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

Debra Klevens

In-person or virtual learning? A teacher’s message to the community

By Debra Klevens July 30, 2020

As a longtime teacher, I have been contacted by friends, family and acquaintances asking me to help them decide between choosing virtual learning or an in-person learning plan for their children. Like many parents, my head is spinning. Do I choose the...

Back-to-School Anxiety, COVID Style

Back-to-School Anxiety, COVID Style

Jewish Light Editorial July 30, 2020

Normally at this time of year, back-to-school angst begins to arrive, usually in the minds of students who are hardly eager for summer vacation to end.But nothing is normal in the time of the coronavirus pandemic. This year, the anxiety typically felt...

Kylie Jansen

Start of school year prompts mixed emotions

BY ERIC BERGER, ASSOCIATE EDITOR July 30, 2020

As St. Louisans deal with a swelling in the number of local coronavirus cases and wait to see if they will be filling backpacks and heading to school or simply opening their laptops on the kitchen table, local Jews offered a range of responses — from...

Arab and Jewish students at a Hand in Hand school in Israel. Photo: YouTube screenshot

Israeli schools build bridges between Jews and Arabs

Ellen Futterman, Editor February 15, 2017

Rebecca Bardach and her husband, Eliot Goldstein, grew up on opposite coasts — she in Berkeley, Calif.; he in Silver Springs, Md. — attending a combination of Jewish day and public schools. After each made aliyah in the late 1990s and married, they...

Schools start brings mixed emotions

School’s start brings mixed emotions

Story and Photos By Amanda Cohen, Special to the Light August 25, 2010

The old saying "all good things must come to an end" resonates loud and clear to youngsters and teens who have to say goodbye to summer fun and load up their backpacks once again. But with the start of a new school year comes certain expectations: I hope...

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