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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

Sheldon Low in the studio in 2016. Photo: Zach Dalin Photography

Couple work to repair the world with music

By Kayla Steinberg, Staff Writer July 25, 2019

In Sheldon Low’s family, music has been something of an heirloom, passed l’dor v’dor. The St. Louis native, 36, is a third generation songleader. His grandmother sang with singer-songwriter Debbie Friedman, and his father sang at Camp Ben Frankel...

Hazzan Joanna Dulkin takes part in a morning prayer service at the Songleader Boot Camp conference on Monday morning at the Jewish Community Center. Photo: Andrew Kerman

‘Boot Camp’ harmoniously melds Jewish leadership, music

By David Baugher, Special to the Jewish Light February 17, 2016

When it comes to expressing the reason Jewish music in St. Louis is so special, Joanna Dulkin doesn’t hesitate. Standing in a hallway at the Jewish Community Center’s Staenberg Family Complex, the former cantor of Shaare Zedek gestures at the man...

Jewish rock musician — and St. Louis native — Sheldon Low leads a session at a past Songleader Boot Camp Conference at the Jewish Community Center. Jewish Light file photo

Songleader Boot Camp Conference to feature top national faculty

January 28, 2016

The seventh annual Songleader Boot Camp (SLBC) National Conference will bring some of the top nationally renowned leaders in Jewish life to the Jewish Community Center Staenberg Family Complex in Creve Coeur from Sunday, Feb. 14 to Tuesday, Feb. 16.The...

Songleader Boot Camp set for Feb. 15-17; will feature speaker series

January 28, 2015

One of the top Jewish leadership conferences in North America will convene at the St. Louis Jewish Community Center Staenberg Family Complex, 2 Millstone Campus Drive, Feb. 15 to 17.  In its sixth year, the 2015 Songleader Boot Camp (SLBC) National Conference...

Federation collaborates on local ‘Story of the Jews’ broadcast

By Repps Hudson March 19, 2014

KETC (Channel 9) is one of 10 PBS-affiliated stations around the country to receive a $10,000 grant from WNET in New York to help produce a local component to complement the five-part series, “The Story of the Jews.”“This involves things locally...

Todd Herzog and Rick Recht end the 2012  Songleader Boot Camp at the JCC. This year’s Songleader Boot Camp takes place Feb. 16-18. Jewish Light file photo: Yana Hotter 

International Songleader Boot Camp will take place at JCC in February

January 22, 2014

The fifth annual Songleader Boot Camp (SLBC) national conference will take place in St. Louis on Feb. 16-18.SLBC is an intensive three-day national leadership training program at the Jewish Community Center Staenberg Family Complex, 2 Millstone Campus...

Jewish musician and SMJCS parent Rick Recht will perform at the close of a school open house event planned for Oct. 21. 

Mirowitz holds open house event ending with Rick Recht concert

October 23, 2013

The Saul Mirowitz Jewish Community School will hold an open house event for prospective families on Sunday, Nov. 3 at the school, located at 348 S. Mason Road in Creve Coeur. The event starts at 3 p.m., and will culminate in a concert by Jewish rock artist...

As part of the Jewish Community Center’s Jewish Community Night at Busch Stadium, children ages 5-16 who are attending are invited  to help Jewish rock musician Rick Recht (above) sing ‘Take Me Out to the Ballgame’ on the field during the Cardinals game Aug. 8.

News & Schmooze: Kosher ‘cuing

By Ellen Futterman, Editor July 17, 2013

Few foods inspire as much personal pride and bravado in terms of their preparation and taste as barbecue. Wet or dry, slow-cooked over indirect heat on a charcoal grill or smoked in a gas smoker, barbecue chefs can spend as much time debating technique...

Todd Herzog and Rick Recht end last year’s  Songleader Boot Camp at the JCC. This year, the first three days of the boot camp will be part of a new initiative, the Jewish Rock Radio RockFest, featuring a variety of nationally touring Jewish musicians. Photo: Yana Hotter

‘Bootcamp’ has proven to be a national draw for Jewish songleaders

By Barry Gilbert, Special to the Jewish Light February 6, 2013

Kindergarten teacher Val Toskin had a bit of a problem. Her pupils at the Saul Mirowitz Jewish Community School were just not responding to her song leading as enthusiastically as she thought they should, and her confidence was taking a hit. “I love...

Jewish Rock Festival artists

Festival convenes Jewish rock’s top artists

By Barry Gilbert, Special to the Jewish Light February 6, 2013

About 13 years ago, Rick Recht discovered that his musical gifts could be used for more than simply entertaining a secular audience. That epiphany has led to an Internet radio station that streams Jewish rock music, a leadership training organization...

 

A bit of STL in the AIPAC village

BY MARCY CORNFELD March 4, 2012

Just strolling through the newly set up bookstore in the "AIPAC Village," we stumbled on a little bit of home---CDs by Rick Recht! What's the AIPAC Village? It's the place to find all kinds of displays about Israel, hear authors, see Israeli movies and...

Fifteen members of the 33-person St. Louis delegation to the 2011 AIPAC Policy Conference meet with Rep. Todd Akin in his office after the recent Policy Conference in Washington.

Live from AIPAC conference: Blogging from STL co-chairs

BY RICK CORNFELD March 3, 2012

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) has always considered its annual Policy Conference in Washington, D.C., to be three of the most important days affecting the U.S.-Israel relationship. This year, they are even more important. The conference,...

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