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

A nonprofit, independent news source to inform, inspire, educate and connect the St. Louis Jewish community.

St. Louis Jewish Light

Sally Altman and Richard H. Weiss

Going the distance to cast a vote

By Ellen Futterman, Editor August 4, 2020

With a master’s degree in public health from the University of Michigan, Sally Altman spent nearly 40 years championing public health issues and access to quality health care for all. So it should come as no surprise that on today’s ballot, Altman...

Feeling Patriotic? Get Out the Vote

Feeling Patriotic? Get Out the Vote

July 2, 2020

Most Americans feel more patriotic as July 4 approaches, even under current conditions. In a presidential election year, with many state and local issues and offices on the ballot as well, that sentiment may be particularly strong.The best way to put...

Adam Jaffe

Freedom to vote is one thing; access is quite another

BY ADAM JAFFE April 23, 2020

I never thought half birthdays meant anything until I turned 17½ on April 1. It had meaning because this is when I am legally allowed to register to vote in Missouri. The only problem is, I don’t know if I’ll get to vote this November.Believe it...

Getting out the vote

Ellen Futterman, Editor February 20, 2020

Media wunderkind Gabe Fleisher, son of Central Reform Rabbi Randy Fleisher and teen host of “Wake Up to Politics” on St. Louis Public Radio, will lead a discussion with Chicago-based author and journalist Jeff Fleischer at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 8 at...

Stacey Newman

Furious about gun violence? Let your voice be heard

Stacey Newman August 8, 2019

Furious about people getting shot and killed? There is only one solution: Speak up to make your position on gun violence known to legislators. Contact every person in elected office who refuses to consider any safety proposal designed to save lives,...

Count the Votes, Then Let Votes Count

Count the Votes, Then Let Votes Count

JEWISH LIGHT EDITORIAL December 21, 2018

Preventing legitimate voters from going to the polls is bad, but rejecting the will of the voters after elections are settled may be even worse.Consider what’s happening in Missouri, Wisconsin and Michigan.In Missouri, voters who opposed right-to-work...

Henry Schvey

Election day offers antidote to Trump

BY HENRY I. SCHVEY November 1, 2018

“The ceremony of innocence is drowned; The best lack all conviction, while the worstAre full of passionate intensity.”— William Butler Yeats, “The Second Coming”The events unfolding over the past few days have revealed a deadly poison at the...

Time to Vote

Time to Vote

JEWISH LIGHT EDITORIAL November 1, 2018

At Sunday’s community vigil to commemorate victims of the Pittsburgh synagogue murders, the most enthusiastic audience response came when the crowd was urged to exercise their power at the ballot box to put their priorities in place.At a time when events...

Women hold the power this Election Day

Women hold the power this Election Day

Stacey Newman October 25, 2018

First, women marched in St. Louis, Washington, D.C., and in thousands of other cities. The next year, they did it again because the dangerous consequences of the current White House administration’s policies were crystal clear. And now a record...

Editorial: Midterms and Mandates

Editorial: Midterms and Mandates

JEWISH LIGHT EDITORIALS October 4, 2018

Whether you agreed with the process or not, last week’s dramatic Supreme Court confirmation hearing had to impress on everyone the importance of voting.With razor-thin margins in both the Senate Judiciary Committee and the full Senate, and the rancorous...

Don’t Block the Path to the Ballot Box

JEWISH LIGHT EDITORIAL July 12, 2018

Midterm elections are attracting more attention than usual this year and, as they approach, the focus on the possibility of voter fraud is growing sharper. So is the attention to efforts that block legitimate voters from going to the polls. Two recent...

Myth Busters

Jewish Light Editorial November 9, 2016

For decades the conventional wisdom was that there was an almost monolithic “Jewish vote,” representing all streams of Judaism as well as secular and non-observant Jews. Politicians of both major parties would court the Jewish vote by citing support...

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