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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

Women of the Wall

Women of the Wall

Hadas Parush/Flash90Published January 11, 2017

Orthodox Jews try to prevent a group of American Conservative and Reform rabbis and the Women of the Wall movement members from bringing Torah scrolls into the Western Wall compound during a protest march against the government’s failure to deliver...

Anat Hoffman, director of the Israeli Religious Action Center and chair of Women of the Wall, served as scholar-in-residence recently at Shaare Emeth.  View video from the interview at stlljewishlight.com/multimedia. Photo: Eric Berger

In St. Louis visit, activist Anat Hoffman talks about fight for equality at Western Wall

By Eric Berger, Staff WriterPublished June 15, 2016

Anat Hoffman, one of the leading proponents for changes at the Kotel, wants Jews in St. Louis and other parts of the world to push for breaking down walls at the Western Wall. The director of the Israeli Religious Action Center, an organization that...

Snafu sends Israel travelers flying on air with low-priced tickets

By Adam Soclof, JTAPublished August 7, 2012

NEW YORK — Two months ago, Miriam Leichtling’s parents lost their jobs within a week of each other.For several months, Leichtling, a New York designer who has led several organized trips to Israel, had been agonizing over how to scrape together enough...

Romney, Obama show love for Israel in their own separate ways

By Ron Kampeas, JTAPublished July 31, 2012

WASHINGTON — It was a weekend of Israel love politically that highlighted two approaches to showing affection for the Jewish state: Go to Israel, as Mitt Romney did, or go pro-Israel, as the administration of President Barack Obama did. The pictures...

Standing in the Old City of Jerusalem, Rabbi Hersh Novack lectures to a group of Washington University and St. Louis area college students during a recent Taglit Birthright Israel trip. Birthright Israel is a partnership between the Jewish Federations, the Jewish Agency, and leading individual philanthropists.

Birthright Israel: hardship, happiness and history for the Modern Jew

By Rebecca KriegmanPublished July 11, 2012

At the end of my first full day in Israel, my Birthright Israel group made a Friday night Shabbat visit to the Western Wall. As we approached the dim glow of early evening and saw women in their dress skirts and men in their kippahs, all joyously coming...

The Madricha (liaison or guide) with Volunteers for Israel pins epaulettes on the shoulder of Gerard Moskowitz.

Israel volunteer experience is worth repeating

BY GERARD MOSKOWITZPublished May 23, 2012

Wow, what an experience! My first trip to Israel was not as a tourist, but as a volunteer with Volunteers for Israel (VFI). VFI is an American organization that is part of the Israeli Sar El group. We are an organization that volunteers at Israeli Defense...

High school students from the Gimnasiya in Jerusalem participate in the ceremony commemorating soldiers killed in the line of duty on Israels Memorial Day, April 25, 2012.

Siren ushers in Israel’s Memorial Day

JTAPublished April 26, 2012

JERUSALEM -- A one-minute siren marked the beginning of Fallen Soldiers and Victims of Terrorism Remembrance Day, Israel's official Memorial Day. Tuesday evening's siren was immediately followed by a national ceremony held at the Western Wall and televised...

Don’t visit Temple Mount, rabbis say

JTAPublished March 6, 2012

JERUSALEM -- Israel's chief rabbis and other senior rabbis have called on Jews not to visit the Temple Mount because it is against Jewish law. The declaration is being presented now, according to the statement's signers, because many Jewish organizations...

Police quell Temple Mount riots

JTAPublished February 24, 2012

Police dispersed Muslim rioters on the Temple Mount who apparently had been spurred by reports that Jewish extremists planned to enter the site. Reports said the rioters, among the Friday worshippers at the site's mosques, hurled rocks at the Mughrabi...

Rabbi Elyashiv, leading halachic authority, in grave condition

JTAPublished February 7, 2012

JERUSALEM -- Rabbi Yosef Shalom Elyashiv, considered this generation's leading halachic authority, is in critical condition. Prayer sessions in Israel and around the world have been held for Elyashiv, 101, the leader of the Lithuanian haredi Orthodox...

Portman visits her roots, Stern drunk dials, Bialik writing a parenting book

By JTA Staff, 6nobacon.comPublished January 3, 2012

After a short stint in France visiting her husband's family, Natalie Portman, along with hubby Benjamin Millipied, enjoyed a weeklong vacation with baby Alef in her native Israel. According to Ynet news, the couple stayed at the King David Hotel in...

A woman on King George Street in Jerusalem appears perplexed
picking from the array of sufganiyot choices for Hanukkah. Photo:
Nati Shohat/Flash90)

Hanukkah in Israel: Sufganiyot on the streets, burning lights and family fun

By Marcy Oster, JTA , JERUSALEMPublished December 14, 2011

They're making sufganiyot on the streets of Israel; Hanukkah must be near.Actually it started feeling like Hanukkah here about two days after Sukkot, when the first vendors started frying the delicious and caloric doughnuts in vats of oil in front of...

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