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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

From left to right is Ivana Todorova, Risa Fingerman, Josh Devine and Reis Lourie. Josh and Reis are doing mitzvah projects to benefit the Bennett Project; Josh’s bar mitzvah at Temple Israel and Reis’ at United Hebrew Congregation are a week apart in May.

One good mitzvah continues to help make a difference

BY ELLEN FUTTERMAN, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF April 13, 2021

To better tell this story, let’s rewind to December. That’s when we introduced you to Drew Patchin, a second-grader, cancer survivor and member of Temple Israel, who was fundraising for a charity outside a Walgreens in Creve Coeur when his jar full...

Rabbi Amy Feder

TI’s renovated Deutsch Center is back making connections

By Rabbi Amy Feder December 3, 2020

Temple Israel students who began college this year have a special nickname for themselves. It doesn’t have to do with COVID-19 or with their time in confirmation class or shared experiences during their b’nai mitzvah year. They call themselves “Miss...

Rabbi Amy Feder

What do we miss when we tune out perspectives that differ from our own?

By Rabbi Amy Feder January 24, 2020

This week’s parasha begins with a communication breakdown. In its opening lines, G-d shares something fantastic with Moses: G-d has remembered the Israelites and is going to take them out of slavery. Wonderful news! Time for the Israelites to rejoice...

Rabbi Amy Feder

Traditions enrich Passover, no matter how long it lasts

By Rabbi Amy Feder April 25, 2019

The Torah portion for this week is Pesach (final day), which leads to the inevitable question: Just when is the final day of Pesach?  The Torah is clear: Pesach begins on the 15th day of Nisan and lasts seven days. Which sounds cut and dried, but only...

Congregation Temple Israel

Temple Israel to mark 125th anniversary

By David Baugher, Special to the Jewish Light January 4, 2012

Rabbi Amy Feder likes to laud Temple Israel's ability to retain members - often over generations. "Even though we are a congregation growing in terms of young families, which is very exciting, it's pretty incredible that even those young families often...

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