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United Hebrew Congregation. Photo: Bill Motchan

Torah’s framework for constructive debate could help heal deeply divided society

CANTOR-RABBI RON EICHAKER June 9, 2021

Not much is more disconcerting than members of one’s tribe engaging in passionately bitter and contentious arguments about leadership and hierarchy. “Who says you are the voice of this family? You don’t speak for me!” “Just because you had some...

Cantor-Rabbi Ronald D. Eichaker serves United Hebrew Congregation and is a member of the St. Louis Rabbinical and Cantorial Association, which coordinates the weekly d’var Torah for the Light.

Passover, the pandemic and a chance to delve deeper into our Jewish history, identity

By Cantor-Rabbi Ronald D. Eichaker April 2, 2021

This particular Passover observance, while it may be dominated by the external expressions inspired by time-bound practices, has presented us with an opportunity to recalculate our future by recalibrating our reason for being.Most of us, myself included,...

St. Louis synagogues providing live streaming

St. Louis synagogues providing live streaming

March 25, 2020

Listing below provided by the St. Louis Rabbinical and Cantorial Association, with additional information from congregations directly• Bais Abraham (Orthodox): Daily Tehillim, Halakha and Mishnah Monday through Friday at 7 a.m. Online at https://zoom.us/j/297962649...

Billy Jonas will serve as artist-in-residence at United Hebrew Congregation Friday, Feb. 21 through Sunday, Feb. 23. 

United Hebrew welcomes Mikey Pauker and Billy Jonas for artists-in-residence weekend

February 13, 2020

United Hebrew Congregation will welcome musicians Mikey Pauker and Billy Jonas as artists-in-residence from Friday, Feb. 21 through Sunday, Feb. 23. Pauker and Jonas will take part in a Friday night Shabbat service, lead a Q&A Lunch ‘N’ Learn...

The Heartland for Human Justice coalition sings, chants and waves signs at Fort Sill in Lawton, Okla. 

Report: Army monitored interfaith St. Louis coalition that organized protest trip to Fort Sill

By Eric Berger, Associate Editor November 14, 2019

The U.S. Army was monitoring a largely Jewish group of protesters who traveled in August from St. Louis to Fort Sill in Lawton, Okla., to protest the planned detention of migrant children at the facility, according to a report in The Intercept.The digital...

Rabbi Brigitte Rosenberg of United Hebrew Congregation

Channel rebellion into positive ends

By Rabbi Brigitte Rosenberg July 5, 2019

In this week’s parashah, we meet Korach, for whom this parashah is named. He is Moses’ and Aaron’s first cousin and is known as a rebel, as he amassed 250 Israelites to join him in challenging the authority of Moses and Aaron.  Korach says to Moses...

Daryl Rothman

New United Hebrew exec has previous connection to synagogue

By Eric Berger, Staff Writer June 27, 2019

United Hebrew Congregation has hired a new executive director who has long ties to the Reform synagogue. Daryl Rothman and his wife, Linda, married married in 1995 with UH Rabbi Howard G. Kaplansky officiating. “We had been talking to various rabbis...

Rabbi Adam Bellows

Pull back from extremes and embrace the golden mean

By Rabbi Adam Bellows June 20, 2019

Once upon a time, there was a young boy who was always looking forward to what was next. If he was home, he wished he was at school the next day. If he was at school, he wished he was  at home already. If he was eating dinner, he wished he was done....

Rabbi Brigitte Rosenberg

St. Louis rabbi part of Unity Mission that met with Netanyahu

By Eric Berger, Staff Writer October 25, 2018

Rabbi Brigitte Rosenberg of United Hebrew Congregation participated in a rabbinic mission to Israel last week. The group of 20 rabbis from the Reform, Conservative and Orthodox movements was able to meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The goal...

Creve Coeur resident Leslye Laderman poses with Alex Trebek during her recent appearance as a contestant on ‘Jeopardy!’  The episode will air Monday, April 30. 

Local woman gets chance of a lifetime on TV’s ‘Jeopardy!’

By Carol Wolf Solomon, Special to the Jewish Light April 26, 2018

This Creve Coeur resident, attorney and member of United Hebrew Congregation can check an appearance on “Jeopardy!” off her bucket list. Remember, your answer needs to be in the form of a question.Who is Leslye Laderman?To see how she did, tune in...

United Hebrew to examine how Six-Day War changed Jewish and Israeli history

August 3, 2017

United Hebrew Congregation invites the community to its weekly, month-long series discussing why the June 1967 War was a transformative moment in Jewish, Israeli and Middle Eastern history. Some of the topics of discussion include how and why the war...

Evelyn’s House, a 16-bed hospice home located on the campus of Barnes West, opened in June. 

BJC’s Evelyn’s House brings compassion to dying; new rabbi at Bais Abe

Ellen Futterman, Editor August 2, 2017

Putting the hope into hospiceI didn’t know community leader and philanthropist Evelyn Edison Newman, once dubbed the “Queen of St. Louis Fundraising” because she was instrumental in the founding of local institutions such as the Greater St. Louis...

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