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

Rabbi Ze’ev Smason is Chairman of the Coalition for Jewish Values Missouri.

Rabbi Ze’ev Smason to retire in fall 


Judaism values a variety of interpersonal traits. Rabbi Ze’ev Smason of Nusach Hari B’nai Zion, a modern Orthodox synagogue in Olivette, sums them up in four words: “To be a mensch.” “[Being a mensch] means being a person of scrupulous...

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 EditorPublished 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


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

Published 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 EditorPublished 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, EditorPublished 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 WRITERPublished 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...

ZOA president Morton Klein to speak at NHBZ

By Robert A. Cohn, Editor-in-Chief EmeritusPublished 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...

Praise and protest after President Trump’s Jerusalem decision

By Eric Berger, Staff WriterPublished 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 EmeritusPublished 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

Published 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

Published 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...

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