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

‘The Newsroom’

No business like the news business: Aaron Sorkin on ‘Newsroom’

By Danielle Berrin, L.A. Jewish JournalPublished July 18, 2012

Aaron Sorkin, the playwright, television writer and Oscar-winning screenwriter of “The Social Network,” is causing a stir with his new HBO series, “The Newsroom,” about the inside antics of a cable news show and its commentary on American journalism....

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem, January 13, 2011.

Visit to Israel gives Romney chance to shore up foreign policy, evangelical cred

By Ron Kampeas, JTAPublished July 3, 2012

WASHINGTON — Mitt Romney’s announced trip to Israel, at the height of his campaign to wrest the presidency from Barack Obama, could be a twofer, drawing closer two critical constituencies: evangelicals and foreign policy hawks. A Romney campaign official...

The Jewish Light earned a first place award for Outstanding Website from the American Jewish Press Association. The award was one of five Simon Rockower Awards for Excellence in Jewish Journalism for 2011 received by the paper. 

Putting Jewish journalism into perspective

BY LARRY LEVIN, Publisher/CEOPublished June 20, 2012

As noted scholar and Jewish historian Jonathan Sarna suggested at the American Jewish Press Association (AJPA) annual conference last week in Philedelphia, news organizations such as the Jewish Light provide the first draft of our community history. ...

Editorial: Syria and Sudan: Does Anybody Care?

Published June 13, 2012

Nicholas D. Kristof, the courageous New York Times reporter who was the most persistent and forceful advocate for the innocents of Darfur in the Sudan where 300,000 were murdered, has been a lonely voice on behalf of two current groups of victims. In...

Obama’s same-sex marriage nod echoes historic Catholic-Jewish debate

By Ben Sales, JTAPublished May 24, 2012

NEW YORK -- When President Obama publicly endorsed same-sex marriage two weeks ago, most secular Jewish leaders applauded while some religious ones disagreed -- the latter group joining their Catholic counterparts. In doing so, these representatives...

Martin Raffel

New directions in assault on Israel’s legitimacy

BY MARTIN RAFFELPublished May 9, 2012

There is an old saying that generals prepare to fight the last war. Those of us engaged in defense against the assault on Israel’s legitimacy cannot afford to fall into this trap. We must accurately assess the evolving strategies and tactics employed...

Murray Koppelman in his Manhattan office next to a work by the Israeli artist Yaacov Agam.

For Murray Koppelman, a distasteful Tehran scene inspires a gift to New Israel Fund

By Ron Kampeas, JTAPublished April 23, 2012

WASHINGTON -- Murray Koppelman saw women pushed onto the back of a bus in Tehran and had a nightmare about Israel’s future.Koppelman, a well-known philanthropist in New York, is behind a New Israel Fund pledge drive to combat discrimination against...

Beren coach Chris Cole instructing his players during a timeout at the championship game, March 3.

Texas school group pressured to be more inclusive

By Shira Schoenberg, JTAPublished April 3, 2012

Comments by the head of a Texas school association at the center of a controversy over Sabbath accommodations is fueling a drive by its members to be more open to the needs of Jewish and Muslim schools. Edd Burleson, the director of the The Texas Association...

Editorial: Boo Beinert’s Boycott

Published March 28, 2012

We have consistently opposed those who promote boycotts against Israel based on its relations with the Palestinian leaders and territories. In fact, last year we suggested the so-called BDS movement (boycott, divestment, sanctions) should more appropriately...

Peter Beinart, who called this week for a boycott of West Bank goods, meets students at the J Street national conference in February 2011. Beinart is due to keynote this years conference by the liberal pro-Israel group at the end of the month.

Peter Beinart calls for a ‘Zionist BDS,’ but he’s not finding many takers

By Ron Kampeas, JTAPublished March 20, 2012

WASHINGTON—Should Jews shun other Jews? And should they shun Jews who call on Jews to shun other Jews? Peter Beinart’s call in the New York Times recently for a boycott of goods manufactured in West Bank settlements reignited a debate not just about...

Parents find new benefit to Jewish camp: Freedom from themselves

By Jason Miller, JTAPublished March 19, 2012

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. -- When she took the stage recently before an audience of 400 Jewish camping enthusiasts, Lenore Skenazy wasted no time in addressing why she is known as “America’s Worst Mom.” The author of a 2008 column in The New York Times...


Harmonious beginning to Festival of Jewish Life

By Patricia Corrigan, Special to the Jewish LightPublished March 7, 2012

Maybe you saw them on CNN or on “The Today Show.” Maybe you read about them in the New York Times or the Jerusalem Post. Maybe you watched their videos on You Tube—the first one posted got two million hits in 10 days. Or maybe you caught their concerts...

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