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

A nonprofit, independent news source to inform, inspire, educate and connect the St. Louis Jewish community.

St. Louis Jewish Light

Rabbi Yonason Goldson

Courting connection through distance in love and friendship

BY RABBI YONASON GOLDSON July 9, 2020

It was the 1980s. I was a teenager, and the spread of a different contagion threatened to overturn our way of life: genital herpes.Fear of this new sexually transmitted disease led social commentators to ponder whether a new age of chivalry awaited us...

Benjamin Kruger

Coronavirus punctures my First World bubble

BY BENJAMIN KRUGER June 25, 2020

The world has been changing drastically. This pandemic has forced us to rethink our values because it threatens our way of life. To many people, this ordeal has brought adversity, pain and sorrow. To me, however, this virus feels a lifetime away.I live...

Samantha Renzulli was among the Jewish students who brought flowers, signs and good cheer to staff appreciation day at Jewish Senior Services, a long-term care facility in Bridgeport, Conn. 

Amid pandemic, these young Jews and their elderly friends are finding new ways to connect

By Renee Ghert-Zand, JTA June 18, 2020

When the COVID-19 pandemic began, 15-year-old Samantha Renzulli immediately thought about how it would affect her elderly friends at Jewish Senior Services, a long-term care facility in Bridgeport, Conn.Renzulli had met some of the residents through Better...

From left, City Councilman Kalman Yeger, New York State Assemblyman Simcha Eichenstein and State Sen. Simcha Felder open up Kolbert Playground in Brooklyn on June 16.  

Orthodox lawmakers defy NYC mayor, cut chains off Brooklyn playground

BY SHIRA HANAU, JTA June 18, 2020

In the space of just 48 hours, Orthodox lawmakers in New York have gone from calling on the city’s mayor to open playgrounds, to threatening to open the parks themselves, to actually cutting the chains off a Brooklyn playground.State Assemblyman Simcha...

Bob Cohn

On being 80, socially distant and grateful

BY ROBERT A. COHN, Editor-in-Chief Emeritus May 14, 2020

According to the Torah, Moses was 80 years old when he led the Israelites through the 40-year Exodus out of Egypt to the edge of the Promised Land.  Now I am 80 years old and while I would not try to compare myself to Moses, our Greatest Prophet who...

Linda Weiner

Touching the void created by social distancing

By Ellen Futterman, Editor May 7, 2020

My stepdaughter Megan often chronicles her thoughts, ideas, art projects, fashion statements, dating conundrums and other intricacies of her 34-year-old life on Instagram to entertain family and friends. A month or so ago (who can keep track of time anymore?),...

Rabbi Scott Shafrin

The quiet work of spiritual uplift

By Rabbi Scott Shafrin May 7, 2020

D’var Torah:  Parashat EMORAdonai said to Moses: Speak to the priests, the sons of Aaron, and say to them: None shall become ritually impure for any [dead] person among their kin, except for the relatives that are closest to them: their mother, their...

Jan Nykin

Therapists help people cope, grow while social distancing

By Eric Berger, Associate Editor April 30, 2020

To help people cope during this time of social distancing, Jan Nykin, a licensed clinical social worker, suggests that people could “say a morning prayer such as Modeh Ani or the Shema or words of prayer from your heart.”Nykin and Sylvia Nissenboim,...

Rabbi Josef Davidson is affiliated with Congregation B’nai Amoona and is a member of the St. Louis Rabbinical and Cantorial Association, which coordinates the d’var Torah for the Light.  

Hold on to hope for a post-pandemic world

By Rabbi Josef Davidson April 23, 2020

Imagine that a disease breaks out in the community, actually a family of diseases, perhaps, because it presents differently in many cases. No one knows exactly how it is transmitted, and no one knows who patient zero is. Worst of all, no one knows exactly...

Barbara L. Finch

Lessons from a solitary seder

By Barbara L. Finch April 14, 2020

I did not grow up with seders.By the time I became a Jew by choice, I was in my fifties.  I had been to a few seders, hosted by friends whose children and grandchildren turned them into raucous affairs.  I also attended one seder that was conducted...

Marcie Handler conducts a Zoom videoconferencing meeting with her family.

Families will grow real memories from virtual, Zoom seders

By Ellie S. Grossman, Special to the Jewish Light April 2, 2020

Passover is a cherished Jewish holiday that celebrates our journey from the bitterness of slavery to the sweetness of freedom, a paradoxical theme amidst the plague of COVID-19. During this global pandemic, we are socially distant and socially isolated,...

Dr. James Hinrichs

‘A critical time for our region and for the world’: Doctor offers key takeaways on the pandemic

By Dr. James Hinrichs March 26, 2020

Editor’s note: This column by Dr. James Hinrichs was made possible thanks to the generosity of Dr. Jonathan Root, Dr. Norman Druck and Galia Movitz. I was asked by Jewish Light to host a column on the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.  I am board certified...

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