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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

Elana Hertel

Newsmakers: January 2021

COMPILED BY ELLEN FUTTERMAN, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF January 15, 2021

Elana Hertel has joined Central Reform Congregation as executive assistant to the rabbinic team. She graduated from Missouri State University with a bachelor’s degree in business and event management, holds a Certified Special Events Professional (CSEP)...

Rabbi Susan Talve

Don’t stay on the sidelines in the fight for justice

By Rabbi Susan Talve August 8, 2019

The daughters of Zelophechad (Numbers 26ff) challenged the systems of power and inheritance that left them invisible and vulnerable. The Book of Numbers tells us that they understood that movements for social change often take generations. They planted...

 Central Reform Congregation 

CRC readies nurturing child care Nest for littlest kids

BY SAM MOSHER, STAFF WRITER June 28, 2018

Before Susan Talve became the first rabbi of Central Reform Congregation, she helped start Ohio’s first licensed infant child care program in the workplace. During Talve’s graduate years at Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, a classmate who was...

From left, Sam Weigley, Arthur Litz, Sylvan Robinson, and Rabbi Susan Talve take part in a ceremony May 19 at Central Reform Congregation finalizing the gifting of a Holocaust Torah to CRC from Kol Katan, a longtime St. Louis chavurah/congregation. Robinson and Litz were past presidents and longtime members  of Kol Katan. For more photos from the ceremony, visit stljewishlight.com/multimedia.Photo: Andrew Kerman

Kol Katan gifts Holocaust Torah to Central Reform

BY ROBERT A. COHN, Editor-in-Chief June 1, 2017

Central Reform Congregation, which since 2001 has lovingly used a leased Torah scroll that was among more than 1,500 such scrolls to survive the Holocaust, has just received that scroll as a gift from Kol Katan. The chavurah/congregation flourished in...

Rabbi Susan Talve serves Central Reform Congregation.

Talve: Why I was arrested, again

By Rabbi Susan Talve February 15, 2017

On Monday night, Feb. 6, Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum gathered a group of rabbis together to make sure we were emotionally and spiritually ready for arrest. We were preparing for a holy and humble offering in the face of injustice.  We would be putting our...

Jewish Attention to Mental Illness-Mental Health series continues

July 27, 2016

The next session of Jewish Attention to Mental Illness-Mental Health, the ninth in the series called “Shanda: There is None,” will take place at 1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 14 at Central Reform Congregation, 5020 Waterman Blvd. Rabbi Susan Talve and Rabbi...

Rabbi Susan Talve

Jewish Attention to Mental Illness continues ‘Shanda: There Is None’ series at CRC

June 8, 2016

JAMI, Jewish Attention to Mental Health-Mental Illness, will hold “Shanda: There Is None,” a community forum convened by Rabbis Susan Talve and James Stone Goodman, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 15 at Central Reform Congregation, 5020 Waterman...

Rabbi Susan Talve (center) delivers a blessing as U.S. President Barack Obama hosts Israeli President Reuven Rivlin (second from right) and Rivlins wife Nechama Shulman Rivlin (left) for a Hanukkah reception at the White House in Washington on Dec. 9. Also pictured is U.S. first lady Michelle Obama. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Rabbi Talve is guest of honor at White House Hanukkah party

December 10, 2015

Rabbi Susan Talve of Central Reform Congregation was a special guest at the White House on Wednesday. Talve was one of two guest speakers at the White House Hanukkah reception — the other was Israeli President Reuven Rivlin. Talve also gave a blessing...

Leonard Rifkin received a loan from the Jewish Federations
Lifeline Fund to help pay bills while he searches for a new job.
Photo: Kristi Foster

Economic fallout still taking a toll

By David Baugher, Special to the Jewish Light December 28, 2011

Not long ago Melvin Zuhler seemed to have it all -- his family, his health, a successful business and a bank account totaling near six figures. Yet as 2011 draws to a close, Zuhler is looking for only one thing -- help. "I want a second chance," said...

Can We Talk?

Synagogues aim to evolve to fit changing needs

By David Baugher, Special to the Jewish Light December 14, 2011

They come for the wedding. They come for the bar and bat mitzvah. They come for the High Holidays. But the question that troubles Rick Kodner doesn't revolve around lifecycle events. How do you get them to come the rest of the time? "What's happened is...

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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