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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

Dr. Gilat Raish (far left), an Israeli post-trauma expert, guides Japanese teachers through a recovery course in Wateri, Japan, sponsored by IsraAID.

In Japan, pride in the Jewish response to tsunami

By Antonio Di Gesu, JTA March 7, 2012

TOKYO—Sitting in Tokyo shortly before the first anniversary of the tsunami, I recalled my surprise the first time a Japanese person thanked me, as a Jew, for Israel’s immediate response to the disaster. It was certainly not the time to instruct that...

Rachel Isaacs, the first openly gay rabbinical student JTS accepted, completes path to ordination

By Debra Nussbaum Cohen, FORWAR June 1, 2011

NEW YORK — Rachel Isaacs has known, for as long as she can remember, that she wanted to be a rabbi.  On May 19, she concluded her pioneering journey through the Conservative movement's Jewish Theological Seminary to become the first openly gay person...

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