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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

Shelley Dean (left) leads a Rhythm ‘N’ Ruach class at the Saul Brodsky Jewish Community Library in 2019. Dean created Rhythm ‘N’ Ruach in 2011. Now, the program is getting national attention on the Jewish Life Television network.

St. Louis based Jewish music program goes national

By Ellen Futterman, EditorPublished August 20, 2020

While channel surfing earlier this year, Shelley Dean came upon a show called something like “Bubbe Knows Best.” Maybe that wasn’t the exact title, but Dean realized that the show was on Jewish Life Television (JLTV), a 24-hour, Jewish-themed television...

Jackie Oppenheimer leads a storytelling session at a previous Hanukkah celebration at the Schnucks Ladue Crossing shopping center. This year’s event takes place Dec. 18.

Annual Schnucks Ladue Crossing Hanukkah celebration planned

Published December 6, 2019

Hanukkah storytelling, STEAM activities for children and a singing presentation will be featured at the 26th annual Hanukkah Celebration to be held from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18 at Schnucks Ladue Crossing shopping center, I-170 at Ladue Road....

LOOKING BACK • Lynn Lyss (left) receives the National Council of Jewish Women-St. Louis Hannah G. Solomon Founders Award in 1987 from then-NCJWSTL President Evelyn Cohen. As part of its 125th anniversary in 2020, NCJW is looking for the community to share stories and photos of NCJWSTL through the years. 

Heading into its 125th year, NCJW seeks your stories, photos

By Ellen Futterman, EditorPublished December 5, 2019

In 2020, the National Council of Jewish Women St. Louis will celebrate its 125th anniversary. As part of the celebration, the organization is asking for stories from members of the STL Jewish community. These stories can come from individuals who have...

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KC rabbi, author of ‘Praying the Bible’ to speak at Temple Israel

Jewish LightPublished January 18, 2019

The Sh’ma Listen! Speaker Series and Congregation Temple Israel will welcome author and Kansas City religious leader Rabbi Mark Levin for an event Friday, Feb. 1 at Temple Israel. Levin, who served Congregation Beth Torah in Overland Park, Kan. from...

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JF&CS launches financial support during federal shutdown

Published January 17, 2019

Jewish Family & Children’s Service is working to make emergency funding available for members of the St. Louis Jewish community who have been affected by the federal shutdown.“Due to the unexpected burden the government shutdown has placed on...

Takisha Lovelace is the practice manager of the Washington University Geriatric Primary Care and Weight Management Clinic, which recently opened at Covenant Place. Two Washington University physicians and a nurse practitioner see patients out of a space in the CHAI Apartments building.  

Medical clinic at Covenant Place is just the beginning

David Baugher, Special to the Jewish LightPublished January 17, 2019

A new health facility is up and running to provide services to residents of Covenant Place as well as to older adults in the surrounding neighborhood.“Things are going really well,” said Joan Denison, executive director of the senior housing complex...

Calvin Murray (second from right), a retired NFL player, visited St. Louis for the Torah and Turf flag football tournament and to talk with different Jewish groups about his journey from Christianity to Orthodox Judaism. The Torah and Turf program was one of this years Kranzberg Family Foundation grant recipients. Photo: Eric Berger

Kranzberg Family Foundation awards $69,500 to local Jewish youth, young adult programs

Jewish LightPublished January 17, 2019

The Kranzberg Family Foundation, a supporting foundation of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis, has awarded $69,500 in grants to 15 Jewish programs for children, teens and young adults for 2019. This is the 11th year the Foundation has made these grants,...

Ellen Futterman

Women’s March, Jewish journalism, interfaith honors

Ellen Futterman, EditorPublished January 17, 2019

Walk this wayI’ve been reading a lot in newspapers and on social media about the controversy dogging the third annual Women’s March, which is scheduled to take place this Saturday at numerous locations around the country, including St. Louis. Organizers...

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Jewish Federation forming search committee for next CEO

Eric Berger, Staff WriterPublished January 17, 2019

Jewish Federation of St. Louis is forming a search committee to find a replacement for Andrew Rehfeld, who will leave his position as president and CEO at the end of March. “We intend to undertake a national search to find a successor for Andrew,”...

Leaders of local Jewish cemeteries, funeral homes and a monument company meet monthly at Kohns Kosher Deli to discuss their industry. (From left) Dennis Hrubes (Berger Memorial Chapel); Barry Needle (United Cemetery Association; Jim Singman (Beth Hamadrosh Hagodol Cemetery); Anita Feigenbaum (Chesed Shel Emeth Society); Donald Meissner, (New Mount Sinai Cemetery); and Jonathan Usprich (Rosenbloom Monument). Photo: Eric Berger 

Jewish cemeteries ponder future as cremations rise, burials decline

By Eric Berger, Staff WriterPublished December 27, 2018

Larry Cohen once heard from an employee at his restaurant, Webster Bar and Grill, that he was having trouble getting to work in Webster Groves. So Cohen gave him “a beater of a car that he bought and was planning to restore,” Cohen’s son Steve said. Another...

Assessing threats, finding solutions

BY RON KAMPEAS, JTAPublished December 27, 2018

WASHINGTON — Eliot Engel, a Democrat who reviles President Donald Trump, and Lee Zeldin, a Republican who eagerly embraces the president, happen to have plenty in common.They are Jewish congressman from New York known for their pro-Israel leadership,...



BILL GREENBLATT/UPIPublished August 10, 2015

Rabbi Susan Talve talks to the crowds while holding oil in front of the Thomas F. Eagleton Federal Building in St. Louis on August 10, 2015. A group of about 200 protesters marched to the Federal Building as part of a day of disobedience held with the...

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