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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

Israeli leaders mourn the loss of Shimon Peres

Published September 28, 2016

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel’s Cabinet held a special session to mourn and honor Shimon Peres.“This is the first day in Israel without Shimon Peres,” said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the opening of the meeting, followed by a moment of silence.“In...

Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas sends condolence letter to Peres family

Published September 28, 2016

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas called Shimon Peres a “brave” partner for peace in a condolence letter sent to his family.“Peres was a partner in making the peace of the brave with the martyr Yasser Arafat and Prime...

Clintons, Obama, Kerry to join world leaders at Peres funeral in Jerusalem

Published September 28, 2016

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton reportedly will take a break from the campaign and travel to Israel with her husband former U.S. President Bill Clinton to attend the funeral of Shimon Peres.U.S. President Barack Obama,...

Jewish groups praise Peres as respected statesman and peacemaker

Marcy OsterPublished September 28, 2016

Left to right, Yaser Arafat, Shimon Peres and Yitzhak Rabin presenting their Nobel Peace Prize certificates in Oslo, Norway, 1994. (Government Press Office)(JTA) — Jewish groups in Israel, the United States and around the world lauded former Israeli...

‘Todah rabah, Shimon’ — Obama delivers passionate farewell to Peres

Ron KampeasPublished September 27, 2016

WASHINGTON (JTA) — President Barack Obama posted an impassioned paean to the legacy of Shimon Peres.“There are few people who we share this world with who change the course of human history, not just through their role in human events, but because...

When Shimon Peres needed a speechwriter — and I needed a nap

Ben HarrisPublished September 27, 2016

Ben Harris with former Israeli President Shimon Peres in 2001 (Courtesy of Harris)(JTA) — It was 9 o’clock on a weekday evening and I was lounging around my Brooklyn apartment in pajamas when the call came summoning me to a Midtown Manhattan hotel....

Former Israeli president Shimon Peres in Tel Aviv, Nov. 30, 2015 (Tomer Neuberg/ Flash90)

Shimon Peres, last of Israel’s founders, dies at 93

By Ben Sales, JTAPublished September 27, 2016

TEL AVIV (JTA) — Shimon Peres, the former defense hawk turned Nobel Peace Prize winner and the last of Israel’s founders, has died. Peres, died before dawn on Wednesday at the age of 93, Israeli radio reported. Peres suffered a massive stroke earlier...

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