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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

Jillian Shatken, photo courtesy of The Source.

Jewish Wash U grad Jillian Shatken making it big in NYC fashion scene

Leslie McCarthy and Jordan PalmerPublished March 27, 2022

As a student designer in the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts, Jillian Shatken, BFA ’07, never aspired to be the head of a fashion label. But if her time at Washington University taught her anything, it’s that when a creative opportunity...

While prepping for a charity ride, bicyclist Rick Rovak (left) suffered serious injuries after an accident on Clayton Road, including (right) a deep laceration above his right eye, broken hips and a broken tailbone. Photo at left:  Scott Rovak

Wounded bicyclists, WashU honors, eclipse events

Ellen Futterman, EditorPublished August 9, 2017

A (cautionary) tale of three Ricks and their bicyclesWhat are the chances that three local guys, each named Rick, would be in serious bicycle accidents this summer? In truth, one wasn’t so much a bicycle accident as a post-bicycle accident, but it happened...

Washington University Hillel to host gun violence panel

Published November 24, 2016

Washington University’s Hillel Leadership Council student organization, in partnership with WashU Hillel, will convene a panel to discuss gun violence and gun control in the United States and St. Louis at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 28 at the WashU Hillel building,...

Brent Efron, who is originally from the Boston area, is a junior at Washington University and the co-chair of J Street U Wash U. He can be reached at efron.b@wustl.edu.

J Street U is keeping me in the Jewish community

By Brent EfronPublished October 26, 2016

Supporting Israel was always an important part of my Jewish upbringing and education, both from my family and the Reform movement. As a child, my grandmother told me stories about the time she had spent in Israel. I heard about when the kibbutz she lived...

Work from artist Vita Eruhimovitz  that will be on display in her exhibit, “Synthetic Landscapes” Nov. 4-Dec. 26 at the Gallery at the Kranzberg Arts Center. In her art, Eruhimovitz explores the ways modern culture perceives nature and pushes the boundaries of physical nature into the digital realm. Her recent focus has been in interactive sculpture and digital fabrication.

Bad baseball bible stories

Ellen Futterman, EditorPublished October 26, 2016

The moment the Chicago Cubs clinched the National League Championship Series Saturday night to advance to the World Series against the Cleveland Indians, my husband left the room and went outside. He stayed there for more than a half-hour while I gleefully...

Epstein (far right) is shown with some of Israel’s Supreme Court justices in Jerusalem. Epstein is the Ethan A.H. Shepley Distinguished University Professor at Washington University. 

Washington University professor pioneers data-driven legal system research

By Eric Berger, Staff WriterPublished July 13, 2016

Lee Epstein, a Washington University professor, has spent time analyzing and comparing the United States and Israeli legal systems. Among her less important conclusions is that Israel’s judges are a “little more relaxed” in their attire.Epstein,...

WashU Hillel to host community lunches during Passover

Published April 21, 2016

Hillel at Washington University (WashU Hillel) invites the community to join St. Louis area students for kosher for Passover lunches throughout the holiday. Lunches will take place Saturday, April 23 through Friday, April 29 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m....

The St. Louis Hillel building as it looks today; an addition to
the left of the building, which housed an auditorium, lobby,
kitchen and offices, was torn down last year.

A changed landscape, approach for St. Louis Hillel

Repps Hudson, Special to the Jewish LightPublished February 1, 2012

Jacqueline Ulin Levey believes college organizations such as Hillel have to be proactive when it comes to reaching out and engaging students. That's why the Jewish organization is now meeting students at places on campus where they hang out, including...

Elie Wiesel

Elie Wiesel to speak at Wash.U commencement

Published April 7, 2011

Holocaust survivor, noted author and Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel will speak at Washington University's commencement ceremony in May, the university announced this week. The university's 150th Commencement will begin at 8:30 a.m. May 20 in Brookings Quadrangle...

Meacham keynotes debut of Danforth Center on Religion and Politics

by Robert A. Cohn Editor-in-Chief EmeritusPublished November 3, 2010

While the principle of the separation of church and state and the constitutional ban on an established religion must be respected, religion and politics have been- and will continue to be - intertwined in the United States, according to Jon Meacham, former...

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