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St. Louis Jewish Light

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St. Louis Jewish Light

Rabbi Jeffrey Abraham holds open the door to the sanctuary at Congregation B’nai Amoona, which has been holding services at limited capacity since October. Photo: Bill Motchan

As arc of pandemic heads the right way, synagogues start to reopen their doors

ERIC BERGER, ASSOCIATE EDITOR June 4, 2021

Rabbi James Bennett of Congregation Shaare Emeth has officiated more funerals over the past year than he has at any time since he started his career in 1984.  Many of those were due to COVID-19.  And while Bennett said he is excited to hold...

B’nai Amoona gala to honor Rebbetzin Paulie Rose

B’nai Amoona gala to honor Rebbetzin Paulie Rose

April 26, 2021

Congregation B’nai Amoona will honor Rebbetzin Paulie Rose during the “Recognizing the Rose Among Us” virtual gala event  at 7 p.m. Sunday, May 23. The cost for a virtual ticket is $72. Musicians Ben Nordstrom and Steve Neale will headline...

Studying, teaching, family pursuits top rabbis’ post-retirement wishes

Studying, teaching, family pursuits top rabbis’ post-retirement wishes

Ellen Futterman, Editor-in-Chief April 22, 2021

What are you looking forward to when you retire from the rabbinate? That’s the question we posed to several St. Louis area rabbis. Here’s what they told us: Rabbi Noah Arnow, Kol Rinah, age 41:  Although retirement feels rather distant...

Jeffrey Stiffman is Rabbi Emeritus at Congregation Shaare Emeth

What does retirement look like for St. Louis rabbis?

Eric Berger, Associate Editor April 22, 2021

In the mid ’90s, when Rabbi Jeffrey Stiffman served as chairman of the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR) ethics committee, the Reform Jewish group faced a quandary: What do you do when a retiring rabbi sticks around too long? “There...

Rabbi Carnie Shalom Rose is the Rabbi Bernard Lipnick Senior Rabbinic Chair at Congregation B’nai Amoona. Rabbi Rose is a member of the St. Louis Rabbinical and Cantorial Association, which coordinates the d’var Torah for the Jewish Light. 

Second chances: Jewish tradition smiles on mulligans

BY RABBI CARNIE SHALOM ROSE March 4, 2021

This week’s parshah, Kee Teesa, contains one of the ugliest transgressions in the long history of the Jewish people: Chet HaEgel, the sin of the forging and worshipping the Golden Calf.Quite honestly, if I had my druthers, and the chutzpah to do so,...

On Sunday, Feb. 28, Temple Israel welcomed more than 100 cars to our campus for safe and socially distanced parking lot activities such as Purim-themed games, stories, prizes, as well as a professional circus show with juggling, acrobatics and more. Families were encouraged to wear costumes and decorate their vehicles, as well as bring boxes of pasta to donate to the Harvey Kornblum Jewish Food Pantry and a bag of coins to play games, which was collected for Tzedekah. All guests were gifted a Mishloach Manot with sweets, Hamentashen, grogger, and other goodies.

Temple Israel’s Purim Car-nival

March 2, 2021

On Sunday, Feb. 28, Temple Israel welcomed more than 100 cars to the congregation's Purim Car-nival and Mishloach Manot. Families were able to enjoy safe and socially distanced parking lot activities, such as Purim-themed games, stories, prizes, as...

Rabbi Jeffrey Abraham

Join a ‘virtuous cycle’ by embracing righteousness, joy

BY RABBI RABBI JEFFREY ABRAHAM February 17, 2021

There is a psalm for every day of the week, known as Shir Shel Yom.  Wednesday’s is Psalm 94, and it tells us, “For the law shall return to righteousness, and all those of upright heart shall follow it.”Implicit is the reality that the law is...

Central Reform Congregation

CRC’s ‘Shabbat Kulanu’ offers chance for community to eat, mingle (virtually) and learn

February 15, 2021

For those who miss celebrating Shabbat together, Central Reform Congregation is offering an opportunity to do so virtually — while also sharing the same foods.On Friday, Feb. 19, the Reform synagogue is hosting Shabbat Kulanu (all of us), which will...

Rabbi Lori Levine

Lifting our children, as on wings of eagles

BY RABBI LORI LEVINE February 4, 2021

In this week’s Torah portion, Yitro, we encounter one of the most epic moments in the Torah.At the foot of Mount Sinai, accompanied by thunder and lightning, the newly freed Israelites enter into a new covenant with their Redeemer. They hear the Ten...

Rabbi Janine C. Schloss

Shir Hadash virtual event to celebrate installation of rabbi

January 14, 2021

Shir Hadash Reconstructionist Community will celebrate the installation of Rabbi Janine C. Schloss at a virtual Kabbalat Shabbat service at 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 29. Rabbi Allison Flash of Seattle, a longtime friend and colleague of Schloss, will speak...

Rabbi Amy Feder

TI’s renovated Deutsch Center is back making connections

By Rabbi Amy Feder December 3, 2020

Temple Israel students who began college this year have a special nickname for themselves. It doesn’t have to do with COVID-19 or with their time in confirmation class or shared experiences during their b’nai mitzvah year. They call themselves “Miss...

The new Kol Rinah building in Clayton is nearing completion.

Kol Rinah longs to share its new space with big crowds

BY ERIC BERGER, ASSOCIATE EDITOR November 11, 2020

Kol Rinah President Randi Mozenter, a clinical psychologist, spends plenty of time thinking about people struggling with illness, hospitalizations, anxiety and depression during the pandemic. She also thinks about the Conservative congregation’s striking,...

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