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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

St. Louis Poet Laureate Jane Ellen Ibur leads a poetry class in her home in August 2019. Photo: Michael Sherwin

Jane Ellen Ibur works to change lives through writing

By Ellen Futterman, Editor April 30, 2020

Jane Ellen Ibur writes a poem nearly every day. Today is No. 3,014. She been at it for roughly nine years.“It keeps me limber, like working out every day for your sport,” she said. “If you’re a pitcher, you have to keep your arm loose. I feel...

More than 40 people showed up for a fundraiser hosted by Lory Cooper (center, with blue head band) at Cyclebar in Creve Coeur in December.  Cooper raised $867 for the St. Louis Holocaust  Museum and Learning Center, where she is a docent and tour guide.

Cycling for HMLC; St. Louis native an Olympic chef

Ellen Futterman, Editor February 21, 2018

Spinning for good When Lory Cooper won a private party at Cyclebar, an indoor spinning and cycling franchise with a location in Creve Coeur, she started brainstorming some ideas to make the event a fundraiser. “I wanted to do something that was meaningful...

Two Gardens Modern Hebrew Poems of the Bible. Singing Bone Press, $15.95

Bible stories come alive in poetry anthology

BY ROBERT A. COHN, Editor-in-Chief Emeritus November 23, 2016

For millennia, Jews have studied, restudied, interpreted and been inspired by the familiar stories of the Hebrew Bible. While most of the Bible is in prose form, some powerful poems are in it, including “The Song of Songs,” a lyrical, erotic love...

Breathing in the Dark” by Howard Schwartz

Howard Schwartz returns to poetry in new book

BY ROBERT A. COHN, Editor-in-Chief Emeritus May 25, 2011

Howard Schwartz is well known not only in his native St. Louis, but worldwide as a leading American Jewish poet, essayist, novelist and editor, an expert on Jewish folklore and mythology. He recently co-edited, with Barbara Raznick, "Winter Harvest,"...

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