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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

An easy plum tart for summer’s hottest days

An easy plum tart for summer’s hottest days

Carly Pildis, ForwardPublished August 13, 2021

#tweetyourshabbat is a global movement founded by Carly Pildis, celebrating the struggle and joy of getting Shabbat on the table every week. This is a place for real dinners and real conversations about Jewish life. Join us at Forward in sharing what...

This year’s Nishmah Shabbat retreat is planned for May 1st to 2nd at Pere Marquette Lodge in Grafton, Ill.

Nishmah Shabbat retreat offers a chance for women to connect

By Ellen Futterman, EditorPublished March 12, 2020

Editor's update (March 17): Due to COVID-19 concerns, this retreat is being rescheduled for next year. Every other year the folks at Nishmah host a Shabbat retreat designed to bring together local Jewish women of many generations, affiliations and life...

Leon Moss

My grandson stole my usual Shabbat role — and I couldn’t be prouder

By Leon Moss, Kveller via JTAPublished January 3, 2019

I was edged out on Friday evening. The carefully planned operation was carried out by grandson No. 2, the one with the red hair.“Move over, Pop. I’ll do it,” he said firmly, prodding me in the ribs with a sharp elbow.It’s like this: I say the...

Batya Abramson-Goldstein

Arts & Faith, Shabbat Project, helicopter of healing

Ellen Futterman, EditorPublished October 25, 2017

Faith in the museumArts & Faith St. Louis and the St. Louis Art Museum have collaborated to provide specially designed Interfaith Tours that focus on artworks reflecting a wide range of faith traditions and inspire questions and conversations among...

Beth Feldman serves as the president of the Parkway Board of Education.  She is in her 10th year serving on the board, her fourth as president.  She is the only Jewish member of the board and attends United Hebrew Congregation.

‘We blew it’ planning graduation for Shabbat

By Beth FeldmanPublished September 14, 2017

In our desire to make the graduation experience better for all, the Parkway School Board and administration inadvertently lost sight of the needs of our Jewish students, each as important as any other, and their proud families who had waited for their...

Paige Krug, who graduated from Ladue Horton Watkins High School, will be a senior at the University of Kansas. She is doing an internship this summer in Tel Aviv at Chimes Israel, a non-profit organization providing services to people of all ages with special needs.

St. Louis college student experiences horror in West Bank

By Paige Krug, Special to the Jewish LightPublished July 26, 2017

TEL AVIV — Last Shabbat (July 21) was different than any Shabbat I’ve ever experienced. I was invited by my friend Talia to have Shabbat with her student advisor’s family in Jerusalem. Talia told me that we were going to go past the green line...

Rabbi Hyim Shafner serves Bais Abraham Congregation in University City. 

Social, legal truths are found in the stones

By Rabbi Hyim ShafnerPublished February 22, 2017

This week’s Torah portion, Mishpatim, literally means “laws,” and contains a large array of interpersonal civil commandments and regulations. Just before this portion, the Torah teaches about the building of an altar to G-d. The altar, which symbolizes...

Rabbi Carnie Shalom Rose is the Rabbi Bernard Lipnick Senior Rabbinic Chair at Congregation B’nai Amoona in Creve Coeur.

Finding strength, courage in tradition

By Rabbi Carnie Shalom RosePublished January 11, 2017

This coming Shabbat in communities the world over, the public reading of the Sefer Bereshit (the Book of Genesis) will be drawn to a close as we chant, study and quest to find existential meaning in the words of Parashat Vayechi — the final few chapters...

Rabbi Hyim Shafner serves Bais Abraham Congegation.

The Jewish Song

By Rabbi Hyim ShafnerPublished October 13, 2016

This Shabbat, we read Ha’azinu, the second-to-last portion in the Torah. This Torah portion is written in two narrow columns like a poem or song and is often referred to as a song. But why does the Torah, a book of history and law, end with song?The...

Neal DuBro in front of his big rig.  Photo: Bill Motchan

18 wheels and a Shabbat shalom

By Bill Motchan, Special to the Jewish LightPublished September 14, 2016

That semitrailer driver you just passed on the highway might do a pretty decent job chanting the Shabbat blessing. That is, if the trucker is Neal DuBro.DuBro, 34, is a big-rig driver and the son of Cantor Paul DuBro. Neal never wanted to a rabbi, but...

Community Family Shabbat Picnic for families with young children

Published May 26, 2016

Join the Jewish community for a family Shabbat picnic on Friday, June 10 at Shaw Park - North Shelter at the Treetop Playground. Families with young children are invited to recite Shabbat prayers and enjoy challah and grape juice. The evening will continue...

Maharat Rori Picker Neiss is executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of St. Louis.

Reflecting on our place in the world

By Maharat Rori Picker NeissPublished May 25, 2016

In a world in which we value action, speed, productivity and rapid-fire response, perhaps the most incredible thing to ask of a person is to simply stop.Yet, that is exactly what the Torah commands us to do.In this week’s Torah portion, we are commanded...

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