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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

Editorial: Pulpit Bullies

Published August 1, 2012

Missouri’s Catholic bishops, champions of Amendment 2 (set for Tuesday’s ballot in Missouri) say the measure is needed because religious values are becoming “marginalized in society.”We don’t mean to be disrespectful to those bishops or other...

Orthodox rabbinical group urging German Jews to defy court ruling on circumcision

JTA REPORTPublished July 11, 2012

BERLIN -- The head of Europe's main Orthodox rabbinical body said his organization is ready to back Jews in challenging the ruling in Germany that said circumcising young boys could be considered a criminal act. Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt, president of...

Letters to the Editor, week of June 6, 2012

Published June 6, 2012

Make St. Louis a leader in financing Jewish day school education Aryeh Klapper (May 23 commentary, “Sustaining day school education, financially and morally”) is correct in criticizing the current financing mechanism for Jewish day schools. However,...

Rabbi Marc Schneier and Imam Shamsi Ali

Strengthening Muslim-Jewish ties in the face of evil

By Marc Schneier and Shamsi Ali, JTAPublished March 26, 2012

NEW YORK—As a rabbi and an imam, we deeply mourn the tragic loss of innocent lives in the murderous terrorist attacks in France. We express our heartfelt sympathy and compassion for the bereaved. Amid the wall-to-wall media coverage of the attacks and...

Bill banning application of religious law dies in Florida Senate

By Marcy Oster, JTAPublished March 11, 2012

Legislation that would ban the application of religious or foreign law in marriage, divorce or custody cases stalled in Florida's state Senate. The Senate failed to bring the measure to a vote by March 9, the end of the current legislative session. It...

Fla. House passes religious law bill

JTAPublished March 4, 2012

WASHINGTON -- The Florida House of Representatives passed legislation opposed by Jewish and Muslim groups that would ban the application of religious or foreign law in marriage, divorce or custody cases. The bill is one of a number around the country...

Editorial: Silence Isn’t Golden

Published February 22, 2012

Rarely is there agreement on major issues between Newsweek, run by the left-leaning Tina Brown, and the neo-conservative flagship Commentary, still the flagship of the neo-conservative movement. But both recently published major articles on the widespread...

Jews barred from Temple Mount over flyers

JTAPublished February 12, 2012

JERUSALEM -- Jews were barred from visiting the Temple Mount following Muslim agitation over inflammatory flyers. Police in Jerusalem prevented non-Muslims from visiting the Temple Mount Sunday morning after the discovery of flyers hanging in the area...

President Obama receives the King Abdul Aziz Order of Merit from
Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, June 3,
2009.

Atlanta Jewish paper’s column on assassinating Obama sparks national uproar

By Uriel Heilman, JTAPublished January 25, 2012

NEW YORK—When news outlets began reporting last Friday that the owner of the Atlanta Jewish Times had published an opinion column seemingly suggesting that Israel might be wise to assassinate President Barack Obama, the response from prominent American...

Letters to the Editor: Week of Jan. 1, 2012

Published January 4, 2012

Rabbinical Council statement on Beit Shemesh We, the undersigned pulpit Rabbis of the Rabbinical Council of St. Louis, strongly and unambiguously condemn the recent violence and intimidation committed by a group of misguided individuals in the Jewish...

Aaron Whittington and Ken Cohen volunteer at Temple Emanuel
during the Jewish-Muslim Day of Service on Dec. 25. The inaugural
event, organized by the Jewish Community Relations Council, the
National Council of Jewish Women and the Islamic Foundation of
Greater St. Louis, drew close to 400 people. For a gallery of more
than 30 images from the event, visit
www.stljewishlight.com/multimedia. Photo: Yana Hotter

Interfaith service event draws 400

By David Baugher, Special to the Jewish LightPublished December 28, 2011

Looking out over a sea of people in garb ranging from hijabs to yarmulkes to baseball caps, enjoying laughter and conversation with one another over bagels and coffee on a holiday few in the room even celebrate, Batya Abramson-Goldstein couldn't help...

Abbas Ali

The story of one organizer of the Muslim-Jewish day of service

By Abbas AliPublished December 21, 2011

I came to this country as an immigrant, not unlike the ancestors of many in the Jewish community who arrived here around the turn of the 20th Century. One of the greatest families in my extended family, who had been living in the United States for more...

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