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St. Louis Jewish Light

Rabbi Hyim Shafner says goodbye to community members during a gathering Sunday at Bais Abraham Congregation in University City.Photo: Bill Motchan

Making a move, Bais Abe rabbi looks toward future at D.C. synagogue

By Eric Berger, Staff Writer July 26, 2017

If Rabbi Hyim Shafner encounters Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner, at Kesher Israel in Washington, D.C., he already has a line planned: “Hmmm... are you related to the Teaneck Trumps?” Shafner is preparing to become head rabbi at Kesher...

Bais Abraham will pay tribute to Rabbi Hyim Shafner and Sarah Winkelman and their family at a July 23 event. 

Bais Abraham plans farewell event for Shafner family

July 6, 2017

Bais Abraham welcomes the community to bid farewell to the Shafner family before they depart for Washington, D.C.  Rabbi Hyim Shafner has served the congregation since 2004. He has accepted a position as senior rabbi of Kesher Israel, a Washington synagogue....

Sara Winkelman and Rabbi Hyim Shafner, in a 2009 file photo. Rabbi Shafner has accepted a new position with Kesher Israel, a congregation in Washington, D.C. 

Never can say goodbye

Ellen Futterman, Editor March 22, 2017

Never can say goodbyeSad but exciting news came last week from Rabbi Hyim Shafner, who has served Bais Abraham Congregation since 2004. In a letter to congregants, Shafner explained he would be leaving St. Louis this summer to become senior rabbi at Kesher...

Rabbi Hyim Shafner serves Bais Abraham Congregation in University City. 

Social, legal truths are found in the stones

By Rabbi Hyim Shafner February 22, 2017

This week’s Torah portion, Mishpatim, literally means “laws,” and contains a large array of interpersonal civil commandments and regulations. Just before this portion, the Torah teaches about the building of an altar to G-d. The altar, which symbolizes...

Rabbi Hyim Shafner serves Bais Abraham Congegation.

The Jewish Song

By Rabbi Hyim Shafner October 13, 2016

This Shabbat, we read Ha’azinu, the second-to-last portion in the Torah. This Torah portion is written in two narrow columns like a poem or song and is often referred to as a song. But why does the Torah, a book of history and law, end with song?The...

Rabbi Hyim Shafner serves Bais Abraham Congregation.

All in the family

By Rabbi Hyim Shafner August 31, 2016

What are the Jews? Not a religion, for there are many who would say they are Jewish but are not religious. Not a nation, for a nation is identified with its land and shared culture, and Jews have not had a land for most of their history and do not share...

Rabbi Hyim Shafner serves Bais Abraham Congregation.

Seder mirrors breakup, redemption of family

By Rabbi Hyim Shafner April 28, 2016

Passover is about relationships.  Over and over, the Torah expresses the Passover Seder in intergenerationally related terms, such as:  “When your child shall ask you, ‘What is this service’ ” and, “And you shall say to them, ‘With a strong...

Sherie Schild and Janice Barrier wait with 16 other couples from
St. Louis to be married during a trip to Iowa in 2009. The couples
wedding was officiated by Rabbi Susan Talve of Central Reform
Congregation. Photo: Kristi Foster

The changing St. Louis Jewish community

By David Baugher , Special to the Jewish Light November 30, 2011

As Barry Rosenberg nurses a cup of coffee at a local café, the President and CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater St. Louis paints a picture of what many once thought was a typical Jewish home. "Most of our institutions were designed to serve what...

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