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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



STEPHANE DE SAKUTINPublished May 6, 2020

French Rabbi Philippe Haddad prepares for a Shabbat service via videoconference at the Copernic Synagogue in Paris, March 28, 2020. (Stephane de Sakutin/AFP via Getty Images)

Elisheva Heit’s award-winning arrangement at the St. Louis Art Museum’s Art in Bloom contest. Heit will lead an upcoming Jewish Arts & Soul event on Aug. 8 at the J.   

Camp Sabra’s 50th birthday, images of faith, binge-worthy TV

Ellen Futterman, EditorPublished July 25, 2019

Celebrating SabraAlums of Camp Sabra can kick off the camp’s 50th birthday celebration at the Moonrise Hotel in the Delmar Loop from 7 to 10 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 8.All are invited to celebrate Sabra and relive memories via a live stream of the 2019...

Interfaith project continues with program on poet Rumi

Published May 4, 2017

The work of the poet Rumi is the focus of the next event in the interfaith series inspired by the recent St. Louis premiere of the Beryl Korot and Steve Reich multimedia composition, “The Cave.”Scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 16 at Ladue Chapel...

 Karen Aroesty

Protect religious liberty: Vote no on Amendment 2

BY KAREN AROESTYPublished July 25, 2012

For more than 200 years the Missouri Constitution has protected the religious liberty of all Missourians whether in the majority or minority.   It already provides all Missourians with the right to private and voluntary prayer in public schools, workplaces...

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Editorial: The Hate State

JEWISH LIGHT EDITORIALPublished April 25, 2012

Is it just us, or are some of Missouri’s legislators seeking to make Missouri the most hateful state in the union? In recent months, members of the state legislature have put forward bills that would: • Prevent schools from punishing kids who bully...

Editorial: Jonesing for Health Care

Published April 4, 2012

Do you know that if a piece of legislation recently adopted by the Missouri House becomes law, religious interests can successfully lobby all businesses to deny contraceptives to employees? It’s true. What State Rep. Tim Jones (R-Eureka) has stated...

Editorial: Single Prayer System?

Published February 15, 2012

In this contentious election season, some loud voices are trying to take us back 50 years to the days when legislatures routinely told Americans how they could behave in the privacy of their own bedrooms. Moreover, they're doing it in the guise of First...

Orthodox groups protest U.S. decision on health benefits

JTAPublished January 26, 2012

WASHINGTON—Two Orthodox groups protested the Obama administration's decision to amend regulations that would require faith-based groups to cover "religiously objectionable medical services." Agudath Israel of America on Wednesday and the Union of Orthodox...

The Artist claimed 10 Oscar nominations, including ones for
Best Picture and Best Director Michel Hazanavicius, a French

Oscar is a Jewish name

By Ellen Futterman, EditorPublished January 25, 2012

B'nai mitzvah mitzvah When Central Reform Congregation members Michael Getty and Brian Vetruba decided to become b'nai mitzvah together, the couple wanted a mitzvah project that was not only meaningful to them but also beneficial to the entire St. Louis...

Caleb Ellis

A teen perspective on affiliation

By Caleb Ellis, Ohr Chadash StaffPublished December 14, 2011

CAN WE TALK? - TEEN COMMENTARY Throughout the first 17 years of my growing up, there's no question that Judaism has played an integral role. Like many of my Jewish peers, I underwent the staples of elementary Jewish education. I reluctantly attended Hebrew...

Abby Abrams

Reflections on JAM: Jews and Muslims


I am involved in JAM (Jews and Muslims), a teen dialogue group sponsored by the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC). We meet twice a month to discuss religious and cultural topics as well as current events. When I first started participating in...

Meacham keynotes debut of Danforth Center on Religion and Politics

by Robert A. Cohn Editor-in-Chief EmeritusPublished November 3, 2010

While the principle of the separation of church and state and the constitutional ban on an established religion must be respected, religion and politics have been- and will continue to be - intertwined in the United States, according to Jon Meacham, former...

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