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

St. Louis Jewish Light

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Photo courtesy of Jennifer Silverberg

7 questions with award winning food photographer Jennifer Silverberg

Bill Motchan, Special to the Jewish LightPublished August 3, 2022

Jennifer Silverberg is one of the premier food photographers in the United States. The Jewish St. Louisan won first place in the national American Photographic Artists food photography competition last year. She was also named one of Lurzer's Archive...

Changing her focus: Animal photographer turns to capturing faces of older St. Louis women

Changing her focus: Animal photographer turns to capturing faces of older St. Louis women

ELLEN FUTTERMAN, Editor-in-ChiefPublished August 11, 2021

Editor's note: This is a more complete story of a version that ran online earlier this month. One familiar refrain we women of a certain age hear is that we’re invisible. It’s not that anyone actually says that out loud, but we feel it from...

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 LightPublished 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...

A bar mitzvah portrait of Ari Hoberman Photo: Yana Hotter/Spoonful of Sugar Photography.

Simcha photographers juggle ever-evolving technology and trends


Veteran St. Louis photographer Joel Marion was in the midst of shooting one of his bread-and-butter simchas — a bar mitzvah celebration — when he entered a dark room. Not a darkroom that photographers use to process film. It was a special area at...

Edward Coffield

An inside look at NJT’s new season; St. Louis art notes

By Ellen Futterman, EditorPublished September 26, 2019

Play timeFew Monday mornings start off as chill as a coffee date with Eddie Coffield, artistic director of the New Jewish Theatre. We got together at Colleen’s in Clayton to talk about the new NJT season, the first one he officially put together. Of...

Gavy Friedson is a volunteer EMT and deputy director of international operations with United Hatzalah.

Israeli medic visits; images of Jewish immigrant life

Ellen Futterman, EditorPublished October 18, 2018

To the rescueAfter exiting his plane in the Newark, N.J. airport on Monday, Gavriel “Gavy” Friedson spotted a situation all too familiar to him. An elderly Orthodox Jewish woman in a wheelchair was turning blue in the face as she and her family approached...

Phil Johnson

Jewish jokes at NJT, Cindy Sherman, Rockin’ Hanukkah

Ellen Futterman, EditorPublished November 22, 2017

Telling a Jewish jokeActor, comedian, writer and singer Phil Johnson jokes that as a youngster, he was an alien in his own household.“I’ve had kind of a love affair with Jewish comedy ever since I was a kid,” said Johnson, 57, who grew up Irish-Catholic...

Holocaust survivor Jack Jaget in “Survivor: A Portrait of the Survivors of the Holocaust.” Photos: Harry Borden

Portraits of Perseverance

By Curt Schleier, JTAPublished April 20, 2017

Harry Borden is Britain’s Annie Leibovitz. Sort of.The American-born, U.K.-raised portrait photographer, 52, admits there “are some parallels” in their careers, though “obviously, I’m nowhere near as successful,” he told JTA.Still, Borden...

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 LightPublished 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 LightPublished 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...

Sandy Dukat, who lost her leg at age 4 due to a congenital disability, is now a two-time Paralympic bronze medalist in skiing, a mother and activist living in Denver. She recently climbed a volcano in Ecuador to raise awareness for amputees. She is pictured at age 24 in black & white and again two decades later.  Dukat is one of the inspiring portraits featured in Cathy Lander-Goldberg’s Resilient Souls Project, which opens Nov 17 at Maryville University.

Soulful portraits

By Ellie S. Grossman, Special to the Jewish LightPublished November 9, 2016

If a picture says a thousand words, then Cathy Lander-Goldberg’s photographs speak volumes. “The Resilient Souls Project,” her powerful exhibit of portraits and writing at Maryville University, follows a group of diverse women over the course of...

One of Mark Richmans color photographs taken during the Beatles’ visit to St. Louis in 1966.

Mark Richman’s ‘Hard Day’s Night’ photographing Beatles

BY ROBERT A. COHN, Editor-in-Chief EmeritusPublished May 11, 2016

Local longtime photographer and Frank Sinatra-style crooner Mark Richman has always been a major fan of popular culture icons, including Ol’ Blue Eyes, Jay Leno, and perhaps his all-time favorite, the Beatles. When the Beatles came to Busch Stadium...

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