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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

She missed graduation to get married. 50-years later Gail Lang walks with Wash U 72

She missed graduation to get married. 50-years later Gail Lang walks with Wash U ’72

Ellen Futterman, Editor-in-ChiefPublished May 25, 2022

On Friday, May 20, Gail Lang did something she had waited to do for 50 years — walk at her college graduation ceremony. There she was, replete in cap and gown, at the age of 71, walking with roughly 50 members of Washington University’s Class of...

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...

Holocaust Survivor to speak at Hillel’s Kristallnacht commemoration

Holocaust Survivor to speak at Hillel’s Kristallnacht commemoration

Published November 6, 2020

Holocaust Survivor Eva Perlman will share her extraordinary life story at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10. Her talk is hosted by Hillel at Washington University and the Hillel Leadership Council in commemoration of Kristallnacht (the Night of Broken Glass). ...

Hillel at Washington University organized an August trip to Israel for non-Jewish students. During the 10-day trip, the 19 non-Jews and four Jews traveled throughout the Jewish State, including to Netiv HaAsara, a town just north of the border with Gaza that is frequently the target of rockets.  

A Different Perspective: Hillel sends non-Jewish campus leaders to Israel

By Eric Berger, Staff WriterPublished November 16, 2018

During a recent trip to the West Bank, Kedar Bell and other Washington University students traveled to Ramallah to meet with a Palestinian Authority official. “He was being very hospitable,” Bell, a sophomore, recalls. “I don’t know if that was...

Washington University students Reuben Siegman and Joanna LeFebvre lead a panel discussion on topics such as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and treatment of dissenting views in the Jewish community with Avner Gvaryahu, a former Israeli soldier representing the left-wing group Breaking the Silence, and Karen Aroesty, director of the Anti-Defamation League of Missouri and Southern Illinois. Photo: Eric Berger

WashU exhibit puts campus Jewish groups at odds

By Eric Berger, Staff WriterPublished May 4, 2017

An exhibit last week at Washington University produced by a controversial group of former Israeli soldiers led some Jewish students to accuse the campus Hillel of stifling critical views of Israel.  Hillel at Washington University in St. Louis declined...

Dr. Charles A. Goldfarb is chief of pediatric orthopedic surgery at Washington University School of Medicine and St. Louis Children’s Hospital

Busy surgeon gives folks a helping hand


A man of many titles, Dr. Charles A. Goldfarb specializes in hand and wrist surgery, striving for “functional and aesthetic outcomes” in patients with injured arms, wrists and hands. “We don’t always appreciate our bodies until we lose the capacity...

Washington U. Hillel selected for new ‘Excellence Accelerator’ program

Published March 8, 2017

Hillel at Washington University is among 10 campuses nationwide selected to participate in Hillel International's "Excellence Accelerator" program. This is the pilot year of the program, which will provide increased resources designed to support campus...

Eva Schloss (third from bottom left), a Holocaust survivor and the stepsister of Anne Frank, is shown with students during a visit to Washington University last week. At top left is Rabbi Hershey Novack of Chabad on Campus, which sponsored Schloss’ visit.

A survivor’s story

Ellen Futterman, EditorPublished February 22, 2017

A survivor’s storyWho knew? Before last week, I had no idea Anne Frank, of diarist fame, had a living stepsister.But there I was Thursday night, at Chabad on Campus at Washington University, enjoying conversation with 87-year-old Eva Schloss, a Holocaust...

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright speaks to former National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley during a panel discussion of “A New Approach to the Middle East” at Washington University on Feb. 8. Pulitzer Center Executive Director Jon Sawyer (right) moderated the discussion. Photo: Holly Ravazzolo/Student Life

Albright, Hadley: Greatest asset in Mideast is people, not oil

BY ROBERT A. COHN, Editor-in-Chief EmeritusPublished February 15, 2017

People, especially the young and women, have replaced oil as the greatest asset in the Middle East, according to former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and former National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley. Albright and Hadley, co-chairs of the Middle...

First-year students from Washington University in St. Louis who were enrolled in the yearlong “The History, Memory, and Representation of the Holocaust” program gathered at the Holocaust Museum and Learning Center for the Feb. 2 opening of an exhibit about their experiences. Above, student Cecily Hibbs tours the exhibit with her mother, Roz Hibbs. Photo: Sid Hastings / WUSTL Photos

Holocaust beyond the numbers

By Dale Singer, Special to the Jewish LightPublished February 8, 2017

With four grandparents who survived the horrors of Nazi Germany, Rachel Berger is no stranger to the stories from the Holocaust.And when she came to Washington University from New York City, she was one of 13 students who took an intensive freshman class...

Crown Center for Senior Living in University City.

Crown Center to celebrate 50th anniversary with gala

Published October 13, 2016

Gladys and Henry Crown Center for Senior Living will mark its 50th anniversary in 2017. To celebrate the milestone, Crown Center has planned a gala event at 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6 at Washington University’s Hillman Hall. The gala will commemorate Crown...

Robert A. Cohn is Editor-in-Chief Emeritus of the St. Louis Jewish Light.

A shining moment in a dark debate

By Robert A. CohnPublished October 13, 2016

 Sunday’s night’s second presidential debate at Washington University, like much of the entire campaign, was filled with rancor, vitriol, disrespect and an utter lack of civility — except for one surprising shining moment. An audience member, Karl...

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