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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

Federation VP leaves for job at St. Louis Symphony

Federation VP leaves for job at St. Louis Symphony

January 12, 2022

Julie Gibbs is leaving her position as Vice President of Development at the Jewish Federation of St. Louis to become the Vice President and Chief Philanthropy Officer for the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. With the move, Gibbs’ career is coming full...

Brett Kalmes picks up his son, Elliot, at the end of the day at B’nai Amoona’s Linda Rotskoff Early Childhood Center.

Jewish Federation announces investment in early childhood centers

September 11, 2021

Recognizing the importance of the impact of Jewish early childhood centers in the St. Louis Jewish Community, the Jewish Federation of St. Louis has announced a $125,000 investment over the next 16 months into a new collaborative initiative for all 10...

Jewish Federation of St. Louis Kaplan Feldman Complex

Jewish Federation’s new Center for Legacy Giving starts Legacy Society

August 31, 2021

Jewish Federation of St. Louis is launching a new Legacy Society through its new Center for Legacy Giving. The Center offers assistance for those who wish to include Federation in their estate plans (wills and bequests), establishing endowments (forever...

Greg Yawitz

Jewish Federation’s Yawitz staying on for third year as Board chair

GERRY GREIMAN August 12, 2021

As Jewish Federation of St. Louis’ immediate past board and nominating committee chair, I am pleased to announce, on behalf of Federation’s Board of Directors and Nominating Committee that Greg Yawitz has been asked to extend his term as the current...

Jewish Federation of St. Louis and the J sponsored the Sababa Jewish Arts and Culture Festival on Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018 at Washington University. Photo: Zach Dalin Photography

Sababa festival postponed until 2022 due to COVID-19

ERIC BERGER, Associate Editor August 11, 2021

Organizers of Sababa, the Jewish Arts & Culture Festival, have postponed the event until October 2022 because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. This is the second postponement for the festival, which features artists, music and food and was first...

Sheldon Low and Hadar Orshalimy

Sababa Jewish Arts & Culture Festival returns in October

August 8, 2021

Editor's note: Organizers have postponed the Sababa Jewish Arts & Culture Festival until 2022. The Jewish Community Center has announced that Sababa, St. Louis’ Jewish Arts & Culture Festival, will be held outdoors on Oct. 10 on the...

Books to help with kids’ summer camp anxiety

Books to help with kids’ summer camp anxiety

JENNIFER BAER, Special to the Jewish Light July 7, 2021

Apparently, I’m developing some skills that just can’t be reflected on a résumé, such as my near perfect ability to embarrass my kids. While I know that they don’t need me to hold their hands anymore when we cross the street, something in me...

Greg Yawitz is chair of the Board of Jewish Federation of St. Louis. Susan K. Goldberg is vice chair of strategic planning for Jewish Federation of St. Louis and chair of its Bylaws Committee.

Jewish Federation’s bylaw updates reflect today’s needs

GREG YAWITZ & SUSAN K. GOLDBERG June 30, 2021

Last fall, an ad-hoc committee of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis, composed of members of the Board of Directors, the Board of Trustees and community representatives, began the long-overdue process of updating our bylaws to make them current and relevant...

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...

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