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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

Secretary of state nominee Tony Blinken speaks at a Cabinet announcement event in Wilmington, Del., as President-elect Joe Biden looks on, Nov. 24, 2020. (Chandan Khanna/AFP via Getty Images) 

A look at Biden’s Jewish picks for staff, Cabinet

Robert A. Cohn, Editor-in-Chief EmeritusPublished December 3, 2020

This feature is dedicated to the memory of Melvin L. Newmark, St. Louis attorney and Jewish community leader, who served as president of the Jewish Light Board of Trustees from l969-l972. In his memory, Mr. Newmark’s family and friends established...

Above: American soldiers wade from Coast Guard landing barge toward the beach at Normandy on D-Day, June 6, 1944. Photo: Robert F. Sargent/Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division

D-Day plus 75 years: Pivotal battle helped save the West, world Jewry

ROBERT A. COHN, Editor-in-Chief EmeritusPublished June 2, 2019

June 6, 2019 will mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day, the Normandy invasion that dealt a fatal blow to the evil, genocidal dictatorship of Adolf Hitler, saved Western civilization and arguably the Jews of the entire world. On June 5, 1944, after...

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and then-Attorney General Robert Kennedy are shown on June 22, 1963 in Washington, D.C.

What was lost with murders of Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy?

ROBERT A. COHN, Editor-in-Chief EmeritusPublished May 31, 2018

“Has anybody here seen my old friend Martin?  He freed a lot of people, but it seems the good die young.  But I just look around and he’s gone.” — Lyric from “Abraham, Martin and John,” by Dion DiMucci It is hard to believe that...

Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel (second from right), marches at Selma with Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., Ralph Bunche, Rep. John Lewis, Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth and Rev. C.T. Vivian. (Courtesy of Susannah Heschel)

The Torch has passed—but to whom?

Robert A. Cohn, Editor-in-Chief EmeritusPublished December 7, 2017

In today’s bitterly divisive political climate, alliances that were once enduring appear to have grown increasingly estranged from one another. A couple of recent events occurring within weeks of each other are reminders of the once solid relationship...

‘Casimir visits Esterka,’ an 1870 painting by Władysław Łuszczkiewicz. 

Affairs of state: How Jewish mistresses played major roles in history

BY ROBERT A. COHN | Editor-in-Chief EmeritusPublished December 28, 2016

“Show me the fiercest general and he will tremble before a skirt.” — Napoleon Bonaparte   Zsa Zsa Gabor, the Jewish-born actress and femme fatale who died Dec. 18 at the age of 99, collected nine husbands and countless lovers during her long...

Pages from the Oct. 27, 1965 Jewish Light.

600 words that changed 2,000 years of Catholic-Jewish relations

ROBERT A. COHN, Editor-in-Chief EmeritusPublished November 18, 2015

October marked the 50th anniversary of the approval of the historic, 6,000-word Nostra Aetate (“In Our Time”), through which the Second Vatican Council of the Roman Catholic Church preached tolerance of non-Christian religions. Six hundred words...


Leonard Bernstein seated at piano, making annotations to a musical score. Photo: Al Ravenna, World Telegram staff photographer - Library of Congress. New York World-Telegram & Sun Collection. http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3c27784

Jews of note: Jewish contributions to the classic American songbook

ROBERT A. COHN, Editor-in-Chief EmeritusPublished December 17, 2014

No one can deny the enormous, multi-decade contributions that Jews have made to American musical theater and the classic American songbook. On the topic of Jews in Music, Darryl Lyman’s book “Great Jews in Music”  (Jonathan David Publishers,...

TOP ROW FROM LEFT: Jerome Robbins, Sophie Tucker, John Garfield and  Danny KayeBOTTOM ROW FROM LEFT: Kurt Weill, Fanny Brice, Mel Brooks and Barbra Streisand. 

Jews and theater

Judith Newmark, Special to the Jewish LightPublished December 26, 2013

Editor’s Note: St. Louis Post-Dispatch theater critic Judith Newmark recently delivered this talk on Jewish-American theater at the Brodsky Library. When my daughter Jordan was a sixth-grader at Solomon Schechter Day School, Rabbi Mordecai Miller...

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