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

A nonprofit, independent news source to inform, inspire, educate and connect the St. Louis Jewish community.

St. Louis Jewish Light

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 Writer 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...

President-elect Donald Trump speaking at a news conference at Trump Tower in New York, Jan. 11, 2017. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Era dawns of statesmanship by Twitter

By Repps Hudson January 18, 2017

We may not be fully aware of this point: President-elect Donald Trump has drastically changed the way a person of his political stature communicates with world leaders, the public, his followers and pundits who defend him or attack him.Governments around...

A computer glitch in travel agency websites helped thousands to book El Al flights from the U.S. to Israel at an extremely low cost.

Snafu sends Israel travelers flying on air with low-priced tickets

By Adam Soclof, JTA August 7, 2012

NEW YORK — Two months ago, Miriam Leichtling’s parents lost their jobs within a week of each other.For several months, Leichtling, a New York designer who has led several organized trips to Israel, had been agonizing over how to scrape together enough...

Comedian Roseanne Barr bluntly expressed her opinion on Twitter when Chick-fil-As president Dan Cathy came out publicly against gay marriage. (Photos via Creative Commons

Rising star Raisman, Roseanne feeds the trolls fried chicken, Madison Beer vs. bullying

By Uri Fintzy, 6NoBacon July 31, 2012

NEW YORK -- Among the more popular U.S. Olympians is Aly Raisman, an 18-year-old Jewish gymnast from the Boston area whose star has been rising in London for a few reasons. First it was her song choice for the floor exercise routine -- an instrumental...

The colorful home page for Mindy Meyer, a 22-year-old Orthodox Jewish candidate for the New York State Senate.

Jason Alexander’s Aurora tweets, Dunham’s Jewish Emmy response, Bieber endorses Jewish singer

By JTA Staff, 6NoBacon July 24, 2012

NEW YORK — When tragedy struck last week in Aurora, Colo., Jewish celebrities were among those who took to Twitter to express their shock, outrage and sadness at news that a gunman had opened fire in a crowded theater showing “The Dark Knight Rises,"...

Matthew with Ty Woodley, former amateur wrestler for the University of Missouri.

What a sport

By Ellen Futterman, Editor July 18, 2012

We all know that we should never compare our children to anyone else’s. Every child is an individual with his or her own given talents. As parents we should do our best to nurture and embrace those talents and encourage our children to work hard and...

Robert A. Cohn, Editor-in-Chief Emeritus

Covenant House plans ‘Senior Prom’

May 16, 2012

Decorations, mirror ball lighting, delicious treats, music, dancing, party photos — everything you would expect to find at any area high school senior prom. However, this prom is for seniors age 60+.  From 7 to 9 p.m. on Sunday, June 3 Covenant House...

Israel calls for dismissal of U.N. agency tweeter

JTA March 18, 2012

JERUSALEM -- Israel's ambassador to the United Nations has called for the dismissal of a U.N. agency employee based in Jerusalem who tweeted an incendiary photo during recent violence between Gaza and Israel. Khulood Badawi, the information and media...

Hacker group Anonymous threatens cyber war against AIPAC

JTA March 6, 2012

The international hacker group Anonymous threatened to launch a cyber war against AIPAC. In a video released Sunday on YouTube -- the same day that the American Israel Political Action Committee opened its well-attended annual policy conference -- Anonymous...

Occupy Oakland chapter votes to support BDS

JTA February 2, 2012

The Oakland, Calif., chapter of the Occupy movement overwhelmingly endorsed a proposal in support of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel. According to Twitter accounts by pro-Palestinian activists pushing the proposal, the statement...

Ellen Futterman, Editor of the St. Louis Jewish Light

The face of Federation, dancing with the rabbis

By Ellen Futterman, Editor January 11, 2012

If like me you often found yourself attending a meeting at the Jewish Federation, chances are better than even receptionist Celeste Wieselman greeted you after letting you through the building's secure entrance. Celeste had an uncanny ability to make...

Portman visits her roots, Stern drunk dials, Bialik writing a parenting book

By JTA Staff, 6nobacon.com January 3, 2012

After a short stint in France visiting her husband's family, Natalie Portman, along with hubby Benjamin Millipied, enjoyed a weeklong vacation with baby Alef in her native Israel. According to Ynet news, the couple stayed at the King David Hotel in...

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