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

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Upcoming family events in the St. Louis Jewish community

June 9, 2021

The History Clubhouse at the Missouri History Museum in Forest Park When/Where? One-hour play sessions at 10 and 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 and 3 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays each week throughout the summer Virtual/In-Person? In-person. All visitors ages...

Ask the Third Graders | Getting left out and seeing the fun on social media

Ask the Third Graders | Getting left out and seeing the fun on social media

June 8, 2021

Question: A group of my daughter’s best friends had a sleepover and didn’t invite her. My daughter found out about it because the girls posted Tik Toks while they were together. Her feelings are really hurt. How should she deal with that? More...

The scene outside an Ashkelon apartment building hit by a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip on May 11, 2021. Photo by Flash90

Your kids’ questions on Israeli-Palestinian violence, answered

JODI RUDOREN, FORWARD May 26, 2021

This is an adaptation of Looking Forward, a weekly email from the Forward's editor-in-chief sent on Friday afternoons. Sign up here to get the Forward’s free newsletters delivered to your inbox. And click here for a PDF of stories to savor over Shabbat...

The Anne O’C. Albrecht Nature Playscape in Forest Park opens June 2. Photo: forestparkforever.org

Coming in June: a new Forest Park playscape, Shakespeare Fest, STL food tours

ELLEN FUTTERMAN, Editor-in-Chief May 26, 2021

School is over, or almost over. Camp hasn’t begun. And already you and the kids are close to getting on each other’s last nerve. What’s a parent to do? The good news is that there’s a lot more to do these days compared to a year ago, when most...

Collage of May and June family events

Upcoming family events in the St. Louis Jewish community

May 25, 2021

Memorial Day Weekend Photo by Juan Salamanca from Pexels Swim time at the J Friday, May 29 File photo of Bais Abraham Congregation in University City.  FABA (Families at Bais Abe) event Memorial...

The Alper Family

A parent’s guilt – the other pandemic

RACHEL SPEZIA, Special to the Jewish Light May 12, 2021

Virtual learning versus in-person learning. Continuing to fully shelter in place versus expanding the “bubble.” Get the COVID-19 vaccination as early as possible versus wait for more research to be done. These are just a few examples of decisions...

Ask the Third Graders: Leaving Someone Out

Ask the Third Graders: Leaving Someone Out

May 12, 2021

What do you do when you are playing with someone and another person wants to play with you but you don’t want to play with them? What do you say? Alexa and Madeline respond: We have all been in this situation before where we feel left out by a group...

'The Messier Side of Parenting' with Taryn Goldstein: Clothes make the man

‘The Messier Side of Parenting’ with Taryn Goldstein: Clothes make the man

May 11, 2021

“The Messier Side of Parenting” introduces readers to Taryn Goldstein, 43, a St. Louis Jewish mother of four sons, ranging in age from 9 to 15. In her video blog, Goldstein will offer her no-holds-barred take on parenting, with topics ranging from...

Lessons from a pandemic: Make time for self-care

Lessons from a pandemic: Make time for self-care

RACHEL BRAY-SPEZIA, Special to the Jewish Light April 28, 2021

As a busy parent, my to-do list is a mile long, from A to Z – Z  being Zoom meetings, of course.  Many of the tasks on my list are things I do for others: picking up a few groceries for my grandmother; taking my son to see his pediatrician; shopping...

'The Messier Side of Parenting' with Taryn Goldstein: Naptime

‘The Messier Side of Parenting’ with Taryn Goldstein: Naptime

April 28, 2021

“The Messier Side of Parenting” introduces readers to Taryn Goldstein, 43, a St. Louis Jewish mother of four sons, ranging in age from 9 to 15. In her video blog, Goldstein will offer her no-holds-barred take on parenting, with topics ranging from...

Here are three children’s books to help them deal with anxiety, stress

Here are three children’s books to help them deal with anxiety, stress

JENNIFER BAER April 27, 2021

One of the most influential Torah scholars of the Middle Ages, Maimonides (also referred to by the acronym Rambam), instructs us that "the soul is subject to health and disease, just as is the body."  A friend once told me that we are only as happy as...

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...

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