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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

Fran Zellinger said the new Jewish Senior Connection program is ‘a gift to seniors.’

Isolated Jewish seniors targeted in new ‘Connection’ program

Bill Motchan, Special to the Jewish Light April 27, 2021

When Fran Zellinger was growing up, she watched TV on a black-and-white set and talked to friends using a dial phone. Now she’s a Zoom veteran. That’s why she’s enthusiastic about a new program called Jewish Senior Connection, which takes full advantage...

Traditional plans virtual classes

May 7, 2020

Traditional Congregation welcomes the community to several virtual class offerings. To receive a registration link for any of the classes, contact Marian at [email protected] or 314-576-5230. The classes are: • Jewish History with Rabbi Seth Gordon,...

Dr. Jerry Cohen, a retired podiatrist, no longer participates in the morning minyan at Kol Rinah but continues to attend Shabbat morning services with his wife, Marion, who here is wearing a Minyan Man T-shirt. Photo: Eric Berger

Making a minyan: Finding 10 people is ongoing challenge for St. Louis synagogues

By Eric Berger, Associate Editor July 18, 2019

When Herman Spector was approaching death in 2000, Dr. Jerry Cohen was one of the only people allowed to visit him at his home in University City.Spector, who worked in the printing industry, was anxious and asked Cohen, a podiatrist, “Who’s going...

Rabbi Ephraim Zimand, shown here in a 1987 file photo, died March 11. He served as the spiritual leader of Traditional Congregation for 26 years. 

Traditional Congregation plans service for Rabbi Ephraim Zimand

May 23, 2018

Traditional Congregation invites the community to celebrate the life and legacy of Rabbi Ephraim Zimand, of blessed memory, with a memorial service at 7 p.m. Monday, June 4 in the sanctuary at 12437 Ladue Road. Mincha will be at 6:30 p.m.Rabbi Zimand...

Rabbi Ephraim Zimand, shown here in a 1987 file photo, died March 11. He served as the spiritual leader of Traditional Congregation for 26 years. 

Longtime Traditional Congregation rabbi dies at 80

BY ROBERT A. COHN, Editor-in-Chief Emeritus March 14, 2018

Rabbi Ephraim Zimand, who served as spiritual leader of Traditional Congregation for 26 years and a Jewish educator for two decades, died Sunday, March 11 in Jerusalem at the age of 80, according to his widow, Esther Zimand.Rabbi Zimand was born in the...

Shaare Emeth’s recent $8.5 million renovations included a number of improvements to assist members with mobility issues, including a ramp circling behind the bimah.

Inclusion, accessibility key in synagogue renovation plans

By Eric Berger, Staff Writer 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...

Dr. Jeremy Benstein

Traditional Congregation hosts scholar-in-residence weekend

February 1, 2017

Traditional Congregation’s 2017 Scholar-in-Residence program: “Putting the ‘Olam’ Back into Tikkun Olam” with Dr. Jeremy Benstein, co-founder of the Heschel Center for Sustainability in Tel Aviv. The community is invited to join us for an informative...

Light Editor-in-Chief Emeritus Robert A. Cohn. 

Israel Bonds event endures as ‘Traditional’ point of pride

By David Baugher, Special to the Jewish Light November 23, 2016

Traditional Congregation will once again sponsor its annual Israel Bonds event to assist an organization that has long supported investment in the Jewish State. Traditional is also the only congregation in the state to do an annual event for the group.This...

Robert A. Cohn

Israel Bonds event to honor Jewish Light Editor-in-Chief Emeritus

November 16, 2016

The community is invited to Traditional Congregation’s 43rd annual Israel Bonds Program at 11 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 11 at the Clayton Plaza Hotel, 7750 Carondelet Ave. in Clayton. The event will honor Robert A. Cohn, Editor-in-Chief Emeritus of the St Louis...

Rabbi Jonathan Porath

Traditional Congregation welcomes Rabbi Jonathan Porath on June 12-13

May 26, 2016

On Sunday, June 12 and Monday, June 13, Traditional Congregation invites the community to attend Shavuot Services, delicious luncheons and special presentations by Rabbi Jonathan Porath.  Porath is a former congregational rabbi, Wexner faculty member,...

Top row, from left: Bob Olshan, Maddie Lapp, Frank Keller, Noah Grossman, Ronnie Brockman, and Lynn Friedman Hamilton, Nanci Bobrow, Rob Shapiro, and Beckie Jacobs.Second row, from left: Abby Eisen, Danny Babitz, Danny Solomon, Eli Abeles, Alex Berger III, Virginia Scharff, Barry Worth, Charles Eisenkramer, and Corey Wallis.Third row, from left: Susan Grammer, Carolyn Amacher, Marian Gordon, Joey Granillo, Linda Woolf Pearl  Kessler, and Joey Granillo.

Jews in the News: April 2016

April 6, 2016

The Men’s Clubs of Kol Rinah and Congregation B’nai Amoona will honor their respective Man of the Year and Youth of the Year at a special luncheon Sunday, April 10, at Kol Rinah. Bob Olshan, senior manager at Boeing, is receiving the Man of the Year...

Ellen Futterman, Editor of the St. Louis Jewish Light

Rallying to support a family whose home was lost to fire

By Ellen Futterman, Editor January 18, 2012

Last Sunday, the Roth family of Creve Coeur lost their home and all of their possessions in an early morning fire. Luckily, none of the family-parents Jane and Boaz and daughters Liat, 12; Sela, 8, and Orli, 1-were hurt in the three-alarm blaze that gutted...

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