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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

Director Ted Braun and Dean Schramm

Former St. Louisan Dean Schramm’s new film opens at Frontenac Cinema tonight

Bill Motchan, Special For The Jewish LightPublished April 22, 2022

Former St. Louisan Dean Schramm, who celebrated his bar mitzvah at United Hebrew Congregation, will return home this week for the opening of a film he produced, entitled “Viva Maestro!” at the Landmark Plaza Frontenac Cinema. The documentary follows...

A TwiNecklaces model shows off the “Rosary Choker Necklace.” Photo: etsy.com

St. Louis twins’ jewelry startup harnesses web power

By Harrison Friedman, Senior, Fasman Yeshiva High SchoolPublished March 8, 2017

In today’s day and age, it seems like anything is possible for young entrepreneurs, what with the entire internet at their fingertips. Social media, especially, has been a revolutionary force for those looking to market their businesses. And a little...

Ellen Rosenbaum talks during a meeting of Achraiyut (Hebrew for ‘to assume responsibility’) at Congregation Neve Shalom. The group, founded in 1993, is for individuals living with mental illness. The group meets the first Monday of the month. Although most of the group’s members are Jewish, it is open to individuals of other faiths as well.

Confronting mental illness: No easy answers

By Ellen Futterman, EditorPublished June 6, 2012

Jason Wilson wants people to understand that although he hasn’t been able to work full time since 1999, he’s neither lazy nor is he a loser. What he is, he explains, his voice choking with emotion, is mentally ill. The 41-year-old was diagnosed with...


Bill-Millner Engagement

Published March 1, 2012

Stessie Anne Bill, daughter of Karen and Lloyd Bill of Ashland, Mo. and Brian Elliott Millner, son of Jean and Rick Millner of St. Louis, have announced their engagement. She is the granddaughter of Shirley and Henry Kraus of St. Louis, Mo. and Naples,...

Confessions of a Snarfette

By Ellen Futterman, EditorPublished February 22, 2012

Hello, my name is Ellen and I'm a Snarfette. Or maybe a Snarfer? Whatever the correct terminology, I am now hooked on Snarf's sandwiches; in particular, the portabello and provolone with lettuce, tomatoes, pickles and mustard. Delish! Sure, I feel bad...

Eli Temkin at the Next Dor house. 

Federation renews ‘One Happy Camper’ grants offering $1,000 for Jewish camps

Published February 1, 2012

Following a successful first year, Jewish Federation of St. Louis has renewed "One Happy Camper," a partnership with the Foundation for Jewish Camp (FJC). The program offers the unique gift of $1,000 to 100 St. Louis Jewish youth in grades 1 through 12...

Caleb Ellis

A teen perspective on affiliation

By Caleb Ellis, Ohr Chadash StaffPublished December 14, 2011

CAN WE TALK? - TEEN COMMENTARY Throughout the first 17 years of my growing up, there's no question that Judaism has played an integral role. Like many of my Jewish peers, I underwent the staples of elementary Jewish education. I reluctantly attended Hebrew...

On the road: teenage Jewish communities vary from city to city

By Abigail Miller, Freshman, Ladue Horton WatkinsPublished December 14, 2011

Many Jewish teens have moved from city to city, and at one time or another, ended up in St. Louis. Such teens are Jake Bergman, 14, Sam Kahn, 14 and Rachel Mitchell, 15. Each has moved once, twice, or even more than three times, and experienced multiple...

Ellen Futterman

A FIRST for Israeli students

By Ellen Futterman, EditorPublished April 27, 2011

A FIRST for Israeli students As big deals go, the FIRST Robotics Competition taking place this weekend in St. Louis is huge, with 11,000 students from 29 countries expected to compete this weekend in St. Louis. Among them will be a team of 17 tenth-graders...

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