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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

Tracy Speller

Volunteer sews masks for congregation’s preschool

By Bill Motchan, Special to the Jewish Light July 10, 2020

Parents at Jewish preschools in the St. Louis area are engaged in their kids’ development and education, so it’s no surprise that they’ve offered a hand when the congregations need a bit of help.At B’nai Amoona, a congregation member helped get...

Staff members at The Nest at Central Reform Congregation: Maxine Weil (director of congregational learning), Carly Palans, Gracie Devasto, Tristyn Morrell, Teona Keys and Sally Brown (director).

Jewish preschools reopen with strict protocols, fewer pupils

BY BILL MOTCHAN, SPECIAL TO THE JEWISH LIGHT July 10, 2020

On the last day of June at 5 p.m., a vacuum cleaner whirred in a hallway at the Nest Early Childhood Education Center at Central Reform Congregation. Maxine Weil, director of congregational learning, recognized the sound.“You hear that?” Weil asked....

Children at Shaare Emeth’s Shirlee Green Preschool check out the mitzvah garden outside. The preschool  was recently recognized nationally as a ‘Certified Nature Explore Classroom.’

Shaare Emeth preschool certified as ‘Nature Explore’ classroom

By David Baugher, Special to the Jewish Light July 27, 2016

Despite the oppressive heat and humidity, the eight toddlers who file outdoors at the Shirlee Green Preschool sit at attention as teacher Abby Bennett prepares to read to them from a book on mitzvot.“We’re going to go over to the garden,” she explains,...

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