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

‘11 in 11’ captures the emotions of an incredible Cardinals World Series championship

‘11 in 11’ captures the emotions of an incredible Cardinals World Series championship

ALEC BARIS, DIGITAL CONTENT MANAGER May 20, 2021

The 2011 St. Louis Cardinals took fans on a wild ride, ultimately leading to their 11th World Series Championship. Years after, I still can’t put into words the experience of witnessing Game 6 in person. Fortunately, Benjamin Hochman has the words. Hochman,...

Mitchell Schwartz, left, and Ali Marpet are two of the NFL's few Jewish players. (Getty Images) 

A tale of 2 Jewish Super Bowl linemen: Buccaneers’ Ali Marpet and Chiefs’ Mitchell Schwartz

Marc Brodsky February 2, 2021

(JTA) — Here’s a football bet you probably could’ve gotten long odds on before the season started: each Super Bowl team having a Jewish offensive lineman.Both are standout players, but only one — Ali Marpet, a sixth-year pro for the Tampa Bay...

Deni Avdija dribbles downcourt during a game against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden in Boston, Jan. 8, 2021. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)  

Washington Wizards launch Hebrew Instagram for Israeli fans of Deni Avdija

Gabe Friedman February 2, 2021

(JTA) — The Washington Wizards are all in on Deni Avdija content.The team, which made Avdija the highest-ever Israeli NBA draft pick last year, now has an Instagram account in Hebrew to cater to Israeli fans. It’s a first for an NBA team and adds...

The Cardinals’ Jewish pitcher Rob Kaminsky grew up in Englewood Cliffs, N.J. 

Cardinals’ Jewish left-hander Kaminsky hopes for a playoff role

By Eric Berger, Associate Editor August 27, 2020

Move over, Jason Marquis. Fourteen years after Marquis last played for the Cardinals, the team again has a Jewish pitcher: Rob Kaminsky. The team promoted the left-hander from its alternate training site Aug. 15, and he made his major league debut a...

Benjamin Hochman sheltering at home.

No games? No drama? No problem for P-D sportswriter

Bill Motchan, Special to the Jewish Light May 28, 2020

It’s been more than two months since a professional sport was played in the U.S., and it may be late summer before Major League Baseball considers playing a regular season game. Now, imagine you’re a sportswriter who needs to churn out five columns...

Stephanie Berk, founder of  the St. Louis Jewish Parents magazine, said that magazine will no longer publish but she is  launching a new magazine, STL SportKids, beginning in September. 

Running for his roots in Belarus; magazine swap

Ellen Futterman, Editor August 1, 2019

Man on a missionIf you’re going to miss your 25th Kirkwood High School reunion, you might as well have a great excuse like, “I will be running over 160 miles through Belarus, from Minsk to Kazan-Haradok, the suspected place of birth of my (paternal)...

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Horacio Villalobos July 2, 2019

Danielle Goldstein Waldman, shown at this month's Grand Prix of Cascais Estoril in Portugal, was made an Israeli citizen a decade ago and now will represent her new country at the 2020 Olympics. (Horacio Villalobos/Corbis via Getty Images) 

Members of the junior division USA hockey team took home the gold medal at the Maccabiah Games in Israel, which ended last week.

That’s a winner! USA Junior Hockey team takes home gold at Israel Maccabiah

By David Baugher, Special to the Jewish Light July 26, 2017

St. Louisans who made the trip to represent Team USA at this year’s Maccabiah Games in Israel were guaranteed to come away with great memories but some also carried home top honors.“We did really well. We went undefeated 5-0 and won the gold medal,”...

High schoolers vs. rabbis basketball game to raise funds for team

September 21, 2016

Yeshivat Kadimah High School’s boys basketball team has been selected to compete in the Cooper Yeshiva High School National Invitational Basketball Tournament on Nov. 3-6 in Memphis. To raise funds for the team’s expenses, students have planned several...

Musicians perform during the 2013 Gesher Music Festival. This year’s festival will take place Aug. 11-21.

Columnist is happy to be back

Lois Caplan, Columnist Emeritus July 20, 2016

BEING AWAY FROM THE LIGHT, the publication I dearly love, and its readers, has been painful. My gratitude to those who enticed me back is endless. So here, by request, are very special stories that, in my humble opinion, make our community a better place...

Simmons Snub

Gary Kodner March 25, 2015

St. Louis Cardinals fans will be voting this season for the Cardinals Hall of Fame class of 2015. This year’s candidates include: Steve Carlton, Bob Forsch, Keith Hernandez, Mark McGwire, Matt Morris, Edgar Renteria, Joe Torre and Ted Simmons. Four...

David Blatt getting a handle on life as NBA coach

By Hillel Kuttler March 1, 2015

Coach David Blatt and star player LeBron James both say that Blatt has made the needed adjustments in his rookie season guiding the Cleveland Cavaliers. (Harry How/Getty Images)WASHINGTON (JTA) – With the clock winding down on a recent game here, Cleveland...

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