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

Jimmy Koppel

Upcoming college graduate’s entrepreneurial goals boosted by $100k grant


When he was 10 years old, Jimmy Koppel decided he wanted to create video games when he grew up. Just a decade later, Koppel has been there and done that – and now he has been named one of 20 young entrepreneurs to receive $100,000 to work on his new...

Mad magazine’s issue No. 4 features a cover by founder Harvey Kurtzman

Sixty years of Mad-ness

By Dan Pine, J WeeklyPublished June 20, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO — For a gap-toothed, dim-witted dork, Alfred E. Neuman sure influenced a lot of people. Everyone from “Simpsons” creator Matt Groening to film critic Roger Ebert credit Mad magazine with having a tremendous impact on their careers....

Peres launches Facebook page at company headquarters

JTAPublished March 6, 2012

Israeli President Shimon Peres launched a Facebook page during a visit with company founder Mark Zuckerberg at Facebook headquarters in California. As part of the launch Tuesday, Peres held a live chat with web surfers from around the world. His page...

Jewish text animation group launches summer residency

JTAPublished February 17, 2012

NEW YORK -- The popular Jewish animation outfit G-dcast is launching an artists' residency program in San Francisco. The residency, to be held at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in August, will bring together six animators and six storytellers to adapt...

Rachael Smith and her daughter Shayna at an Our Jewish Home
Sukkah party.

Chai times for ‘Our Jewish Home’

By David Baugher, Special to the Jewish LightPublished February 8, 2012

It didn't take long for Marni Deutsch to become a believer. When she heard from a relative about a program that would bring Jewish education right to the doorstep of her Clayton home, she knew she wanted to enroll her four-year-old daughter Ella. "It...

My family tree is lined with tinsel

By Sue Fishkoff, J. Weekly, SAN FRANCISCOPublished December 28, 2011

This Dec. 25, while many Bay Area Jews will be lighting their Hannukah candles and tucking into their traditional Chinese takeout, I'll be where I am every year - enjoying Christmas dinner at my mother's house. Yes, my mother isn't Jewish. And yes, I...

Harriet Traurig

There’s something about Harriet

By Ellen Futterman, EditorPublished November 30, 2011

I'm not sure if it's because January marks eight years since my beloved friend Harriet Traurig died or because the last time I saw her was a month before her death, during the December holidays, but I've been thinking about her a lot recently. Maybe it's...

Marc Blattner, the new CEO at the Federation of Greater Portland
in Oregon, and other new federation chiefs have created large grant
programs meant to fund innovative programs and attract new

New federation CEOs experimenting with funding models

By Dan Klein, JTA, NEW YORKPublished August 17, 2011

A generational changing of the guard throughout North America's largest Jewish charitable network is opening the door to new chief executives increasingly open to experimenting with changes to the century-old funding model favored by local federations.In...

Non-cutting ritual appeals to some who oppose circumcision

By Jonah Lowenfeld, Jewish JournalPublished August 10, 2011

LOS ANGELES - In the same week in which a San Francisco judge struck from the city's November ballot a controversial measure aiming to ban circumcision of any male younger than 18, two reputable media sources reported on a relatively new, little-known...

Editorial: Golden Gate Garbage

Published June 15, 2011

At first, reactions to the San Francisco ballot initiative to outlaw circumcision of boys under the age of 18 seemed to fall into the "Are you serious?" category. But sometimes, truth is in fact stranger than fiction, and yes, a small band of thoughtless...

Battle over circumcision is shaping up in San Francisco

By Sue Fishkoff, JTA, SAN FRANCISCOPublished June 1, 2011

In November, San Franciscans will vote on a ballot measure that would outlaw circumcision on boys under the age of 18.Although experts say it is highly unlikely the measure will pass-very few state propositions pass, much less one this controversial-the...

Hollywood synagogue arson suspect faces felony

Published April 27, 2011

SAN FRANCISCO - A man suspected of setting a fire in a Southern California synagogue is facing 19 felony charges of burglary and arson.Dmitry Sheyko, 21, is in custody in Los Angeles, charged with the April 14 fire at Temple Israel of Hollywood, according...

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