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

At left, Stephanie, Marin, Ethan and Mark Ruter enjoy the outdoors. 

Frontline parents cherish time with middle schoolers

By Ellie S. Grossman, Special to the Jewish Light May 7, 2020

Perhaps the most important lesson that Stephanie and Mark Ruter have taught their son and daughter during the coronavirus pandemic is an appreciation for the simple things in life and to not take their health for granted.  Both parents are nurse anesthetists...

Alia Chappell wears a cap and gown delivered by Crossroads to all seniors. 

Homeschooling mom feels right at home

By Ellie S. Grossman, Special to the Jewish Light May 7, 2020

Teaching from home is old school for Kalanit Chappell, who points out there are major differences between actual homeschooling and distance learning, which is what most students are doing now.A single mom who lives in University City and member of Bais...

From left, Leora, Yehuda and Tzofia Dean family take part in a Passover play they wrote, directed and edited while learning at home. 

When Mother Earth meets schoolteacher, memories bloom

By Ellie S. Grossman, Special to the Jewish Light May 7, 2020

Shelley Hoffman Dean, mom of four kids ages nine through 13, is used to juggling a lot of things. Family, career, music, dance, art, and inspiring children to love Judaism is all in a day’s work. But teaching school to her own children during a pandemic...

Pre-K Academy enrichment programs to begin at the J this month

January 4, 2017

Families with children ages 3-6 are invited to try two, free, academic enrichment programs at the Jewish Community Center. Parents are also encouraged to take advantage of an opportunity to preview the new Pre-K Academy and Pre-K Academy Jr. classes,...

This photograph of an Arab neighbor visiting a friend in Kibbutz Kfar Giladi in 1945 or 1946 is part of the Museum of the Jewish People’s vast archives. Photo: Herbert Sonnenfeld/Courtesy of Beit Hatfutsot

Have WiFi? You can explore the story of the Jewish people anywhere you go

By Debra Kamin, JTA June 22, 2016

TEL AVIV — When Benny Daon entered the Israeli high-tech scene in 1993, the Jewish State was just beginning to earn its reputation as a global hub of cutting-edge technology. He worked his way up the ladder, first at other people’s companies and then...

Samantha Weil

Experiencing Israel—a journey to be continued

By Samantha Weil January 25, 2012

Before leaving for Israel, I didn't fully understand the deep connection and love people have for it. I had learned a lot about Israel throughout my Jewish education, but I never felt a personal connection with the country or its people. Although I was...

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