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

Participants dancing at a concert held to celebrate the end of the first Limmud FSU conference in Moldova, June 2012.

Moldovan Jews struggle to maintain their historic community amid poverty, anti-Semitism

By Gavin Rabinowitz, JTA June 20, 2012

CHISINAU, Moldova -- To tour the largely empty Jewish communities of Moldova and its capital, Chisinau -- once known by Jews the world over as Kishinev -- is not to wonder where did all the Jews go but why there are any remaining. Overgrown cemeteries...

Matthew Bronfman, center, is made an honorary citizen by the mayor of Otaci, the town in Moldova where his great grandfather Samuel Bronfman was born.

For Matthew Bronfman, a ‘surrealistic’ return to the Old Country

By Gavin Rabinowitz, JTA June 10, 2012

OTACI, Moldova -- After just half an hour the little blue tour bus painted with smiling dolphins died with a smell of something burning, leaving Matthew Bronfman stranded next to a muddy field somewhere in rural Moldova. It was a surreal start to what...

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