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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

Jewish Federation Annual Campaign chair: We are the glue that binds us in community

Jewish Federation Annual Campaign chair: We are the glue that binds us in community

VICKI SINGER May 21, 2021

I am glue.   That is what 17-year-old me wrote in a personal essay to get into college many (many) years ago. At that time, I had not developed a career path, built up a résumé or was gifted in music or sports. I felt quite ordinary compared with...

In late August, new St. Louis NORC Director Sarah Levinson speaks at a dance event at the Jewish Community Center for NORC residents. Photo: Zach Dalin, courtesy of Jewish Federation of St. Louis

Lighter Side Q&A with Sarah Levinson of the St. Louis NORC

ELLEN FUTTERMAN, Editor-in-Chief May 10, 2021

Sarah Z. Levinson, St. Louis NORC (Natural Occurring Retirement Community) Manager, a program of Jewish Federation of St. Louis In a couple of sentences, please explain your job. I oversee a neighborhood program that connects older...

Marci Mayer Eisen

The marvelous Ms. Marci Mayer Eisen

Ellen Futterman, Editor-in-Chief April 23, 2021

When I started working in the St. Louis Jewish community more than a dozen years ago, one of the first people to call and welcome me was Marci Mayer Eisen, director of the Millstone Institute and staff person for JProStl, which supports professionals...

St. Louis artist Tsila Schwartz takes part in the first the Sababa Jewish Arts & Culture Festival in 2018. The festival, planned by Jewish Federation of St. Louis and the Jewish Community Center, is seeking artists for the 2021 festival, which is set for Oct. 10. Photo: Bill Motchan

Artists sought for Sababa Jewish Arts & Culture Festival

By Ellen Futterman April 8, 2021

I’m guessing like me, you can’t wait until the return of in-person events in the STL Jewish community. Last week I got word that the 2021 Sababa Jewish Arts & Culture Festival is scheduled to take place outside on Oct. 10. Details of the location...

Kranzberg Family

Kranzberg Family Foundation awards $71,000 to Jewish youth, young adult programs

January 21, 2021

The Kranzberg Family Foundation, a supporting foundation of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis, has awarded $71,000 in grants to 16 Jewish programs for children, teens and young adults in St. Louis.The Foundation received requests totaling more than $187,000...

Applications open soon for academic scholarships, loans

Applications open soon for academic scholarships, loans

January 8, 2021

Jewish Federation of St. Louis distributes a number of academic scholarships and interest-free loans to St. Louis area students. These scholarships are open to residents of the greater St. Louis metropolitan area, with a preference given to Jewish applicants.The...

The logo of Jewish Family Services — formerly Jewish Family & Children's Service.

2020 in review: St. Louis Jewish community adapts to life during a pandemic

By Ellen Futterman, Eric Berger and Mike Sherwin January 7, 2021

As much as many of us might like to, no one will forget the year 2020. Not only did the deadly coronavirus pandemic shut down much of St. Louis and the rest of the world by mid-March, but the year also saw one of the most divisive and contentious presidential...

TOP ROW FROM LEFT: Rabbi Hershey Novack, Debbie Bram, Maxine Weil, Mark Morgan and Erin Wolfman May. BOTTOM ROW: Alyssa Banford, Anita Kraus, Ashley Stockman, Diana Matthis and Bonnie Solomon.  

JProStl’s Annual Recognition event takes place online Jan. 28

December 31, 2020

Nine professionals have been chosen as honorees for the Annual JProStl Recognition Event, which will take place Thursday, Jan. 28, from 1 to 2 p.m. online. The theme of the program is “Seeing the Silver Lining.” JProStl, an initiative of the Jewish...

Scott Biondo

Federation’s security chief receives ADL Heartland award

November 20, 2020

Scott Biondo, director of community security for Jewish Federation of St. Louis, has been awarded the Anti-Defamation League Heartland 2020 Distinguished Service Award.The award has recognized regional law enforcement representatives who distinguish themselves...

In this file photo, Jewish War Veterans Post 644 donates toys the organization collected  to the Hanukkah Hugs program organized by Women’s Philanthropy and Jewish Family Services. Pictured here are Harvey Bloth, Howard Holtzman, Pam Super, Lauren Gelber and Larry Chervitz. Photo: Howard Holtzman

Jewish War Veterans collecting toys for Hanukkah Hugs program

November 4, 2020

Jewish War Veterans Post 644 is collecting new toys for the “Hanukkah Hugs” program, which gives gifts to needy children during the holidays. There are collection bins for Hanukkah Hugs donations inside the front entrance of the Jewish Federation...

Rebbetzin Tova Greenblatt, principal of Esther Miller Bais Yaakov High School

Federation announces Annual Meeting honorees

August 28, 2020

Jewish Federation of St. Louis has announced award recipients to be honored at its 2020 Annual Meeting on Thursday, Sept. 10. The RubinBrown Corporate Leadership Award will be presented, along with the Fred A. Goldstein Award for Professional Leadership...

Staff members at The Nest at Central Reform Congregation: Maxine Weil (director of congregational learning), Carly Palans, Gracie Devasto, Tristyn Morrell, Teona Keys and Sally Brown (director).

Jewish preschools reopen with strict protocols, fewer pupils

BY BILL MOTCHAN, SPECIAL TO THE JEWISH LIGHT July 10, 2020

On the last day of June at 5 p.m., a vacuum cleaner whirred in a hallway at the Nest Early Childhood Education Center at Central Reform Congregation. Maxine Weil, director of congregational learning, recognized the sound.“You hear that?” Weil asked....

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