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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

The Jewish Community Center welcomed Jewish leaders from across the country for the annual Songleader Boot Camp, held Feb. 17-19. SLBC was founded in 2009 by Jewish rock musician and educator Rick Recht and Rabbi Brad Horwitz, director of Jewish engagement and adult programs at the J’s Ruth & Harold Sher Center of Jewish Life. This year, SLBC also featured a new Teen Chavurah program, supported by the Staenberg Family Foundation, and winners of Jewish Rock Radio’s Jewish Star Talent Search. All photos by Bill Motchan

Photo gallery: 2019 Songleader Bootcamp at the J

February 21, 2019

The Jewish Community Center welcomed Jewish leaders from across the country for the annual Songleader Boot Camp, held Feb. 17-19. SLBC was founded in 2009 by Jewish rock musician and educator Rick Recht and Rabbi Brad Horwitz, director of Jewish engagement...

Congregation B’nai Amoona’s annual Lynn Myers Memorial Mitzvah Day - Jan. 20, 2019. Photo: Bill Motchan

Mitzvah Day at B’nai Amoona

February 1, 2019

Congregation B’nai Amoona’s annual Lynn Myers Memorial Mitzvah Day drew more than 250 participants on Jan. 20 to participate in a dozen mitzvah projects. The annual event honors the memory of Lynn Myers and recognizes one congregation member who embodies...

Longtime animal photographer Marian Brickner has a particular affinity for bonobos

St. Louis animal photographer shoots for smiles

By Susan Fadem, Special to the Jewish Light January 4, 2017

“Ohmygawd! How’d you get that photo?”If words could provide sustenance, and based on the number of times she’s heard that outpouring, photographer Marian Brickner would be forever feasting.Instead, she remains intensely driven and scarcely ever...

An exhibit at John Burroughs School features photographs by Martin Schweig, Jr. 

Exhibit shows photographer’s life in the arts

By Sarah Weinman, Special to the Jewish Light November 23, 2016

Photography runs through four generations of artist Martin Schweig Jr.’s family. Born in 1923 in St. Louis, Schweig is the former director of the Martin Schweig Studio and Gallery. His grandfather, Morris Schweig, founded the studio in 1892. The family...

St. Louis photographer Susan Stang’s image, ‘Champ de Mars, Paris 2012.’ The Sheldon has an exhibition of Stang’s work on display through April 30.

Toy camera connects photographer’s visions

By Sarah Weinman, Special to the Light April 13, 2016

When her husband passed away in 2011 after a long illness, Jewish photographer and Webster University professor emeritus Susan Stang turned to her art to revive her spirit and creativity. This revival ultimately became the exhibition “reAPPEARANCES,”...

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Batya Abramson-Goldstein retirement party

January 14, 2016

After 26 years with the St. Louis Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC), and the last 12 years serving as Executive Director, Batya Abramson-Goldstein retired, Oct. 31. Members of the Jewish and interfaith communities recognized Batya for her years...

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Hanukkah Hullabaloo

December 10, 2015

The Brothers Lazaroff's fifth annual Hanukkah Hullabaloo drew a full house to Covenant Place on Dec. 5. This was a new location for the event -- in previous years the dress rehearsal was held at Covenant, but the reception was so strong that organizers worked...

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Photo gallery: Rally for Israel

November 9, 2015

Members of the community organized a grassroots pro-Israel community rally, held Sunday, Nov. 8 at LaVerne Collins Park in Creve Coeur. The rally was planned as a response to the recent terror attacks on Israelis and as a sign of support of the people...

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Light Up the Night – Publisher’s Society event

September 3, 2015

The Jewish Light hosted a reception for its Publisher's Society supporters and friends at Ben Poremba's Olio and Elaia restaurants on Sunday, Aug. 25.  Award-winning chef Poremba offered a special assortment of his Israeli and Mediterranean influenced...

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NCJW Back to School! Store

July 21, 2015

The National Council of Jewish Women-St. Louis section hosted its annual Back to School! Store Sunday at Central Reform Congregation. For the past 15 years, volunteers have helped to outfit more than 100,000 children as they prepare to go back to school....

Students prepare costumes for bibliodrama of Mi Chamocha during the inaugural Carol Rubin Day of Jewish Music, Study and the Arts — a full day of using Jewish texts as inspiration for visual art, storytelling, drama and music, capped off with a Dan Nichols (above) concert and an all-school Israel Dance celebration.  

A Mirowitz first

March 26, 2015

In February, Saul Mirowitz Jewish Community School held its inaugural Carol Rubin Day of Jewish Music, Study and the Arts — a full day of using Jewish texts as inspiration for visual art, storytelling, drama and music, capped off with a Dan Nichols...

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