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A nonprofit, independent news source to inform, inspire, educate and connect the St. Louis Jewish community.

St. Louis Jewish Light

Rabbi Justin Kerber serves
Temple Emanuel and is a member of the St. Louis Rabbinical

The lost art of spontaneous prayer

By Rabbi Justin KerberPublished June 20, 2012

Every so often, the people in the Torah pray. Maybe not as often as we might expect from such a holy text, but they pray, and sometimes with breathtaking intensity. Patriarchs and Matriarchs, lowly servants, great kings and humble shepherds, prophets...

Editorial: Syria and Sudan: Does Anybody Care?

Published June 13, 2012

Nicholas D. Kristof, the courageous New York Times reporter who was the most persistent and forceful advocate for the innocents of Darfur in the Sudan where 300,000 were murdered, has been a lonely voice on behalf of two current groups of victims. In...

James Lago, a street merchant in Juba, South Sudan, with the Israeli flag.

South Sudan, world’s youngest nation, develops unlikely friendship with Israel

By Armin Rosen, JTAPublished May 17, 2012

JUBA, South Sudan – This city in the world’s newest country is not your typical Arabic-speaking capital. For one thing, most of the city’s inhabitants are Christian. For another, the Israeli flag is ubiquitous here. Miniature Israeli flags hang...

Tel Aviv demonstration decries South Sudanese deportation

JTAPublished March 18, 2012

JERUSALEM -- Hundreds of South Sudanese migrants and their Israeli supporters protested against the migrant's imminent deportation to their fledgling new country. The protest Saturday night in Tel Aviv was met with a counter protest by city residents....

Netanyahu pledges to counter racism against Ethiopians

JTAPublished March 15, 2012

JERUSALEM -- Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at a meeting with Ethiopian community leaders said he was committed to stopping racism. “I asked for this meeting because I am committed to the Ethiopian immigrant public," Netanyahu said at Wednesday's...

Stop deportation of South Sudanese migrants, Israeli artists urge

JTAPublished March 13, 2012

JERUSALEM -- Israeli artists and academics have called on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to prevent the deportation of refugees who came from South Sudan. The 400 writers, authors and musicians sent a petition to the prime minister Tuesday asking him...

IsraAID opens training program in South Sudan

JTAPublished March 7, 2012

JERUSALEM -- The Israeli nongovernmental organization IsraAID opened a training program to deal with gender-based violence for social workers in the fledgling country of South Sudan. Helen Murshalli, the South Sudanese minister of social development,...

South Sudanese refugees must leave Israel

JTAPublished February 1, 2012

JERUSALEM -- South Sudan nationals living in Israel will have two months to return to their home country or face deportation, the Interior Ministry has announced. Since South Sudan has become an independent nation in July, refugees from the area no longer...

Jewish groups urge White House to act on Sudan

JTAPublished January 31, 2012

WASHINGTON -- Jewish leaders delivered a letter to the White House urging action to allow food to reach hundreds of thousands of people facing starvation in Sudan's border regions. Ruth Messinger, the president of the American Jewish World Service, and...

Sudanese President Omar Bashir

Holocaust scholars urge condemnation of Libya for Sudanese leader’s visit

JTAPublished January 16, 2012

Eighty Holocaust and genocide scholars signed a petition calling on President Obama to condemn Libya's new government for hosting a visit by Sudanese President Omar Bashir. Bashir has been indicted by the International Criminal Court for his role in the...

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