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St. Louis Jewish Light

Sandy Kaplans Ada With Blue Umbrella (2020)Kaplan explained: This sculpture is based on a painting by contemporary artist, Alex Katz, whose wife, Ada, was his favorite subject. The bust sits on a separate wooden base that was built specifically for this piece and has a hole to hold the umbrella in place. The umbrella is a separate piece that gets attached to the base.

Five questions for sculptor/ceramist Sandy Kaplan

By Ellen Futterman, Editor-in-Chief October 28, 2020

Just at an age when many people flirt with retirement, Sandy Kaplan found herself smack dab in the middle of a burgeoning art career she couldn’t have imagined when she was younger and working in development at Barnes Jewish Hospital Foundation.A divorced...

Howard Schwartz

Howard Schwartz to receive literary award

October 16, 2019

Howard Schwartz, the noted poet, essayist, novelist, editor, and expert on Jewish folklore and mythology, has been chosen as the recipient of the 2019 Tradition of Literary Excellence Award. The award, which was created in 2014 and is funded by the Municipal...

Ellie Balk with the mural she created at the Chroma Apartments complex in the Grove. Photo:Bill Motchan

Mural artists’ big pictures are all about the tiny details

By Bill Motchan, Special to the Jewish Light August 1, 2019

When we look at art, our retinas can actually see the photons bouncing off it, according to neuroscientists. We often associate the images with memories. It’s not unlike the emotions we experience hearing familiar music.For the artists who create the...

‘Inside the Mossad’ goes behind the scenes of Israel’s storied spy agency

‘Inside the Mossad’ goes behind the scenes of Israel’s storied spy agency

BY ROBERT A. COHN, Editor-in-Chief Emeritus May 30, 2019

Mossad, Israel’s legendary and widely admired intelligence agency, has had a long history of astonishing successes in international intrigue, including planting spies in enemy nations; using a former Nazi officer as a double agent and consciously burnishing...

Liron Ben-Shlush stars in the Israeli film Working Woman. Photo: Lama Films 

‘Working Woman’ anticipates dilemmas of Me Too Movement

By Ellen Futterman, Editor May 30, 2019

The taut, understated Israeli drama “Working Woman” captures the nuances, capitulation and self-blaming of sexual harassment in the workplace better than any film in recent memory. That is resonates so thoroughly with the current #MeToo movement may...

The 2019 St. Louis Jewish Film Festival will feature 14 films, including (clockwise from top left) ‘Working Woman,’ ‘The Unorthodox,’ ‘Carl Laemmle,’ ‘Joseph Pulitzer: Voice of the People,’ ‘Shoelaces,’ ‘Inside the Mossad,’ ‘Who Will Write our History,’ and ‘Golda’s Balcony.’

14 Jewish-themed movies on tap for 2019 film festival

By Cate Marquis, Special to the Jewish Light May 30, 2019

The 24th annual St. Louis Jewish Film Festival, featuring cinematic gems highlighting Jewish themes from around the world, will begin  Sunday and run through June 6 at Landmark’s Plaza Frontenac Cinema. It boasts an excellent lineup of 14 documentaries...

St. Louis Jewish Film Festival schedule — with film trailers

St. Louis Jewish Film Festival schedule — with film trailers

May 30, 2019

Sunday, June 2: 4 p.m. – “Carl Laemmle”7 p.m. – “Golda’s Balcony”Monday, June 3: 1 p.m. – “Inside the Mossad” 4 p.m. – “Holy Lands”7 p.m. – “Prosecuting Evil”Tuesday, June 4: 1 p.m.  – “The Other Story”4 p.m....

New Jewish Theatre’s production of ‘I Now Pronounce’ (coming May 15). PHOTO: Eric Woolsey

Wedding gown again plays key role in NJT production

BY ELLEN FUTTERMAN, EDITOR May 9, 2019

Weddings, while usually joyous occasions, can also generate more than their fair share of stress, including the bride’s decision about what to wear on the big day. Google wedding dress and stress, and more than 100 million results come back. Popular...

Jerry Vogel (left) and Will Bonfiglio star in the New Jewish Theatre production of ‘Old Wicked Songs.’ Photo: Eric Woolsey

‘Old Wicked Songs’ takes the stage at NJT

March 3, 2016

The New Jewish Theatre’s 2015-2016 season continues with a production of “Old Wicked Songs” by Jon Marans. The play is set in Vienna, Austria in 1986, where Kurt Waldheim is running for re-election despite his Nazi past. Stephen Hoffman, a young...

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