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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


Spencer PlattPublished July 4, 2018

The June 12, 2014 abduction of three Israeli yeshiva boys in the West Bank, Gil-ad Shaer, Naftali Fraenkel, and Eyal Yifrach, sparked rallies in Jewish communities worldwide calling for their safe return. Their murdered bodies were found on June 30, 2014....

During the National School Walkout on March 14, Saul Mirowitz Jewish Community School eighth graders Halle Wasserman, Idan Lerner and Ellior Rose hold signs with names of teens killed in the Feb. 14 school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.

Gun violence triggers student action

BY ERIC BERGER, STAFF WRITERPublished March 21, 2018

Rina Gersten heard about how members of United Synagogue Youth (USY), the Conservative movement’s Jewish teen group, were planning to travel from around the country to the March for Our Lives, a gathering March 24 in Washington, D.C. aimed at preventing...

Jewish Federation offers scholarship opportunities for teen travel to Israel

Published December 15, 2016

Jewish Federation of St. Louis, through the Israel Center, has announced several grants and scholarships for teens and young adults traveling to Israel in 2017 on a peer-based educational experience.• Israel Travel Grant - Open to all teens and young...

David Bryfman, Ph.D., is the chief innovation officer at The Jewish Education Project, which is a beneficiary agency of UJA Federation of New York. Generation Now was commissioned by the Jim Joseph Foundation, Lippman Kanfer Foundation for Living Torah, the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation and The Marcus Foundation. His commentary was distributed by JTA.

Jewish teenagers want to engage. Just ask them.

By David BryfmanPublished May 26, 2016

NEW YORK (JTA) — Welcoming teens into Jewish life is both one of the most important and seemingly challenging endeavors of the Jewish community. The rapid decline in teen engagement in Jewish life post-b’nai mitzvah is well-documented and depressing....

B’nai Amoona’s Assistant Director of Education and Youth Andrew Schwebel briefs students on expectations and behavior during the bus ride to Gateway 180 and during the congregation’s Purim carnival. Photos: Andrew Kerman

Confirmation trip inspires teens to continue community service work with the homeless

By David Baugher, Special to the Jewish LightPublished March 23, 2011

For a group of B'nai Amoona confirmation students, last year's trip to Washington, D.C. was educational in more ways than one. Not only did the delegation see the nation's capital, they made a number of new friends among the city's homeless for whom the...

Schools start brings mixed emotions

School’s start brings mixed emotions

Story and Photos By Amanda Cohen, Special to the LightPublished August 25, 2010

The old saying "all good things must come to an end" resonates loud and clear to youngsters and teens who have to say goodbye to summer fun and load up their backpacks once again. But with the start of a new school year comes certain expectations: I hope...

From left, Jesse Drapekin, Avital Shulman, Zachary Weinstock, Sydney Schein, Paul Lisker, Danielle Baron and Johanna Lowell were among this years Jewish students participating in UM-St. Louis STARS program.

Summer program puts spotlight on young scientists

By Cate Marquis, Special to the Jewish LightPublished August 1, 2010

There are summer camps for sports and for music. But what if your bright, talented high schooler plans to become a doctor or a research scientist? There is a "camp" for that, too, thanks to University of Missouri's STARS program. Students and Teachers...

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