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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 annual U.City Purim Reenactment Parade took place on March 17. Photos: Bill Motchan

Photo gallery: U. City Purim Parade

Published March 18, 2022

From left: Charli, Jenna, Mike, Diane, Tim and Sophia O’Shea.

How St. Louis Irish Jewish families celebrate ‘The ‘Double P’: Purim and St. Patrick’s Day

Bill Motchan , Special For The Jewish LightPublished March 16, 2022

Hamentashen and shamrock cookies will share a plate at two homes this week. Jenna and Mike O’Shea have two holidays to celebrate on March 17, Purim and St. Patrick’s Day, otherwise known as 'The Double P'. Jenna is Jewish, Mike is Irish. It’s the...

David Hermelin is shown with the barrels used to age Hermelins Righteous Seven Barrel Reserve liqueur. Photo: Bill Motchan

Jewish St. Louis distiller of “Righteous Road” has perfect spirit for Purim

Bill Motchan, Special For The Jewish LightPublished March 14, 2022

When we checked in on Righteous Road last September, the distiller had just added two new spirits to its lineup. There’s the original Righteous Seven liqueur, its more intense barrel reserve, and The Fifth Cup, the brand’s kosher for Passover craft...

JCC pre-Purim party featuring free copies of “The Illustrated Cocktail” with ticket

JCC pre-Purim party featuring free copies of “The Illustrated Cocktail” with ticket

Jordan Palmer, Chief Digital Content OfficerPublished March 14, 2022

When it comes to drinking on Purim, the Talmud clearly understood what the scroll of Esther was all about. In practically every chapter of the Megillah, someone is imbibing heavily at a drinking party. And the scroll concludes with Mordecai’s instruction...

Hamantaschen to order 2021

These local bakers are ready to make your hamantaschen dreams come true

Jordan Palmer, Chief Digital Content OfficerPublished March 3, 2022

In celebration of our favorite three-cornered treats, we searched near and far for the best homemade hamantaschen around our area. Because, while there are plenty of recipes out there for the DIYers, many of us are looking to make the purchase, and enjoy...

On Sunday, Feb. 28, Temple Israel welcomed more than 100 cars to our campus for safe and socially distanced parking lot activities such as Purim-themed games, stories, prizes, as well as a professional circus show with juggling, acrobatics and more. Families were encouraged to wear costumes and decorate their vehicles, as well as bring boxes of pasta to donate to the Harvey Kornblum Jewish Food Pantry and a bag of coins to play games, which was collected for Tzedekah. All guests were gifted a Mishloach Manot with sweets, Hamentashen, grogger, and other goodies.

Temple Israel’s Purim Car-nival

Published March 2, 2021

On Sunday, Feb. 28, Temple Israel welcomed more than 100 cars to the congregation's Purim Car-nival and Mishloach Manot. Families were able to enjoy safe and socially distanced parking lot activities, such as Purim-themed games, stories, prizes, as...

Cathleen Kronemer, NSCA-CPT, Certified Health Coach, is a longtime fitness instructor at the Jewish Community Center of St. Louis.

Haman, hamantaschen and how to have a healthy Purim

By Cathleen KronemerPublished February 24, 2021

While kids of any age look forward to December all year long, anticipating 8 fun-filled nights of gifts, dreidel spinning, latkes and chocolate “gelt” on Hanukkah, Judaism also features another grand and celebratory holiday, replete with costumes,...

Rabbi Hershey Novack is co-director of the Chabad on Campus Rohr Center for Jewish Life at Washington University.

Improving social ties on Purim

By Rabbi Hershey NovackPublished February 23, 2021

A recent article in The Atlantic (“The Pandemic Has Erased Entire Categories of Friendship”) focuses on the decline of interactions among “weak social ties” during the COVID-19 pandemic. This refers to the people we know casually – the people...

Purim Funny Story

Howie Mandel, Bob Saget and other celebrities to read the Purim story for charity

BY ERIC BERGER, ASSOCIATE EDITORPublished February 19, 2021

We know you’re probably bummed that there aren’t the usual big, indoor Purim carnivals happening this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. But that doesn’t mean you can’t spin a grogger, eat some hamantaschen and watch some of the funniest Jewish...

Photo by Anastasia Zhenina from Pexels

Is it a mitzvah to drink on Purim?

Bill MotchanPublished February 16, 2021

Scholars have long debated whether the Talmud does in fact declare it a mitzvah to drink alcohol on Purim. Or more accurately, to drink enough on Purim that one cannot distinguish between “cursed be Haman” and “blessed be Mordecai.”Most students...

David Hermelin is shown with the barrels used to age Hermelins Righteous Seven Barrel Reserve liqueur. Photo: Bill Motchan

Getting downright righteous for Purim this year

By Bill Motchan, Special to the Jewish LightPublished February 16, 2021

If you’re stocking your bar for a festive Purim celebration, which begins the evening of  Feb. 25, here’s a tip: Get a bottle of Righteous Seven liqueur. The award-winning spirit is inspired by the Old Testament and manufactured right here in the...

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