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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

Jillian Shatken, photo courtesy of The Source.

Jewish Wash U grad Jillian Shatken making it big in NYC fashion scene

Leslie McCarthy and Jordan Palmer March 27, 2022

As a student designer in the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts, Jillian Shatken, BFA ’07, never aspired to be the head of a fashion label. But if her time at Washington University taught her anything, it’s that when a creative opportunity...

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The “Braunstein Pizza Project” is searching for a slice of NYC in STL

Ellen Futterman, Editor-In-Chief March 25, 2022
Native New Yorkers skip the Provel in their quest for a a slice of NYC in STL.
From left, City Councilman Kalman Yeger, New York State Assemblyman Simcha Eichenstein and State Sen. Simcha Felder open up Kolbert Playground in Brooklyn on June 16.  

Orthodox lawmakers defy NYC mayor, cut chains off Brooklyn playground

BY SHIRA HANAU, JTA June 18, 2020

In the space of just 48 hours, Orthodox lawmakers in New York have gone from calling on the city’s mayor to open playgrounds, to threatening to open the parks themselves, to actually cutting the chains off a Brooklyn playground.State Assemblyman Simcha...

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Spencer Platt November 8, 2018

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 10: U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg prepares to administer the Oath of Allegiance to candidates for U.S. citizenship at the New-York Historical Society on April 10, 2018 in New York City. Two hundred candidates from...

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Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images June 20, 2018

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley speaks at a U.N. Security Council emergency session on the demonstrations at the Israel-Gaza conflict, at U.N. headquarters in New York City, May 30, 2018. (Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images)

Brooklyn fire kills 7 children

Brooklyn fire kills 7 children

Yonatan Sindel March 25, 2015

A man reacts near the fresh graves of the seven children from the Sassoon family during thier funeral in Jerusalem on March 23, 2015. The seven children died early on Saturday after flames ripped through their Brooklyn home in one of New York City. the...

A computer glitch in travel agency websites helped thousands to book El Al flights from the U.S. to Israel at an extremely low cost.

Snafu sends Israel travelers flying on air with low-priced tickets

By Adam Soclof, JTA August 7, 2012

NEW YORK — Two months ago, Miriam Leichtling’s parents lost their jobs within a week of each other.For several months, Leichtling, a New York designer who has led several organized trips to Israel, had been agonizing over how to scrape together enough...

Haredi Williamsburg residents face controversy over shops’ modest dress code

By Ben Sales, JTA July 25, 2012

Haredi Orthodox shop owners in Williamsburg, Brooklyn have faced criticism of signs in some shops requesting that patrons dress modestly. According to CBS News-New York, local non-haredi residents of the Hasidic enclave feel that signs banning low-cut...

Left to right: R-Mission members Robin Burger, Roni Bibring, and Yonina Teitelbaum at inaugural event on June 3, 2012.

In a new network, Jewish cancer survivors are finding the understanding they need

By Charlotte Anthony, JTA July 12, 2012

NEW YORK — Roni Bibring was 15 when she was diagnosed with leukemia. Four years later, her treatment completed, she says her biggest challenge — having lost touch with many of her friends — is making new friends who understand what she’s been...

Young Judaea’s separation from Hadassah begins

By Debra Rubin, JTA July 3, 2012

WASHINGTON -- Young Judaea is en route to full independence from Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America. Hadassah's board had voted for the separation in June 2011, and both organizations announced this week that the move to independence...

A man dressed as Elmo from Sesame Street is shown yelling anti-Semitic slurs in New Yorks Times Square, June 2012.

Anti-Semitic adventures for ‘Elmo,’ U.S. embassies’ thoughtless tweets, Michael Jackson’s Jews

By Uri Fintzy, JTA June 26, 2012

SIX DEGREES (NO BACON)/JEWISH CELEBRITY ROUNDUP NEW YORK (6NoBacon) -- Fans of Elmo no doubt were taken aback when a man wearing a costume of the beloved "Sesame Street" character replaced his cute and loving words with anti-Semitic slurs in some of New...

A scene from BBCs show Episodes, which featured a tombstone with Hebrew that was translated incorrectly and engraved backwards.

Drake’s brawl, Shia LaBeouf’s nudity, Israel’s baby rhino

By JTA Staff June 19, 2012

NEW YORK (6NoBacon) -- Last week we reported that Drake is accused of buying a stolen Rolex watch that was owned by a New York entertainment lawyer. That case pales in comparison to the trouble "Drizzy" got himself into this week. Drake was out with his...

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