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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

Doctors at the Israeli field hospital in Ukraine evaluating MRI images, March 2022. Photo by Naama Frank Azriel.

Jewish Federations of North America surpass $50 million mark for Ukrainian aid

Published April 18, 2022

(April 18, 2022 / JNS) The Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) announced on Monday that it has surpassed its fundraising goal of $50 million for aid to Ukraine. According to a news release, the funds have been allocated to 35 NGOs operating...

Jewish Federations praises IRA charitable rollovers

JTA REPORTPublished January 16, 2013

WASHINGTON — The Jewish Federations of North America praised the part of the recent fiscal cliff compromise that reinstated IRA charitable rollovers. Those rollovers allow people older than 70.5 years to make tax-free charitable gifts of up to $100,000...

Larry Levin

Reporting nonprofit pay: No news, old news or good news?

BY LARRY LEVINPublished July 18, 2012

A bunch of folks have asked me recently what I thought about the news reported in the St. Louis Business Journal about the compensation of local Jewish agency executives. Most noteworthy to some was the line item of about $881,000 that outgoing Federation...

Israel’s Chief Rabbinate facing new wave of criticism and calls for change

By Neil Rubin, JTAPublished July 9, 2012

WASHINGTON — The latest battle over religious pluralism in Israel has unleashed a new barrage of criticism and calls for reform aimed at the Orthodox-controlled Israeli Chief Rabbinate. Unlike major flare-ups in past decades, however, this time it’s...

Out of the drawer: Torah Fund pins from the collection of Edmon J. Rodmans mother.

Dressing like my Jewish mother

By Edmon J. Rodman, JTAPublished May 10, 2012

LOS ANGELES -- On Mother's Day, I'm going to wear my mother's jewelry. No, this isn't a mom’s day story about gender identity; it’s about Jewish identity and whether possessions can help pass it on. As part of her legacy my mother, Pearl, left to...

Homeland Security official briefs Jewish leaders after Toulouse

Published March 22, 2012

WASHINGTON -- A top Homeland Security official briefed Jewish groups in the wake of the deadly attack in Toulouse, France. Bill Flynn, an assistant undersecretary at the Department of Homeland Security, spoke to over 120 leaders in a phone call on Wednesday,...

Jewish groups sign on to ‘Faithful Budget’ plan, protest GOP budget proposal

JTAPublished March 22, 2012

WASHINGTON -- Jewish groups are among dozens of religious denominations and organizations endorsing a "Faithful Budget" in opposition to the Republican budget proposal, which would cut Medicaid spending and disproportionately shift Medicare costs to fixed-income...

Tragedy in France underscores need for continued vigilance

By Paul Goldenberg, JTAPublished March 20, 2012

NEW YORK—The breaking news from France yesterday morning was tragic. Just after 8 a.m., a lone assailant on a motorcycle pulled up in front of the Ozar Hatorah School in a quiet neighborhood in the eastern part of Toulouse and opened fire with two high-powered...

Security group asks U.S. Jewish groups to be on alert

JTAPublished March 19, 2012

WASHINGTON -- The security arm of the U.S. Jewish federations asked Jewish officials to remain vigilant in the wake of a deadly attack on a French Jewish school, citing the possibility of copycat attacks. "While this event initially appears to be localized,...


Natan Sharansky on funding, identity building, and democracy

By Jacob Kamaras/JointMedia News ServicePublished March 16, 2012

After spending nine years in the Soviet Gulag, Natan Sharansky learned not to get too caught up in current events. “You have to look at [the world] from the perspective of the history of tens or sometimes even hundreds of years, and that’s what gives...

Judy and Alan Gross are pictured in a family photo.

Alan Gross’ family appeals to pope to press for his release

By Ron Kampeas, JTAPublished March 7, 2012

WASHINGTON -- Alan Gross' family is appealing to Pope Benedict XVI to plea for Alan Gross' release when he visits Cuba. "We believe this is a special opportunity," Peter Kahn, Gross' American lawyer told JTA this week. "Given the significance of the Pope’s...

JFNA calls for Pope to seek release of Alan Gross

JTAPublished March 1, 2012

WASHINGTON -- The Jewish Federations of North America is urging Pope Benedict XVI to seek the release of Alan Gross during the pope’s upcoming visit to Cuba.  The group is circulating a nationwide online petition calling for the pope to seek Gross'...

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