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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

Susan Block

Newsmakers: November 2020

Compiled by Jewish Light Staff November 6, 2020

Newsmakers is a compilation of local Jews’ newsworthy professional and academic accomplishments. Submit your news items to [email protected] Call 314-743-3669 for more information. Published the first edition of each month. Attorney Susan...

Rabbi Yonason Goldson

Courting connection through distance in love and friendship

BY RABBI YONASON GOLDSON July 9, 2020

It was the 1980s. I was a teenager, and the spread of a different contagion threatened to overturn our way of life: genital herpes.Fear of this new sexually transmitted disease led social commentators to ponder whether a new age of chivalry awaited us...

Rabbi Yonason Goldson of University City delivers a TEDx conference talk on ‘How I Became My Own Worst Nightmare’ in Colorado Springs. IMAGE: YOUTUBE SCREENSHOT

St. Louis rabbi promotes empathy in TED talk

By Eric Berger, Associate Editor August 22, 2019

When Louis and Sarah Block Yeshiva High School closed in 2016, Rabbi Yonason Goldson, who spent two decades teaching there, said he “had to decide what I wanted to do when I grow up.”Goldson, 59, of University City, turned to public speaking, not...

Rabbi Yonason Goldson

Why Republicans shouldn’t expect to win over Jewish voters

By Rabbi Yonason Goldson April 25, 2019

If Moses won’t come to the mountain, bring the mountain to Moses.This might be the tagline from conservative strategists’ latest brainstorm: according to Politico, the Republican Jewish Coalition is spearheading a multi-million dollar campaign to...

Stanley Jacobs carries U.City Shul’s new Torah during a procession in 2012. To Jacobs’ right are Rabbi Yonason Goldson in background and U.City Shul Rabbi Menachem Tendler.  Photo: Don Meissner 

A lesson in mourning

By Rabbi Yonason Goldson September 13, 2018

Two weeks ago, an early-morning text heralded the tragic news that my dear friend, Stan Jacobs, had finally lost his long battle with cancer.  He was 70 years old.The memorial service drew a capacity crowd.  Everyone who knew Stan adored him. And I...

Rabbi Yonason Goldson’s latest book is “Proverbial Beauty: Secrets for Success and Happiness from the Wisdom of the Ages,” a collection of practical insights from the Book of Proverbs and the Mona Lisa, available on Amazon. 

Influence of shuttered Block Yeshiva will continue

By Rabbi Yonason Goldson October 19, 2016

Ask any teacher. Ask any informed parent. Educational standards are in free fall across America, perhaps around the world. And in St. Louis, an extraordinary institution has closed its doors. Block Yeshiva High School did not come into existence as something...

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