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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

Jewish religious movements present plans to end gun violence

JTA REPORT January 16, 2013

WASHINGTON — Jewish leaders representing the Reform, Conservative, Orthodox and Reconstructionist movements are all answering the nation’s call for ideas to end gun violence. Together, they have held news conferences, written to Vice President Joe...

To thrive, Conservative movement requires continuity in college

Douglas Kandl, JTA July 16, 2012

NEW YORK -- A Conservative Jew, I am a third-generation member of Temple Beth-El Mekor Chayim in Cranford, N.J., was very active in the movement’s United Synagogue Youth and helped create a presence for Koach, the movement’s college program, at my...

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, JTA 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...

President Barack Obama is photographed with Orthodox Jewish rabbis inthe Oval Office, June 5, 2012.

Back to ‘kishkes’: Obama defends his Israel commitments, touts his Jewish ties

By Ron Kampeas, JTA May 31, 2012

WASHINGTON -- The so-called “kishkes issue” -- what does President Obama, deep down, really feel about Israel -- is now being addressed at the highest level by Obama himself. Obama dropped in on a White House meeting Tuesday of lay and rabbinical...

President Barack Obama participates in an interview with Robin Roberts of ABCs Good Morning America, in the Cabinet Room of the White House, May 9, 2012.

Much enthusiasm, muted criticism in Jewish groups’ reactions to president’s support for gay marriage

By Ron Kampeas, JTA May 11, 2012

WASHINGTON — As soon as President Barack Obama wrapped up the television interview in which he endorsed same-sex marriage, he called an evangelical minister who advises him to offer a heads up. Jack Lew, the White House chief of staff, made a similar...

Conservatives’ umbrella group alters bylaws

JTA March 19, 2012

NEW YORK -- The Conservative movement's synagogue umbrella group approved new bylaws aimed at improving its governance. The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism adopted new bylaws Sunday that will reduce the size of its board of directors and place...

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