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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

Riot police push back a crowd of supporters of US President Donald Trump after they stormed the Capitol building in Washington, DC on Jan. 6, 2021. (Roberto Schmidt AFP via Getty Images)

Jewish groups respond to violence in DC with ‘outrage,’ ‘disgust’ and criticism of Trump

Ron KampeasPublished January 7, 2021

(JTA) — AIPAC hardly ever pronounces on any issue that does not relate to Israel. It’s also loath to criticize a sitting president.But the preeminent pro-Israel lobby did both on Wednesday after rioters supporting President Donald Trump stormed the...

A view of the crowds outside the U.S. Capitol for the Stop the Steal rally on Jan. 6, 2021 that led to violence. (Robert Nickelsberg/Getty Images)

Rabbis in DC and beyond rush to calm congregants on edge after a day of mob chaos at the Capitol

Gabe Friedman and Shira FederPublished January 6, 2021

(JTA) — Ruth Friedman could tell that Wednesday’s pro-Trump protests in Washington, D.C., might be volatile when she boarded a plane home to D.C. from her grandmother’s funeral on Tuesday.The flight was full of people in MAGA gear on their way to...

Aaron Weinberg

I’ve been through evacuations and lockdowns on Capitol Hill before. It’s never been this bad.

Aaron WeinbergPublished January 6, 2021

(JTA) — “Are you safe? Home? Locked down?” These are the three questions I’ve sent over and over to friends and colleagues throughout the day. Today started for me like many others: email in the morning and then, after lunch, turning on...

Security forces respond with tear gas after the US President Donald Trumps supporters breached the US Capitol security in Washington D.C. on January 6, 2021. (Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Orthodox Jewish Trump supporters decry violence but not the movement that fueled the mob

Shira HanauPublished January 6, 2021

(JTA) — Heshy Tischler, the pro-Trump provocateur of Orthodox Brooklyn, wasn’t at the U.S. capitol when a mob stormed it Wednesday — but not because he didn’t want to be.Tischler was one of a throng of Orthodox Jews who traveled down to D.C. to...

A pro-Trump mob enters the US Capitol as tear gas fills the corridor on January 6, 2021. (Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images)

‘Our worst fears realized’: Extremism watchdogs, after months of warnings, watch the violence in DC

Ben SalesPublished January 6, 2021

(JTA) — They warned us. And warned us. And warned us.Extremism watchdogs said there could be violence in the streets. They said minority communities — Jews among them — could be put at risk. They said that the incessant, false claims of a rigged...

Carly Pildis

I refuse to tell my daughter about the far-right march that shut down her Jewish preschool

Carly PildisPublished January 6, 2021

This story originally appeared on Kveller.I just lied to my 4-year-old little girl, right to her pretty little curly-haired face, about why her school was closed today. I told her it was because of a traffic problem, and we danced to the “Traffic Jam...

One of Ukraine’s chief rabbis endorses siege of US Capitol by Trump supporters

Sam Sokol and Cnaan LiphshizPublished January 6, 2021

(JTA) — Rabbi Moshe Azman, a prominent Ukrainian cleric with ties to several Trump associates at the heart of last year’s Ukrainegate scandal, endorsed Wednesday’s violent attempt to prevent the certification of President-elect Joe Biden’s election...

Protesters gather on the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. Jan 6, 2021. Pro-Trump protesters entered the Capitol building after mass demonstrations. (Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

‘I don’t recognize our country today’: Members under siege in Congress give their accounts

By Ron Kampeas, JTAPublished January 6, 2021

(JTA) — Armed protesters marching through the U.S. Capitol. Lawmakers under lock and key. At least one person shot and critically injured.Protesters attempting to stop the congressional certification Wednesday of President-elect Joe Biden stormed the...

Orthodox groups protest U.S. decision on health benefits

JTAPublished January 26, 2012

WASHINGTON—Two Orthodox groups protested the Obama administration's decision to amend regulations that would require faith-based groups to cover "religiously objectionable medical services." Agudath Israel of America on Wednesday and the Union of Orthodox...

Anna Alekseyeva

Russian Jewish immigrant to St. Louis to study at Oxford on Rhodes scholarship

By Lena Fish, Special to the Jewish LightPublished August 17, 2011

Among the 32 students in the United States awarded a Rhodes Scholarship to study at Oxford University in England this fall, is St. Louisan Anna Alekseyeva, a Russian Jewish immigrant who came with her parents and brother to St. Louis from St. Petersburg...

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