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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

JULY 2 - Yossi Benayoun plays for Chelsea during the 2010-11 season.

This week in Israeli history: July 2 – July 8

July 2, 2020

July 2, 2010: Benayoun signs with ChelseaIsraeli midfielder Yossi Benayoun leaves Liverpool for fellow English Premier League club Chelsea, owned by Russian-Israeli billionaire Roman Abramovich. Benayoun, born in Dimona in 1980, began his professional...

A JDC employee, right, delivers an aid package to a Jewish woman in Kharkiv, Ukraine, March 2020.  

For elderly Jews in the former Soviet Union, COVID-19 lockdown loneliness is debilitating

By Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA July 2, 2020

(JTA) — Tamara Boronina, an 82-year-old Holocaust survivor living in Ukraine, can barely afford her small Odessa apartment on her monthly pension of $65.She is a widow whose only daughter died in 1999. Unable to visit the local Jewish community center...

Pride rallies held across Israel in lieu of annual parades due to coronavirus

JTA July 2, 2020

JERUSALEM — They came out by the thousands across Israel to show their support for LGBTQ rights — but the numbers were a far cry from the Pride parades held annually that were canceled due to the coronavirus.Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Haifa, as well...

New York police officers stand guard at the door of the Union Temple of Brooklyn after it was vandalized with graffiti, Nov. 2, 2018.  

Calls to defund police put Jewish institutions in a bind

BY RON KAMPEAS, JTA June 18, 2020

When Rabbi Capers Funnye attends a synagogue that’s not his own, he must brace himself for the reaction that he knows will follow after he walks through the door. Even though he comes in wearing a kippah and holding a prayer shawl, Funnye knows that...

Ohio’s Health Dept. director resigns after backlash over stay-at-home orders

JTA June 18, 2020

Amy Acton, the Department of Health director in Ohio who came under fire for the stay-at-home orders to stem the coronavirus crisis, including armed protesters carrying signs with anti-Semitic messages, has resigned.Acton will become the chief health...

From left, City Councilman Kalman Yeger, New York State Assemblyman Simcha Eichenstein and State Sen. Simcha Felder open up Kolbert Playground in Brooklyn on June 16.  

Orthodox lawmakers defy NYC mayor, cut chains off Brooklyn playground

BY SHIRA HANAU, JTA June 18, 2020

In the space of just 48 hours, Orthodox lawmakers in New York have gone from calling on the city’s mayor to open playgrounds, to threatening to open the parks themselves, to actually cutting the chains off a Brooklyn playground.State Assemblyman Simcha...

Representative Ted Deutch, D-Fla., speaks in Washington, D.C., Jan. 28, 2020. He is one of four authors of the letter.  

House Democrats aim to unify the party behind anti-West Bank annexation message

BY RON KAMPEAS, JTA June 18, 2020

WASHINGTON — House Democrats have put together a letter that they hope will unite their entire caucus in warning Israel against annexation of part of the West Bank.The letter, now circulating among the party’s House caucus and obtained exclusively...

Protesters shout ‘dirty Jews’ at Paris rally against police racism

JTA June 18, 2020

Paris police are investigating after multiple participants were heard shouting “dirty Jews” at a demonstration in Paris focused on Adama Traore, a black man who died in police custody there in 2016.The chants erupted at Republique Square on Saturday...

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