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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

Alan Schaffer measuring the garden expansion.

This week’s Spotlight photos

Published June 4, 2020

With guidance from Gateway Greening of St. Louis, a nonprofit organization that aids over 200 community gardens, Congregation Shaare Emeth has planted and harvested eight raised beds in its Mitzvah Garden. Families have volunteered to water the garden...

Rabbi Jonah Zinn. PHOTO: Joel Marion Photography

Frankly speaking, rabbi’s departure, ‘Gloria’ and more

BY: ELLEN FUTTERMAN, EDITORPublished May 9, 2019

Dogged pursuitHere’s a unique Mother’s Day gift sure to make a Jewish mother proud: Winning the Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest, and bringing home $10,000 in prize money — for mom, of course.Those interested...

Rabbi Jonah Zinn

‘Escape goat’ shows us path to redemption

By Rabbi Jonah ZinnPublished May 2, 2019

The taste of matzah was still fresh on our lips as we began the  study of Acharei Mot this year. This gastronomic phenomenon was particularly pronounced for those who read Acharei Mot last Shabbat because they observe seven days of Passover, including...

Image: St. Louis Rabbinical and Cantorial Association website, stlrabbis.org

Jewish clergy group changes name to include new cantorial members

Published May 2, 2019

The St. Louis Rabbinical Association has changed its name to reflect its welcoming of ordained cantors in to the organization. The group is now the St. Louis Rabbinical and Cantorial Association (STLRCA).Since its founding in 1955, the STLRCA has been...

Kibitz Cafe returns to Shaare Emeth

Published November 8, 2017

Congregation Shaare Emeth will once again offer its Kibitz Café, which serves a once-a-month breakfast on Sunday mornings from 8 to 10:30 a.m. in the congregation’s auditorium.  Meals range in price from $5.50 to about $7 a plate and feature a variety...


Shaare Emeth introduces ‘MakomSTL: A Place for Jewish Learning’

Published October 11, 2017

Congregation Shaare Emeth is unveiling a new initiative, “MakomSTL: A Place for Jewish Learning.” The first session begins on Oct. 18. MakomSTL will take place at Shaare Emeth on Wednesday evenings, with a social gathering and refreshments at 7 p.m.,...

Mussar practice retreat at Shaare Emeth

Published May 11, 2017

The Mussar Institute will offer its annual Mussar Practice Retreat at Congregation Shaare Emeth from Sunday, May 21 through Wednesday, May 24. The retreat will give students of Mussar a chance to integrate their studies into their lives, guided by experienced...

Shaare Emeth volunteers play a game of musical chairs during a recent ‘Winter Fun Day’ event for immigrant families at the International Institute. The congregation partnered with the institute on a ‘New Americans’ project, which provides services for immigrants in St. Louis. 

Shaare Emeth volunteers help immigrants adjust to life in St. Louis

By David Baugher, Special to the Jewish LightPublished January 26, 2017

For many Americans, the end-of-year holidays and the new year can be a restful time, but for refugees new to our nation, the challenges of learning a new language and nailing down essentials like food and clothing don’t take a holiday. Now, thanks...

Rabbi Lisa Goldstein

Shaare Emeth welcomes Rabbi Lisa Goldstein as scholar-in-residence

Published January 18, 2017

Congregation Shaare Emeth will host Rabbi Lisa Goldstein for its next Deutsch-Scholar-in-Residence weekend, Feb. 3 to 5. Goldstein, who served as assistant rabbi at Shaare Emeth in the mid-1990s, is now the executive director of the Institute for Jewish...

Religion and politics

Ellen Futterman, EditorPublished January 4, 2017

Religion and politicsRabbi James Bennett of Congregation Shaare Emeth has been invited to participate in the Jan. 9 inauguration of Missouri Governor-elect Eric Greitens, who is a Republican and grew up in the Jewish faith. Bennett will offer the benediction...

Shaare Emeth to host ‘Yin (Old) and Yang (New) Sale’

Published November 2, 2016

Congregation Shaare Emeth invites members of the community to be a part of their first “Yin (Old) and Yang (New) Sale” from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20. The sale will include artifacts and memorabilia from the congregation’s building, gently...

Interfaith partnership honors Shaare Emeth couple

Published October 20, 2016

Harvey and Leanne Schneider of Congregation Shaare Emeth will be honored for their interfaith leadership by the Interfaith Partnership of Greater St. Louis on Thursday, Oct. 27  at the organization’s  2016 Annual Dinner & Celebration.Doors will...

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