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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

Benjamin Hochman sheltering at home.

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

Bill Motchan, Special to the Jewish LightPublished 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...

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch will move from its longtime home at 900 Tucker Blvd. (shown here)  to 901 North 10th St. 

Post-Dispatch building resonates with memories

ERIC MINKPublished August 8, 2019

I’ve said my goodbyes to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Not to the newspaper, but to the building at 900 North Tucker Blvd. where the paper’s essence has come to life and taken shape for the past 60 years, a third of them with me working in it. This...

Ellen Futterman, Editor of the St. Louis Jewish Light


By Ellen Futterman, EditorPublished August 1, 2012

Late last week, a number of friends and former colleagues at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch learned that they no longer had jobs. Several of them had been called at home Thursday night, after they had worked their shifts during the day, to be told the news....

St. Louis NORC offers ‘Banjos and Brass’ concert at JCC

Published May 9, 2012

The St. Louis Naturally Occurring Retirement Community invites the community for an evening of “Banjos and Brass,”  from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, May 21 at the JCC Staenberg Family Complex Arts & Education Building, 2 Millstone Campus Drive. ...

Cast of the NJT production of ‘Jacob and Jack.’

Backstage farce up next at NJT

Published April 25, 2012

“Jacob and Jack,” the final production of the New Jewish Theatre’s 2011-2012 season, combines elements of contemporary and Yiddish theater in a classic marital farce complicated by dual role-playing. It will be presented from May 3-20 in the Wool...

Delia Ephron

Jewish Book Festival plans May events

Published April 25, 2012

The St. Louis Jewish Book Festival will hold two special events in May—one featuring Delia Ephron and another with Neil Sedaka.  At 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 2, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch joins the Festival to present Girls Night Out with “Quirk...

John Preece (first row, at left) leads the cast of ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ at Peabody Opera House.

When Tevye comes to town—a Tradition!

By Robert A. CohnPublished April 4, 2012

When John Preece takes the stage of the recently restored Peabody Opera House to star as Tevye in its production of “Fiddler on Roof, he will be at least the eighth major actor to portray that classic role on a St. Louis stage. Preece is also the first...

Henry Stolar (center), husband of the late Mary Goldstein Stolar, first leader of Forest Park Forever, is shown with daughter Susan Stolar and son Daniel Stolar at the 1992 dedication of a plaque in her honor in Forest Park.

Nathan Frank and Forest Park Forever

By Robert A. Cohn, Editor-in-cheif emeritusPublished February 23, 2012

Forest Park was aptly described as "The Jewel of St. Louis" by co-authors Sally J. Altman and Richard H. Weiss in their coffee table book of that title a few years back. Lest St. Louisans take for granted the beautiful public park, which draws 12 million...

David M. Grebler

David M. Grebler, 65; headed Anti-Defamation League, Jewish Light boards

BY ROBERT A. COHN, Editor-in-Chief EmeritusPublished February 22, 2012

David M. Grebler, highly respected for his leadership of the Missouri/Southern Illinois Regional Advisory Board of the Anti-Defamation League and as president of the St. Louis Jewish Light Board of Trustees from 2005-2007, died Thursday, Feb. 16, at MD...

Image courtesy Diane Everman, Jewish Community Archives

Martin Luther King had strong ties to St. Louis Jewish community

BY ROBERT A. COHN, Editor-in-Chief EmeritusPublished January 12, 2012

The birthday of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will be marked this year on Monday, Jan. 16. Considering his major accomplishments as the leader of the U.S. Civil Rights Movement - for which he earned a well-deserved Nobel Peace Prize - it is still hard...

A New York City fireman calls for 10 more rescue workers to make
their way into the rubble of the World Trade Center. U.S. Navy
Photo by Journalist 1st Class Preston Keres.

Honoring 9/11 — with the TV off

By Eric MinkPublished September 7, 2011

Two weeks ago, the Associated Press moved a story detailing plans for television coverage leading up to and through the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. "Television viewers who want to immerse themselves," wrote the AP's David...

Rabbi Emeritus Howard Kaplansky

Commentary: Opera serves as springboard for interfaith discussion

BY RABBI HOWARD KAPLANSKYPublished June 15, 2011

The June 8 issue of the Jewish Light included, as part of its "Can We Talk?" series, two perspectives on "The Death of Klinghoffer," an opera to be presented by Opera Theatre St. Louis. The opera derives its title from the murder, by Palestine Liberation...

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