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

Robert A. Cohn, Editor-in-Chief Emeritus

Historic ‘firsts’ among Jewish Federation leaders

BY ROBERT A. COHN, Editor-in-Chief EmeritusPublished August 8, 2012

On Sept. 1, Andrew Rehfeld will assume his duties as the new Jewish Federation Chief Executive Officer and President, succeeding Barry Rosenberg, who has helmed the organization since 1993.  Until his retirement in 2013, Rosenberg will stay on to advise...

Laurie Goldberg

Top 10 single cities in the U.S.

By Laurie GoldbergPublished August 2, 2012

I'm sure you won't be surprised that St. Louis did not make the top 10 list for the best cities to be single in, in a recent survey by Kiplingers.com. I bet you will be surprised by some of the cities that did make the list.In my situation, it doesn't...

From left , Mia Schaikewitz, Auti Angel, Angela Rockwood and Tiphany Adams.

Women in wheelchairs ‘Push’ boundaries in real life, TV

By Naomi Pfefferman, Jewish JournalPublished June 13, 2012

LOS ANGELES — Mia Schaikewitz parked her shiny black Mitsubishi Eclipse in front of her graphic design office in Pasadena, Calif., looking glamorous in her black leather jacket and purple eye shadow with matching fingernail polish. She opened her car...

David Pelcovitz

Teach children to be their own Internet filters

By Eliezer Jones and David Pelcovitz, JTAPublished May 21, 2012

NEW YORK -- Tens of thousands of Jews filled Citi Field in Queens on Sunday and heard from haredi Orthodox leaders that the Internet should be avoided in the home at all costs and used sparingly at work, and then only with a filter blocking content that...

Michael Feinstein

Feinstein and St. Louis Symphony to showcase ‘Great American Songbook’

By Marvin Glassman, Special To The Jewish LightPublished May 9, 2012

After an early start working as a music archivist for Ira Gershwin, 55-year-old Jewish singer/songwriter Michael Feinstein has dedicated his career to preserving and enhancing the artists from the early part of the 20th century, with special attention...

A wax likeness of Anne Frank has been installed at Madame Tussauds in Berlin -- in the room next to the Hitler figure.

Looking into Anne Frank’s unblinking eyes

By Edmon J. Rodman, JTAPublished March 21, 2012

LOS ANGELES -- Is the image of Anne Frank heading in the same commercial direction as Edvard Munch’s “The Scream”? Munch’s Expressionist painting, once an iconic representation of horror, for years has been available as a party inflatable, an...

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...


New teen trend: ‘Faux Mitzvahs’

By Sarah Cohen, John Burroughs High SchoolPublished March 19, 2012

The social lives of both Jewish and non-Jewish seventh graders expand tremendously as they are invited to classmates’ bar and bat mitzvahs. However, recently these students’ social calendars have begun to overflow as their non-Jewish classmates throw...

Peres ends California tour with meeting with Hispanic leaders

JTAPublished March 12, 2012

LOS ANGELES -- Shimon Peres ended a week-long visit to California with a wide-ranging discussion with Latino leaders on American exceptionalism, global generation gaps, and the correct spelling of his last name. Sunday morning's event with the Israeli...


Who says St. Louis isn’t hip?

By Ellen Futterman, EditorPublished February 29, 2012

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I checked out the new St. Louis Kabbalah Bookstore in Clayton. What I found was a spacious, sunny room with comfortable seating and bookshelves displaying dozens of titles such as “The Power of You,” “Kabbalah...

The folk-pop duo Wellspring features the Modern Orthodox
performer Dov Rosenblatt and his non-Orthodox band mate Talia

For Orthodox musicians, alternatives to the Friday night concert abound

By Lisa Alcalay Klug, JTAPublished February 8, 2012

LOS ANGELES -- With his yarmulke, ritual fringes and lyrics occasionally borrowed from ancient texts, Grammy-nominated reggae star Matisyahu may be the most publicly Jewish performer in the mainstream music scene. But he's not the only one. Growing ranks...

Something red for Valentines? The Check-In, made in Israel by
Sapapa, converts from sofa to bed in one touch.

Whether a bed, or help figuring out what to do in one, some kosher options for Valentine’s Day

By Edmon J. Rodman, JTAPublished February 6, 2012

LOS ANGELES -- On Valentine's Day, for a people tasked in the Bible with being fruitful and multiplying, what goods are good for the Jews? Perhaps sex toys from an Orthodox-oriented website that are not supposed to make you blush? Or maybe your pleasure...

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