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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

56 hidden letters unearth one womans unknowable Holocaust past

56 hidden letters unearth one woman’s unknowable Holocaust past

Jordan Palmer, Chief Digital Content Officer April 27, 2022

(JWA) - After a career spent telling other people's stories, Eleanor Reissa has finally uncovered her own. In 1986, when her mother died at the age of sixty-four, Eleanor went through all of her belongings. In the back of her mother’s lingerie drawer,...

Can We Talk? episode 74: A Half-Century of Women Rabbis

“Can We Talk?” episode 74: A Half-Century of Women Rabbis

Jordan Palmer, Chief Digital Content Officer April 21, 2022

Fifty years ago, Rabbi Sally Priesand made history by becoming the first woman rabbi in America. In this episode of the podcast Can We Talk?, women rabbis from three Jewish denominations reflect on the milestone. We speak with Rabbi Dianne Cohler-Esses,...

(L) Susannah Heschel, who created the ritual of putting on orange on the seder plate in the 1980s. Photo courtesy of Susannah Heschel. (R) Janice Stieber Rous seder plate. Photo courtesy of Janice Stieber Rous.

The real story behind the orange on the seder plate

Jordan Palmer, Chief Digital Content Officer April 8, 2022

(JWA) -- Hard-boiled egg—check. Greens—check. Charoset, maror, shank bone—check. These are the traditional seder plate items that represent the themes of Passover. Many people have also adopted the feminist tradition of including an orange... but...

New York Post article about Ezrat Nashim from March 14, 1972. Courtesy of Leora Fishman.

“All of us had unbelievable chutzpah.” The true story of the women who helped change Conservative Judaism

April 4, 2022

Fifty years ago, a group of young Jewish women piled into two cars and drove to upstate New York to crash the annual meeting of the all-male Rabbinical Assembly of the Conservative movement. They called themselves Ezrat Nashim and they had a set of demands...

Do you know this Jew? If you dont know her face, you sure know her voice

Do you know this Jew? If you don’t know her face, you sure know her voice

Deborah Schneider, Jewish Women's Archive March 30, 2022

(JWA) -- Long before her final role as the grouchy bailiff on Night Court, Selma Diamond earned a reputation behind the scenes as a brilliant, salty comedy writer for some of the best shows on radio and television. Diamond began writing jokes...

Women’s Auxiliary Air Force Recruitment Poster, ca. 1943, courtesy of the Dobkin Family Collection of Feminism, via Posen Library.

The remarkable story behind this WWII Women’s Auxiliary Air Force recruitment poster

Deborah Dash Moore and Dory Fox, Special For The Jewish Light March 18, 2022

Take a look at this poster of a woman in military garb. Her uniform indicates her military service in World War II, but the text, surprisingly, is in Hebrew. In 1943, there was no State of Israel.  The poster reads: “Serve in the WAAF with the men...

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