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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

Mitt Romney speaking to supporters at a rally in Tempe, Ariz., April 20, 2012.

Romney, guarded about his Mormonism, faces the Lieberman challenge

By Ron Kampeas, JTAPublished June 12, 2012

WASHINGTON -- Mitt Romney’s Lacrosse moment awaits him. The Democratic convention in Los Angeles was where Joe Lieberman made history as the first Jewish candidate on a major ticket on Aug. 17, 2000. But two days later, history came to life in Lacrosse,...

Mormons limit genealogical access to stop baptisms of Shoah victims

By Daniel Treiman, JTAPublished March 9, 2012

The Mormon Church is restricting access to its genealogical records relating to Holocaust victims in a move to protect their names for posthumous baptisms. "The church is committed to preventing the misguided practice of submitting the names of Holocaust...

Mormon letter warns members to stop proxy baptisms

JTAPublished March 4, 2012

A letter to be read in all Mormon churches warns members to stop all unauthorized posthumous baptisms, including those of Holocaust survivors. The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the highest governing body of the Mormon...

Daniel Pearl posthumously baptized in Mormon rite

JTAPublished February 29, 2012

Daniel Pearl was baptized in a Mormon proxy ritual in another case of a prominent deceased Jew discovered to have been baptized posthumously in recent weeks. Pearl, a Wall Street Journal reporter kidnapped and executed by terrorists in Pakistan in February...

Dr. Rafael Medoff is director of The David S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies, and coauthor, with Prof. Sonja Schoepf Wentling, of the new book “Herbert Hoover and the Jews: The Origins of the ‘Jewish Vote’ and Bipartisan Support for Israel.”

Recalling a Morman senator who tried to save Anne Frank’s life

By Rafael Medoff, JTAPublished February 26, 2012

WASHINGTON—The news that a Mormon temple in the Dominican Republic recently conducted a posthumous proxy baptism of Anne Frank, the most famous diarist of the Holocaust, undoubtedly will cause some offense in the Jewish community. Evidently the baptizers...

Anne Frank baptized in Mormon proxy ritual

JTAPublished February 22, 2012

Anne Frank was baptized in a Mormon proxy ritual, at least the third Holocaust victim discovered to have been baptized posthumously this month. The ceremony reportedly took place last weekend in a Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints temple in...

Wiesel: Romney should speak out about proxy baptisms

JTAPublished February 15, 2012

WASHINGTON -- Holocaust survivor and author Elie Wiesel said Mitt Romney should speak up about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' practice of posthumous baptisms. In an interview with the Huffington Post, Wiesel said that Romney, the front-runner...

Mormon church apologizes for proxy baptism of Wiesenthal’s parents

JTAPublished February 14, 2012

The Mormon church has apologized for the posthumous baptism of the parents of Simon Wiesenthal. A member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints last month submitted the names of Wiesenthal's parents for posthumous baptism, the Salt Lake Tribune...

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