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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

James Lago, a street merchant in Juba, South Sudan, with the Israeli flag.

South Sudan, world’s youngest nation, develops unlikely friendship with Israel

By Armin Rosen, JTAPublished May 17, 2012

JUBA, South Sudan – This city in the world’s newest country is not your typical Arabic-speaking capital. For one thing, most of the city’s inhabitants are Christian. For another, the Israeli flag is ubiquitous here. Miniature Israeli flags hang...

U.N. cancels appearance by Hamas leader in Geneva

JTAPublished March 19, 2012

The United Nations canceled an appearance by a Hamas leader at the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva. The cancellation Monday of an appearance by Ismail al-Ashqar, a senior official with Hamas, followed an official complaint filed with U.N. officials...

Bin Laden urged associates to make Palestine the issue

JTAPublished March 16, 2012

WASHINGTON -- Osama bin Laden chided terrorists in his network for not making Palestine a primary issue. "It was necessary to discuss Palestine first," the terrorist leader, assassinated last year in a U.S. operation, said after a December 2009 suicide...

Rabbi Roxanne Shapiro

Repetition can be positive

By Rabbi Roxanne J.S. ShapiroPublished September 7, 2011

Several years ago, I had a sixth grade student who attended both the Milwaukee Jewish Day School and my congregation's religious school. She came to me with a complaint that she was learning the same things at each school. When I asked her to explain...

Robert A. Cohn, Editor-in-Chief Emeritus

Making sense of the mounting Mideast morass

BY ROBERT A. COHN, Editor-in-Chief EmeritusPublished August 17, 2011

The so-called "Arab Spring" which began on such hopeful notes a few months back has since morphed into a "Long, Hot, Arab Summer of Discontent." The confusing array of new developments has included setbacks to the interests of Israel and the United States....

Homeland Security, Jewish groups partner on security campaign

By Madeleine Morgenstern, JTAPublished June 15, 2011

WASHINGTON - In its first partnership with a faith-based community, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is working with Jewish organizations to expand awareness of suspicious behavior.The "If You See Something, Say Something" campaign will distribute...

Letters to the Editor: week of June 8, 2011

Published June 8, 2011

Interfaith understanding and ‘Klinghoffer' operaI commend the efforts of the Jewish Light, through its articles in the current issue, in addressing issues raised by the scheduled performance of "The Death of Klinghoffer" by Opera Theatre of St. Louis.The...

Robert A. Cohn, Editor-in-Chief Emeritus

Capture of Mladic as important as killing of Osama bin Laden

BY ROBERT A. COHN, Editor-in-Chief EmeritusPublished June 1, 2011

The capture and arrest of Ratko Mladic, former Serbian Army Chief of Staff who personally led the 1995 massacre of 8,000 Bosnian men and boys in Srbrenica, has been appropriately compared to the recent killing of Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.Mladic,...

President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are scheduled to meet May 20 at the White House. They are pictured here in the Oval Office in July, 2010. Photo: Amos BenGershom/GPO Flash90/JTA

On eve of Netanyahu visit and AIPAC conference, Obama and Bibi appear on same page

By Ron Kampeas, JTA, WASHINGTONPublished May 18, 2011

Crush terrorists and then make peace.Through quirks of timing, it's a narrative that President Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu finally can agree on when they meet this week in Washington.There remains a critical difference, however, between...

Terror plot against synagogues underscores ‘lone wolf’ threat

By Daniel Treiman, JTA, NEW YORKPublished May 17, 2011

A foiled plot to attack New York synagogues offered a distressing reminder to the Jewish community that Osama bin Laden's death does not mean an end to the threat of terrorism - especially from so-called "lone wolves."New York police arrested Algerian-born...

Editorial: Proof Enough

Published May 11, 2011

Let's do some logic:FACT A: Before the exceptional United States Special Forces mission that led to the slaying of Osama bin Laden, the Palestinian Authority and Hamas reached a historic agreement about cooperation.FACT A-1: Hamas does not renounce violence...

Rabbi Susan Talve

‘Hallelujah’: Local voices express pride, relief at news of bin Laden’s death — and remembrance of 9-11 victims

By David Baugher, Special to the Jewish LightPublished May 4, 2011

As he woke up Monday morning, Clayton resident Bill Goodfriend checked the news. What he saw amazed him. He immediately went out to put up his American flag. "It's a great day to be an American," said the Central Reform congregant. "Everybody can be really...

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