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

Editorial: The Hunger Blames

Published May 23, 2012

Should the history of Jewish persecution in rough economic times inform our opinions on how to deal with the world’s economic struggles? We answer in the affirmative, because we can’t avert our eyes from the rampant hatred toward Jews that spreads...

Supporters of Nicolas Sarkozy awaiting his arrival at the Place de la Concorde in Paris, April 15, 2012.

Sarkozy falls in first round of French vote, but not in Jewish eyes

By Cnaan Liphshiz, JTAPublished April 23, 2012

PARIS -- Jewish voters couldn't put incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy over the top in the first round of presidential elections in France. The Socialist Party candidate Francois Hollande eked out a 1.4 percent victory on Sunday over Sarkozy, the center-right...

Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton, parents of slain teenager Trayvon Martin, say the family is looking for justice - the same justice anyone would expect if their son were shot and killed for no reason.

Compassion for two tragedies, worlds apart

By Robert A. Cohn, Editor-in-Chief EmeritusPublished March 28, 2012

In a world already torn by violence and pain, two cases involving the loss of young lives—Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla., and a rabbi, his two small children and another child in Toulouse, France have grabbed the world’s attention like no others...

Women raising French flags during a silent demonstration in Paris to protest recent murders in France, March 20, 2012.

After Toulouse attack, French Jews are reconsidering Sarkozy

By Daniel Hoffman, JTAPublished March 27, 2012

PARIS—With the first round of France’s presidential election less than four weeks away, the attacks that left four Jews and three French soldiers dead are reshaping the race—but for now it’s not clear exactly how. In the days leading up to the...

Tragedy in France underscores need for continued vigilance

By Paul Goldenberg, JTAPublished March 20, 2012

NEW YORK—The breaking news from France yesterday morning was tragic. Just after 8 a.m., a lone assailant on a motorcycle pulled up in front of the Ozar Hatorah School in a quiet neighborhood in the eastern part of Toulouse and opened fire with two high-powered...

Ex-soldiers eliminated as suspects in Toulouse attack

JTAPublished March 20, 2012

Three former French soldiers who were believed to be involved in the shooting attack on a Jewish school in Toulouse were questioned and released by French police. The men, who were dismissed from the military in 2008 for posing with a Nazi flag, have...

Protesters raising a banner reading in France, we kill Blacks, Jews, and Arabs during a silent demonstration in Paris, March 20, 2012.

Toulouse attack leaves French Jewish community shaken

By Dana Kennedy, JTAPublished March 20, 2012

PARIS—When Arie Bensemhoun, a Jewish community leader in Toulouse, woke up Tuesday morning, he thought for a moment that the horrific shooting of three children and a rabbi at a local Jewish school might just have been a bad dream.Like others in the...

Thousands march in memory of Toulouse victims

JTAPublished March 20, 2012

PARIS -- Thousands silently demonstrated Monday evening in Paris to pay tribute to the four victims of a shooting attack at a Jewish school in southwestern France. A man riding a motorbike opened fire Monday morning outside the Ozar Hatorah School in...

After Toulouse attack, Sarkozy cancels campaign events and Jews warn of rising anti-Semitism

JTAPublished March 19, 2012

JERUSALEM -- The attack by an unidentified gunman on a Jewish school in Toulouse, France was condemned by Jewish leaders, who also warned against the rise of anti-Jewish sentiment in Europe. “Whoever did this is looking to target the Jewish community...

Security group asks U.S. Jewish groups to be on alert

JTAPublished March 19, 2012

WASHINGTON -- The security arm of the U.S. Jewish federations asked Jewish officials to remain vigilant in the wake of a deadly attack on a French Jewish school, citing the possibility of copycat attacks. "While this event initially appears to be localized,...

Ozar Hatorah, a Jewish school in Toulouse, France, was the site of a shooting Monday that killed four people. Photo: Ozar Hatorah/Distributed by JTA

Four reported dead in shooting at Jewish school in France

JTA REPORTPublished March 19, 2012

At least three people -- a teacher and two students – reportedly were shot dead outside a Jewish school in Toulouse, France. A man riding a motorbike reportedly opened fire outside the Ozar Hatorah School, where students were waiting to enter the building...

French prime minister calls for end to ritual slaughter

JTAPublished March 6, 2012

PARIS -- French Prime Minister Francois Fillon advised Muslims and Jews to forego ritual slaughter practices he deems un-modern, sparking controversy. “I think religions should think about maintaining traditions that no longer have much in common with...

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