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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

50th reunion for U City’s Class of ’70 finally happens two years after the fact

50th reunion for U City’s Class of ’70 finally happens two years after the fact

Bill Motchan May 3, 2022

On April 30, the University City High School class of 1970 finally held its twice COVID delayed 50-year reunion. More than 125 alumni and their guests celebrated the occasion in the school cafeteria. In 1970, U. City high had a substantial number of...

Longtime docent Irl Solomon leads a tour at the Holocaust Museum and Learning Center in 2012. File photo: Mike Sherwin

Biography tells story of longtime Holocaust Museum docent

BY ROBERT A. COHN, Editor-in-Chief Emeritus May 16, 2019

Full disclosure: I have known Irl Solomon for at least 65 years, dating back to our days as fellow students at the Congregation Shaare Emeth Religious School and as classmates at University City High School (Class of 1957).If there is a consistent thread...

William B. Eiseman

William B. Eiseman, Jr., 94; past president of Temple Israel

BY ROBERT A. COHN, Editor-in-Chief Emeritus August 1, 2012

William B. “Bill” Eiseman, Jr., co-founder of the U.S. Tape and Label Corp., a past president of Temple Israel and a longtime member of the New Mount Sinai Cemetery Association, died Friday, July 27, 2012 at St. Mary’s Health Center in Richmond...

Zella Esrock

Zella Esrock, 86; longtime Light cooking columnist

BY ROBERT A. COHN, Editor-in-Chief Emeritus April 4, 2012

Zella Esrock, whose “love affair with food” led her to write the popular “Zella’s Place” cooking column for the St. Louis Jewish Light for 23 years, died Monday, March 26 at her home in Chesterfield.  She had suffered from late stage lung cancer,...

Cantor Ron Eichaker from United Hebrew Congregation in St. Louis
traveled with his wife, Heidi, to lead Shabbat services in Joplin,
Mo. at the city’s sole synagogue, also called United Hebrew.
Eichaker visited the site with one congregant of the Joplin
synagogue who lost his home during the devastating tornado that
struck the city. While the congregant, Steve Fisher, was speaking
with a FEMA representative, Cantor Eichaker offered three prayers:
 the afternoon Shabbat prayers facing East; then, facing St. John’s
Hospital, he offered the Eil Malei Rachamim for the dead and a Mi
Shebeirach for the living, the volunteers and professionals
involved in the clean up.

Live, from St. Louis, It’s ‘Friday Night Live’

By Ellen Futterman, Editor February 15, 2012

Earlier this month, United Hebrew Congregation began broadcasting its Friday night Shabbat services live from its website at www.unitedhebrew.org. Anyone who has access to a computer and cannot physically be in attendance can simply log in and view and...

Students at Saul Mirowitz Day School - Reform Jewish Academy
nosh on freshly prepared veggies for lunch - and the school even
highlights a different vegetable or fruit each month. November, for
example, is broccoli month.

Making a big difference on a smaller scale

By Ellen Futterman, Editor November 23, 2011

We've gotten a little jiggy at the Jewish Light this week, talking about Thanksgiving and how it's a favorite holiday for many of us. In today's editorial, the boss calls it a holiday of faith, family and friends. I agree, though I'd add another "f" to...

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