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

sraeli artistic gymnast and gold medalist Artem Dolgopyat, Aug. 1, 2021. Source: Israel Olympic Committee via Facebook.

“Israel will claim my son’s Olympic gold but won’t let him marry here,” says athletes mother

Jonathan S. Tobin, The Jewish News SyndicatePublished August 9, 2021
Olympic star Artem Dolgopyat has become the face of the law of return conundrum facing those who qualify for citizenship but aren’t classified as Jews.
More than 40 people showed up for a fundraiser hosted by Lory Cooper (center, with blue head band) at Cyclebar in Creve Coeur in December.  Cooper raised $867 for the St. Louis Holocaust  Museum and Learning Center, where she is a docent and tour guide.

Cycling for HMLC; St. Louis native an Olympic chef

Ellen Futterman, EditorPublished February 21, 2018

Spinning for good When Lory Cooper won a private party at Cyclebar, an indoor spinning and cycling franchise with a location in Creve Coeur, she started brainstorming some ideas to make the event a fundraiser. “I wanted to do something that was meaningful...

‘Cohnipedia’ is the online feature by Editor-in-Chief Emeritus  Robert A. Cohn, chronicling St. Louis’ Jewish  history. Visit Cohnipedia online at www.stljewishlight.com/cohn

Jews, Israel and the Olympic Games; triumphs and tragedies

BY ROBERT A. COHN, Editor-in-Chief EmeritusPublished August 10, 2016

As the Summer Olympics are underway in Rio de Janeiro, a flood of memories of Jewish and Israeli ties to the quadrennial international sports competition come to mind.For Jewish fans of the Olympic Games, a superb way to brush up on both Jewish and Israeli...

Cathleen Kronemer

Ditch the stitch

By Cathleen Kronemer, NSCA-CPT, Lifestyle/Weight Management CoachPublished August 16, 2012

Watching the Olympic Games this week has been a huge motivator for me as I continue to train hard. Observing the seemingly endless parade of treadmill runners at my gym, it would seem I am not alone in this sentiment. Now that the mystique of the gymnastics...

Munich 11 widows Elana Romano, second from left, and Ankie Spitzer, right, with Australian Ambassador to Israel Andrea Faulkner and Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon at a meeting in Jerusalem, July 3, 2012.

IOC’s Rogge hears sharp criticism at London memorial for Munich 11

By Miriam Shaviv, JTAPublished August 7, 2012

LONDON — The president of the International Olympic Committee came under attack from successive speakers at a London memorial for the Munich 11. Jacques Rogge, who was in the audience on Monday night, was blamed for refusing to allow a minute of silence...

Ankie Spitzer speaking at Clarkstown High School South in West Nyack, N.Y., about the Munich Massacre, Nov. 2010.

How the Munich 11 petition went viral

By Neil Rubin, JTAPublished July 25, 2012

WASHINGTON — It began two years ago as an idea by volunteers at a suburban Jewish community center and turned into a major international campaign, galvanizing everyone from President Barack Obama to the mayor of London. And in case you haven’t heard...

Israel’s Olympians heading to London thinking medals, remembering slain countrymen

By Ben Sales, JTAPublished July 9, 2012

TEL AVIV — Israelis and their Summer Olympics athletes are eyeing the upcoming London Games with excitement and disappointment. The athletes are hoping that for the sixth straight summer Games, at least one of them will come home with a medal. Yet they...

Ankie Spitzer, right, with David Kirschtel, CEO of JCC Rockland, in front of the JCCs recently installed memorial sculpture dedicated to the 11 Israelis who died at the 1972 Munich Olympics.

Munich 11 widow Ankie Spitzer keeps up her fight for a minute of Olympic time

By Marla Cohen, JTAPublished June 28, 2012

WEST NYACK, N.Y. — The room was splashed in blood, the walls riddled with bullet holes. Ankie Spitzer stood amid the chaos and made a vow. “If this is the place where Andrei spent the last hours of his life, he and his friends, I am not going to...

Bamba baby is out as Israel’s Olympic mascot

JTAPublished March 13, 2012

JERUSALEM -- Israel's Olympic Committee reversed its decision to use a commercial symbol as its official Games mascot. The committee had selected the Bamba baby, a cartoon toddler with a red tuft of hair and a blue diaper, as Israel's official mascot...

Athletes over 50 ready for annual Senior Olympics

By David Baugher, Special to the Jewish LightPublished May 18, 2011

Edwardsville resident Tracey Kane was in her early 30s when she first saw her mother Char Sobkowski compete in the St. Louis Senior Olympics.Now, two decades later, she's no longer on the sidelines."When 50 snuck up on me, I thought ‘Well, I'll go ahead...

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