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

The logo for Jewish Family Services, formerly known as Jewish Family & Children's Service. 

JF&CS changes name, aims to widen impact

BY ERIC BERGER, ASSOCIATE EDITOR January 16, 2020

Despite a name change and a relatively new chief, the mission of Jewish Family Services (formerly Jewish Family & Children’s Service) remains the same: supporting families and seniors, alleviating hunger and improving mental health. Last February,...

Rabbi Micah Buck-Yael is the coordinator of community chaplaincy at Jewish Family & Children’s Service and a member of the St. Louis Rabbinical Association, which coordinates the weekly d’var Torah for the Jewish Light. 

Moses, Aaron model formula for leadership

BY RABBI MICAH BUCK-YAEL February 14, 2019

Parashat Tetzavah forms the middle of a lengthy multiweek set of instructions given to the Israelites for the construction of God’s dwelling place. God speaks to Moses, and outlines in precise and sometimes difficult-to-follow language every possible...

Rabbi Micah Buck-Yael is the coordinator of community chaplaincy at Jewish Family & Children’s Service and a member of the St. Louis Rabbinical Association, which coordinates the weekly d’var Torah for the Jewish Light. 

Drawing life lessons from Jacob’s story

By Rabbi Micah Buck-Yael November 16, 2018

As a chaplain, I have the immense blessing of hearing people reflect upon their lives and share with me what insights have shaped them. Again and again, my breath is taken away by the resilience, wisdom, and creativity of our community. Very often I hear...

JF&CS gets $1.2 million anonymous donation

JF&CS gets $1.2 million anonymous donation

By Eric Berger, Staff Writer September 13, 2018

Jewish Family & Children’s Service recently received a $1.2 million donation from an anonymous supporter, according to the nonprofit organization. The donor gave the money as an unrestricted gift, meaning the organization can spread it among a...

JF&CS awarded $50k to support city seniors

July 5, 2018

Jewish Family & Children’s Service (JF&CS) has been awarded $50,000 by the St. Louis City Seniors Fund during its inaugural year of grant funding. The Fund, which was established by passage of the Seniors Count Ballot Initiative, will help St....

L. Louis Albert

Jewish Family & Children’s Service

October 3, 2017

Address: 10950 Schuetz Road, St. Louis, Mo. 63146 | Phone: 314-993-1000 | fax: 314-812-9398 | email: [email protected] | website: jfcs-stl.orgL. Louis Albert, CEOFor more than 147 years, Jewish Family & Children’s Service has provided help to...

Judy Berkowitz

Harvey Kornblum Jewish Food Pantry

October 3, 2017

Address: 10601 Baur Blvd., St. Louis, Mo.  63132 | Phone: 314-513-1672 | fax: 314-828-7558 | email: [email protected] | website: jfcs-stl.org/location-hoursJudy Berkowitz, DirectorCelebrating 27 years of feeding those in need, the Harvey Kornblum...

JF&CS – Jewish Connections Program

October 3, 2017

Address: 10950 Schuetz Road, St. Louis, Mo. 63146 | Phone: 314-993-1000 | fax: 314-812-9398 | email: [email protected] people living with mental illness or addiction issues, Jewish Family & Children’s Service offers the following services:...

Rabbi James Stone Goodman

Forming a Jewish community response to mental illness

Ellen Futterman, Editor January 18, 2017

Earlier this month, I struck up a conversation at party with a 20-something woman who is Jewish. When she learned I was editor of the Light, she asked if I knew of a young woman in the local Jewish community named Samantha who had recently taken her own...

Matching grant to double JF&CS donations during December

December 8, 2016

Jewish Family & Children’s Service received an anonymous $25,000 donation to match contributions to the agency during December.   JF&CS runs elder care, counseling, child abuse prevention, homemaker services, chaplaincy and financial assistance...

Andrew Rehfeld, Ph.D., is President and CEO of Jewish Federation of St. Louis.

Annual Campaign vital in building a thriving Jewish community in St. Louis

By Andrew Rehfeld August 31, 2016

On Sept. 1, 2016, the Jewish Federation of St. Louis will be kicking off its 2016 Annual Campaign. Since 1901, the Federation has existed to “preserve and enhance Jewish life in St. Louis, Israel and around the globe.”  And each year thousands of...

 

25 years on, Jewish Food Pantry nourishes client service

By Eric Berger, Staff Writer August 24, 2016

Larry, 67, walks through the Harvey Kornblum Jewish Food Pantry, picking up a chicken and a stalk of celery. He tells a volunteer that he doesn’t need peanut butter, “does not take cabbage” and would not like any plums, which are too soft. “I...

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