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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

Inmate writes of struggle to maintain Jewish connections

By Juan HowardPublished April 18, 2012

One day while sitting at a table with some friends, a conversation about Jews and the Palestinians was brought up. Somewhere in the soon-to-become-heated debate, a question arose concerning the validity of Jews’ claim to Eretz Yisrael. At that point...


JCC gears up for Festival of Jewish Life


Bigger. Better. Bolder. That’s the concept behind the second annual Festival of Jewish Life, set for March 18-25. The eight-day event will celebrate numerous aspects of Jewish life, among them music, movies, the arts and spirituality. The festival opens...


Who says St. Louis isn’t hip?

By Ellen Futterman, EditorPublished February 29, 2012

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I checked out the new St. Louis Kabbalah Bookstore in Clayton. What I found was a spacious, sunny room with comfortable seating and bookshelves displaying dozens of titles such as “The Power of You,” “Kabbalah...

JCC’s Hazon CSA plans ‘Meet the Farmers’

Published February 8, 2012

The Jewish Community Center offers the community a chance to meet with the new farmers providing produce for the Hazon Community Supported Agriculture Program (CSA). Farmers from Dry Dock Farms will discuss organic farming and share samples of produce...

United Hebrew plans Jewish Overnight Camp Fair

Published February 8, 2012

United Hebrew Congregation invites the community to attend the Jewish Overnight Camp Fair on Sunday, Feb. 12. Families interested in learning more about 2012 Jewish summer camp opportunities for children age 7 to 18 years will be able to meet with a variety...

Nancy Falchuk

Awards galore and much more

By Lois CaplanPublished January 25, 2012

HADASSSAH IS HOSTING A BIG STEM CELL RELATED EVENT on Feb. 14, this one of particular interest in advances against Multiple Sclerosis (MS). In case you had not noticed, the event falls on Valentine's Day and is called "Framing the Future Encore: A Love...

My most memorable mikveh meeting

My most memorable mikveh meeting

BY ROBERT A. COHN, Editor-in-Chief EmeritusPublished January 25, 2012

One of the most memorable events during my long career at the Jewish Light took place in July of 1978 at the home of the late Rabbi Menachem Zvi Eichenstein and the late Rebbetzin Renee Eichenstein. That's when the two invited internationally noted sex...

Editorial: Check and Raise

Published January 25, 2012

The Jewish Light reported last week on the Jewish Federation of St. Louis' annual campaign results, and due to the loss of a few major donations, giving trends and the economy, the campaign itself was down from 2010. The organization also touted some...

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...

JCC Used Book Sale

Jewish Community Center plans Used Book Sale Feb. 5-9

Published January 25, 2012

The Jewish Community Center will hold a used book sale from Sunday, Feb. 5 through Thursday, Feb. 9 at the JCC's Arts & Education Building, 2 Millstone Campus Drive in Creve Coeur. Sunday, Feb. 5 is preview day—the only day with an admission charge...

Image courtesy Diane Everman, Jewish Community Archives

Martin Luther King had strong ties to St. Louis Jewish community

BY ROBERT A. COHN, Editor-in-Chief EmeritusPublished January 12, 2012

The birthday of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will be marked this year on Monday, Jan. 16. Considering his major accomplishments as the leader of the U.S. Civil Rights Movement - for which he earned a well-deserved Nobel Peace Prize - it is still hard...

Leonard Rifkin received a loan from the Jewish Federations
Lifeline Fund to help pay bills while he searches for a new job.
Photo: Kristi Foster

Economic fallout still taking a toll

By David Baugher, Special to the Jewish LightPublished December 28, 2011

Not long ago Melvin Zuhler seemed to have it all -- his family, his health, a successful business and a bank account totaling near six figures. Yet as 2011 draws to a close, Zuhler is looking for only one thing -- help. "I want a second chance," said...

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