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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

Mentamer Beleta, an Ethiopian Jewish immigrant to Israel, now works to help other Jews of Ethiopian descent at the Family Empowerment Center in Yokneam. Photo: Eric Berger

Ethiopian Jews face hurdles to fulfill dreams in Jewish homeland

BY ERIC BERGER, ASSOCIATE EDITOR September 12, 2019

YOKNEAM, ISRAEL — When Mentamer Beleta, an Ethiopian Jew, arrived in Israel at age 12, she suddenly felt as though she had moved away from the agrarian life depicted in the Torah.She and her parents and four brothers landed at Ben Gurion Airport in...

Rachael Smith and her daughter Shayna at an Our Jewish Home
Sukkah party.

Chai times for ‘Our Jewish Home’

By David Baugher, Special to the Jewish Light February 8, 2012

It didn't take long for Marni Deutsch to become a believer. When she heard from a relative about a program that would bring Jewish education right to the doorstep of her Clayton home, she knew she wanted to enroll her four-year-old daughter Ella. "It...


From left, Noah
Ockner, Max Pepose, Jason Thompson and Joey Mayer are all
participating in JCC Maccabi ArtsFest.

Local teens head to Israel for JCC Maccabi Games

BY ABBY ABRAMS, JEWISH LIGHT INTERN July 20, 2011

All 32 teen members of the St. Louis delegation to the 2011 Jewish Community Center Maccabi Games and ArtsFest will gather in Israel Sunday, July 24. The Maccabi experience will run from July 24 through Aug. 5 as the participants compete, perform and...

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