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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

Missouri State Capitol building in Jefferson City, Mo.

The good, the bad and the ‘most egregious’ of Missouri’s legislative session

AMY HAMMERMAN and HILLARY HINZPublished February 18, 2022

The 2022 Missouri Legislative session kicked off Jan. 5th and the National Council of Jewish Women-St. Louis has already been a consistent presence in the capitol advocating on behalf of our priority issues. Although we anticipate several difficult fights...

Jill Schupp is one of the 36 women who have served in the Missouri Senate. All 36 of the women who served, or their families, participated in writing the stories for a new book, You Can, Too! Journey to the Missouri Senate: 36 Women Senators Share Their Stories.

Missouri’s women senators unite for literacy

JILL SCHUPPPublished February 7, 2022

The Eleven.  That’s the shorthand name I’ve given to the bipartisan group of women who currently serve in Missouri’s senate. Eleven is an historic number.  It is more women serving together in the upper chamber than ever before in Missouri’s...

Gail Wechsler

Tell legislators to support safe access to state’s public hearings

By Gail WechslerPublished February 26, 2021

Last summer and fall, as the general election approached, citizens across the country voiced concern about the prospect of voting in person. With COVID -19 spreading, many jurisdictions saw a need, even if only temporarily, to expand absentee and mail-in...

Michael Davis was elected to represent Missouris 56th District in Kansas City.

Meet 2 new ‘liberty loving legislators’ and Jewish Republicans

BY ERIC BERGER, ASSOCIATE EDITORPublished December 31, 2020

Roughly two-thirds of American Jews identify with the Democratic Party, according to Gallup polling. And 80% of Reform rabbis affiliate with the Democrats, according to a Yale University study.But contrary to what you might expect, two first-term legislators ...

Dr. David Eisenberg

Planned Parenthood director remains optimistic

By Eric Berger, Associate EditorPublished May 23, 2019

When Dr. David Eisenberg was in high school, his mother told him her story of the pregnancy she had in 1971 in northeast Philadelphia. She and Eisenberg’s father already had two children and she became pregnant despite the fact that she had an intrauterine...

Nancy Litz

The convergence of faith and reproductive rights

By Nancy Litz and Glenn NorthernPublished May 16, 2019

In the emotionally charged discussions around reproductive freedom, it can seem that people of faith universally support extreme, restrictive proposals like those currently before the Missouri Legislature.  As people deeply committed to our respective...

Anti-BDS legislation stalls in Senate

By Eric Berger, Staff WriterPublished May 9, 2018

The Democratic state senator who sponsored a bill that seeks to combat the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel said last week that it does not look as though the measure is “moving forward.”According to the sponsor, that’s...

Anti-BDS bill advances in Missouri legislature

By Eric Berger, Staff WriterPublished March 7, 2018

Committees in the Missouri House and Senate have voted to move forward with legislation that would require companies that receive state contracts to certify that they will not engage in a boycott of Israel. Gov. Eric Greitens has also said he would approve...

Shooting in the Wrong Direction

Jewish Light EditorialPublished December 14, 2016

You either think the rough justice of the Wild West works or you don’t. We don’t. And most law enforcement officials don’t either.Yet Missouri continues to move further down the line toward frontier law. Last year, over gubernatorial veto, the General...

Mirowitz fourth graders are shown with State Sen. Jill Schupp on the Senate floor. The students were introduced by name during a session of Senate and invited down to the Senate floor.

Young activists bring Jewish values to Capitol

By Margaret Gillerman, Special to the Jewish LightPublished February 24, 2016

Missouri State Rep. Stacey Newman of Richmond Heights has some “most favorite lobbyists” and she’s not afraid to name them.They’re “the fourth graders from Saul Mirowitz Jewish Community School,” Newman wrote on Facebook.  She also displayed...

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