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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

Three of JTECs co-founders (clockwise from top left): Dahlia Soussan, Ellanora Lerner, and Madeline Canfield.

Three teens discuss the toxic hookup culture in Jewish youth groups and summer camps

Jen Richler, Jewish Women's ArchivePublished June 22, 2022

Jewish summer camps and youth movements are a time-honored tradition—tens of thousands of Jewish teens participate. But a group of young Jews is calling out what they say is a “toxic hookup culture” in many of these institutions. In this episode...

Kids at summer camp

Spreading wings and gritting teeth: It’s time for sleep-away camp

ELIZABETH MACANUFO, Special to the Jewish LightPublished June 22, 2022

I went to Camp Herzl in Minnesota for three weeks, returning on my 13th birthday. I hated it. I missed my family, objected to spending time outdoors and, as a Reform Jew, felt lost among my more religious peers. And yet, I strongly suggested that...

Summer camp

Still hunting for a summer day camp for your kids? Here are some options to consider.

By Elyse Picker, Special to the Jewish LightPublished April 14, 2021

Spring is here and summer is fast approaching; with that, a longing and readiness to return to some degree of “regular” life. For many parents, that means making plans for summer camp and fortunately, St. Louis offers a multitude of options for...

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