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

Deanna Shoss and Jerry Witkovsky are the authors of  “Where Two Worlds Meet: A Guide to Connecting With Your Teenage Grandchildren.”

Two worlds don’t have to collide: A guide for grandparents of teens

ELLEN FUTTERMAN, Editor-in-ChiefPublished June 29, 2022

As a grandma with two amazing granddaughters, ages 6 and 4, I’ve got to say, life doesn’t get much better. They’re at the ages when they are so happy to see me, especially if it’s for a sleepover because they love to play “interview” at...

It’s a good thing journals are private; oh, wait

It’s a good thing journals are private; oh, wait

AMY FENSTER BROWN, Special to the Jewish LightPublished April 3, 2022

As an homage to the great Marcia Brady, I’ve been keeping a diary, or as the cool kids call it, a journal. Articles and podcasts aplenty tout the benefits of journaling. Apparently, it’s good for you.  Plain journals come with blank pages,...

Picture books for little kids link learning with Jewish ideals

Picture books for little kids link learning with Jewish ideals

ELLEN FUTTERMAN, Editor-in-ChiefPublished February 23, 2022

They say necessity is the mother of invention. Boy, was that ever the case for St. Louis native Sarah Hirsch Maddali. After she and her husband had two children, now ages 3 and 6, Maddali grew frustrated that she couldn’t find age-appropriate...

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

College life: Allowing your child to soar

DEBRA KLEVENSPublished 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....

Congregation Shaare Emeth offers expecting parents meaning and connection   

Congregation Shaare Emeth offers expecting parents meaning and connection   

Published January 2, 2022

There is a new class for expecting parents. The phrase “B’sha’ah Tovah” is the traditional response to learning that someone is expecting a child – it literally translates to “at a good hour,” but is understood to mean “may everything...

Mothers of finicky eaters rejoice! Time is on your side

Mothers of finicky eaters rejoice! Time is on your side

BY SUSAN KEMPPAINEN, SPECIAL FOR THE ST. LOUIS JEWISH LIGHTPublished December 22, 2021

Five decades ago, when preemie care was still a new science, I was born at 30 weeks and weighed 3 pounds, 4 ounces. My grandmother said she’d bought bigger chickens. Since I was an itty-bitty thing and a picky eater, everyone worried I’d starve to...

How To Interview Your Elders

How To Interview Your Elders

By GABRIELLE BIRKNER, My Jewish learningPublished October 19, 2021
Judaism places a high value on passing stories from generation to generation. Here’s how to get the most out of your conversations with your parents and grandparents.
Amy Fenster Brown: It’s that time of year again. #backtoschool

Amy Fenster Brown: It’s that time of year again. #backtoschool

AMY FENSTER BROWNPublished August 29, 2021

It’s back to school time! Kids look forward to seeing their friends and … well, that’s about it. For the most part, kids aren’t excited to get up early, sit in classrooms all day and have homework at night. They will rarely admit to liking...

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