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

A nonprofit, independent news source to inform, inspire, educate and connect the St. Louis Jewish community.

St. Louis Jewish Light

Robert A. Cohn is Editor-in-Chief Emeritus of the St. Louis Jewish Light. 

Pope Francis’s Iraq visit respects Abraham’s tent

By Robert A. Cohn, Editor-in-Chief Emeritus March 11, 2021

The patriarch Abraham and his wife, Sarah, are universally respected by the three largest Near Eastern monotheistic faiths: Judaism, Christianity and Islam. In what I see as the most consequential official act of his reign, Pope Francis last week visited...

Jewish Light Editor-in-Chief Emeritus Robert A. Cohn takes notes at an August 2008 meeting. For many years, Cohn has been a frequent presence at St. Louis Jewish community events, with his cassette recorder, legal pad and pen, taking notes and recording audio. Photo: Mike Sherwin

Q&A with Bob Cohn: Five decades in Jewish journalism

By Ellen Futterman, Editor November 1, 2019

I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again: Only Richard Nixon may have recorded more conversations than Robert A. “Bob” Cohn. And that’s just maybe. Anyone who has been interviewed by Bob — and by now that number has got to top 10,000...

Steven Woolf spent 33 years as artistic director of The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis.
Photo courtesy The Rep

Retiring Rep leader Steve Woolf reflects on life in the theater world

BY ROBERT A. COHN, Editor-in-Chief Emeritus July 25, 2019

Under the tutelage of Steve Woolf, the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis evolved from a respected regional theater to a nationally respected company known for innovation and boldness in selecting plays to produce, including some world premieres.Woolf retired...

Robert A. Cohn is editor-in-chief emeritus of the St. Louis Jewish Light. Photo: Kristi Foster 

Rescue of White Helmets a proud moment for Israel

BY ROBERT A. COHN July 26, 2018

The brave members of the Israel Defense Forces who rescued the besieged White Helmets of Syria rank with Israeli soldiers in numerous previous acts of valor by Israel’s armed forces. These include the fledgling IDF of Israel’s War of Independence,...

Then-Missouri Rep. Sue Shear addresses women visiting the Capitol in Jefferson City during a Jewish Federation Women’s Division trip in April 1982. File photo: David M. Henschel

If you knew Susie…Sue Shear, that is!

By Robert A. Cohn, Editor-in-Chief Emeritus May 30, 2012

Some Missouri voters too young to remember the sterling career of Sue Shear, the longest serving woman in the history of the Missouri House of Representatives and a passionate advocate for women’s rights, may not have understood the ham-fisted attempt...

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