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St. Louis Jewish Light

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St. Louis Jewish Light

High Holidays Offer Time for Reflection

High Holidays Offer Time for Reflection

Jewish Light Editorial September 26, 2019

The Days of Awe – Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, the holiest days on the Jewish calendar – are upon us again. The start of the Jewish New Year comes this Sunday night, Sept. 29. The Day of Atonement, Oct. 9, marks the end of the 10 days of repentance....

Cantor-Rabbi Ronald D. Eichaker

One mitzvah at a time helps heal the world

By Cantor-Rabbi Ronald D. Eichaker May 16, 2019

This week’s parasha, Emor (speak of or to), Leviticus 21:1-24:23, continues the directions of the actions of the priests on behalf of the Israelites. It is an excellent postscript to the Holiness Code in the previous parasha as contains specific ways...

Stacy Bernstein

Alternative Spring Break program gives teens a chance at tikkun olam

By Stacy Bernstein May 9, 2019

On our third day in New Orleans my teen group spent the morning volunteering at the Second Harvest Food Bank.  That afternoon, we walked into a local grocery store in the Lower Ninth Ward where the group was greeted by the owner, Burnell.  Over the...

Kelly and Barry Larson work to help people with disabilities.Photo: Bill Motchan

Couple’s role in repairing world is helping disabled

BY BILL MOTCHAN, SPECIAL TO THE JEWISH LIGHT January 10, 2018

Judaism and community service go hand in hand. Many Jews take time to contribute their time and energy to tikkun olam, repairing the world. Efforts range from random acts of kindness and teenagers developing creative mitzvah projects to the Unsung Heroes...

Marquette senior Sydney Ring reads from the Torah at her bat mitzvah at United Hebrew.  Photo courtesy of Sydney Ring

Jewish teens share the meaning of tikkun olam by serving their communities

BY GREG SVIRNOVSKIY, SENIOR, MARQUETTE HIGH SCHOOL September 14, 2017

For Tali Gorodetsky, a junior at Marquette High School and a member of the Chabad congregation, service is one of life’s hallmarks. She spends weekends coordinating community service opportunities, working on retreats, and helping to clean up her community....

Tikkun olam is key part of Maccabi Games

By Hannah Snidman, Staff writer July 27, 2016

When the 2016 JCC Maccabi Games get underway in St. Louis beginning Sunday, July 31, much of the focus will be on the athletic competitions that underscore the weeklong event. But a hidden gem defines the spirit of what these Games are truly all about:...

 

Bettering the world one pencil at a time

Ellen Futterman, Editor July 6, 2016

Bettering the world one pencil at a timeCongratulations to my friend Jessica Goldberg, who was one of 14 teen entrepreneurs across the country to receive the annual Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Award. Now in its 10th year, this national award recognizes Jewish...

Congregation Temple Israel

Temple Israel to mark 125th anniversary

By David Baugher, Special to the Jewish Light January 4, 2012

Rabbi Amy Feder likes to laud Temple Israel's ability to retain members - often over generations. "Even though we are a congregation growing in terms of young families, which is very exciting, it's pretty incredible that even those young families often...

Diane Katzman with her “Tikkun Olam Butterfly” on display at the
Jewish Community Center in Creve Coeur. Photo: Lisa Mandel

Hide the bacon

By Ellen Futterman, Editor November 9, 2011

Call it Swinegate.As of this writing, no one has been apprehended for prying the pig off the "Tikkun Olam Butterfly," a.k.a. the butterfly sculpture that welcomes visitors as they walk into the Jewish Community Center's Staenberg Family Complex.Artist...

Rev. Dr. John Bennett (left) and Rev. Allen Ladage (right) of
Missouri Interfaith Impact give Central Reform Congregations
Jennifer Bersdale and Rabbi Susan Talve the first annual Amos 5:24
Justice Avocate Award during CRCs Shabbat services Friday night.
Photo: Kristi Foster

CRC receives social justice award

By David Baugher, Special to the Jewish Light August 17, 2011

Reverend Dr. John Bennett felt last week's Shabbat experience more than lived up to his expectations. "I have known and worked with Rabbi Susan Talve and it is such a joy to be in her presence at any time but in the congregational setting it was even...

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