St. Louis Jewish Light

Marci Mayer Eisen

The marvelous Ms. Marci Mayer Eisen

Ellen Futterman, Editor-in-Chief April 23, 2021

When I started working in the St. Louis Jewish community more than a dozen years ago, one of the first people to call and welcome me was Marci Mayer Eisen, director of the Millstone Institute and staff person for JProStl, which supports professionals...

The ‘art’ of mixology

The ‘art’ of mixology

Ellen Futterman, Editor-in-Chief April 21, 2021

Hanging on the walls in my Jewish Light office, along with STL Shakespeare Festival posters; a framed letter from Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg; an autographed Weatherbird print; and a vintage photo of Elizabeth Taylor, is a colored pencil illustration...

Maharat Rori Picker Neiss is executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council.

JCRC leader to speak at national J Street conference

By Ellen Futterman, Editor-in-Chief April 9, 2021

Maharat Rori Picker-Neiss, executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council, has been invited to speak on a panel at the virtual J Street National Conference April 18-19. The 2019 J Street Conference had over 4,000 attendees, including...

St. Louis artist Tsila Schwartz takes part in the first the Sababa Jewish Arts & Culture Festival in 2018. The festival, planned by Jewish Federation of St. Louis and the Jewish Community Center, is seeking artists for the 2021 festival, which is set for Oct. 10. Photo: Bill Motchan

Artists sought for Sababa Jewish Arts & Culture Festival

By Ellen Futterman April 8, 2021

I’m guessing like me, you can’t wait until the return of in-person events in the STL Jewish community. Last week I got word that the 2021 Sababa Jewish Arts & Culture Festival is scheduled to take place outside on Oct. 10. Details of the location...

Scott Bender grew up in St. Louis but is now an actor in Los Angeles. He has a starring role in “32 Weeks,” an independent film now streaming on Amazon Prime. 

Actor’s star began its slow burn in summer camp

Ellen Futterman, Editor March 24, 2021

It started where many of us have had our dreams of stardom realized: summer camp.Scott Bender, 34, recalls being tapped to audition at Camp North Star for Boys, a predominantly Jewish sleep-away summer camp in Hayward, Wisc., for the musical “Guys and...

Artist's rendering of the new St. Louis Kaplan Feldman Holocaust Museum.

Holocaust art and writing contest returns

March 12, 2021

The St. Louis Kaplan Feldman Holocaust Museum is seeking entries for the 2021 Art and Writing Contest. The contest asks creative middle and high school students to express the difficult and inspiring lessons of the Holocaust.Entries must be submitted...

Sophie Bernstein

St. Louis sisters launch podcast to help guide new doctors through residency

Ellen Futterman, Editor-in-Chief March 10, 2021

Sisters Simone, 29, and Sophie Bernstein, 21, along with brother, Jake, 27, grew up in Clayton attending Congregation Shaare Emeth. For more than a decade, the siblings have been at the helm of some cool, innovative projects. Simone and Jake, for instance,...

A screenshot of the St. Louis and Eastern Missouri COVID Vaccine Info Facebook group.

Securing a COVID-19 vaccine seems to take a village

By Ellen Futterman, Editor-in-Chief February 24, 2021

I’m not a huge fan of social media but I’ve come to appreciate its ability to connect large numbers of people with a shared interest who might not otherwise be able to come together. Specifically, I’m talking about Facebook groups.I belong to a...

Daniel Sheinbein took time away from a grueling year of medical school at the University of Missouri- Columbia to drive to Cincinnati and donate stem cells to a total stranger.

Giving a stranger a second chance at life

Ellen Futterman, Editor-in-Chief January 27, 2021

Mizzou medical student and Ladue high grad Daniel Sheinbein gave a 61-year-old stranger the best holiday gift imaginable. On Dec. 30, 26-year-old Sheinbein spent more than six hours at a Cincinnati blood center donating stem cells to help the stranger...

Glamour magazine’s West Coast Editor Jessica Radloff grew up attending United Hebrew Congregation.

Cardinals fashionistas unite during 2021 Winter Warmup

By Ellen Futterman, Editor-in-Chief January 13, 2021

Sure they can throw, catch and hit, but not all St. Louis Cardinals sport a style that’s GQ worthy. Exceptions, however, include Harrison Bader, Jack Flaherty and Dexter Fowler, who stand out as some of the Redbirds’ best dressed. At 4 p.m. Saturday,...

Mirowitz Center

Mirowitz Center programs encourage conversation

By Ellen Futterman, Editor-in-Chief January 13, 2021

The Mirowitz Center has been providing free Zoom programs during the pandemic on a wide range of topics, including two I’d like to highlight: the “Grandparenting Circle” and “What’s on Your Mind.” Organizers are hoping to welcome more participants.The...

Comedian Sebastian Maniscalco

Comedian Sebastian Maniscalco to headline Jewish Federation of St. Louis event

By Ellen Futterman, Editor-in-Chief January 13, 2021

Comedian Sebastian Maniscalco, who truly is one of the funniest people on the planet, will headline “One Night,” a joint celebration being put on by the Jewish Federations of St. Louis, Dallas, Milwaukee, and Houston. Also appearing at the virtual...

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