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

Rabbi Lev Baesh, center, marrying Jared and Laurie Berezin, an interfaith couple from Boston, Aug.19, 2011.

More Reform rabbis agreeing to officiate at intermarriages

By Penny Schwartz, JTAPublished July 5, 2012

BOSTON — Danny Richter and his fiancee, Lauren Perkins, have never been to a Jewish wedding. That's about to change. This fall, the interfaith couple is planning to be married in a Jewish wedding ceremony. The wedding marks other significant firsts:...

Matisyahu used Instagram to broadcast his newest look (no kipah) in aphoto with rapper Wiz Khalifa, June 4, 2012.

Matisyahu loses kippah, Drew Barrymore’s chuppah, Madonna as Hitler

By JTA StaffPublished June 5, 2012

NEW YORK (6NoBacon) -- Matisyahu's newest look: No kippah The Jewish reggae star is changing his appearance at a pace that could put Lady Gaga to shame. In a video released to promote his recent single "Sunshine," Matisyahu revealed blond hair and a T-shirt,...

Jacob Ostreicher

N.Y. Chasid resorts to hunger strike after nearly a year in Bolivian prison

By Ben Sales, JTAPublished May 10, 2012

NEW YORK – Supporters say he’s an innocent man caught up in the tentacles of a corrupt Latin American regime. Authorities in Bolivia, however, allege that he’s a shady businessman with ties to drug dealers and money launderers. What's certain is...

Israel taps first Ethiopia-born envoy

JTAPublished February 29, 2012

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Israel has appointed its first Ethiopia-born ambassador. The appointment of Belaynesh Zevadia as Israel's envoy to Ethiopia was announced Tuesday. Zevadia also was the first Ethiopian Foreign Ministry cadet. She made aliyah at the...

Orthodox Jews mount appeal for Eruv in Sydney

JTAPublished February 8, 2012

SYDNEY, Australia (JTA) -- Orthodox Jews have appealed to a court in Sydney to overturn a decision to deny them an Eruv. Plans for a symbolic religious enclosure have been underway for more than five years on Sydney's north shore, but last year the local...

Hadassah probing top officials on allegations of misusing funds

JTAPublished February 7, 2012

NEW YORK -- Two top Hadassah officials are being investigated by the organization for possible misuse of funds. The probe was launched after board members of Hadassah, The Women's Zionist Organization of America were sent a letter on Jan. 12 by the organization’s...

Jewish newspaper assails BDS conference for disinviting reporter

JTAPublished February 3, 2012

NEW YORK -- Philadelphia’s Jewish newspaper is in a flap with organizers of a boycott, divestment and sanctions conference over the disinvitation of one of its reporters from the event. Philadelphia’s Jewish Exponent published an article on its website...

Argentine Jewish leader criticizes anti-Semitic cartoon

JTAPublished January 20, 2012

BUENOS AIRES -- The head of Argentina's Jewish community criticized as anti-Semitic a cartoon that appeared in a national newspaper. Guillermo Borger, president of AMIA, Argentina's main Jewish community organization, called the cartoon, which appeared...

Federation seeks nominations for young adult leadership award

Published July 27, 2011

Nominations are now being accepted for Jewish Federation's 2011 David N. and Roselin Grosberg Young Leadership Award. The annual award recognizes key players in the Jewish community under 40 years of age. These pioneering leaders must be active in Jewish...

Letter to the editor: Women left out in commentary roundup

Published April 6, 2011

 Why I continue to be surprised when The St. Louis Jewish Light seeks community viewpoints only from men is beyond me. After all, it is 2011, not 1911; women do have the vote, are educated, own businesses, raise families and are as capable of having...

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