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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

Faith communities plan Quilt Blitz for The Covering House

May 2, 2012

Central Reform Congregation is partnering with other St. Louis-area faith congregations to plan a Quilt Blitz to benefit The Covering House, a nonprofit organization that plans to open the first home in the area for girls under the age of 18 who have...

Gail Appleson is a writer for Armstrong Teasdale LLP and freelancer who lives in St. Louis.
“Dor to Dor,” is an intermittent Jewish Light series looking at various aspects of “grown-up” life and generational connections through the lens of Jewish writers living in the St. Louis area.  
   If you are interested in contributing to Dor to Dor, email efutterman@thejewishlight.com.

A Rabbi who could ‘reach’ me

By Gail Appleson April 25, 2012

Growing up, I was always taught that rabbis were an exalted lot. These were holy men—there weren’t any women rabbis at the time—who seemed above and different from the rest of us. Bigger than life, they were learned and authoritative with a special...

Maxine Mirowitz, left, and Rabbi Jamie Korngold hike with participants on Shabbat at Creve Coeur Park as part of a weekend of events with Shaare Emeth.

Rabbi draws on natural inspiration

By David Baugher, Special to the Jewish Light April 25, 2012

Framed by a bright blue sky and with the shimmering ripples of Creve Coeur Lake reflecting in her mirrored sunglasses as she unshoulders a guitar case, Jamie Korngold doesn’t really cut the figure of a traditional rabbi. But that’s OK since some of...

Rabbi James Stone Goodman leads a seder at the Southeast Correctional Center in Charleston, Mo., about 145 miles southeast of St. Louis.

Why is this seder different from all other seders?

By Ellen Futterman, Editor April 18, 2012

CHARLESTON, Mo.—Ten inmates, all but one part of the prison’s Jewish Worship Group, are seated around a large rectangular table, eagerly waiting. Several wear yarmulkes and have tallits draped over their shoulders while the others gladly accept one...

Fourth annual Shabbat St. Louis service planned

March 21, 2012

The fourth annual community-wide Shabbat St. Louis worship service will take place from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 7 at Congregation Shaare Emeth, 11645 Ladue Road in Creve Coeur. This year’s service will include the festival liturgy for the...

Scottish Jewish umbrella group says no to Saturday poll

JTA March 7, 2012

The umbrella group for Jewish communities in Scotland will ask the country's government to refrain from holding a vote on Scottish independence on a Saturday.  In a draft response on the Scottish government's Your Scotland, Your Referendum proposal,...

Jewish school’s appeal to reschedule game denied

JTA March 1, 2012

A Texas school association voted a second time not to reschedule a state tournament semi-final game so that an Orthodox high school can play. Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools executive board voted Wednesday 8-0 with one member absent...

Chris Cole, coach of the boys basketball team at the Robert M. Beren Academy in Houston, offering up some strategy for his squad.

Shabbat conflict sends Beren Academy basketball squad to the sidelines

By Ben Harris, JTA February 28, 2012

NEW YORK -- Chris Cole, the coach of the boys' basketball team at the Robert M. Beren Academy in Houston, says his squad is peaking coming off its 27-point victory in the state tournament quarterfinals. Apparently the Stars, who with a record of 24-5...

With Samoa calendar change, question for Jews: When is Shabbat?

By Adam Soclof, JTA December 30, 2011

NEW YORK -- The Pacific island nation of Samoa is taking 186,000 citizens through a national time warp by moving west of the international dateline, forfeiting the last Friday of 2011 and jumping straight from Thursday into Saturday. For Samoans, this...

Rabbi Lazer Brody

‘Emuna’ translator Rabbi Lazer Brody to visit Dec. 8-10

December 7, 2011

The St. Louis Jewish community is invited to meet Rabbi Lazer Brody when he visits St. Louis Thursday, Dec. 8 through Saturday, Dec. 10.Rabbi Brody is an internationally acclaimed speaker and translator of several bestselling books, including the widely...

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