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St. Louis Jewish Light

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St. Louis Jewish Light

Letters to the editor: July 31, 2019

Letters to the editor: July 31, 2019

August 1, 2019

Drastic cuts in number of refugees admitted puts vulnerable people at riskYour July 24 editorial “Go Back to Decency” notes the role of groups such as the International Institute in “help(ing) newcomers find security and peace in their new home.”...

Campers at the International Institute Day Camp played a game of duck-duck-goose on Monday morning. Photo: Eric Berger 

Jewish groups, International Institute offer summer camp for immigrant families

Eric Berger, Staff Writer July 18, 2018

 A 13-year-old boy from Afghanistan stands outside in south St. Louis, listening as firefighters explain to him and other campers how their truck and equipment works. He wears a blue baseball hat emblazoned with the word “Hollywood.” It provides...

MIDEAST ISRAEL AFRICAN REFUGEES

MIDEAST ISRAEL AFRICAN REFUGEES

Hadas Parush April 3, 2018

Interior Affairs Minister Aryeh Deri, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and National Security Council Chairman Meir Ben Shabat, at a press conference announcing the new agreement for handling asylum seekers and illegal African migrants in Israel, at...

MIDEAST ISRAEL AFRICAN REFUGEES

MIDEAST ISRAEL AFRICAN REFUGEES

Hadas Parush April 3, 2018

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, center, with Interior Affairs Minister Aryeh Deri, left, and National Security Council Chairman Meir Ben Shabat, at a press conference announcing the new agreement for handling asylum seekers at the Prime Minister’s...

Elizabeth Hersh is Senior Rabbi at Temple Emanuel.

Parashat Yitro: We are called to help others, with humility

By Rabbi Elizabeth Hersh February 15, 2017

Parashat Yitro is the ideal reading for a discussion about leadership and delegation. Moses’ father-in-law, Yitro, brings Zipporah and her two sons to Moses in the wilderness. After a reunion that involves sharing the accomplishments made only through...

Alan Spector is the author of five books and is working on books six and seven. His latest is “Body Not Recovered: A Vietnam War/Protest Movement Novel.” Spector also writes the stljewishlight.com blog “Retirement According to … Alan Spector.”

Locking our doors is not the answer

By Alan Spector February 8, 2017

A friend, with whom I frequently disagree politically but who has a big heart, shared a saying on Facebook that reads, “Not takin’ Syrian refugees and closin’ our borders isn’t ‘mean’ or ‘heartless.’ I lock my doors to my house every night....

Screenshots from the @Stl_Manifest Twitter account.

Tweets remember Jewish refugees U.S. turned away

Ellen Futterman, Editor February 8, 2017

The idea came to him one night recently. Russel Neiss was talking to a friend and colleague, Rabbi Charlie Schwartz of Cambridge, Mass., about the executive order banning citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States, which...

Letters to the Editor: February 1, 2017

February 1, 2017

Do not let U.N. Security Council resolution divide our communityThe Jewish Community Relations Council of St. Louis believes in the power of people to come together to influence change in our region. Our capacity to make an impact is based on our ability...

Bill on Israel’s African migrants has their advocates crying foul

Bill on Israel’s African migrants has their advocates crying foul

Dima Vazinovich December 4, 2013

Many Israelis, including whites, blacks. Arabs and Bedouins marched to Rabin Square in Tel Aviv during a human rights rally on 9 December 2011 marking the 63nd anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Some 7,000 people attended the rally...

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