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

Though Israel held an election on March 23, the prime minister has not yet been elected. In Israel, to elect a prime minister, there must be a coalition of at least 61 Knesset members, and at the moment, there are 11 undecided Knesset seats, leaving the prime minister position up in the air.

Fourth time was not a charm in Israeli election


On March 23, Israel held its fourth national election in two years. In the first three, no majority coalition was able to form and stabilize, leading to the dissolution of the government and the need for the fourth.  Many parties compete in Israeli...

While Companion Bakery has seen a decline in sales since the pandemic began, its owner says the St. Louis community has done a terrific job supporting the business.

Local restaurants struggle to stay afloat amidst pandemic

Alex Cohen, Clayton High SchoolPublished April 22, 2021

Local restaurants, particularly independent ones, are some of the biggest casualties of the ongoing pandemic, given multiple shutdowns and continuing restrictions. According to Yelp, 60% of small businesses, including restaurants, have permanently closed...

Teens fill pandemic time with reading, finding new hobbies

Teens fill pandemic time with reading, finding new hobbies


Although we can now see a light at the end of this pandemic, we’re not quite done with COVID-19. We still must remain cautious when looking for activities that can make these (hopefully) final months of the speed by. One activity that many teens...

Air fry your way to healthy, yummy snacks

Air fry your way to healthy, yummy snacks


Over the past few months, I have been trying a variety of different recipes for my new air fryer, specifically to cook healthy snacks. I’ve come to find that an air fryer is a great tool for healthy recipes, including ones that are very easy to prepare...

On Sept. 7, Kenny Gould celebrated his bar mitzvah — the catch is it was during a pandemic. Planning such a big celebration was a logistical struggle, but in the end, Kenny said it was well worth it.

Families face tough choices planning a bar/bat mitzvah during pandemic

By Daniel Shanker, Eighth grade, Saul Mirowitz Jewish Community SchoolPublished November 20, 2020

COVID-19 put the world on pause. Businesses had to shut down, schools had to go online and towards the beginning, cars were scarcely seen during rush hour.A wrench has been thrown into everybody’s plans, meaning that people celebrating their b’nai...

Ryan Silver

Finding opportunities amid COVID-19 cancellations

By Ryan Silver, Junior, Ladue Horton Watkins High SchoolPublished September 24, 2020

My experience this summer was unexpected, to say the least. With COVID-19 all across the globe, I have had to adapt to life at home, as well as the world of social distancing. Although it was not how I would have imagined it, it changed me for the better...

Every third week, one grade at Whitfield doesnt physically attend school, and instead learns online only. This allows for the building to limit how many students are there at one time so that students and teachers can maintain a safe distance from each other. In his week away from in-person school, sophomore Stephen Rosenberg continues his studies despite not actually being at Whitfield. 

Student discusses private high school’s precautions amid pandemic

By Jordan Eisen, Junior, Parkway North High SchoolPublished September 24, 2020

All St. Louis public high schools will be operating completely virtually until they reassess in October. Private schools however, have the choice to open up or not, and many have opened.There are certain policies required by Missouri and St. Louis County,...

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Teens adapt as pandemic upends school routines

By Katie Silver, Junior, Ladue Horton Watkins High SchoolPublished September 24, 2020

COVID-19 has put many teenagers in a position they would never have been able to imagine, going to school from the safety of their own bedrooms. Over the past few months online learning has risen in popularity as the virus has spread rampantly among the...

Shaked Birenboim and Guy Nachum are the Israeli teens currently serving in the Shinshinim program in St. Louis. Read more about Guy and Shaked, as well as past Shinshinim on the Jewish Federation’s website: http://bit.ly/Shinshinim-STL. 

In year of service, young Shinshinit connects St. Louis Jews to Israel

By Jordan Eisen, Sophomore, Parkway NorthPublished November 14, 2019

Every year, the Jewish Agency for Israel’s Shinshinim program sends young Israelis to Jewish communities across the United States and Canada to serve as community educators and share what Israel is like.The Israeli teens who take part in the Shinshinim...

Levi Rose, a senior at Whitfield School, took part in Tichon Ramah Yerushalayim. 

High school study abroad programs in Israel beckon for some St. Louis teens

By Jamie Korenblat, Senior, Ladue Horton Watkins High SchoolPublished November 14, 2019

Studying abroad is becoming increasingly popular among high school teens in America. While this experience allows students to learn about a different culture as they go to school elsewhere, it also means living thousands of miles from home for months...

Noah Kleinlehrer 

Teen discovers passion for reading Torah

By Noah Kleinlehrer, Sophomore, MICDSPublished November 14, 2019

As the days get colder and the leaves begin to turn colors, it’s that time of year again.For some, it is the beginning of football season and hoodie weather. However, to the Jewish community, it has a deeper intensity. It’s the holiest time of the...

Teens from Congregation Shaare Emeth held a tashlich service at Creve Coeur Park on Rosh Hashanah.  

Teens share their thoughts on the High Holidays

By Katie Silver, Sophomore, Ladue Horton Watkins High SchoolPublished October 10, 2019

The Jewish High Holidays begin with Rosh Hashanah and extend through the end of Sukkot, encompassing a month-long holiday season peppered with days that many Jews spend in services and with their families.  Many of these holidays are little known to...

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