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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

Eric Greitens won the gubernatorial race in Missouri in his first run for office.  

With election of Eric Greitens, state will have its first Jewish governor

BY ROBERT A. COHN, Editor-in-Chief Emeritus November 16, 2016

Missouri has elected Republican Eric Greitens as its first Jewish governor since the Show Me State was admitted to the Union in 1821. It has been a long road for Jewish candidates seeking to move into the Governor’s Mansion in Jefferson City. The highest...

Missouri Capitol Building

State’s Jewish Democrats face changed political landscape

By Eric Berger, Staff Writer November 16, 2016

Jewish Democrats — and Jewish legislators — will have a harder time preventing Missouri from moving in a more conservative direction following the Republicans’ victory in the governor’s race and retention of control of the State House and Senate.Missouri...

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld addressing the media after meeting at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq, April 27, 2006.

Would Condoleezza Rice as Veep choice undercut GOP’s Israel argument?

By Uriel Heilman, JTA July 15, 2012

NEW YORK – For the past four years, Jewish conservatives have been working hard to paint President Obama as too willing to press Israel on Palestinian issues. But the latest Washington buzz could throw a wrench in that line of attack -- if, as some...

Condoleezza Rice

News Analysis: Would Condoleezza Rice as Veep choice undercut GOP’s Israel argument?

By Uriel Heilman , JTA July 13, 2012

NEW YORK — For the past four years, Jewish conservatives have been working hard to paint President Obama as too willing to press Israel on Palestinian issues.  But the latest Washington buzz could throw a wrench in that line of attack — if, as some...

Republican Jewish Coalition leaders to campaign in Israel

By Ron Kampeas, JTA July 3, 2012

WASHINGTON -- The Republican Jewish Coalition is sending two of its top officials to Israel to rally for expatriate votes. The voter registration drive led by Ari Fleischer, the press secretary during the George W. Bush presidency and an RJC board member,...

U.S. Rep. Barney Frank, left, and Weekly Standard editor William Kristol engage in The Great Debate: Election 2012 at the American Jewish Committees Global Forum at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Washington, May 4, 2012.

In Jewish election season, old themes and new concerns about Iran

Ron Kampeas, JTA May 8, 2012

WASHINGTON -- Simmering beneath the presidential season’s familiar refrains of support for Israel is a passionate partisan argument over how best to confront Iran and deal with the new Middle East. The Jewish election debate season was launched informally...

President Obama, shown hosting a Passover seder at the White House on April 6, 2012, has gained Jewish support in the last half year, according to a new poll.

Obama’s Jewish support rises over past six months, AJC poll finds

By Ron Kampeas, JTA April 30, 2012

WASHINGTON—President Obama enjoys the support of three-fifths of American Jews, according to the latest American Jewish Committee survey, a significant improvement over where he stood half a year ago in the organization’s polling.The poll, released...

The campaign for Mitt Romney, shown greeting the crowd in suburban Boston on March 6, 2012, is emphasizing his friendship with Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu and his tough posture on Iran in distinguishing itself from President Obama.

Romney’s triumph smooths sharp edges of GOP Middle East policy rhetoric

By Ron Kampeas, JTA April 17, 2012

WASHINGTON -- The Republican primaries are effectively over, and gone with them is the sharp-edged rhetoric and departures from past U.S. policy on the Middle East. Gone is Rick Santorum’s pledge to strike Iran and his suggestion that West Bank Palestinians...

Farilyn Hale, on the behalf of the National Council of Jewish Women - St. Louis Section, addresses the audience on the need for Rate Review of the insurance industry in Missouri.

Jewish groups meet with legislators on health care reform

By David Baugher, Special to the Jewish Light March 28, 2012

Supporters of health care reform both vented their unhappiness with the pace of progress and pledged continued action while listening to stories of those affected by health insurance-related problems at a meeting with a panel of nine state legislators...

Jewish groups sign on to ‘Faithful Budget’ plan, protest GOP budget proposal

JTA March 22, 2012

WASHINGTON -- Jewish groups are among dozens of religious denominations and organizations endorsing a "Faithful Budget" in opposition to the Republican budget proposal, which would cut Medicaid spending and disproportionately shift Medicare costs to fixed-income...

Schneider beats Sheyman in Illinois Democratic primary

JTA March 21, 2012

NEW YORK -- Businessman Brad Schneider has emerged as the victor in a hotly contested Democratic congressional primary in Illinois. Schneider took 47 percent of the vote to 39 percent for activist Ilya Sheyman in the congressional district in Chicago’s...

Romney wins Illinois

JTA March 20, 2012

WASHINGTON -- Mitt Romney handily won the Illinois primary, consolidating his status as frontrunner in the race for the GOP presidential contest. Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, won 47 percent of the vote with 98 percent of votes counted in...

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