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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

TOP ROW, FROM LEFT: Rabbi Ze’ev Smason, Chuck Cohn, David Garfield, Larry Gellman, Dr. John Rosenfeld and Vanessa Merit Nornberg. 
SECOND ROW:  William Greenblatt, Dr. Kenneth M. Ludmerer, David Rubin, Richard Tishler, Rick Cornfeld and Daniel Levy.
THIRD ROW: Alex Abramson, Alice Handelman, Michael Staenberg and Carol Staenberg.

Newsmakers: January 2022

January 6, 2022

Rabbi Ze’ev Smason will be retiring after 25 years in the pulpit at Nusach Hari B’nai Zion. He will continue to be the spiritual leader until August. Smason will then continue his support with Israel advocacy. Among the 2022 inductees of the Clayton...

Top row, from left: Giti Fredman, Farilyn Hale, Eliana Heller, Mary Strauss, Ellior Rose and Emily Kantrovitz.  Second row:  Molly Katzman, Eve Frank, Tovah Enger, R. Randal Aaranson, Alex Abramson and Joe Pereles.

Newsmakers: November 2021

November 8, 2021

Giti Fredman recently opened Just Bake It! She is offering online and in person bread baking workshops that include kosher baking kits of challah (regular or pretzel), babka, bagels or cinnamon buns. There is a four-person minimum for in-person workshops...

Why we are kvelling over John Burroughs senior Emily Kantrovitz

Why we are kvelling over John Burroughs senior Emily Kantrovitz

Jordan Palmer October 26, 2021

When 6-year-old Emily Kantrovitz picked up a tennis racket for the first time, it did not take long before her parents and coaches began to see something special in that swing. As a child, she started playing with lower compression tennis balls...

Why were kvelling over Whitfield senior Ellior Rose

Why we’re kvelling over Whitfield senior Ellior Rose

Jordan Palmer, Digital Director October 21, 2021

There’s nothing that can compare to the feeling of winning a state title as a high school athlete. Add to that, being the first one from your school to win in your sport, and you can only imagine what Ellior Rose is feeling right now. Rose, a...

Womens Philanthropy board members, photographed on Oct. 3, 2021

Women’s Philanthropy installs executive committee and board

October 15, 2021

On Sunday, Oct. 3, Women’s Philanthropy of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis installed its Executive Committee and Board for the 2021-2023 term. Laura Fields is the new Chair of Women’s Philanthropy, working with Abby Goldstein (Vice Chair, Engagement),...

Top Row: Xena Wolf, Pam Toder, Mark Bernstein. Middle Row: Lisa Baron, Kayla Steinberg, Frances Levine. Third Row: Helene Sherman, Cheryl Maayan, Adam L. Inlander

Newsmakers: October 2021

October 8, 2021

Cheryl Maayan plans to retire as head of school at Saul Mirowitz Jewish Community School at the end of the school year. She explained that after 14 years in the job, she’s looking forward to new adventures, a less busy lifestyle and new ways to be a...

Top row: Michael Litwack, Ryan Silver, Jorie Myers and Allison Worth. Second row: Andrew Fredman, Jeff S. Wehmer, Ken Levine and David Margolis.  Third row: Jordan Palmer, Susan E. Bindler, Richard Tishler and Jeff Glogower.

Newsmakers: September 2021

September 14, 2021

Michael Litwack has been honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award by NCCJ St. Louis (formerly National Conference for Community & Justice and before that National Conference for Christians & Jews). The organization’s board members decided...

Rabbi Elizabeth Hersh

Rabbi Elizabeth Hersh named a founding member of Melton Rabbinic Council

September 14, 2021

Rabbi Elizabeth Hersh of Temple Emanuel has become one of the founding members of the Melton Rabbinic Council. The Melton Rabbinic Council will serve as a sounding board for major Melton ideas, directions and future initiatives. Melton is the largest...

Jewish War Veterans Post 644 held a Veterans Day Service at the Jewish Federation of St. Louis Kaplan Feldman Complex. Photo by Bill Motchan

St. Louis Jewish War Veterans group names 2021-2022 officers

September 11, 2021

The Jewish War Veterans Post 644 of St. Louis has announced its new slate of officers. The following officers were elected for the 2021-2022 year: Ellis Frohman, commander; Leslie Birenbaum, senior vice commander; William Gold, junior vice commander;...

Ryan Silver

Why we’re kvelling over Ryan Silver

August 31, 2021

The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis is celebrating the 10th anniversary of its Student Board of Directors with its largest and most diverse board yet. For the 2021-2022 school year, 29 high school seniors from across the greater St. Louis area...

Judge Renee Hardin-Tammons, Judge Arthur Litz and Rob Litz  at the portrait unveiling. Photo Bill Motchan

County courthouse unveils portrait of beloved judge Arthur Litz

BILL MOTCHAN, Special to the Jewish Light August 27, 2021

St. Louis Circuit Court Judge Arthur Litz made a huge impact on the legal profession during his career. Now, the 98-year-old Jewish retired judge will have a permanent spot in the 5th Circuit Court: His portrait will hang in the court he presided over....

Newsmakers: August 2021

Newsmakers: August 2021

August 15, 2021

Cantor Jay O’Brien has been recognized as one of Chicago’s Jewish 36 Under 36: Double Chai in the Chi, by Oy! Chicago. O’Brien is the cantor and composer-in-residence at Makom Solel Lakeside in Highland Park, Ill. He is the son of Rhonda and...

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