school, said significant declining enrollment numbers led to the closure before...

Changes part of new vision for CAJE, JFed

By David Baugher, Special to the Jewish LightPublished August 8, 2012

Significant changes are in store this fall for the relationship between the local Central Agency for Jewish Education (CAJE) and the Jewish Federation of St. Louis.Starting Sept. 1, the Federation will move three programs over to the Judaic educational...

Canoers in the Tikvah program at Camp Ramah in Palmer, Mass., which accommodates youngsters with special needs.

Blind camper’s case points up Jewish camps’ struggle to meet special needs

By Debra Rubin, JTAPublished July 24, 2012

WASHINGTON -- Solomon Krishef was thrilled to learn that this summer he could go to his Jewish sleepaway camp for eight weeks -- twice as long as the previous four summers.  It was not to be for the Michigan teenager.  Ultimately the blind almost 16-year-old...

Past Presidents of Central Agency for Jewish Education joined current President Marcia Moskowitz for the CAJE 40th Anniversary event.

CAJE celebrates 40 years of educational enhancement

BY ROBERT A. COHN, Editor-in-Chief EmeritusPublished June 20, 2012

More than 100 people celebrated the 40th anniversary of the Central Agency for Jewish Education (CAJE) at its recent annual meeting last Monday. Guests included current and past officers of the agency, professional staffers, faculty members, community...

Chart from Federation’s Planning & Allocations Report 2012-2013

Federation allocations show shift to more targeted giving

By David Baugher, Special to the Jewish LightPublished June 20, 2012

As the year’s allocation process draws to a close, the Jewish Federation of St. Louis finds itself both tightening its belt and making changes to its funding model that may significantly affect the way money is doled out to the community in the future....

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