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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

Introduction to Judaism class starts in February

Published January 19, 2017

Anyone interested in gaining adult-level introductory knowledge of Judaism is invited to enroll in a 16-week session that will meet Tuesday nights from 7 to 9 p.m. starting Feb. 7. “Introduction to Judaism” is designed for Jewish and non-Jewish people...

St. Louis temple among 16 chosen for ‘reimagining congregational education’ initiative

Published July 13, 2016

Congregation Temple Israel is one of 16 Reform congregations in North America selected to participate in the newly formed Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) Community of Practice dedicated to Reimagining Congregational Education. This URJ Community of Practice...

A group comprising primarily lay leaders from the five St. Louis Reform synagogues met June 5 at United Hebrew Congregation in Chesterfield. Photo: Eric Berger

Reform Movement leaders convene in St. Louis

By Eric Berger, Staff WriterPublished June 8, 2016

At United Hebrew Congregation on Sunday, there was a meeting that participants described as rare.While Rabbi Rick Jacobs, the president of the Union for Reform Judaism, spoke in a synagogue sanctuary about the movement’s role in Israel, across the hall,...

St. Louis area camper stable after lightning strike

Bob Cohn and Larry Levin © 2013, St. Louis Jewish LightPublished June 30, 2013

The body of an electronic letter received today by the St. Louis Jewish Light indicated the identity of a St. Louis-area child injured by a lightning strike at the Union for Reform Judaism Goldman Union Camp Institute (GUCI), a summer camp located in...

Rabbi Lev Baesh, center, marrying Jared and Laurie Berezin, an interfaith couple from Boston, Aug.19, 2011.

More Reform rabbis agreeing to officiate at intermarriages

By Penny Schwartz, JTAPublished July 5, 2012

BOSTON — Danny Richter and his fiancee, Lauren Perkins, have never been to a Jewish wedding. That's about to change. This fall, the interfaith couple is planning to be married in a Jewish wedding ceremony. The wedding marks other significant firsts:...

Lay leaders and rabbis of small congregations participating in United Synagogue of Conservative Judaisms Size Matters 2012 conference in Wilmette, Ill., June 4, 2012.

Smaller congregations experimenting to stay vibrant, gaining attention from movements

By Yisrael Shapiro, JTAPublished June 17, 2012

CHICAGO — Sinai Synagogue in South Bend, Ind., has been struggling with issues facing many small congregations in an era of dwindling budgets and shifting demographics. In particular, with only 150 families, until recently it was increasingly difficult...

From left Linda Kram, Alan Rosenthal and Zhiwei Zhao preparing the garden beds for ‘Garden of Eden’ at the Jewish Community Center. 

‘Garden of Eden’ seeks volunteers

Published June 13, 2012

Visitors to the I.E. Millstone Jewish Community Campus may have noticed that several raised garden beds have been installed near the site of the former outdoor pool at the Jewish Community Center (now ball fields), immediately northeast of the JCC Arts...

Robert Nevel

Founder of food justice and sustainability program at Chicago synagogue to speak

Published February 8, 2012

A growing movement in the Jewish community nationwide is focused on "food justice"-the right of communities everywhere to access to healthy, fresh food. On Sunday, Feb. 12, Chicago architect and urban farmer Robert Nevel will speak in St. Louis about...

Environmental group sets greenhouse reduction target

JTAPublished January 31, 2012

NEW YORK -- A Jewish environmental group persuaded 33 Jewish organizational leaders to commit to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 14 percent within three years. The signatories to The Jewish Environmental and Energy Imperative pledged as well to promote...

Union for Reform Judaism offers Intro to Judaism

Published January 25, 2012

The Union for Reform Judaism begins its spring semester of "Introduction to Judaism I" from 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 8 at Temple Emanuel on Conway Road in the Auditorium.  The course is intended for those wanting to know more about Judaism - anyone...

President Barack Obama addresses the URJ Biennial. Photo: Philip

St. Louisans active at the URJ Biennial

By David Baugher, Special to the Jewish LightPublished December 21, 2011

It may have been 800 miles away but between making presentations, providing entertainment and meeting a sitting president of the United States, St. Louisans and the Gateway City played a big role in last week's Union of Reform Judaism Biennial in Washington...

Eve Lerner Rudolph

Jewish Parents as Teachers plans kick-off event at TI

Published August 31, 2011

St. Louis' new Jewish Parents as Teachers program (J-PAT) will hold a kick-off event for families interested in learning about J-PAT at 4 p.m. Monday, Sept. 12, at J-PAT headquarters, which are housed at Congregation Temple Israel, 1 Rabbi Alvan D. Rubin...

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