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MADS CLAUS RASMUSSEN/AFP/Getty ImagesPublished December 13, 2018

Danish soldiers guard the Jewish Synagogue in Copenhagen, Denmark, on September 29, 2017. Danish soldiers took to the streets of Copenhagen for the first time on Friday, September 29, 2017, replacing the police to protect the synagogue and the Israeli...

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SOPA ImagesPublished October 28, 2018

Mourners seen holding candles in the aftermath of the mass shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Squirrel Hill, Pittsburgh, on Oct. 27, 2018. The shooter espoused an anti-immigrant and anti-Semitic ideology online. (Aaron Jackendoff/SOPA Images/LightRocket...

Inclusion, accessibility key in synagogue renovation plans

Inclusion, accessibility key in synagogue renovation plans

By Eric Berger, Staff WriterPublished January 17, 2018

The rabbi’s secretary at Congregation Shaare Emeth sometimes asked Susan Lipstein if she wanted to sit on the bimah during services.That honor is something Jews usually look forward to. But Lipstein, who has multiple sclerosis, was “always reluctant...

Members of Temple Israel of Alton, Ill., stand in front of the congregation’s ark. 

As membership numbers decline, small shuls ponder their legacy

Eric Berger, Staff WriterPublished October 18, 2017

In 1995, Gail Lipe called a member of Temple Israel in Alton and told her she was interested in joining. Lipe said she wanted her two daughters to attend Sunday school. “The first thing she said was, ‘What class do you want to teach?’” recalls...

Rabbi Hyim Shafner says goodbye to community members during a gathering Sunday at Bais Abraham Congregation in University City.Photo: Bill Motchan

Making a move, Bais Abe rabbi looks toward future at D.C. synagogue

By Eric Berger, Staff WriterPublished July 26, 2017

If Rabbi Hyim Shafner encounters Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner, at Kesher Israel in Washington, D.C., he already has a line planned: “Hmmm... are you related to the Teaneck Trumps?” Shafner is preparing to become head rabbi at Kesher...

It’s time to raise the bar on the bar/bat mitzvah

By Rabbi Joel E. Hoffman, Special to the Jewish LightPublished May 26, 2016

I have always wondered why bar/bat mitzvah lessons consists of learning trope, how to chant a section of the Torah and Haftarah, and how to lead parts of the service, especially because we know that 99 percent will never again read from the Torah or Haftarah...

MIDEAST ISRAEL TERROR

MIDEAST ISRAEL TERROR

Miriam AlsterPublished November 21, 2014

Hundreds of Israelis mourn at the funeral of three of the victims killed earlier in the day when two Palestinian terrorists from east Jerusalem entered the Kehilat Yaakov synagogue in the Orthodox neighborhood of Har Nof, Jerusalem, with pistols and axes,...

Mourning victims of Jerusalem attack

Mourning victims of Jerusalem attack

Miriam AlsterPublished November 19, 2014

Hundreds of Israelis mourn at the funeral of three of the victims killed earlier in the day when two Palestinian terrorists from east Jerusalem entered the Kehilat Yaakov synagogue in the Orthodox neighborhood of Har Nof, Jerusalem, with pistols and axes,...

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Jewish life in mid-Missouri

By Pam Droog JonesPublished April 25, 2012

Everything came together all at once, a couple of years ago. My mom passed away. My son moved away. A beloved pet died. My ex-husband, my friend, talked about relocating. My husband’s state-government job was on the line again. And I could barely tolerate...

Gail Appleson is a writer for Armstrong Teasdale LLP and freelancer who lives in St. Louis.
“Dor to Dor,” is an intermittent Jewish Light series looking at various aspects of “grown-up” life and generational connections through the lens of Jewish writers living in the St. Louis area.  
   If you are interested in contributing to Dor to Dor, email efutterman@thejewishlight.com.

A Rabbi who could ‘reach’ me

By Gail ApplesonPublished April 25, 2012

Growing up, I was always taught that rabbis were an exalted lot. These were holy men—there weren’t any women rabbis at the time—who seemed above and different from the rest of us. Bigger than life, they were learned and authoritative with a special...

Rick Kodner (left), immediate past president of BSKI and his brother, Gary Kodner, immediate past president of Shaare Zedek.

BSKI and Shaare Zedek resume merger talks

By David Baugher, Special to the Jewish LightPublished March 7, 2012

More than a year after stalling with no apparent resolution, merger talks between Brith Sholom Kneseth Israel and Shaare Zedek Synagogue appear to have reignited last week. “I don’t have a crystal ball and can’t predict anything,” said Susan Cort,...

Second man charged in N.J. synagogue attacks

JTAPublished March 4, 2012

A second man was charged with attacks on two northern New Jersey synagogues, including one that injured a rabbi who was living in the synagogue residence. Aakash Dalal, 19, was charged March 2 with conspiracy, aggravated arson, bias intimidation and...

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