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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

Two studies put U.S. Jewish census at up to 6.6 million

JTA January 17, 2012

More than 6 million Jews are living in the United States, according to two independent studies. The two studies, using completely different methodology, discovered between 6.4 million and 6.6 million U.S. Jews, or about 1.8 percent of the population,...

Can We Talk?

Synagogues aim to evolve to fit changing needs

By David Baugher, Special to the Jewish Light December 14, 2011

They come for the wedding. They come for the bar and bat mitzvah. They come for the High Holidays. But the question that troubles Rick Kodner doesn't revolve around lifecycle events. How do you get them to come the rest of the time? "What's happened is...

Jewish demographics: Numbers prove elusive

By David Baugher, Special to the Jewish Light November 30, 2011

It's growing or it's shrinking. It's aging or it's not. The different streams are gaining or they aren't. There is one thing everyone agrees on when it comes to demographic numbers that define the Jewish community.They are hard to find-and expensive to...

Sherie Schild and Janice Barrier wait with 16 other couples from
St. Louis to be married during a trip to Iowa in 2009. The couples
wedding was officiated by Rabbi Susan Talve of Central Reform
Congregation. Photo: Kristi Foster

The changing St. Louis Jewish community

By David Baugher , Special to the Jewish Light November 30, 2011

As Barry Rosenberg nurses a cup of coffee at a local café, the President and CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater St. Louis paints a picture of what many once thought was a typical Jewish home. "Most of our institutions were designed to serve what...

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