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St. Louis Jewish Light

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St. Louis Jewish Light

Due to the pandemic, the eighth grade class of Saul Mirowitz Jewish Community School went on a camping trip to Camp Manitowa in Illinois in place of the school’s traditional trip to Israel.

Students miss Israel trip but bond at camp

ILANA BOYER and JORDAN EISEN May 20, 2021

For their entire time at Saul Mirowitz Jewish Community School, almost every student looks forward to the eighth grade class’ annual trip to Israel. Sadly, like many other things this year, the trip was canceled for the second consecutive year due to...

Kranzberg Family

Kranzberg Family Foundation awards $71,000 to Jewish youth, young adult programs

January 21, 2021

The Kranzberg Family Foundation, a supporting foundation of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis, has awarded $71,000 in grants to 16 Jewish programs for children, teens and young adults in St. Louis.The Foundation received requests totaling more than $187,000...

Edan Shoghi holds a black king, his favorite chess piece. He said he considers the king the most valuable attacking piece on the chess board. Photo: Bill Motchan 

Young Jewish chess players develop matchless life skills

By Bill Motchan, Special to the Jewish Light December 31, 2020

Edan Shoghi, an energetic 9-year-old at Saul Mirowitz Jewish Community School, enjoys playing soccer, basketball, tennis and Minecraft. But he really excels at chess.“What I like best about playing chess is strategy and tactics,” Edan said. “Let’s...

 Jeremy Leib served as event emcee.

This week’s Spotlight Photos

June 18, 2020

On May 14, more than 1,000 guests attended Saul Mirowitz Jewish Community School’s online Gala in the Cloud. Together, they raised $296,000 to help Mirowitz weather this historic time with tuition relief, technology upgrades and professional development. The...

Mirowitz plans ‘Gala in the Cloud’ virtual fundraiser on May 14

Mirowitz plans ‘Gala in the Cloud’ virtual fundraiser on May 14

May 8, 2020

Saul Mirowitz Jewish Community School welcomes the community to raise a glass and support the school during its “Gala in the Cloud” virtual fundraising event at 8:30 p.m. on May 14. “Our ‘Gala in the Cloud’ will be unlike any other gala, but...

Yishama, Rafi, Max and Yael make homemade matzah. 

Different ages and stages make teaching challenging but fun

By Ellie S. Grossman, Special to the Jewish Light May 7, 2020

Alana Minoff, whose children range in age from 5 to 13, says it took her and her husband, Mike, at least the first six weeks “to get into the groove” of schooling their children from home. Even still, she says, some days are harder than others.“And...

From left, Leora, Yehuda and Tzofia Dean family take part in a Passover play they wrote, directed and edited while learning at home. 

When Mother Earth meets schoolteacher, memories bloom

By Ellie S. Grossman, Special to the Jewish Light May 7, 2020

Shelley Hoffman Dean, mom of four kids ages nine through 13, is used to juggling a lot of things. Family, career, music, dance, art, and inspiring children to love Judaism is all in a day’s work. But teaching school to her own children during a pandemic...

Cheryl Maayan is head of school at Saul Mirowitz Jewish Community School. 

Mirowitz head of school discusses making virtual learning work

By Ellie S. Grossman, Special to the Jewish Light May 7, 2020

It didn’t take long for Saul Mirowitz Jewish Community School to jump into action when the teachers and administration saw the school closures coming because of the coronavirus outbreak.“Most schools started spring vacation the week that Mayor Krewson...

At left, Saul Mirowitz Jewish Community School students Eliana and Gabriel Wax participate in the online morning tefillah service led by Rabbi Scott Slarskey through Zoom.  

Mirowitz students adjust to life online

By Eric Berger, Associate Editor March 26, 2020

Cheryl Maayan, the head of Saul Mirowitz Jewish Community School, has in recent weeks learned the difference between two words: synchronous and asynchronous.“Synchronous learning is live-time when your class is with you; asynchronous learning is when...

At left, eighth grader Zahara Kiernan’s second-place dreidel design pays homage to Rabbi Arthur Ocean Waskow, an American author and political activist associated with the Jewish Renewal movement while Yeshara Reznikov’s third-place dreidel (right) celebrates former Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir. 

Spinning to the top

Ellen Futterman, Editor January 23, 2020

Congratulations to several students at Saul Mirowitz Jewish Community School for their award-winning dreidels in the 3rd Annual International #DoYouDreidel Design Competition hosted by Akiva School in Nashville, Tenn.The school invited students from Jewish...

Stephen and Darien Arnstein

‘Mirowitz in Bloom’ gala set for May 5

April 18, 2019

More than 450 supporters of Saul Mirowitz Jewish Community School will celebrate “Mirowitz in Bloom” on Sunday, May 5 at the school’s annual gala. The evening will highlight the generations of students who have bloomed into capable and ethical...

Students from Saul Mirowitz Jewish Community School and Al-Salam Day School meet four times a year as part of Operation Cooperation Middle School. Photos: Mike Sherwin

Program connects St. Louis students from Jewish and Muslim day schools

By Ellen Futterman, Editor April 4, 2019

Picture four middle schoolers playing a game of catch-and-release. Divided into pairs, each twosome holds onto either end of a net and tosses a beanbag back and forth, trying to land it in the other pair’s net. The objective isn’t for one pair to...

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