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St. Louis Jewish Light

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St. Louis Jewish Light

Isaac Amon will discuss “The Sephardic Story: From King Solomon to The Ends of the Earth” on Jan. 6. 

Upcoming speaker with St. Louis roots will discuss Sephardic Jewish history

By Eric Berger, Associate Editor December 31, 2020

Isaac Amon’s interest in his family’s Sephardic Jewish history inspired him in 2018 to visit Istanbul, where he located the graves of his great-grandparents and his great-great-grandfather, a rabbi and mathematics teacher named Ishak Amon, for whom...

Rabbi Carnie Shalom Rose

Jewish groups explore when, how to reopen

BY ERIC BERGER, ASSOCIATE EDITOR May 21, 2020

Rabbi Carnie Rose has thought about what summer camp at Congregation B’nai Amoona with no singing would sound like. Some public health officials say that the projection that comes with singing could spray the coronavirus further than normal speech...

St. Louis synagogues providing live streaming

St. Louis synagogues providing live streaming

March 25, 2020

Listing below provided by the St. Louis Rabbinical and Cantorial Association, with additional information from congregations directly• Bais Abraham (Orthodox): Daily Tehillim, Halakha and Mishnah Monday through Friday at 7 a.m. Online at https://zoom.us/j/297962649...

Dr. Jerry Cohen, a retired podiatrist, no longer participates in the morning minyan at Kol Rinah but continues to attend Shabbat morning services with his wife, Marion, who here is wearing a Minyan Man T-shirt. Photo: Eric Berger

Making a minyan: Finding 10 people is ongoing challenge for St. Louis synagogues

By Eric Berger, Associate Editor July 18, 2019

When Herman Spector was approaching death in 2000, Dr. Jerry Cohen was one of the only people allowed to visit him at his home in University City.Spector, who worked in the printing industry, was anxious and asked Cohen, a podiatrist, “Who’s going...

The Maccabeats will be one of several musical acts performing at the Sababa festival Oct. 14.   

Jewish Arts Festival, Mah Jongg and so much more

By Ellen Futterman, Editor September 27, 2018

As we look to October, a whole lot is happening in the St. Louis Jewish community. Here are a few events and programs you may want to note on your calendars:Sababa Jewish Arts Festival: The inaugural Sababa festival is set for 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday,...

Israel Defense Forces Sgt. Talia Wolkowitz and Hunter, the Belgian shepherd she worked with during her IDF service.

Five questions for former IDF Sgt. Talia Wolkowitz

BY SAM MOSHER, STAFF WRITER July 19, 2018

Talia Wolkowitz is a native St. Louisan who served in the Israel Defense Forces for two years. After joining in December 2015, she rose to the rank of sergeant, working as an operational track and attack canine handler. In this position, she was paired...

Morton Klein, president of the Zionist Organization of America, at a Capitol Hill hearing on moving the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, Nov. 8, 2017. (Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

ZOA president Morton Klein to speak at NHBZ

By Robert A. Cohn, Editor-in-Chief Emeritus May 17, 2018

Morton Klein, national president of the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA), will be the featured speaker at a Shabbat program hosted by Nusach Hari B’nai Zion congregation May 26. Klein, known for his outspoken views on Israel, will discuss, “The...

A view of the Western Wall and the golden Dome of the Rock Islamic shrine in Jerusalem on Dec. 6.    Photo: Lior Mizrahi Getty Image

Praise and protest after President Trump’s Jerusalem decision

By Eric Berger, Staff Writer December 13, 2017

Rabbi Ze’ev Smason doesn’t usually talk politics at Nusach Hari B’nai Zion — except when it comes to Israel, he said.He decided he should deliver a sermon last Saturday addressing President Donald Trump’s recent decision to recognize Jerusalem...

Sammy Rangel will speak at NHBZ’s International Speaker Series on Sunday, Sept. 17Photo: Live. Laugh. Photography

NHBZ speaker to share journey from hate to healing

BY ROBERT A. COHN, Editor-in-Chef Emeritus September 6, 2017

Sammy Rangel will share his journey from a childhood lost to abuse, crime and incarceration, to overcoming his anger and hate, to devoting his life to helping others and “believing that change is possible” as the featured speaker in Nusach Hari B’nai...

NHBZ offers Hebrew reading crash course

July 6, 2017

Learn to read Hebrew in time for the High Holidays with Nusach Hari B’nai Zion’s five-week Hebrew reading crash course. Beginning on Monday July 17 from 7:30-9 p.m., this NJOP (National Jewish Outreach Project) designed curriculum is intended to instruct...

NHBZ welcomes guest rabbi for ‘Synaplex’ weekend events

June 28, 2017

Nusach Hari B’nai Zion will welcome Rabbi Daniel Cohen for a series of programs on Saturday and Sunday, July 8-9.Cohen is a motivational speaker and author of “What Will They Say About You When You Are Gone? Creating a Life of Legacy.” He is a board...

The Aish HaTorah team takes part in the inaugural Kosher Barbecue Competition and Festival at Nusach Hari B’nai Zion last year. This year’s competition is slated for June 25.

NHBZ plans second Annual Kosher Barbecue Competition

May 25, 2017

The Second Annual St. Louis Kosher Barbecue Competition and Festival will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 25 at Nusach Hari B’nai Zion, 650 N. Price Road.Following up on last year’s event, which attracted about 500 attendees, event organizers...

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