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

A nonprofit, independent news source to inform, inspire, educate and connect the St. Louis Jewish community.

St. Louis Jewish Light

Tracy Fishbein

STL native finds first cantorial post in Nashville

By Ellen Futterman, Editor January 16, 2013

On the road again I’m headed to Israel next week armed with a number of stories I plan to report while there, but I am still on the hunt for more. Specifically, I would love the names of former St. Louisans who are now living in Israel – either temporarily...

Rabbi Maurice D. Harris

Rabbi’s book takes a fresh look at the career of Moses

BY ROBERT A. COHN, Editor-in-Chief Emeritus July 4, 2012

In his new book “Moses: A Stranger Among Us,” ($19, Cascade Books, 164 pages), Rabbi Maurice D. Harris, a native of St. Louis, sets forth a fresh look at Moses, “from a progressive, pluralistic Jewish perspective.”  Rabbi Harris himself is no...

Ellen Rosenbaum talks during a meeting of Achraiyut (Hebrew for ‘to assume responsibility’) at Congregation Neve Shalom. The group, founded in 1993, is for individuals living with mental illness. The group meets the first Monday of the month. Although most of the group’s members are Jewish, it is open to individuals of other faiths as well.

Confronting mental illness: No easy answers

By Ellen Futterman, Editor June 6, 2012

Jason Wilson wants people to understand that although he hasn’t been able to work full time since 1999, he’s neither lazy nor is he a loser. What he is, he explains, his voice choking with emotion, is mentally ill. The 41-year-old was diagnosed with...

Eric Greitens is pictured at his downtown office. 

St. Louisan wins national humanitarian award

By Repps Hudson, Special to the Jewish Light May 23, 2012

At 38, Eric Greitens has lived a full life and then some. A former Navy SEAL in Iraq, Greitens was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University, where he wrote his doctoral thesis on children in crisis areas. He majored in ethics at Duke University, where he...

Robert Protzel

Protzel Family lives on at Straubs

By Repps Hudson, Special to the Jewish Light April 4, 2012

Robert Protzel’s name is synonymous with traditional Jewish fare in St. Louis. At the family business, Protzel’s Delicatessen, 7608 Wydown Boulevard in Clayton, he discovered as a child—he calls the store his babysitter—his love of making people...

Rachael Smith and her daughter Shayna at an Our Jewish Home
Sukkah party.

Chai times for ‘Our Jewish Home’

By David Baugher, Special to the Jewish Light February 8, 2012

It didn't take long for Marni Deutsch to become a believer. When she heard from a relative about a program that would bring Jewish education right to the doorstep of her Clayton home, she knew she wanted to enroll her four-year-old daughter Ella. "It...

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