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

Artist Loren Ludmerer created a Passover charcuterie board by reimagining the various components typically found on the seder plate.

From seder to sewing: St. Louis artist creates from what she collects

ELLEN FUTTERMAN, Editor-in-Chief April 13, 2022

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I walked into Loren Ludmerer’s Ladue home on a recent Wednesday. Our meeting had been scheduled for 10 a.m. but that morning the rain was coming down hard.  At 7:59 a.m. I got an email from Ludmerer asking if...

Picture books for little kids link learning with Jewish ideals

Picture books for little kids link learning with Jewish ideals

ELLEN FUTTERMAN, Editor-in-Chief February 23, 2022

They say necessity is the mother of invention. Boy, was that ever the case for St. Louis native Sarah Hirsch Maddali. After she and her husband had two children, now ages 3 and 6, Maddali grew frustrated that she couldn’t find age-appropriate...

Supported by JNF-USA, LOTEM helps people with disabilities experience nature throughout Israel. Here, a group explores Jerusalem’s surrounding parks.

Anonymous STL donor supports JNF accessibility project

ELLEN FUTTERMAN, Editor-in-Chief February 18, 2022

A generous St. Louis donor who wishes to remain anonymous is helping to fund technology that will create an interactive, accessible and autonomous experience for visitors with visual impairments at many of Israel’s museums.  With support for the...

Hallmark movies and the pandemic  — and how the twain shall meet

Hallmark movies and the pandemic — and how the twain shall meet

Ellen Futterman, Editor-in-Chief January 11, 2022

Forgive me as I continue to shake the cobwebs from my brain after a month-long binge of the Hallmark channel. As regular readers may recall, I am a sucker for totally predictable made-for-TV holiday movies, especially ones that go heavy on the cheese. It...

Car parade celebrates 3rd graders return home after brain cancer surgery

Car parade celebrates 3rd grader’s return home after brain cancer surgery

ELLEN FUTTERMAN , EDITOR-IN-CHIEF January 7, 2022

The Creve Coeur police and K9 unit and the Creve Coeur Fire Department showed up as did Louie, the mascot of the St. Louis Blues. The principal of Bellerive Elementary was also on hand, along with the school’s roadrunner mascot, as well as massive tow...

Woman meets Jewish St. Louis bone marrow donor who saved her life

Woman meets Jewish St. Louis bone marrow donor who saved her life

ELLEN FUTTERMAN , EDITOR-IN-CHIEF December 21, 2021

Eight years ago, when Rebecca “Becca” Berg went on a Birthright trip to Israel, her group met with volunteers from Gift of Life. The nonprofit runs a bone marrow and blood stem cell registry that helps facilitate transplants for children and adults...

A holiday miracle? Times three.

A holiday miracle? Times three.

Ellen Futterman, Editor-in-Chief December 16, 2021

One of the realities of being a journalist is that you’re always on the lookout for your next good story. Rarely, do we find time to look back, or update readers on stories that in some ways are still works in progress. So as 2021 winds down, I’d...

Would you like to be our Hanukkah Harry?

Would you like to be our “Hanukkah Harry?”

Ellen Futterman, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF November 30, 2021

Donate Here  I’m sure I’m not alone here, but this time of year has me thinking a lot about gratitude and feeling grateful for the many blessings in my life, not the least of which are family and friends. I’m also grateful, and thankful, for my...

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Annual News & Schmooze Hanukkah Gift Guide

Ellen Futterman, Editor-in-Chief November 19, 2021

We will have barely cleared the dishes from Thanksgiving, when Hanukkah shows up a few days later — in November, no less. If like me, you’re behind in your Hanukkah shopping — or haven’t even started! — perhaps some things in the Light’s...

Beekeeper Lonnie Grosman. Photo: Bill Motchan 

Buzz-worthy project at United Hebrew brings sweet rewards

ELLEN FUTTERMAN, Editor-in-Chief August 26, 2021
Earlier this summer, Lonnie Grosman constructed the UH beehive boxes out of pine wood and purchased a bee package of sorts for the largest of the three hives. The package came in a screened cage with three pounds of bees, including a queen (she is the egg layer – without her, no more bees), which he put it in the back seat of his car and drove to the synagogue.
St. Louis baker Jodie Bertish and some of her strudel selections  on display.

Sweet pastry by ‘Jewish Strudel Lady’ is likely to remind you of grandma’s

ELLEN FUTTERMAN, Editor-in-Chief August 20, 2021

To help overcome shyness as a girl, Jodie Bertish’s parents sent her to a cooking class. She adored it. So much so, it jump-started her love of baking. She began experimenting with recipes and sharing the results with family and friends. Her...

Lynnie’s Light for Life to honor legacy of Lynnie Isaacs Palan

Lynnie’s Light for Life to honor legacy of Lynnie Isaacs Palan

ELLEN FUTTERMAN, Editor-in-Chief August 16, 2021

The Jewish Community Center and the family of Lynnie Isaacs Palan (z”l), invite the community to honor the legacy of an inspiring woman. Lynnie’s Light for Life 2021 takes place at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 1  at the J’s Staenberg Family Complex...

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