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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

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Nine must-watch TV shows about Passover

By Linda Buchwald, JTAPublished April 13, 2017

Everyone has his or her own way of celebrating Passover, from silly seder customs (10 Plagues finger puppets, anyone?) to enjoying the same meal year after year, to, yes, commemorating the festival alongside beloved TV characters.The eight-day remembrance...

10 easy tips to avoid a boring seder

By Rebecca Rosenthal, Kveller via JTAPublished April 6, 2017

If your Passover seder is anything like mine, it can resemble the world’s most difficult classroom: different ages, ranging from 3 to 93, and varying levels of interest. Some want to read and discuss every word in the Haggadah, some just want to get...

Move over, Elijah: Interfaith kids joining the seder

By Deborah Fineblum Raub, JointMedia News ServicePublished March 28, 2012

When you have youngsters from interfaith families at your seder table, it can’t help but up the Passover ante. Maybe you are the kids’ auntie, or their grandparent, cousin, neighbor or friend. And maybe, just maybe you’re their parent.  Whatever...

Making the seder fun again

By Dr. Erica Brown, JointMedia News ServicePublished March 28, 2012

Three times in the book of Exodus and once in Deuteronomy, we are commanded to tell the master narrative of our people to our children. Sometimes it is because children ask, and we have a responsibility as bearers of a legacy to answer. Sometimes children...

See which brands are seder-worthy

By the Jewish Light StaffPublished March 28, 2012

Too often a good idea leads to less desirable—though unintended—consequences. So it was with the Jewish Light’s Matzah Taste Test. Wouldn’t it be helpful to buy a bunch of different brands of matzah and recruit staff members to judge the brands...

Crafting a memorable Passover with unique ritual objects

Published March 27, 2012

By Penny Schwartz · March 27, 2012 1 out of 1 Other Media Zoe Scheffy at her home with her knit seder table runners, her first design for a knit seder plate. (Penny Schwartz) PASSOVER FEATURE BOSTON (JTA) -- To prepare for their first Passover...

At Passover, let my people go south

By Ben Harris, JTAPublished March 27, 2012

NEW YORK (JTA) -- Passover celebrates the exodus of the Jewish people from slavery in Egypt, their wandering in the desert for 40 years, and their ultimate deliverance to the Promised Land. But a contemporary observer might be forgiven for imagining...

From oranges to artichokes, chocolate and olives, using seder plate as a call to action

By Sue Fishkoff, JTAPublished April 15, 2011

SAN FRANCISCO — Passover, which commemorates the Jewish people's liberation from slavery, has a political message at its heart. So it's not surprising that the seder - especially the seder plate -- has been pressed into the service of all kinds of freedoms....

Rabbi Avi Rubenfeld

L’Chaim to Passover: Savoring life, savoring wine

By Gail Appleson, Special to the LightPublished April 13, 2011

Can you remember exactly when you graduated from grape juice to super sweet Manischewitz or Mogen David Concord wine? I have to admit that I don't recall the precise holiday or Shabbat, but I do certainly remember a childhood Passover when my older brother...

The new Maxwell House Haggadah

A few new Passover haggadahs, and a facelift for an old favorite

By Sue Fishkoff, JTA SAN FRANCISCOPublished April 13, 2011

Nearing its 80th birthday, perhaps it was time the most printed Passover Haggadah in history had a major facelift. The Maxwell House Passover Haggadah, which has had more than 50 million copies published, hits the shelves -- and supermarkets -- this spring...

From left, Light Editor Ellen Futterman looks at the Passover dessert entries on Sunday at the Jewish Community Center, along with contest judges Robin Rickerman, director of food service and events manager at the JCC; Margi Lenga Kahn, food columnist for the Light; and Light Publisher/CEO Larry Levin. Photo: Mike Sherwin

Sweet Results: St. Louisans’ best Passover dessert recipes

Ellen Futterman, EditorPublished April 6, 2011

"Flourless Chocolate Cake with Polka Dot Ganache" took top prize honors Sunday in the 2nd Annual St. Louis Jewish Light Cooking Contest, sponsored by the Light and the JCC. This second installment of the cooking contest featured Passover desserts....

Escaping the box: 18 minutes to Passover freedom

By Edmon J. Rodman, JTAPublished March 30, 2011

LOS ANGELES - In every generation, the Haggadah tells us, the wise, the simple, the non-askers and even the baddies are obligated to see themselves as though they themselves actually had come out from Egypt. Unfortunately, the closest many of us come...

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