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St. Louis Jewish Light

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St. Louis Jewish Light

University City School District’s Ronald E. McNair Administration Center on Groby Road. Photo: Eric Berger

U City eases path for move of Torah Prep girls school

BY ERIC BERGER, ASSOCIATE EDITOR July 23, 2020

Torah Prep School of St. Louis could soon have a new home for its girls division, but some University City residents see that as coming at the expense of the Black community.At a U City school board meeting July 9, public comments over whether to declare...

Epstein Hebrew Academy students Ezra Cohen (left) and Jack Wertman take in an art class led by Morah Baila Shulman at right. 

Jewish day schools start 2020 in new University City location

By Bill Motchan, Special to the Jewish Light January 23, 2020

The last week of December 2019 was a time-out for most people, a final period of rest and relaxation. Not so for the staff, faculty and volunteers at H.F. Epstein Hebrew Academy. A two-week marathon of packing, moving and unpacking occurred during a short...

Torah Prep School’s girls’ division building is located in the middle of Novus Development’s proposed $190 million Costco-anchored redevelopment project in University City. Novus sought to purchase the U.City School District’s Ronald E. McNair Administration Building as a new home for Torah Prep. At a meeting last week, the U.City school board did not approve a measure that would have allowed the sale to move forward. 

U. City school board halts proposed sale of building

By David Baugher, Special to the Jewish Light September 26, 2019

In a vote Thursday night, the University City Board of Education put a halt to the proposed sale of a district building that would become the new home of an Orthodox Jewish day school located in the middle of Novus Development’s proposed $190 million...

Volunteers rake leaves and remove debris at Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery during a cleanup event Feb. 22 which drew more than 2,500 people hoping to help after 154 headstones were overturned at the cemetery. Photos: James Griesedieck

After donations pour in to aid cemetery, groups work on what’s next

By Eric Berger, Staff Writer March 1, 2017

Tarek El-Messidi, a Muslim activist, unfortunately did not have to wait long to use extra money from a fundraiser to help with repairs at Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery in University City. Less than a week after cemetery staff discovered that 154 headstones...

A row of toppled headstones at Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery on Monday evening. Photo: Eric Berger

Vicious Vandals

Jewish Light Editorial February 22, 2017

Never in recent memory has there been such community wide and even international revulsion over an incident like the savage desecration of the historic Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery. Even though it was not immediately clear whether the attack was anti-Semitism...

Beautiful weather made for a wonderful afternoon at the annual University City Purim Re-enactment Parade last year. Hundreds of costumed participants turned out for the parade.

Haman, Mordechai will once again take to the streets of University City

BY PATRICIA CORRIGAN, SPECIAL TO THE JEWISH LIGHT February 29, 2012

Grab your royal robes or your tri-cornered hat—it’s almost time for the annual Purim Re-Enactment Parade, a lively, popular event that features a herald with a shofar, Mordechai (the good guy), Haman (the bad guy), flag bearers, a cymbalist and at...

Leonard Rifkin received a loan from the Jewish Federations
Lifeline Fund to help pay bills while he searches for a new job.
Photo: Kristi Foster

Economic fallout still taking a toll

By David Baugher, Special to the Jewish Light December 28, 2011

Not long ago Melvin Zuhler seemed to have it all -- his family, his health, a successful business and a bank account totaling near six figures. Yet as 2011 draws to a close, Zuhler is looking for only one thing -- help. "I want a second chance," said...

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