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St. Louis Jewish Light

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St. Louis Jewish Light

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Bill Pugliano June 22, 2017

Fred Warmbier, father of Otto Warmbier, holding a press conference in Wyoming, Ohio, while wearing the jacket his son wore when he gave a forced confession in North Korea, June 15, 2017. (Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

Rabbi James Stone Goodman leads a seder at the Southeast Correctional Center in Charleston, Mo., about 145 miles southeast of St. Louis.

Why is this seder different from all other seders?

By Ellen Futterman, Editor April 18, 2012

CHARLESTON, Mo.—Ten inmates, all but one part of the prison’s Jewish Worship Group, are seated around a large rectangular table, eagerly waiting. Several wear yarmulkes and have tallits draped over their shoulders while the others gladly accept one...

Freed from prison, ex-Shas lawmaker compares his captivity to Shalit’s

JTA March 4, 2012

JERUSALEM -- Shlomo Benizri, a former Israeli Cabinet minister released from prison, compared his time served to that of former captive soldier Gilad Shalit. Benizri, of the haredi Orthodox Shas Party, was released from prison on March 1, one month before...

Calif. inmate should get kosher meals, appeals court rules

JTA January 16, 2012

The California prison system is violating a Messianic Jewish prisoner's constitutional rights by denying him kosher food, a state appeals court ruled. A three-justice panel of the California 3rd District Court of Appeals ruled Jan. 11 that Margarito...

Former State Sen. Jeff Smith (center) leaves the 
federal courthouse downtown in August, 2009 after pleading guilty to conspiracy to obstruct of justice.  
File photo: Matt Mitgang

With his old life now history, Jeff Smith embarks on building a new one

BY JO MANNIES ST. LOUIS BEACON November 24, 2010

No more 4 a.m. telephone calls from a Federal Bureau of Prisons official verifying that he's home. Lots of time on his bicycle tooling around in the fresh air.Such are the seemingly trivial changes in the life of former state Sen. Jeff Smith that, for...

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