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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

Letters to the Editor, week of June 6, 2012

June 6, 2012

Make St. Louis a leader in financing Jewish day school education Aryeh Klapper (May 23 commentary, “Sustaining day school education, financially and morally”) is correct in criticizing the current financing mechanism for Jewish day schools. However,...

The aftermath of an attack on a synagogue in Amersfoort, the Netherlands, in 2010.

Toulouse shooting spotlights problems of tracking hate crimes in Europe

By Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA April 26, 2012

BRUSSELS -- Jihadist websites eat up a fair share of Bart Olmer’s workday. He even has passwords to some closed hate forums. “Reading hate speech is part of the job,” says Olmer, who reports on intelligence services for Holland’s largest circulation...

Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton, parents of slain teenager Trayvon Martin, say the family is looking for justice - the same justice anyone would expect if their son were shot and killed for no reason.

Compassion for two tragedies, worlds apart

By Robert A. Cohn, Editor-in-Chief Emeritus March 28, 2012

In a world already torn by violence and pain, two cases involving the loss of young lives—Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla., and a rabbi, his two small children and another child in Toulouse, France have grabbed the world’s attention like no others...

Women raising French flags during a silent demonstration in Paris to protest recent murders in France, March 20, 2012.

After Toulouse attack, French Jews are reconsidering Sarkozy

By Daniel Hoffman, JTA March 27, 2012

PARIS—With the first round of France’s presidential election less than four weeks away, the attacks that left four Jews and three French soldiers dead are reshaping the race—but for now it’s not clear exactly how. In the days leading up to the...

Homeland Security official briefs Jewish leaders after Toulouse

March 22, 2012

WASHINGTON -- A top Homeland Security official briefed Jewish groups in the wake of the deadly attack in Toulouse, France. Bill Flynn, an assistant undersecretary at the Department of Homeland Security, spoke to over 120 leaders in a phone call on Wednesday,...

Toulouse killer visited Israel, other countries in the region

JTA March 22, 2012

The passport of Toulouse killer Mohammed Merah showed that he visited Israel, Syria, Iraq and Jordan, a French newspaper reported. Police found Merah's passport in his apartment following the raid Thursday that led to his death, LeMonde reported. It is...

Police enter suspected killer’s Toulouse home; Netanyahu visits victims’ families

JTA March 22, 2012

JERUSALEM -- Hours after Israeli Prime Minister paid a condolence visit to the Sandler family's home in Jerusalem, French police reportedly entered the home of the suspected killer. Police on early Thursday afternoon reportedly entered the Toulouse home...

Funeral for Toulouse victims held as police surround suspect’s home

JTA March 21, 2012

JERUSALEM -- Thousands attended the funeral in Jerusalem of the four victims of the attack on a Jewish school in Toulouse, as French police surrounded the home of their prime suspect. French police early Wednesday morning raided the Toulouse home of a...

Jewish Light seeks volunteer bloggers

March 21, 2012

The Jewish Light is seeking new voices in the St. Louis Jewish community to contribute to the paper’s website, www.stljewishlight.com, as regular volunteer bloggers.The Light is open to a range of topics that would be of interest to the Jewish community....

Editorial: Smallest, smaller, small

March 21, 2012

Do not be daunted by the enormity of the world’s grief. Do justly NOW. Love mercy NOW. Walk humbly NOW. You are not obligated to complete the work but neither are you free to abandon it.—TalmudThe Earth may be big and its pain gigantic, but everything...

Ex-soldiers eliminated as suspects in Toulouse attack

JTA March 20, 2012

Three former French soldiers who were believed to be involved in the shooting attack on a Jewish school in Toulouse were questioned and released by French police. The men, who were dismissed from the military in 2008 for posing with a Nazi flag, have...

Protesters raising a banner reading in France, we kill Blacks, Jews, and Arabs during a silent demonstration in Paris, March 20, 2012.

Toulouse attack leaves French Jewish community shaken

By Dana Kennedy, JTA March 20, 2012

PARIS—When Arie Bensemhoun, a Jewish community leader in Toulouse, woke up Tuesday morning, he thought for a moment that the horrific shooting of three children and a rabbi at a local Jewish school might just have been a bad dream.Like others in the...

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