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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

Cathleen Kronemer

Ditch the stitch

By Cathleen Kronemer, NSCA-CPT, Lifestyle/Weight Management Coach 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...

Friday Five: Eliezer Shkedy, Jo Aleh, Dr. Donald Liu, Robert Magid, Perry Farrell

By Adam Soclof, JTA August 10, 2012

Former Israel Air Force commander Eliezer Shkedy has confronted a lot of aviation decisions in his life, but none were quite like this. This week, the El Al Airlines CEO faced a fluke airfare that appeared online for three hours on Monday and set off...

The New York Post uses its Aug. 8, 2012 cover to shine a light on gold-medal-winning gymnast Aly Raisman after she told reporters that she would have honored a moment of silence in memory of the Israeli athletes killed at the Munich Olympics in 1972.

Raisman says she was for Munich 11 moment of silence

JTA REPORT August 8, 2012

Jewish-American gymnast Aly Raisman expressed her support for a moment of silence at the Olympics for the Israelis killed at the 1972 Munich Games. Raisman was speaking to reporters Tuesday following her gold medal performance in the floor exercise. “Having...

Natalie Portman

Natalie Portman’s Jewish wedding, Lollapalooza coming to Israel, Dr. Ruth’s Olympic urges

By Uri Fintzy, 6NoBacon August 7, 2012

SIX DEGREES (NO BACON)/JEWISH CELEBRITY ROUNDUP NEW YORK — Mazel tov to Natalie Portman! The Oscar-winning Jewish starlet tied the knot Saturday night with Benjamin Millepied, whom she met while rehearsing for the blockbuster “Black Swan.” In a...

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, JTA 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...

Alex Gilady, second from right, shaking hands with British Ambassador to Israel Matthew Gould in Tel Aviv as Zvika Vershaviak and Efraim Zinger of the Olympic Committee of Israel look on, March 14, 2011.

Some see Alex Gilady, the IOC’s Israeli, as villain in minute of silence defeat

By Miriam Shaviv, JTA August 6, 2012

LONDON -- Was the only Israeli on the International Olympic Committee instrumental in stopping a tribute to the Munich 11 at the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Games? In the past few weeks, a war of words has erupted between the official, Alex Gilady,...

Sprinter Steven Solomon, the only Jewish member of the Australian Olympic team, playing for the Australian junior soccer team at the 2009 Maccabiah Games in Israel.

Australia’s Steven Solomon takes fast track to Olympics

By Dan Goldberg, JTA August 2, 2012

SYDNEY -- Moments after Steven Solomon walked into Ramat Gan Stadium for the opening of the 2009 Maccabiah Games in Israel, the Australian teenager sent his parents a photo with a message describing how amazing it was to be at his first “Jewish Olympics.”...

Alexandra Aly Raisman performing a leap on the balance beam at the 2010 World Championships.

Aly Raisman, Jason Lezak shine for Team USA

By JTA Staff July 31, 2012

While both took to the podiums in London this week to receive medal, 18-year-old Aly Raisman’s Olympic star was rising as 36-year-old swimmer Jason Lezak’s appeared to be setting.Raisman, of Needham, Mass., helped Team USA take the women’s team...

Jason Lezak likely closes Olympics career with a silver medal

By Charlotte Anthony, JTA July 31, 2012

Four-time gold medalist Jason Lezak, competing in likely what is his final Olympics, helped the American swim team qualify for the 4x100-meter freestyle relay finals. Lezak swam in the morning preliminaries on Sunday but did not compete that evening in...

Leslie Lyndon, former cantor of the Masorti New North London Synagogue, carrying the Olympic torch in London, July 25, 2012.

With special prayers and kosher food, Jewish London embracing Olympic spirit

By Miriam Shaviv, JTA July 30, 2012

LONDON — For Leslie Lyndon and the London Jewish community, it was a minor miracle.When Lyndon carried the Olympic torch through a north London neighborhood last week, it was more than representative of how Jewish Londoners have embraced the Olympic...

Congressmen to hold moment of silence for Munich 11

By Neil Rubin, JTA July 25, 2012

WASHINGTON — Members of the U.S. House of Representatives will hold a moment of silence for the 11 Israeli athletes and coaches slain by Palestinian terrorists at the 1972 Munich Olympics. “We’re going to give one-minute speeches on the House floor...

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, JTA 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...

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