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

Myron Jaffe

Myron Jaffe, 91; businessman, passionate Zionist

BY ROBERT A. COHN, Editor-in-Chief EmeritusPublished July 18, 2012

Myron Jaffe, who with his late wife founded Admiral Rental and Sales Co., a successful health equipment and party and event furniture rental business, and who was an early and passionate supporter of Zionism, died Thursday, July 12, 2012, in Princeton,...

Sarijane Freiman with her daughter, Rebecca Helfer, in the background. The photo was taken in Mrs. Freimans home.

Learning to accept “exceptional” children

By Sarijane FreimanPublished June 13, 2012

In 1961, several days after I had my first child, an acquaintance also delivered a baby boy. Soon after, she received a visit from her doctor telling her that the baby was a “mongoloid.” The doctor’s best advice was to put the baby in an institution,...

Friday Five: Edan Pinchot, Max Fried, Ashley Biden, Alan Dershowitz, Bil Pascrell

By JTA StaffPublished June 8, 2012

At the "America's Got Talent" auditions that aired this week, 13-year-old Edan Pinchot made judges swoon with his heartfelt cover of OneRepublic's "Good Life." For many Jewish viewers, though, it was undoubtedly his yarmulke that stood out. Last year,...

Chef Kiersten Firquain offers samples of veggie quinoa to participants at last year’s All the Right Ingredients, a free parenting workshop offered May 1 by Saul Mirowitz Jewish Community School.

SMJCS workshop offers parents recipe for healthy choices

Published April 18, 2012

Each day, children make choices that affect their health, their relationships, their self-confidence and ultimately their success in school. Parents are invited to learn how they can help their children develop a perfect blend of healthy habits at a workshop...

Shmuley Boteach announces run for Congress

JTAPublished March 14, 2012

NEW YORK -- Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, the author and media personality, announced his candidacy for a New Jersey congressional seat. In a statement Wednesday, Boteach announced that he will be seeking the Republican nomination in northern New Jersey’s...

Second man charged in N.J. synagogue attacks

JTAPublished March 4, 2012

A second man was charged with attacks on two northern New Jersey synagogues, including one that injured a rabbi who was living in the synagogue residence. Aakash Dalal, 19, was charged March 2 with conspiracy, aggravated arson, bias intimidation and...

Israeli cottage cheese boycotters now taking on chocolate bars

JTAPublished February 21, 2012

JERUSALEM -- The leaders of Israel's cottage cheese boycott are calling for a new boycott over the high price of chocolate bars. The calls came earlier this week after an Israeli living in the United States posted a photo on Facebook of a receipt from...

First Twersky prize awarded

JTAPublished February 17, 2012

NEW YORK -- Andrew Silow-Carroll of the New Jersey Jewish News won the first David Twersky Journalism Award. Named for the paper's former editor who died of cancer in 2010 at age 60, the prize was awarded to Silow-Carroll for a column he wrote in September...

Boteach declares intent to run for Congress

JTAPublished February 6, 2012

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach has sent a letter declaring his intent to run for Congress in New Jersey's newly formed 9th District. Boteach sent the letter of intent to the offices of the Bergen County Republican Organization by the Jan. 31 deadline. But he...

Anthony M. Graziano

Suspect in N.J. synagogue attacks pleads not guilty

JTAPublished January 25, 2012

A 19-year-old man arrested in attacks on two northern New Jersey synagogues hates Jews, the county proescutor said. Anthony M. Graziano of Lodi, N.J., was arrested Tuesday morning in connection with the Jan. 11 firebomb attack on a synagogue and residence...

Group slams suspension of Amsterdam chief rabbi for comments about gays

JTAPublished January 23, 2012

The suspension of Amsterdam's chief rabbi for signing a statement on "curing" homosexuality is "verging on fascism," a committee of Orthodox Jews told a Dutch newspaper. The Committee for the Declaration on the Torah Approach to Homosexuality said in...

Vandalism reading Jews Did 9/11 scrawled at Temple Beth Israel
in Hackensack, N.J., Dec. 10, 2011.

After attacks on Jews in New Jersey, heightened security—and anxiety

By Jessica Leader, JTAPublished January 17, 2012

NEW YORK - As Jews in some northern New Jersey communities made their way to synagogue last Shabbat, the scene was slightly different from the typical day of rest. Extra police cars were on patrol near synagogues. At Bnei Yeshurun in Teaneck, a new buzzer...

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