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St. Louis Jewish Light

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St. Louis Jewish Light

United Hebrew to examine how Six-Day War changed Jewish and Israeli history

August 3, 2017

United Hebrew Congregation invites the community to its weekly, month-long series discussing why the June 1967 War was a transformative moment in Jewish, Israeli and Middle Eastern history. Some of the topics of discussion include how and why the war...

Israel Stood Alone—Then It Stood Tall

Jewish Light Editorial June 8, 2017

Fifty years ago, the very existence of Israel hung in the balance. Egypt’s fiery dictator, Gamal Abdel Nasser, shocked the world by ordering the immediate removal of the United Nations Emergency Force from the Sinai Peninsula. Incredibly, the anti-Western...

Pages from the St. Louis Jewish Light in June, 1967, covering the Six-Day War in Israel, and a major Jewish community fundraiser for an emergency fund for Israel.

Six Days that shook the Jewish world: June 1967

BY ROBERT A. COHN, Editor-In-Chief Emeritus June 8, 2017

For the psyche of American Jews — indeed Jews the world over —  the lightning Israeli victory in the June 5-10, 1967, Six-Day War was a transformational event.  For that brief, shining moment 50 years ago, Jews seemed to have shaken off their victimhood...

Israeli soldiers approaching the Dome on the Rock in Jerusalem, June 7, 1967. Photo: Newsmakers/Getty Images

For many St. Louisans, memories of war remain vivid 50 years later

By Eric Berger, Staff writer June 8, 2017

Moshe Givon, a St. Louis resident who served as an army medic in a tank unit in the Sinai Desert during the Six-Day War, says of the tumultuous days of June 5-10, 1967, “We got lucky, and it ended fast.”After Israel defeated the much larger armies...

Israeli troops advancing against Egyptian troops at the start of the Six-Day War on June 5, 1967, near the southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah. (Micha Han/GPO via Getty Images)

Six must-read articles about the Six-Day War

Ben Sales June 6, 2017

NEW YORK (JTA) — If you’ve been reading the opinion pages of America’s major newspapers recently, you probably know the Six-Day War broke out 50 years ago this week.The war’s broad, profound and lasting effects have been rehashed time and again: Israel...

Defense Minister Moshe Dayan, Chief of Staff Yitzhak Rabin, Gen. Rehavam Ze’evi (right) and Gen. Uzi Narkiss walk through the Old City of Jerusalem on July 6, 1967. Photo: Ilan Bruner/Government Press Office (GPO)

How the Six-Day War changed American Jews

By Ben Sales, JTA June 5, 2017

NEW YORK — On the morning of June 5, 1967, as Arab armies and Israel clashed following weeks of tension, Rabbi Irving “Yitz” Greenberg sat anxious amid his congregants at daily prayers — fearful that the Jewish people would face extinction for...

Six Day War expert Michael Oren rejects NYT report of nuclear ‘doomsday’ plan

JTA June 4, 2017

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli government minister Michael Oren, a former ambassador to the United States, rejected a report that Israel was prepared to detonate a nuclear bomb in the Sinai to turn the tide of the 1967 war with its Arab neighbors if necessary.The...

3 moving firsthand accounts of the Six-Day War

Josefin Dolsten June 2, 2017

(Hadassah Magazine)(JTA) — When Israel won the Six-Day War, many people considered it a miracle. Not only did the small country beat the armies of three Arab countries — Egypt, Jordan and Syria — it also succeeded in returning Jewish control...

Ariel Sharon, third from left, meeting with his officers a week before the start of the Six-Day War, May 29, 1967, at their headquarters somewhere in southern Israel. (Micha Han/GPO via Getty Images)

‘I have a feeling the war is going to start tomorrow’: A firsthand account of June 1967 in Israel

Abraham Rabinovich May 24, 2017

Five days before the Six-Day War broke out in June 1967, the American reporter Abraham Rabinovich arrived in Jerusalem. When the war ended, he decided to remain and write an account of Israel’s lightning victory. Over the next two years he interviewed...

Chabad plans ‘50 Years Since the Six Day War’ course

April 20, 2017

In commemoration of 50 years since the Six-Day War, and beginning Tuesday, May, 2, Chabad of Greater St. Louis will premiere a new course by the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute (JLI) called “Survival of a Nation: Exploring Israel through the Lens of...

Israel’s Yishai apologizes for saying soldiers do not have faith

JTA January 18, 2012

JERUSALEM -- Israeli Interior Minister Eli Yishai apologized for saying that Israel fell short in the Second Lebanon War because its soldiers did not have faith. Yishai, amid calls for his removal from office, said Wednesday in a statement that his words...

Actors Adir Miller, Maya Dagan and Tuval Shafir in the film ‘The Matchmaker,’ directed by Avi Nesher.

‘The Matchmaker’ is charming, quirky Israeli film

By Cate Marquis, Special to the Jewish Light June 8, 2011

"The Matchmaker (Once I Was)" is a quirky, magical Israeli film about an unusual matchmaker, told through the eyes of a teenage boy. This crowd-pleaser was the audience favorite at the New York Israeli Film Festival and was selected for the upcoming prestigious...

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