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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

Karen Aroesty

ADL leader Karen Aroesty: Turning the page on a career fighting hate

KAREN AROESTYPublished April 8, 2021

Having devoted fully half of my adult life to professional and lay leadership of the Anti-Defamation League’s work in our region, it is time for me to pursue other challenges in the arena of social and community justice. It is a departure laced with...

Colin Gordon

Temple Israel hosting series on social justice and equity

Published January 28, 2021

Temple Israel invites you to an engaging equity speaker series inspired by the quote, “Who is wise? One who learns from everyone.” (Pirkei Avot 4:1). The series takes place at 7 p.m. Mondays, Feb. 8, March 8, May 10, and June 14 and is open to the...

Dr. Rachel Cohen created a social justice book group for fellow Washington University School of Medicine residents. 

Doctor, entrepreneur plant seeds for positive change

By Ellen Futterman, EditorPublished July 30, 2020

The Jewish thing to doMedical school and then a residency in internal medicine at Washington University School of Medicine made it challenging for Dr. Rachel Cohen to get involved in much else beyond her career. But the brutal death of George Floyd during...


Sheila Michaels, iconic feminist and justice advocate, dies at 78

BY ROBERT A. COHN, Editor-in-Chief EmeritusPublished July 6, 2017

Sheila Babs Michaels, a St. Louis native who was an iconic figure in feminist and social justice causes, and who has been credited with coining the courtesy title “Ms.,” died on Thursday, June 22 in New York. She was 78 and had been suffering from...

Weekend in nation’s capital fuels teens’ drive for social justice

By Anya Tullman, Sophomore, Ladue High SchoolPublished March 8, 2017

What do you get when you mix 500 Jewish teenagers from around the country, 15 controversial social issues and the capital of our nation? The result is the L’Taken Social Justice Seminar hosted by the Religious Action Center (RAC). As a member of this...

Rabbi Susan Talve serves Central Reform Congregation.

Talve: Why I was arrested, again

By Rabbi Susan TalvePublished February 15, 2017

On Monday night, Feb. 6, Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum gathered a group of rabbis together to make sure we were emotionally and spiritually ready for arrest. We were preparing for a holy and humble offering in the face of injustice.  We would be putting our...

When local attorney Brad Pierce isn’t in the courtroom, you may find him rocking his Rickenbacker bass at a local nightclub.

Lawyer fights for social justice—and classic rock

By Bill Motchan, Special to the Jewish LightPublished December 7, 2016

By day in the courtroom, Brad Pierce is an expert at commercial litigation. At night onstage, he lays down a mean bassline for a long-running St. Louis rock band.Pierce, a partner at Kramer & Frank P.C., also recently completed two years as board...

‘Pence-ive’ Moment

Jewish Light EditorialPublished November 23, 2016

Much dust was stirred last Friday when Brandon Dixon, of the cast of the hit Broadway show “Hamilton,” addressed Vice President-elect Mike Pence, who was in the audience, at the end of the play. “We, sir, we are the diverse America who are alarmed...

ADL institute pays tribute to COCA and Affton High

Published October 27, 2016

The Anti-Defamation League’s A World of Difference Institute will present the Center of Creative Arts (COCA), Affton High School senior Joshua Krakos and Affton educator Brian Jennings with the inaugural David M. Grebler Memorial Award. The award pays...

JCRC to honor head of Urban League

Published May 18, 2016

During its upcoming annual meeting, the Jewish Community Relations Council of St. Louis will present the Norman A. Stack Community Relations Award to Michael Patrick McMillan, President and CEO of the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis. JCRC’s...

Women’s Philanthropy to hold ‘Evening on the Farm’ on May 1

Published April 13, 2016

Women’s Philanthropy of Jewish Federation of St. Louis will hold “An Evening on the Farm” on Sunday, May 1. Participants will enjoy an organic meal straight from the farm in a beautiful setting at Claverach Farm.In addition to dinner, women will:•...

4th annual Community Against Poverty volunteer fair planned

Published August 31, 2011

More than 30 local organizations that need volunteers to help in their efforts to combat poverty will be in attendance on Sunday, Sept. 18, when the Community Against Poverty (CAP) coalition sponsors its fourth annual Volunteer Fair. This year's fair...

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