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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

Jewish Coalition for Racial Equity plans virtual conference

Jewish Coalition for Racial Equity plans virtual conference

October 13, 2020

The St. Louis Jewish community is coming together for facilitated conversations on race, racism and bias. The goal is to listen, learn and take steps towards refuah (healing). Rabbis from across the region will be joined by nationally recognized speakers...

Amy Fenster Brown

Raise our voices for the cause of justice

By Amy Fenster Brown June 18, 2020

It’s 2020, a year we are not likely to soon forget. We’re barely halfway in, and the hits just keep coming: Australian fires, COVID-19, the killing of George Floyd, riots. We are people in emotional turmoil. The term for visual acuity is 20/20, the...

Shavuot and the Rule of Law

Shavuot and the Rule of Law

JEWISH LIGHT EDITORIAL June 4, 2020

Shavuot, which we commemorated last week, marks the pivotal moment in Jewish history when God gave the Ten Commandments not only to Moses but to the entire Israelite community that gathered at Mount Sinai. Among those commandments is “Thou shalt not...

Jonathan Greenblatt

Zoom is getting safer. Here’s how you can make your meetings even more secure.

By Jonathan Greenblatt April 23, 2020

Just a few weeks ago, most Americans were not familiar with the concept of Zoombombing. But as the COVID-19 pandemic forced many business, community and even social meetings online, Zoom increasingly became the platform of choice for videoconferencing....

Letters to the editor: November 13, 2019

Letters to the editor: November 13, 2019

November 14, 2019

Vetting of author’s ‘truths’ neededI was so very disappointed to discover that a partner of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis — the St. Louis Jewish Book Festival — has chosen to disparage Israel and the Israel Defense Forces by featuring Yousef...

Charles L. Klotzer

U.S. educational system is guilty of malpractice

By Charles L. Klotzer November 7, 2019

Professor Marty Rochester, columnist of the Jewish Light, is a perfect example why the 1619 voluminous report published by The New York Times (in cooperation with the Smithsonian and the Pulitzer Center that the professor fails to mention) charges our...

Paul Tesser

Are we exaggerating racism? No, you are perpetuating it.

By Paul Tesser November 7, 2019

I found the column written by Professor J. Martin Rochester, “Are we exaggerating racism?” (Oct 30. edition of the St. Louis Jewish Light), to be deeply disturbing. I am of the opinion that the persistence of systemic racism in America remains a leading...

Letters to the Editor: November 6, 2019

Letters to the Editor: November 6, 2019

November 7, 2019

Despite progress, systemic racism persistsWe are writing in response to Marty Rochester Oct. 30 commentary, “Are We Exaggerating Racism?” Rochester is not suggesting anything new or innovative by way of stating that we live in a post-racial society....

Marty Rochester

Are we exaggerating racism?

BY MARTY ROCHESTER October 31, 2019

Did you know that, according to increasingly accepted notions of racism in America, not only Donald Trump but also Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Cory Booker, Kamala Harris and all the other current Democratic presidential candidates and, indeed, you,...

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...

David Bernstein is president and CEO of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, the representative voice of the Jewish community relations movement. Follow him on Twitter @DavidLBernstein.

Intersectionality excludes and includes. Jews must learn the difference.

By David Bernstein, JTA July 20, 2017

Last year, I wrote an opinion piece for JTA about a term and a trend few Jews over the age of 30 had ever heard of: intersectionality. Coined in the late 1980s, intersectionality posits that various forms of oppression — racism, sexism, classism, ableism...

The Hungarian documentary ‘Judgment in Hungary’ follows the two-year trial of four men accused of the racially motivated killing of six Roma people.

Documentary exposes racism against Hungarian Roma

By Cate Marquis, Special to the Jewish Light March 22, 2017

It is not often that a film gets its U.S. premiere in St. Louis, but that is the case for the award-winning “Judgment in Hungary.” This powerful courtroom-drama documentary spotlights the trial of four Hungarian men accused of the racially motivated...

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