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

Newsmakers: Alice Handelman, Joel Frankel and Hannah Schwartz

Newsmakers: Alice Handelman, Joel Frankel and Hannah Schwartz

July 22, 2021

Alice Handelman, a member of the Jewish Light’s Board of Trustees, has won five first place writing awards from Missouri Professional Communicators and two second place writing awards from the National Federation of Press Women for her feature...

Rabbi Carnie Rose, Ellior Rose and David Smith

Newsmakers: B’nai Amoona rabbi, USY leaders

July 21, 2021

The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) awarded honorary doctorates to 36 rabbis at an online convocation ceremony June 6. Among those whose achievements were honored was Rabbi Carnie Shalom Rose, the Rabbi Bernard Lipnick Senior Rabbinic Chair at Congregation...

St. Louis native honored for service as Air Force Captain

St. Louis native honored for service as Air Force Captain

July 19, 2021

Air Force Capt. Robert (Rob) Friedman, a native St. Louisan, was recently awarded the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal “in recognition of performing outstanding volunteer community service of a sustained, direct and consequential nature.”...

Ellen Soule joins Jewish Federation of St. Louis staff

Ellen Soule joins Jewish Federation of St. Louis staff

July 18, 2021

Ellen Soule has joined Jewish Federation of St. Louis as the Professional Society and corporate partnerships officer. Soule will work with Professional Society members to plan and execute several events throughout the year. She will also work with...

Susan Block

Susan Block named 2021 Woman of the Year by Missouri Lawyers Media

July 15, 2021

Missouri Lawyers Media has chosen Susan Block, a partner at Paule, Camazine & Blumenthal and a former circuit court judge, as its 2021 Woman of the Year. Block served at both the associate and circuit levels of the St. Louis County Circuit Court from...

Karen Kalish

Karen Kalish moves to new role in nonprofit she founded

July 15, 2021

After having served as CEO, on July 1 Karen Kalish assumed the role of Director of Philanthropic Partnerships at Home Works! The Teacher Home Visit Program, which she founded 14 years ago. The program has trained and paid hundreds of teachers who...

St. Louis teens appointed NFTY Regional Board officers

St. Louis teens appointed NFTY Regional Board officers

JEWISH LIGHT STAFF June 6, 2021

NFTY Missouri Valley has announced its 2021-2022 Regional Board officers. They are: • President: Sarah Malter, an incoming junior who attends Parkway Central High School and United Hebrew Congregation. • Programming vice president:...

Portrait of Samantha Fischer

Newsmakers: June 2021

ELLEN FUTTERMAN June 6, 2021

Vickie Shuchart, director of operations at Congregation B’nai Amoona, is the new director of Nishmah, a program of the Jewish Community Center that supports Jewish women. Its goal is to bring together Jewish women and girls from different denominations...

Robin Feder

June Newsmaker: Robin M. Feder

ELLEN FUTTERMAN, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF June 4, 2021

After a total of 50 years at Central Institute for the Deaf (CID), including 18 as executive director, Robin M. Feder will begin a phased retirement on June 7. Under her leadership, school enrollment grew from 82 students in 2003 to 235 students in 2018....

Newsmakers: May 2021

Newsmakers: May 2021

May 7, 2021

Noa Dean, a sophomore at Parkway North High School, has been selected by the National Society of Arts and Letters (NASL) to represent Missouri at the 2021 National Competition in Dance, which will be held June 4-6 in a virtual format. She attends...

Joann Iskiwitch

Newsmakers April 2021: Awards, honors and career moves

Compiled by Ellen Futterman, Editor-in-Chief April 9, 2021

Joanne Iskiwitch has received the 2020 Coldwell Banker President’s Elite Award, given to top Coldwell Banker real estate agents locally and internationally. Iskiwitch also recently was awarded the Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist (CHLMS) designation...

Beth Feldman

Newsmakers: March

March 11, 2021

Beth Feldman has been promoted to director of campaign and affinity groups at Jewish Federation of St. Louis. In this new role, Feldman, who has been with Federation for three years, will oversee all fundraising for the Annual Campaign as well as manage...

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