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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

Samantha Renzulli was among the Jewish students who brought flowers, signs and good cheer to staff appreciation day at Jewish Senior Services, a long-term care facility in Bridgeport, Conn. 

Amid pandemic, these young Jews and their elderly friends are finding new ways to connect

By Renee Ghert-Zand, JTAPublished June 18, 2020

When the COVID-19 pandemic began, 15-year-old Samantha Renzulli immediately thought about how it would affect her elderly friends at Jewish Senior Services, a long-term care facility in Bridgeport, Conn.Renzulli had met some of the residents through Better...

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STEPHANE DE SAKUTINPublished May 6, 2020

French Rabbi Philippe Haddad prepares for a Shabbat service via videoconference at the Copernic Synagogue in Paris, March 28, 2020. (Stephane de Sakutin/AFP via Getty Images)

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JACK GUEZPublished April 27, 2020

Israelis wearing protective masks and dressed mainly in black take part in a demonstration on April 25, 2020, in Tel Aviv's Rabin Square to protest what they consider threats to Israeli democracy. They stood 2 meters apart because of the coronavirus pandemic....

Joel Ferber plays from home with his dog Winnie by his side.

Live! From the couch: Musicians extend their creativity to perform in a time of pandemic

Bill Motchan, St. Louis Jewish LightPublished April 14, 2020

In our strange new reality, working at home has become not just an option but a mandate for many. That is particularly challenging in some professions. Consider the plight of professional musicians. Their bread and butter is performing before a live...

Dr. James Hinrichs

‘A critical time for our region and for the world’: Doctor offers key takeaways on the pandemic

By Dr. James HinrichsPublished March 26, 2020

Editor’s note: This column by Dr. James Hinrichs was made possible thanks to the generosity of Dr. Jonathan Root, Dr. Norman Druck and Galia Movitz. I was asked by Jewish Light to host a column on the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.  I am board certified...

Stephanie Kutner

I’m staying sane during the pandemic by reclaiming an age-old Jewish tradition: Baking challah

By Stephanie KutnerPublished March 26, 2020

CHICAGO (JTA) — As the world grapples with the coronavirus pandemic, we’re all tasked with slowing its spread through social isolation. That’s not necessarily a big ask for someone like me. I can deal with people in short bursts but, for the most...

Coronavirus Prompts Unity, Creativity

Coronavirus Prompts Unity, Creativity

JEWISH LIGHT EDITORIALPublished March 19, 2020

All around the world, individuals, groups and institutions have mobilized to respond to the rapidly spreading coronavirus, which has been designated a global pandemic by the World Health Organization. After a fumbling initial U.S. response of finger-pointing...

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