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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

A photograph by fine art photographer David Coblitz. Coblitz’s show runs from Friday, Aug. 3 through Thursday, Aug. 29 at the new Ober-Anderson Gallery in Kirkwood.

Games, art, kudos and roses

By Lois CaplanPublished August 2, 2012

AN ALL-GAMES PARTY sounds to me like bingo or poker, neither of which is a favorite.  Now Hadassah is planning my idea of a perfect all-games party from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, August 5 at Crown Center, 8350 Delcrest Drive in University City. In...

Letter to the Editor, week of June 27, 2012

Published June 27, 2012

Cartoon was poor choice The editors of the Light showed extremely poor taste in their selection of the cartoon for the opinions page of the June 20 issue. Implying that the recent action taken by the Egyptian Supreme Court is equivalent to the United...

Mental illness, developmental disabilities are topics that aren’t going away any time soon

By Ellen Futterman, EditorPublished June 27, 2012

Since the beginning of the month, the Jewish Light’s “Can We Talk?” quarterly series has focused on mental illness and developmental disabilities in the local Jewish community. In addition to weekly stories, the Light, in collaboration with the...

Parents ponder difficult choices as their mentally ill children enter adulthood

By Ellen Futterman, EditorPublished June 20, 2012

No one knows what the future holds, but it’s especially concerning among parents in the Jewish community who have children living with a mental illness, many of whom are in their thirties, forties, even fifties. That’s because aging parents aren’t...

Jason Wilson and his mother Lynda, outside of Jason’s home.  Jason, 41, was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2000.

Festivus redux, talking the talk

By Ellen Futterman, EditorPublished June 13, 2012

It’s summertime and the heat index is soaring.  My 14-year-old has a social life that exhausts me, mostly because I’m old and I’m spending much of my “free” time driving him from one place to another. Work has been particularly busy. My garden...

Mental health is a Jewish issue

By Hillel Abramson, Ph.DPublished June 6, 2012

I was pleased to learn that part of the current installment of Can We Talk? is centered on the mental health needs of our Jewish community and how we can best address them.  As a psychologist in private practice, I sense a professional calling and feel...

Rabbi James Stone Goodman leads a Passover seder at Southeast Correctional Center recently as part of Jewish Prison Outreach.

Rabbi Goodman: inviting people ‘back into the tent’

By Ellen Futterman, EditorPublished June 6, 2012

If there is anyone in the St. Louis Jewish community dedicated to those who feel neglected or overlooked, it’s Rabbi James Goodman of Congregation Neve Shalom. For the past three decades, the affable rabbi has helped to spearhead grassroots outreach...

Ellen Rosenbaum talks during a meeting of Achraiyut (Hebrew for ‘to assume responsibility’) at Congregation Neve Shalom. The group, founded in 1993, is for individuals living with mental illness. The group meets the first Monday of the month. Although most of the group’s members are Jewish, it is open to individuals of other faiths as well.

Confronting mental illness: No easy answers

By Ellen Futterman, EditorPublished June 6, 2012

Jason Wilson wants people to understand that although he hasn’t been able to work full time since 1999, he’s neither lazy nor is he a loser. What he is, he explains, his voice choking with emotion, is mentally ill. The 41-year-old was diagnosed with...

Spiritual support group for Jews with mental illness plans meeting

Published August 31, 2011

Achraiyut, a support group for Jewish persons with a mental illness, will meet Monday, Sept. 12 at Congregation Neve Shalom, 1240 Dautel Lane in Creve Coeur. In Hebrew, achraiyut means "to assume responsibility."The group is designed for those who have...

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