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St. Louis Jewish Light

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St. Louis Jewish Light

A Major Life Lived

Jewish Light Editorial October 5, 2016

In 1923:The Union of Socialist Soviet Republics (USSR) was formed.The failed “Beer Hall Putsch” resulted in prison time for Adolf Hitler, who dictated “Mein Kampf” to Rudolf Hess while serving his sentence. Time Magazine launched.Cecil B DeMille’s...

In November 1995, Israeli Defense Minister Shimon Peres reviews an honor guard at the Defense Ministry in Tel Aviv.

Remembering Shimon Peres

By Eric Berger, STAFF WRITER October 5, 2016

Former Israeli president and prime minster Shimon Peres, who died at the age of 93 on Sept. 28, had a global profile as prominent as any leader from the Jewish State. That included recognition in the St. Louis Jewish community. Then serving as Israeli’s...

Israeli President Shimon Peres gives Elie Wiesel the Presidential Award  of Distinction, Israel’s highest civilian award,  in 2013. Photo:  Mark Neiman, GPO

The last time I saw Peres

BY ROBERT A. COHN, Editor-in-Chief Emeritus October 5, 2016

Who can retell the things that befell us? Who can count them? In every age a Hero or Sage came to our aid. — Mi Yimalel, “Who Can Retell,” popular children’s Hanukkah song Two exemplary Giants of Judaism, Shimon Peres and Elie Wiesel, passing...

Guards carrying the coffin carrying of former Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir from the Knesset on the way to his funeral at Mount Herzl, Israel's national cemetery, July 2, 2012.

Shamir remembered for saying little, standing strong

By Ron Kampeas, JTA July 2, 2012

WASHINGTON — When Yitzhak Shamir was Israel’s prime minister, he liked to point American visitors to a gift he received when he retired as director of the Mossad, Israel’s intelligence service.It was a depiction of the famed three monkeys: See no...

Guards carrying the coffin carrying of former Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir from the Knesset on the way to his funeral at Mount Herzl, Israel's national cemetery, July 2, 2012.

At funeral, Israel’s leaders praise Shamir’s dedication and service

JTA July 2, 2012

TEL AVIV -- Israel’s leaders paid tribute to former Prime Minister Yitzchak Shamir at his funeral at Jerusalem’s Mount Herzl cemetery. An intimate but distinguished crowd sat opposite a military honor guard at the outdoor ceremony on Monday evening....

Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir in his office in Jerusalem in 1992, one week before he lost the elections to the Labor's Yitzhak Rabin.

Yitzhak Shamir, former Israeli prime minister, dies at 96

JTA July 1, 2012

JERUSALEM -- Yitzhak Shamir, who served as Israel's prime minister from 1986 to 1992, has died at the age of 96. Shamir had been living in a nursing home in Tel Aviv and had Alzheimer's disease for several years. He died Saturday. "Yitzhak Shamir belonged...

Dr. Ruth Westheimer speaking about

At the Israeli Presidential Conference: from Dr. Ruth to Peter Beinart

By Uriel Heilman, JTA June 21, 2012

REPORTER'S NOTEBOOK JERUSALEM (JTA) – What do hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons, Google Chairman Eric Schmidt, Zionist critic Peter Beinart and Dr. Ruth have in common? If you’re still puzzling over that one, you’re not alone. So are the participants...

President Obama presenting the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Israeli President Shimon Peres in the East Room of the White House in Washington, June 13, 2012.

Peres calls for renewed peace talks in medal ceremony

JTA REPORT June 20, 2012

WASHINGTON — Receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama, Israeli President Shimon Peres called for a renewal of peace talks with the Palestinians. “Israel and the Palestinians are ripe today to restart” peace talks,...

Israeli President Shimon Peres, center, meets with U.S. Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro, right, and former Major Leaguer Brad Ausmus, who will manage Israel’s team in the World Baseball Classic, in Jerusalem, May 24, 2012.

Shimon Peres has journeyed from ‘loser’ to Israel’s most popular public figure

By Ron Kampeas, JTA June 14, 2012

WASHINGTON — For decades, the joke in Israel went: How do you know when Shimon Peres is headed for defeat? When he announces that he is running. Peres — today Israel’s extremely popular president and on Wednesday a recipient of the Presidential...

Israeli students from ORT Binyamina try to troubleshoot a problem with their robot during the FIRST Robotics competition held at the Edward Jones Dome.

Robotics tourney draws Israeli teens to town

By David Baugher, Special to the Jewish Light May 2, 2012

In a crowded booth festooned with Israeli flags and strewn with backpacks, basketballs and power tools, Shani Attia is happy to share her one unmistakable impression of the United States. “It’s huge!” she said. “Everything is so huge and new to...

Ana and Steven Weisman and Stephanie Trump march to Jerusalem's Jaffa Gate during the first “mega event” of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation’s mission of 700 people to Israel, April 23, 2012.

Biggest federation trip to Israel in years brings more than 700 from Miami

By Uriel Heilman, JTA April 26, 2012

From afar it appeared to be a luminescent snake, twinkling in the dusk that was just beginning to cloak the desert mountains framing the Dead Sea. Upon closer inspection it turned out to be hundreds of Jews from South Florida bearing glow sticks making...

High school students from the Gimnasiya in Jerusalem participate in the ceremony commemorating soldiers killed in the line of duty on Israel's Memorial Day, April 25, 2012.

Siren ushers in Israel’s Memorial Day

JTA April 26, 2012

JERUSALEM -- A one-minute siren marked the beginning of Fallen Soldiers and Victims of Terrorism Remembrance Day, Israel's official Memorial Day. Tuesday evening's siren was immediately followed by a national ceremony held at the Western Wall and televised...

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