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St. Louis Jewish Light

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

Linda Weiner

Touching the void created by social distancing

By Ellen Futterman, EditorPublished May 7, 2020

My stepdaughter Megan often chronicles her thoughts, ideas, art projects, fashion statements, dating conundrums and other intricacies of her 34-year-old life on Instagram to entertain family and friends. A month or so ago (who can keep track of time anymore?),...

Gratitude Without Platitude

Gratitude Without Platitude

Jewish Light EditorialPublished April 30, 2020

The dark cloud of the COVID-19 pandemic has entered a new and, for many, an even more frustrating phase. While an uncertain future unfolds, some parts of our nation, state and local community are beginning to allow certain businesses to reopen while others...

Jan Nykin

Therapists help people cope, grow while social distancing

By Eric Berger, Associate EditorPublished April 30, 2020

To help people cope during this time of social distancing, Jan Nykin, a licensed clinical social worker, suggests that people could “say a morning prayer such as Modeh Ani or the Shema or words of prayer from your heart.”Nykin and Sylvia Nissenboim,...

Rabbi James Stone Goodman

Central Reform rabbi increases frequency of support group meetings during pandemic

BY ELLEN FUTTERMAN, EDITORPublished April 23, 2020

These days, Rabbi James Stone Goodman spends a whole lot of time checking in with folks. “I make myself carry my 50-pound phone around and I call more people every day to see how they are doing,” said Goodman, who is affiliated with Central Reform...

Joel Ferber plays from home with his dog Winnie by his side.

Live! From the couch: Musicians extend their creativity to perform in a time of pandemic

Bill Motchan, St. Louis Jewish LightPublished April 14, 2020

In our strange new reality, working at home has become not just an option but a mandate for many. That is particularly challenging in some professions. Consider the plight of professional musicians. Their bread and butter is performing before a live...


In search of the unexpected benefits of quarantine

Ellen Futterman, EditorPublished April 2, 2020

At our slab ranch in Olivette, it’s just my husband and me right now. We’re empty nesters and have gotten used to the perks it affords, namely a relatively clean house and the knowledge that all lids to plastic containers in our refrigerator are screwed...

Amy Fenster Brown

Enough already with the mommy shaming

By Amy Fenster Brown, Special to the Jewish LightPublished April 2, 2020

Mommy shaming, as it’s currently called, is nothing new. During this period of self-quarantine, a term that is sort of up for individual interpretation, mommy shaming has become a sport of Olympic proportions. And you don’t have to be a mommy to take...

Letters to the Editor: March 25, 2020

Letters to the Editor: March 25, 2020

Published March 26, 2020

Pondering my situationIn the early 1940s my late husband and his family, eventual Holocaust survivors, were incarcerated in the Warsaw Ghetto for 11 months. They escaped and were then hidden in a straw-lined hole under a Polish farmer’s barn, two miles...

Stephanie Kutner

I’m staying sane during the pandemic by reclaiming an age-old Jewish tradition: Baking challah

By Stephanie KutnerPublished March 26, 2020

CHICAGO (JTA) — As the world grapples with the coronavirus pandemic, we’re all tasked with slowing its spread through social isolation. That’s not necessarily a big ask for someone like me. I can deal with people in short bursts but, for the most...

Rabbi Seth D. Gordon

Finding our bearings in this surreal moment

By Rabbi Seth D. GordonPublished March 26, 2020

Surreal.My most vivid surreal experience was on Sept. 12, 2001, or 9/12. We then lived on Long Island, about 45 minutes from the World Trade Towers in Manhattan. We saw the news the day before — an airplane had hit one of the buildings. What happened?...

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