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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

Mark Schenberg in his automotive repair shop, Car-Doc, located in Maryland Heights. Note the tidiness and immaculate floors.

How Mark Schenberg’s love affair with a ’76 Camaro fueled his career

Ellen Futterman, Editor-in-Chief October 8, 2021

Life seemed to be falling into place for Mark Schenberg in the summer of 1991. Then in his mid-20s, he was hunting for his first house in Creve Coeur. His auto repair business run from his parents’ garage had taken off, so much so that he had opened...

Back to his roots: Eitan Kantor becomes artist-in-residence at B’nai Amoona

Back to his roots: Eitan Kantor becomes artist-in-residence at B’nai Amoona

ERIC BERGER, ASSOCIATE EDITOR July 20, 2021

Eitan Kantor did not let a local music school’s denial keep him from playing the shofar or pursuing Jewish music. When he was about 7 years old, Kantor was already part of the shofar band at Congregation B’nai Amoona and realized that the other...

Aubrey Yawitz is surrounded by his children (from left) Nancy, Richard, Carol and Joanne for his 105th birthday.

Life is no picnic, but at 105 years, he does the best he can

ELLEN FUTTERMAN, Editor-in-Chief July 5, 2021

When Nancy Yawitz told me recently that her father, Aubrey Yawitz, had turned 105 earlier this month, I knew I wanted to meet him. And soon.  On Sunday, I went to the Clayton home Aubrey has lived in since 1954 and now shares with Nancy, who helps...

Missouri Tree Frogs, composed of William, Rebecca and Russell Jaffe, play at a recent show. Photo: Bill Motchan

Missouri Tree Frogs strum dulcimers in a family band

BILL MOTCHAN, Special to the Jewish Light June 21, 2021

King Nebuchadnezzar was a classic Old Testament villain. He ordered the destruction of the First Temple. He captured and imprisoned many Jews. And he hated the dulcimer. The king didn’t take issue with the twangy sound of the instrument. He just...

Gabe Fleisher hosts a politics podcast for St. Louis Public Radio.  Photo: David Kovaluk 

From bedroom to pressroom: Now Gabe Fleisher wakes up to politics in the Rose Garden

VIRGINIA GILBERT, Special to the Jewish Light May 27, 2021

Gabe Fleisher has been on a 10-year journalism journey, from summarizing news in his St. Louis bedroom before school to getting a press pass to the Rose Garden introduction of Amy Coney Barrett as a nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court. Fleisher, 19,...

The Lighter Side: A Q&A with The Resale Shops Jessica Duneman

The Lighter Side: A Q&A with The Resale Shop’s Jessica Duneman

ELLEN FUTTERMAN May 27, 2021

Jessica Duneman, Director of Retail Operations at The Resale Shop operated by the National Council of Jewish Women-St. Louis In one or two sentences, can you describe your job? I oversee the operations of The Resale Shop. It’s my job to ensure...

Scott Brandt is the owner of Moto Exotica auto showroom in Fenton.

Batmobile bite leads to career in exotic automobiles

BILL MOTCHAN, SPECIAL TO THE JEWISH LIGHT May 24, 2021

A stroll through Scott Brandt’s Moto Exotica auto showroom in Fenton reveals volumes about the colorful classic car dealer’s personality.  • You’ll find oil paintings created by Brandt (he has a master’s degree in fine art). • There’s...

Ben Hillman. Photo: Bill Motchan

Food biz entrepreneur prioritizes staff, customer experience

BILL MOTCHAN, Special to the Jewish Light May 18, 2021

On his way to work every day, Ben Hillman is greeted by a giant purple chicken. Hillman manages the year-old fast casual restaurant Chicken Out at Delmar and Skinker boulevards in the Loop. The restaurant’s mascot is a 10-foot-high statue known as...

Two St. Louis Jewish brothers open Terror Tacos, a new vegan Mexican eatery

Two St. Louis Jewish brothers open Terror Tacos, a new vegan Mexican eatery

CHERYL BAEHR, Special to the Jewish Light April 21, 2021

St. Louis vegetarians and vegans – along with anyone who loves bold, flavorful food – have a new destination for Mexican-inspired fare. Terror Tacos, a restaurant from brothers Bradley Roach and Brian Roash, opened late last month on South Grand,...

Dr. Jeffrey Davis serves in the emergency room at Missouri Baptist Medical Center. Photo: Bill Motchan

Jewish emergency room doctor from St. Louis saves life in San Diego

Bill Motchan, Special to the Jewish Light April 19, 2021

There are no coincidences. That is a sentiment often associated with Judaism—everything happens for a reason. It certainly would explain how a local Jewish doctor just happened to be at the right place at the right time last month to save a life. Dr....

Erin Wolfman May

The Lighter Side: Q&A with Erin Wolfman May

By Ellen Futterman, Editor-in-Chief April 13, 2021

Erin Wolfman MayCommunications Director at Temple IsraelHow long have you worked in the Jewish community?Eight years. April 2, 2013 was my first day on the job at Jewish Federation of St. Louis (yep, I remember the exact day).  Prior to that, I was in...

Keith Slotkin (center). Photo courtesy of the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center

How this plant scientist’s innovative research helps farmers address environmental challenges

By Bill Motchan, Special to the Jewish Light April 12, 2021

Keith Slotkin often snips off some baby lettuce and microgreens from an indoor garden in the basement of his Kirkwood home. At his day job, Slotkin works on innovations in growing plants that could eventually benefit small farmers around the world. Slotkin,...

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