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St. Louis Jewish Light

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St. Louis Jewish Light

Mordecai and Tzipporah Yaroslawitz hosted between 35 and 60 people for meals throughout Sukkot at their home in University City. Photo courtesy of Mordecai Yaroslawitz

U. City Rabbi supersizes sukkah

By Eric Berger, STAFF WRITER October 26, 2016

If you want to understand Rabbi Mordecai Yaroslawitz’s sukkah, think about a pop-up eatery that is successful, with people constantly shifting in and out for meals. The Orthodox rabbi, who goes by “Yari,” has been building a sukkah for three decades...

Israel’s Chief Rabbinate facing new wave of criticism and calls for change

By Neil Rubin, JTA July 9, 2012

WASHINGTON — The latest battle over religious pluralism in Israel has unleashed a new barrage of criticism and calls for reform aimed at the Orthodox-controlled Israeli Chief Rabbinate. Unlike major flare-ups in past decades, however, this time it’s...

Editorial: Push Me, Pull You

June 20, 2012

Should religious institutions adapt to changing times or ought they insist on conformance to their traditional practices? It’s a tug of war that has been repeated throughout the ages, with the rope being pulled aggressively to one side or the other....

Past Presidents of Central Agency for Jewish Education joined current President Marcia Moskowitz for the CAJE 40th Anniversary event.

CAJE celebrates 40 years of educational enhancement

BY ROBERT A. COHN, Editor-in-Chief Emeritus June 20, 2012

More than 100 people celebrated the 40th anniversary of the Central Agency for Jewish Education (CAJE) at its recent annual meeting last Monday. Guests included current and past officers of the agency, professional staffers, faculty members, community...

President Barack Obama is photographed with Orthodox Jewish rabbis inthe Oval Office, June 5, 2012.

In outreach to Orthodox Jews, Obama repeats commitment to Israel

By Ron Kampeas, JTA June 6, 2012

WASHINGTON -- President Obama is spreading the word, one Jewish constituency at a time: He has Israel's back. Obama defended his record on Israel and on religious freedoms on Tuesday during a White House meeting with Orthodox leaders. Challenged by one...

Rabbi Alona Lisitsa, a Reform rabbi, participated in a religious council in in Mevasseret Zion, a town west of Jerusalem, May 2012.

Reform, Conservative movements continue making inroads in Israel

By Mati Wagner, JTA May 22, 2012

JERUSALEM — After a Jerusalem-area’s religious council allowed a female Reform rabbi to participate in its proceedings, some advocates of liberal Judaism in the country are hailing their inroads into the Orthodox-dominated religious infrastructure....

Rabbi Josh Ahrens demonstrating how to put on tefillin during a conversion course at the Sofia JCC in Bulgaria, May 6, 2012.

New Bulgarian conversion course offering a pathway to ‘official’ Judaism

By Dianna Cahn, JTA May 21, 2012

SOFIA, Bulgaria -- As a child, Gabrielle Pavlova pored over pictures of her Jewish paternal grandmother, who died decades before Pavlova was born. The family had no other tie to Judaism, and Pavlova was fascinated. She delved into her Jewish heritage,...

Friday Five: Y-Love, Mitchell Schwartz, Beatriz Rojkés, Lily Safra, Mark Zuckerberg

By JTA Staff May 18, 2012

Y-Love exits the closet, with flair The rapper Y-Love belongs to many minority groups: Born to an Ethiopian father and a Puerto Rican mother, he converted to Orthodox Judaism and now he’s out of the closet. “I want to be there at that gay pride festival,...

After 21 years, Rabbi Jonathan Sacks is retiring as Britains chief rabbi. 

With Sacks retiring, British Jews mixed on relevancy of chief rabbi

By Dianna Cahn, JTA April 16, 2012

The search to replace Britain's powerful longtime chief rabbi has gone international, but even as resumes are gathered and interviews conducted, some are questioning whether the position is still relevant and what it means today for the Anglo Jewish community....

Letters to the Editor, week of March 7, 2012

March 7, 2012

Letter provokes responses Norman Pressman raises an interesting point in his objection to the all-girls musical productions of Block Yeshiva and Bais Yaakov (Letter to the editor, Feb. 29). He is correct that I will not be able to attend my own daughter’s...

Brooklyn DA looking at infant’s death following brit ritual

JTA March 6, 2012

The Brooklyn District Attorney's office is investigating the death of an infant from herpes following a controversial circumcision-related rite as a possible criminal matter, a newspaper reported. Jerry Schmetterer, spokesman for Brooklyn DA Charles Hynes,...

Orthodox ballers sue Texas school school district

JTA March 1, 2012

NEW YORK -- The captain of an Orthodox high schol basketball team has sued a Texas public school district over the refusal to accomodate a request to reschedule tournament games that conflict with the Jewish sabbath. In a suit filed Thursday in U.S....

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