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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

Maharat Rori Picker Neiss met up with some rabbis from St. Louis, who are also studying at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem this summer, as well as former Jewish Federation of St. Louis president and CEO, Andrew Rehfeld, who was speaking at the institute. From left to right: Rehfeld, Picker Neiss, Rabbis Karen and Daniel Bogard from Central Reform Congregation, Rabbi Michael Alper from Congregation Temple Israel and Rabbi Mark Fasman, formerly of Kol Rinah.  

JCRC leader studying in Israel, NCJW trip, musicpalooza

By Ellen Futterman, Editor July 18, 2019

Summer learning (for rabbis)It’s always fun to see old friends, especially when you’re thousands of miles away from home. That’s the situation that Maharat Rori Picker Neiss, executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council, found herself...

St. Louis bass player Simon Chervitz.

Bassist juggles multiple bands and diverse genres

BY ERIC BERGER, STAFF WRITER January 24, 2019

Simon Chervitz plays bass guitar in so many local bands, it makes you wonder how he manages to keep the rhythm. There’s the Cara Louise Band (Americana); Defeated County (indie-rock); Spatula (prog-rock); and Illphonics (hip-hop fusion). Plus “a tap...

Mandolin player Joel Ferber has been performing bluegrass music for more than 30 years. Photo: Bill Motchan 

Transplant St. Louisans dive deep into blues, bluegrass

By Bill Motchan, Special to the Jewish Light September 27, 2018

St. Louis fans of bluegrass or the blues are likely to have heard two accomplished Jewish musicians playing gigs around town. Joel Ferber and Ethan Leinwand both grew up on the East Coast, but they settled in the Midwest.Ferber, 59, is a Long Island native...

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