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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

Lois Severin and her late husband, Phil, with Ginsburg at Washington University.

St. Louisans fondly remember their connection to Ruth Bader Ginsburg

By Ellen Futterman, EditorPublished September 24, 2020

Lizzy Mills clearly recalls the day in June 2016 when her Cultural Leadership class was in Washington, D.C and met U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the legal champion and feminist trailblazer who passed away Friday at age 87. Cultural Leadership...

The Okin family: Rabbi Avi Okin with his wife, Devorah Tova, and their 1-year-old son, Binyomin. As of Sept. 1, Rabbi Okin will serve as Assistant Rabbi at Nusach Hari B’nai Zion. 

NHBZ welcomes new assistant rabbi

Published August 28, 2020

After an extensive search process that moved forward even during the pandemic, Rabbi Avi Okin has joined Nusach Hari B’nai Zion as the congregation’s new assistant rabbi. Okin just arrived in St. Louis from Los Angeles with his wife Devorah Tova...

Rebbetzin Tova Greenblatt, principal of Esther Miller Bais Yaakov High School

Federation announces Annual Meeting honorees

Published August 28, 2020

Jewish Federation of St. Louis has announced award recipients to be honored at its 2020 Annual Meeting on Thursday, Sept. 10. The RubinBrown Corporate Leadership Award will be presented, along with the Fred A. Goldstein Award for Professional Leadership...

Panelists Rabbi Scott Shafrin

Mirowitz Center hosts interfaith panel discussion on repentance, redemption

Published August 27, 2020

The weeks culminating with the High Holidays, Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year) and Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement), are a time for reflection, introspection, and repentance for Jewish people. However, the concepts of repentance and redemption are common...

‘Lawyers without Rights’ exhibit reopens at law library downtown

Published July 17, 2020

The acclaimed international exhibit, Lawyers without Rights: Jewish Lawyers in Germany under the Third Reich, here in St. Louis for the first time, has reopened to the public.The showing in St. Louis is sponsored locally by Anti-Defamation League- Heartland,...

JCRC, NCJW offer notary services for absentee voters

Published July 17, 2020

The local chapters of Jewish Community Relations Council and National Council of Jewish Women are collaborating to offer notary services for absentee and mail-in ballots in advance of the August election.The effort comes after Missouri Gov. Mike Parson...

Women’s Auxiliary Foundation for Jewish Aged restarts grant application process

Published July 17, 2020

The Women’s Auxiliary Foundation for Jewish Aged, a supporting foundation of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis, is again accepting applications for its 2020 funding cycle from St. Louis area nonprofit organizations. The process was placed on hold...

In this 2018 file photo, Joy Sterneck volunteers at the Jewish Women’s Back to School! Store.The annual event helps provide back to school essentials for children in need.

National Council of Jewish Women St. Louis plans Back to School! Store

Published July 16, 2020

The National Council of Jewish Women in St. Louis will stage its annual Back to School! Store on Sunday, July 19. Since NCJW started the Back to School! Store 20 years ago, the program has served more than 20,000 local students. “We remain deeply...

Rabbi Jeffrey Abraham, left, and Rabbi Elizabeth Hersh, right, will both teach courses at the Melton School for Adult Jewish Learning this fall.

Two new Melton courses starting soon

Published July 16, 2020

Melton St. Louis will offer two new courses this fall. Rabbi Jeffrey Abraham of Congregation B’nai Amoona will teach a 10-week course titled “Social Justice: The Heart of Judaism in Theory and Practice” beginning Aug. 10.  On Sept. 3, Rabbi Elizabeth...

Cheryl Maayan is head of school at Saul Mirowitz Jewish Community School.

Jewish day schools confront challenges in quest to reopen

By Ellen Futterman & Eric Berger, Editor & Associate EditorPublished July 16, 2020

At Torah Prep School of St. Louis, a majority of the families not only live in University City, they also attend Agudas Israel of St. Louis, an Orthodox synagogue in the suburb. As educators and government and health officials anxiously work through...

Covenant Place starts new tech tutoring program

Published July 3, 2020

Covenant Place, a senior living community on the Millstone Campus near Creve Coeur, has started a tech tutoring program for its senior residents. The program pairs high school volunteers with senior learners to teach them how to use Zoom and Facebook...

Nishmah plans virtual summer offerings

Published July 2, 2020

Nishmah plans to keep St. Louis Jewish women connected and engaged this summer while continuing the practice of social distancing. The organization is offering a series of four “Mini Salons” led by inspiring facilitators including former Nishmah Director...

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