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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

Looking Inward

Jewish Light EditorialPublished September 7, 2016

“Anti Semitism is a disease that is beyond politics.” —Comment on the Daily Gazette (student newspaper of Swarthmore College) website, in response to William Meyer’s article, “A Response to Yesterday’s Anti-Semitic Hate Crime from a ‘Whiny...

House, Senate agree on enhanced Iran sanctions

JTA REPORTPublished July 31, 2012

WASHINGTON — Congressional negotiators have settled on a bill enhancing Iran sanctions.“This bipartisan, bicameral Iran sanctions legislation strengthens current U.S. law by leaps and bounds,” Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), the chairwoman of...

Vice President Joe Biden, left, speaking with Richard Stone, Chairman, and Malcolm Hoenlein, Executive Vice Chairman, of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, May 21, 2012.

White House reassures Jewish leaders ahead of Iran talks

JTA REPORTPublished May 22, 2012

WASHINGTON -- Top Obama administration officials reassured Jewish leaders of their commitment to a tough posture ahead of Iran nuclear talks.Statements from the White House and from the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations...

Satellite imagery of the suspected Fordow underground uranium enrichment facility under construction north of Qom, Iran. (via Creative Commons)

Obama administration is ready for Iran talks—but is Iran?

By Ron Kampeas, JTAPublished April 10, 2012

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration has its Iran ducks in a row: Tehran is coming to the table, Israel is sitting still, most of the world’s major oil buyers and sellers are on board with the sanctions effort, and Congress is in an agreeable mood....

President Barack Obama

Lawmakers query Obama officials on P.A. funding, statehood push

By Ron Kampeas, JTAPublished March 20, 2012

WASHINGTON -- Top Obama administration officials faced tough questions from lawmakers on funding for the Palestinian Authority and its efforts to seek statehood recognition. During a hearing Tuesday of the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee, Rep. Ileana...

Syrians demonstrating in the coastal city of Banias against the
regime of hard-line leader Bashar Assad in the spring of 2011.

As Syria crackdown intensifies, debate rages over U.S. options

By Zach Silberman, JTAPublished February 22, 2012

WASHINGTON—As the Syrian government intensifies its assault on opposition strongholds, the debate is heating up in Washington over how to end the bloody crackdown and bring about regime change.The Obama administration has tried to ratchet up pressure...

Jewish groups praise halved security allocation

JTAPublished February 22, 2012

WASHINGTON -- Jewish groups praised the Obama administration and Congress for $10 million in new homeland security grants, while noting that it was almost half of last year's allocation. "While tough decisions were made by Congress and the Administration,...

How Jewish groups became involved in the contraception coverage debate

By Ron Kampeas, JTAPublished February 14, 2012

WASHINGTON -- What were the Jews doing becoming so involved in a debate over contraception? It was a question that more than Jewish official asked themselves over recent months as tensions between the Obama administration and leaders of the Catholic Church...

JFNA lauds Obama on charitable deduction backtrack

JTAPublished February 8, 2012

WASHINGTON -- The Jewish Federations of North America commended the Obama administration for maintaining the deductibility rate of charitable donations.  In a Feb. 6 news release, the JFNA said that it wrote a Jan. 30 letter to White House Chief of...

Israel grants Bedouin community its first solar field license

JTAPublished February 8, 2012

JERUSALEM -- Israel's Public Utility Authority granted the first-ever license for a solar project in the Bedouin community, which is being funded by the U.S. government. The license was granted Monday for the solar energy field, which will be built in...

Israeli incentive program does not include settlements

JTAPublished February 3, 2012

WASHINGTON -- An Israeli program that offers incentives to move to outlying areas does not include West Bank settlements. The Cabinet on Sunday approved a list of 550 areas in outlying or poor areas to be included in an incentive program to draw residents...

Orthodox groups protest U.S. decision on health benefits

JTAPublished January 26, 2012

WASHINGTON—Two Orthodox groups protested the Obama administration's decision to amend regulations that would require faith-based groups to cover "religiously objectionable medical services." Agudath Israel of America on Wednesday and the Union of Orthodox...

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