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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 new Kol Rinah building in Clayton is nearing completion.

Torah speaks to the challenges of reentry

RABBI NOAH ARNOW May 20, 2021

It’s been more than a year since I began reading the Torah through COVID-colored glasses. Or perhaps more aptly, I’ve been reading Torah this year through a mask. Familiar stories and concepts in the Torah read differently from home, on Zoom, streaming,...

Fran Zellinger said the new Jewish Senior Connection program is ‘a gift to seniors.’

Isolated Jewish seniors targeted in new ‘Connection’ program

Bill Motchan, Special to the Jewish Light April 27, 2021

When Fran Zellinger was growing up, she watched TV on a black-and-white set and talked to friends using a dial phone. Now she’s a Zoom veteran. That’s why she’s enthusiastic about a new program called Jewish Senior Connection, which takes full advantage...

David Koffman

Author will discuss history of American Jews and Native Americans

By Eric Berger, Associate Editor February 26, 2021

In 2002, David Koffman was a graduate student at New York University and planning to pursue a doctorate on two famous Jewish American anthropologists when the leader of an indigenous people in Canada made hateful comments about Jews that prompted Koffman...

The new Kol Rinah building in Clayton is nearing completion.

Kol Rinah longs to share its new space with big crowds

BY ERIC BERGER, ASSOCIATE EDITOR November 11, 2020

Kol Rinah President Randi Mozenter, a clinical psychologist, spends plenty of time thinking about people struggling with illness, hospitalizations, anxiety and depression during the pandemic. She also thinks about the Conservative congregation’s striking,...

Bill Kaufman runs Kaufman Broadcast Services.

TV/radio expert keeps Cardinals—and the High Holidays—on the air

BY ERIC BERGER, ASSOCIATE EDITOR September 4, 2020

Bill Kaufman is spending much of his time these days managing broadcast services for one venue where people typically sing “Take Me Out to the Ball Game,” as well as one where “Avinu Malkeinu” is a familiar song.But now, Busch Stadium and the...

Kol Rinah plans ‘Zoom and Learn’ Series in June

June 4, 2020

Kol Rinah is offering a series of “Zoom and Learn” sessions at 11:30 a.m. on Sundays in June.  For more information or for Zoom links, email [email protected] or call 314-727-1747. The sessions planned are:   • June 7: Rabbi Scott...

Rabbi Scott Shafrin

The quiet work of spiritual uplift

By Rabbi Scott Shafrin May 7, 2020

D’var Torah:  Parashat EMORAdonai said to Moses: Speak to the priests, the sons of Aaron, and say to them: None shall become ritually impure for any [dead] person among their kin, except for the relatives that are closest to them: their mother, their...

Randi Mozenter is president of Kol Rinah, while her husband, Larry Friedman, is president of Bais Abraham Congregation

Presidential couple: Husband and wife are current board leaders of their respective shuls

Bill Motchan, Special to the Jewish Light April 19, 2020

The board presidents of Bais Abraham Congregation and Kol Rinah meet regularly to discuss a variety of subjects: supporting the Jewish community, governing an Orthodox synagogue. . . and whose turn it is to take out the trash.That’s because they are...

St. Louis synagogues providing live streaming

St. Louis synagogues providing live streaming

March 25, 2020

Listing below provided by the St. Louis Rabbinical and Cantorial Association, with additional information from congregations directly• Bais Abraham (Orthodox): Daily Tehillim, Halakha and Mishnah Monday through Friday at 7 a.m. Online at https://zoom.us/j/297962649...

Rabbi Noah Arnow

Reading the scroll of Esther: Hope or warning?

By Rabbi Noah Arnow March 5, 2020

Is  every mitzvah, every commandment equally important?  In some sense, of course — if we understand God as the source of mitzvot, commandments, then every mitzvah is an equal opportunity to obey or disobey God and God’s will for us.  And plus,...

Dr. Jerry Cohen, a retired podiatrist, no longer participates in the morning minyan at Kol Rinah but continues to attend Shabbat morning services with his wife, Marion, who here is wearing a

Making a minyan: Finding 10 people is ongoing challenge for St. Louis synagogues

By Eric Berger, Associate Editor July 18, 2019

When Herman Spector was approaching death in 2000, Dr. Jerry Cohen was one of the only people allowed to visit him at his home in University City.Spector, who worked in the printing industry, was anxious and asked Cohen, a podiatrist, “Who’s going...

Letters to the editor

Jewish leaders speak out against abortion law

June 20, 2019

We, the undersigned Jewish community leaders, take a public stand against the abortion ban (HB126) which Missouri Governor Mike Parson recently signed into law. The ban threatens the lives of women, their families, Missouri’s economy and our future. We...

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