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

Gerald Ramsey as Mufasa in The Lion King. PHOTO BY MATTHEW MURPHY/DISNEY

Upcoming events for Jewish families in St. Louis

May 18, 2022

Upcoming events include a blood drive held in memory of Arianna “Ari” Dougan, PJ Library and St. Louis synagogue events and "The Lion King" at The Fox. ‘In My Granny’s Garden’ presented by Metro Theater Company When/Where: Multiple times...

The Abeles family wrapped in Elis tallit that he wore on his bar mitzvah 30+ years ago. Photo: Spoonful of Sugar Photography

Aaron Abeles honors his dad with special Bar Mitzvah project

Jordan Palmer, Chief Digital Content Officer May 5, 2022

Aaron Abeles has experienced losses no 13-year-old boy should ever know. He also has the maturity, at his age, to understand how to take those tough experiences and turn them into something good and beautiful. "It probably won’t surprise anyone that...

Lea-Rachel Kosnik with her husband, Logan, and their son, Vincent.

The challenge of interracial adoption: “Is he with you?”

LEA-RACHEL KOSNIK May 5, 2022

“You should be a mother,” was what my own mother said to me the week before she died. I held her thin, weakened hand across the hospital bed and nodded. I was in my early 20s, and children seemed a far away possibility in an unlikely land that included...

Cindy Levin. Photo: Bill Motchan

Advocacy leader’s work inspires others to become activists

BILL MOTCHAN, Special to the Jewish Light May 4, 2022

If you’ve ever signed a petition, written a letter to the editor or marched for a cause you believe in, you participated in a form of advocacy. It’s an act of free speech that can help call attention to important issues. Cindy Levin has made advocacy...

Angela McManis is community services director at Jewish Family Services. Photo: Bill Motchan

Abuse prevention effort adapts over 30 years to keep kids safe

BILL MOTCHAN, Special to the Jewish Light April 20, 2022

For 30 years, Jewish Family Services (JFS) has visited St. Louis area schools delivering its Child Abuse Prevention Program (CAPP). The initiative has never been more important. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that in...

Jewish Song of the Week: ‘Save Our World’ by Stacy and Athena

Jewish Song of the Week: ‘Save Our World’ by Stacy and Athena

April 20, 2022

“Save Our World” by Stacy and Athena (JKids Radio) From Rick Recht: This week we celebrate Earth Day! There are SO many great kids songs from Jewish and secular artists about taking care of our planet — a message that grows more important year...

Love in a lunch box: Tips for a new Passover tradition

Love in a lunch box: Tips for a new Passover tradition

SUZANNE EPSTEIN-LANG, Special to the Jewish Light April 6, 2022

Though each of my children has gone through brief phases of packing her own lunch or buying at school, I am, for the most part, our family's lunch packer-in-chief. I estimate that I have packed close to 4,000 so far. It is one of my most dreaded...

black silhouettes of three groups of different teen people standing and talking to each other

Think going ham on teenspeak makes me tucked? Bet!

AMY FENSTER BROWN February 18, 2022

Just days ago, my older kid turned 16. Sixteen! That means in addition to driving us crazy, he’s driving himself and his little brother all over town. Said little brother will be 15 pretty soon.  These two above-average mensches are full of thoughts...

Freshman Sarrah Wilkes, sophomore Rebekah Sheff, and freshman Sydney Kolker enjoy Cafe Chabad on Wednesday night.

College life: Allowing your child to soar

DEBRA KLEVENS February 10, 2022

It was 2 a.m. in March of 2020, and my daughter and I watched the COVID news while scrolling through Hillel’s College Guide to find schools with a Jewish population. One by one, we went through the list to find a school with a Jewish population....

10-year challenge churns up an emotional storm

10-year challenge churns up an emotional storm

SUZANNE EPSTEIN-LANG , SPECIAL TO THE JEWISH LIGHT January 26, 2022

In case you have been living under a rock, there was a popular challenge on social media recently in which participants posted a photo of themselves 10 years ago, along with a current one. Though I see its pitfalls, I must admit I love social media...

Mimi David

When it comes to raising kids, Judaism says punishments are not cool

MIMI DAVID, Special to the Jewish Light January 12, 2022

“Mommy, Yoni made me look like a boy!” It was 7 a.m. and I had been up all night with the kids. Finally about 5:30 a.m., things settled and I fell into a deep and much needed sleep. When my daughter came to share this exciting development with...

This Hanukkah, let’s take a lesson from Thanksgiving

This Hanukkah, let’s take a lesson from Thanksgiving

Susan Kemppainen, Special to the Jewish Light November 24, 2021

Thanksgiving and Hanukkah both arrive around the same time this year, and it has made me consider the difference between being grateful for what we have versus craving the things we want. After all, Thanksgiving is a holiday devoted to the concept of...

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