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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

Ben Poremba, at left, and his father, Jacob Poremba, at Olio restaurant last week. The senior Poremba was visiting from Israel.

New deli on horizon

Ellen Futterman, EditorPublished November 2, 2016

New deli on horizonBy now many of you have probably heard that local restaurateur and Israeli native Ben Poremba (of Elaia, Olio, Parigi and co-owner of La Patisserie Chouquette) plans to open a Jewish-style deli in St. Louis, hopefully by July 2017....

A variety of St. Louis Jewish congregations and organizations took part in the St. Louis PrideFest parade. Photos: Philip Deitch

St. Louis Jewish community groups hope presence at PrideFest sends message of support

BY ERIC BERGER , Staff WriterPublished June 29, 2016

Lawrence Amitin said the St. Louis PrideFest parade this year felt different because of the terrorist attack at a gay club earlier this month in Orlando, Fla. In the wake of the attack, he said he could relate to the LGBT community not only because his...

Innovation Grant winner plans LGBTQ workshop

Published May 4, 2016

The St. Louis Jewish Communities Pride Initiative is nearing the end of a year-long marketing/outreach campaign to create a more inclusive St. Louis Jewish community for LGBTQ individuals and their families. Starting last June with St. Louis Pride Fest...

Add new relevance to your seder with a Haggadah supplement focusing on contemporary issues.

Five seder supplements to consider for Passover this year

By Gabe Friedman, JTAPublished April 21, 2016

We get it: Most Jewish families don’t yearn to make their Passover seders longer.But there’s an entire world of seder upgrades and supplements out there providing myriad creative ways to freshen up the age-old tale of the Jews’ liberation from slavery...

Conservative rabbinic group issues guidelines for same-sex wedding rituals

By Ben Sales, JTAPublished June 4, 2012

NEW YORK — The Conservative movement — affirming that same-sex marriages have “the same sense of holiness and joy as that expressed in heterosexual marriages” — last week established rituals for same-sex wedding ceremonies. The landmark vote...

Jennifer Bernstein

Taking a local stand against discrimination

BY JENNIFER BERNSTEINPublished May 16, 2012

One thing is clear: The Missouri State legislature is not doing enough to protect the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. The misguided HB 2051 “Don’t Say Gay” bill recently introduced in the Missouri House of Representatives...

Seattle panel nixes meeting with Israeli gays over ‘pinkwashing’

JTAPublished March 20, 2012

A Seattle commission that represents the gay community canceled a meeting with gay Israeli leaders over Israel's treatment of the Palestinians. The Seattle LBGT Commission canceled the March 16 City Hall reception the night before after pressure from...

Joan Lipkin

LGBT themes are focus of short play festival


What Joan Lipkin has in mind for playgoers is a theatrical buffet, an opportunity to sample seven short plays, rather than settle in for a full-length entrée. Plus, "Briefs: A Festival of Short Lesbian and Gay Plays" is the first theater festival in...

The Artist claimed 10 Oscar nominations, including ones for
Best Picture and Best Director Michel Hazanavicius, a French

Oscar is a Jewish name

By Ellen Futterman, EditorPublished January 25, 2012

B'nai mitzvah mitzvah When Central Reform Congregation members Michael Getty and Brian Vetruba decided to become b'nai mitzvah together, the couple wanted a mitzvah project that was not only meaningful to them but also beneficial to the entire St. Louis...

Sherie Schild and Janice Barrier wait with 16 other couples from
St. Louis to be married during a trip to Iowa in 2009. The couples
wedding was officiated by Rabbi Susan Talve of Central Reform
Congregation. Photo: Kristi Foster

The changing St. Louis Jewish community

By David Baugher , Special to the Jewish LightPublished November 30, 2011

As Barry Rosenberg nurses a cup of coffee at a local café, the President and CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater St. Louis paints a picture of what many once thought was a typical Jewish home. "Most of our institutions were designed to serve what...

Larry Levin

Don’t confuse law and belief as cultural winds blow

BY LARRY LEVINPublished July 20, 2011

Here's the most important thing you need to know about gay marriage: In a recent poll, almost 70 percent of 18-34 year old Americans approve of it.Why is that the most important thing? Because in many ways it's yesterday's issue. The societal tectonic...

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