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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

The Jewish National Fund’s iconic blue charity box is now accepting bitcoin

Asaf ShalevPublished April 23, 2021

(JTA) — The group that made blue collection boxes ubiquitous in the collective Jewish American memory is now accepting donations in a format fit for the digital age: bitcoin.  A charity with roots that go back to the start of modern Zionism,...

close up of senior couple with tablet pc at home

Tech Tutor program offers seniors a lifeline during pandemic

By Joan DenisonPublished January 28, 2021

Last March, as the pandemic caused everyone to shelter in place and go online to stay connected, senior adults, many who live by themselves, became even more isolated. Though Zoom, FaceTime, Facebook Messenger video and other apps enabled people to work...

Covenant Place starts new tech tutoring program

Published July 3, 2020

Covenant Place, a senior living community on the Millstone Campus near Creve Coeur, has started a tech tutoring program for its senior residents. The program pairs high school volunteers with senior learners to teach them how to use Zoom and Facebook...

With a background in coding and Jewish education technology, Russel Neiss has created several social media projects highlighting social justice issues that have gone viral.Photo: Eric Berger

Activist has a knack for turning code into viral social media phenomena

By Eric Berger, Staff WriterPublished January 24, 2018

Russel Neiss and Rori Picker Neiss like to joke that when they met in student government in college in New York, “Rori was trying to hold it together while I was trying to bring the whole thing down,” said Russel, who along with Rori attended the...

From left, Bruce (Beau) Michelson, Jr., Technion University students Amit Gilboa and Yaela Golumbic, and  Renee and Bruce Michelson are pictured at an American Technion Society event hosted at Renee and Bruce Michelson’s home in Ladue. Photo: Michael A. Iskiwitch

Technion is celebrated as Israel’s scientific hub

By David Baugher, Special to the Jewish LightPublished March 8, 2017

Obscured by jargon and riddled with complexity, science can sometimes seem like inaccessible terrain for many. That’s where people like Yaela Golumbic come in.“Science is around us in everything we do,” said the 34-year-old. “When we wake up in...

Federation event looks at how St. Louis is attracting cybersecurity innovation from Israel

Published November 17, 2016

Join the Jewish Federation of St. Louis Montefiore Society for “Enriching St. Louis’ Innovation Economy: Attracting Cybersecurity Innovation from Israel. The event will take place at noon Monday, Dec. 12 at RubinBrown (1 N. Brentwood Blvd.), following...

Nishmah event looks at growing up in digital age

Published August 10, 2016

The Jewish Community Center’s Nishmah program, along with nine other community organizations, have planned a screening of “Screenagers: A Film about Growing Up in the Digital Age,” and a discussion about youth and their ever growing connection to...

This photograph of an Arab neighbor visiting a friend in Kibbutz Kfar Giladi in 1945 or 1946 is part of the Museum of the Jewish People’s vast archives. Photo: Herbert Sonnenfeld/Courtesy of Beit Hatfutsot

Have WiFi? You can explore the story of the Jewish people anywhere you go

By Debra Kamin, JTAPublished June 22, 2016

TEL AVIV — When Benny Daon entered the Israeli high-tech scene in 1993, the Jewish State was just beginning to earn its reputation as a global hub of cutting-edge technology. He worked his way up the ladder, first at other people’s companies and then...

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Israeli company to open U.S. headquarters in St. Louis

By Eric Berger, Staff WriterPublished April 13, 2016

A St. Louis organization that aims to attract Israeli companies to the city has added another name to its list: NRGene, which does research and data analysis to improve plant and animal breeding. BioSTL has now brought four Israeli companies to the St....

Technology offers benefits — but some pitfalls — for teens

BY ANIEL SHAPIRO, Junior, Block YeshivaPublished November 9, 2011

Cell phones, laptops, and television have revolutionized society. As a result of these technological innovations, people spend more and more time plugged in, especially teenagers. According to Sciencedaily.com, most teenagers spend an average of 20 hours...

Steve Wilson

Former St. Louisan returns to talk art at Washington U.

By Patricia Corrigan, Special to the Jewish LightPublished October 21, 2010

Steve Wilson is expecting something of an impromptu reunion tonight (Oct. 20) when he speaks at the Steinberg Hall Auditorium at Washington University. Wilson, who graduated from University City High School in 1962 and was active in teen programs at the...

Editorial: What Hath God Wrought (!?)

Published October 13, 2010

Most Americans who recognize the headline expression recall it as the first statement that Samuel Morse sent along the telegraph wire in 1844. It was intended (some might say sacreligiously) as an homage to the new technology of the day. Those of a more...

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