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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

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 18, 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 Shop's 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,...

Flanders, Hanna David,  Marcus and David’s daugher Orly David Peters.

How these pen pals turned letter writing into a 70 year long friendship

By Bill Motchan, Special to the Jewish Light April 8, 2021

It was 1956 in Rishon, Israel, and 8-year-old Hanna Lavzovski pressed flowers inside a book to dry and flatten them. Then she mailed the flowers to prospective Jewish pen pals in Belgium, Germany and the United States. Hanna got one reply weeks later,...

Lindy Drew is co-founder of Humans of St. Louis (humansofstl.org).

How Lindy Drew turned “Humans of St. Louis” into a viral success

By Bill Motchan, Special to the Jewish Light April 6, 2021

Lindy DrewCo-founder of Humans of St. Louis (humansofstl.org)130,000 followers on FacebookWhen Lindy Drew posts content online, she aims high. Her goal is understanding, particularly on issues of racial equity, gender equality and LGBTQ rights. Drew is...

Dini Klein is a food host and founder of the blog Prep + Rally (prepandrally.com).

Inside the world of professional social media influencers: Dini Klein

By Bill Motchan, Special to the Jewish Light April 5, 2021

Social media influencers are increasingly changing the media landscape by virtue of their popularity, with many having the power to affect purchasing among their many followers. Among the Jewish social media influencers with substantial audiences are...

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