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

Choosing Life!

JEWISH LIGHT EDITORIAL August 15, 2012

In the Hebrew Bible, God tells us, “Behold, I have set before you good and evil, life and death,” and adds, “therefore, choose life!”  Within the past 10 days, our nation and the world have witnessed a cascade of horrific episodes in which evil...

The St. Louis Sikh community invited members of other faiths to visit its temple in St. Peters for a service and candlelight vigil last week. For more photos, visit www.stljewishlight.com/multimedia.

Pride in interfaith support and understanding

BY ELLEN FUTTERMAN, EDITOR August 15, 2012

In mid-June, my wonderful stepson, Jesse, proposed marriage to his wonderful girlfriend, Cody. The wedding is planned for next June, and I think I’m as excited for the occasion as Jesse and Cody, mostly because I feel very deeply that these two are...

The devastating tornado that struck Joplin, Mo. and the St.
Louis Jewish communitys efforts to provide relief became of the
top local news stories of 2011.

Top local stories of 2011 reflect changes in Jewish community

BY ROBERT A. COHN, Editor-in-Chief Emeritus January 4, 2012

St. Louis had a year of ups and downs in 2011, saying farewell to some beloved communal leaders, one local congregation and two longtime kosher mainstays. The community pulled together in response to the tragic devastation of the tornado that struck Joplin....

Phyllis Markus, Chair of JCRC’s Bohm Social Justice Initiative brings donations collected at Shaare Emeth to Central Reform Congregation, where they were sorted and sent to Joplin, Mo. Photo: Lisa Mandel

Joplin relief — ways to help

June 8, 2011

According to the Jewish Community Relations Council, during the weeks of May 23 and May 30, members of the St. Louis Jewish community collected and sorted clothing, personal care products, baby supplies and other items and drove a total of 14 large vehicles...

Volunteers work at Central Reform Congregation on Tuesday afternoon to sort items donated to send to Joplin, Mo. Photo: Kristi Foster

St. Louis mobilizes Joplin relief

By Victoria Siegel, Special to the Jewish Light June 1, 2011

It took just a little over 48 hours for the staff and a few members of United Hebrew Congregation in Creve Coeur to respond to an urgent request from the sole synagogue in tornado-ravaged Joplin. Through the generosity of St. Louisans and the speed and...

Rabbi Yehuda Weg

Jewish voices from Joplin

By Victoria Siegel, Special to the Jewish Light June 1, 2011

A week after visiting Joplin to aid with recovery and rescue efforts following the tornado, Rabbi Yehuda Weg, of Chabad of Tulsa, still can't wrap his head around the devastation of the tornado that took at least 139 lives. "I've lived here for 24 years...

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