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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

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...

Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz

Rabbi offers ‘spiritual prescription’ for living during a pandemic

BY RABBI SHMULY YANKLOWITZ March 19, 2020

PHOENIX (JTA) — I am not a medical professional, an epidemiologist or an expert on pandemics. I leave the serious information in those important fields for the professionals who have the appropriate training to help us get through the coronavirus epidemic.Even...

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May 28, 2019

A participant wears a kippah during a "wear a kippah" gathering to protest against anti-Semitism in front of the Jewish Community House on April 25, 2018 in Berlin, Germany. The Jewish community made a public appeal for Jews and non-Jews to attend the...

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Dan Kitwood September 26, 2018

U.K. Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn arriving at a party meeting in London, Sept. 4, 2018. Labour’s National Executive committee decided on the party’s new anti-Semitism definition. (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Members of Ashreinu, an egalitarian spiritual community that has been meeting for more than a year,  sing nigunim (wordless melodies) at the Jewish Mystic Jam in January at the Jewish Community Center in Creve Coeur. Photo: Eric Berger

Young Jews bring davening, song wherever they go

By Margaret Gillerman, Special to the Jewish Light March 15, 2017

“Happy are we! How goodly is our portion, and how pleasant is our lot, and how beautiful our heritage!” — Translation of the Shabbat Ashrei song As the dusk settles into darkness and the temperature drops on a recent winter night, about 25 people...

Jewish spiritual parenting discussion class at Kol Rinah from January to May

January 4, 2017

Kol Rinah is offering a Jewish spiritual parenting discussion class, led by Rabbi Jessica Shafrin, with two classes each month from January to May. The class will use the book “Nurture the Wow” by Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg. Participating parents will...

Neshama Carlebach will serve as artist in residence at Nishmahs
Creating Balance Feb. 10-11.

‘Creating Balance’ with Neshama Carlebach

BY PATRICIA CORRIGAN, SPECIAL TO THE JEWISH LIGHT January 18, 2012

The sound of music will grace Nishmah's Shabbat retreat for women-specifically, the music of internationally acclaimed singer Neshama Carlebach, who will serve as artist in residence at "Creating Balance," a two-day event set for Feb. 10-11 at the Pere...

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