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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

President Obama, flanked by Nathan Diament, left, and Dr. Simcha Katz of the Orthodox Union, displays the framed reproduction of President George Washington’s letter to the Jewish community of Newport, R.I., that he was given at the conclusion of his Oval Office meeting with Orthodox Jewish leaders.

Nathan Diament bestrides Orthodox, Washington worlds

By Ron Kampeas, JTAPublished July 10, 2012

WASHINGTON — Nathan Diament learned two things 22 years ago while watching Barack Obama play pickup basketball at the Harvard Law School gym.“He was a generous passer,” he said of the school’s Law Review editor and the future U.S. president. “He...

Lay leaders and rabbis of small congregations participating in United Synagogue of Conservative Judaisms Size Matters 2012 conference in Wilmette, Ill., June 4, 2012.

Smaller congregations experimenting to stay vibrant, gaining attention from movements

By Yisrael Shapiro, JTAPublished June 17, 2012

CHICAGO — Sinai Synagogue in South Bend, Ind., has been struggling with issues facing many small congregations in an era of dwindling budgets and shifting demographics. In particular, with only 150 families, until recently it was increasingly difficult...

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, JTAPublished 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...

President Barack Obama participates in an interview with Robin Roberts of ABCs Good Morning America, in the Cabinet Room of the White House, May 9, 2012.

Much enthusiasm, muted criticism in Jewish groups’ reactions to president’s support for gay marriage

By Ron Kampeas, JTAPublished May 11, 2012

WASHINGTON — As soon as President Barack Obama wrapped up the television interview in which he endorsed same-sex marriage, he called an evangelical minister who advises him to offer a heads up. Jack Lew, the White House chief of staff, made a similar...

The Ben Gamla Boynton charter school in Florida is located in the second floor of a Conservative synagogue.

Jewish groups rethinking vouchers, tax credits to religious schools

By Shira Schoenberg, JTAPublished April 20, 2012

BOSTON—When the U.S. Supreme Court effectively legalized school vouchers in 2002, the Jewish Council for Public Affairs called it “a devastating blow to one of the foundations of our democracy”: the separation of church and state. Four years earlier,...

Reconsideration of state aid to Jewish schools is welcome

By Nathan Diament, JTAPublished April 19, 2012

WASHINGTON -- For decades, the American Jewish community has debated the advisability, constitutionality and necessity of government aid to Jewish (and other faiths’) parochial schools. But with the United States still experiencing tough economic challenges,...

On domestic violence front, more work is needed

By Lori Weinstein and Lee Sherman, JTAPublished March 1, 2012

Thirty years ago, a Jewish woman experiencing domestic violence had few places to turn. Community leaders strongly resisted acknowledging violence for fear that it would harm marriages and break up families. Few services existed for women seeking support...

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...

Obama’s proposed budget cuts concern Jewish groups

JTAPublished February 14, 2012

WASHINGTON -- Jewish organizations are expressing concerns at cost-cutting proposals in President Obama's $3.8 trillion budget for 2013. The Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America and The Jewish Federations of North America released statements...

OU, JFNA slam Obama administration on reducing deduction cap

JTAPublished February 14, 2012

WASHINGTON -- Two national Jewish organizations criticized a provision in the Obama administration's federal budget proposal that would reduce the tax deductibility rate of charitable donations. The president's proposal would force taxpayers earning more...

Birth control, illustrated by the Zovia brand pills shown here,
has become a hot topic in the presidential election campaign.

Birth control fights return to campaigns, with Jews in key posts

Published February 8, 2012

WASHINGTON—Birth control is rapidly gaining steam as an election-year wedge issue, with Jewish advocates lobbying out front and behind the scenes in what is shaping up as a clash between calls for individual freedom and religious liberty. Several Jewish...

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