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St. Louis Jewish Light

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St. Louis Jewish Light

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Pink proves superstardom and fierce parenting skills can co-exist beautifully

DAN BUFFA, SPECIAL TO THE JEWISH LIGHT May 24, 2021

How does one travel around the world as a global superstar and manage to be a dedicated mom at the same time? The artist known as Pink could teach a course on it. The Jewish musician doesn't just sing or dance on stage; she does it all at the same...

In the music of Bob Marley, a deep connection to Judaism

In the music of Bob Marley, a deep connection to Judaism

BENJAMIN IVRY, THE FORWARD May 21, 2021

This story originally appeared in The Foward Now that 40 years have passed since the May 1981 death of reggae pioneer Bob Marley, it’s worth noting how the impact of Jewish family lore may sometimes exceed mere documentary proof. A number...

Shelley Dean (left) leads a Rhythm ‘N’ Ruach class at the Saul Brodsky Jewish Community Library in 2019. 

Movies, concerts, games and classes for families inch back this summer

By Ellen Futterman, Editor June 25, 2020

The Jewish Light routinely receives emails from various outlets letting us know about goings-on taking place in the St. Louis area. Most of these events are not specifically Jewish, so they usually don’t make it into the Light. But with COVID-19...

 

Jewish Rock Radio plays on

by Bill Motchan, Special to the Jewish Light May 7, 2020

Every Friday evening, thousands of Jewish families around the world follow a familiar routine. From St. Louis to Nashville to Tel Aviv to Sydney, their pre-Shabbat activities include setting out candles, preparing dinner and tuning in to Jewish Rock Radio.The...

2019 file photo of David and Jeff Lazaroff.

Making new music at home

By Ellen Futterman, Editor April 30, 2020

Earlier this month, the Jewish Light revisited several talented St. Louis area Jewish musicians featured previously in the paper to see how they were faring through the pandemic. Among them were David and Jeff Lazaroff, a.k.a. the Brothers Lazaroff, who...

Rick Recht

Rick Recht leading ‘Flagpole’ series of online community rallies

By Ellen Futterman, Editor April 29, 2020

If you’re wanting a meaningful community connection during this time of sheltering at home, consider this interactive, music-filled event being launched by the Staenberg Family Foundation. The St. Louis Jewish Community Flagpole, a community rally...

Bob Dylan will perform with his band Oct. 22 at Stifel Theatre. 

New men’s club, teen learning and Bobby’s back

Ellen Futterman, Editor September 12, 2019

FEL for the fellasLast week, about 100 people showed up at the Mirowitz Center to learn about a new men’s group forming called FEL (Friends Enjoying Life). It’s modeled after similar efforts in Naples, Fla. and Phoenix,  the latter of which is called...

The cast of  ‘Angels in America’ at The Rep Sept. 4-Oct. 6.  Photo: Peter Wochniak

2019 Fall Arts Guide

Compiled by Jewish Light staff August 29, 2019

Labor Day weekend may signal the official end of summer — though not necessarily the end of hot weather — but it also signals the start of the 2019 Fall Arts Season, with enough performances, concerts and art openings to heat up the landscape. But...

Singer-songwriter Lucie Silvas will open for Sheryl Crow and Heart when their tour comes to the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre on Tuesday, July 9. Photo: Sonya Jasinski

Singer-songwriter Lucie Silvas brings ‘magic moments’ to St. Louis stage

By Kayla Steinberg, Staff Writer July 5, 2019

Singer-songwriter Lucie Silvas pours her heart into her songs, and it’s paid off. Silvas, 41, will open for nine-time Grammy award-winning singer and Missouri native Sheryl Crow and rock band Heart when they come to St. Louis on July 9. Silvas has...

Mandolin player Joel Ferber has been performing bluegrass music for more than 30 years. Photo: Bill Motchan 

Transplant St. Louisans dive deep into blues, bluegrass

By Bill Motchan, Special to the Jewish Light September 27, 2018

St. Louis fans of bluegrass or the blues are likely to have heard two accomplished Jewish musicians playing gigs around town. Joel Ferber and Ethan Leinwand both grew up on the East Coast, but they settled in the Midwest.Ferber, 59, is a Long Island native...

Sara Sitzer is an accomplished cellist who is a member of the Elgin (Ill.) Symphony and the founding artistic director of the Gesher Music Festival.   

Five questions with…Sara Sitzer of Gesher Music Festival

BY ELLEN FUTTERMAN, EDITOR August 2, 2018

The Gesher Music Festival will return Aug. 10-19 for its eighth season of bringing professional musicians to St. Louis to perform chamber music with a “Jewish twist” or inflection.In addition to a free family concert at the Ferguson Library at 2...

Lazer Lloyd

Lazer-like focus on music’s power to unify

By Eric Berger, Staff Writer August 2, 2018

Lazer Lloyd, a blues-rock guitarist who lives in Beit Shemesh, Israel, doesn’t give short answers — even to seemingly simple questions like, “Do you describe yourself as Jewish?”“Well, I mean, I personally observe Shabbat, and I am trying to...

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