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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

2012 Yom Ha’atzmaut celebration at the Jewish Community Center. File photo: Yana Hotter

J plans community events for Israel Memorial and Israel Independence Days

May 2, 2019

Join the entire St. Louis Jewish community on Tuesday, May 7 at 7 p.m. to honor and remember those who have sacrificed for the State of Israel with a special ceremony in the J’s Arts & Education Building, 2 Millstone Campus Drive. Then, the following...

FILE PHOTO: Nati Shohat/Flash90

Unity walk, Yom Ha’atzmaut celebration planned for April 22

BY ERIC BERGER, STAFF WRITER April 11, 2018

Linda Spitzer Gavatin’s motivation for helping organize a celebration marking the 70-year anniversary of Israel’s founding comes from her love for the Jewish State.And that love comes in part from something that occurred 50 years ago this summer.That’s...

Jewish Federation awards micro-grants for Yom Ha’Atzmaut programs in St. Louis

May 11, 2016

Through the Lubin-Green Foundation, a supporting foundation of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis, 12 programs were offered funding for Yom Ha’Atzmaut celebrations. Events held by Congregation Shaare Emeth, the Jewish Community Center and the J’s...

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Yom Ha’atzmaut celebration to feature Israeli musician

May 2, 2012

Join the community at the JCC Staenberg Family Complex gym on Sunday, May 6 to celebrate the 64th anniversary of the establishment of the State of Israel.  All ages are welcome to enjoy activities, entertainment and food, featuring the return appearance...

Sense of disenfranchisement for Israeli Arabs as Jewish State turns 63

By Dina Kraft, JTA, JERUSALEM May 11, 2011

In an elegant limestone building in a Jerusalem neighborhood that before 1948 was home to the city's Palestinian elite, a group of Jewish and Arab Israeli academics recently tried to untangle one of Israel's most complex and charged questions: the status...

Ruth Farhi, who was a student in Jerusalem in 1948, sits in her Ramat Gan home for an interview with cameraman Peleg Levy of Toldot Yisrael, which is documenting personal recollections of Israel’s War of Independence. (Dina Kraft)

Oral histories from 1948 tell firsthand stories of Israel’s founding

By Dina Kraft, JTA, RAMAT GAN, Israel May 11, 2011

Ruth Farhi's eyes cloud with tears and her gaze turns from the camera recording her story as she tells of a memorable January night in 1948 that haunts her to this day.She and a bunch of friends were crammed into her one-room rooftop apartment, sitting...

At last year’s Yom Ha’atzmaut (Israel Independence Day)  at the Jewish Community Center, singer Tal Sondak performs. This year, the JCC welcomes musician Pini Cohen and his band to the community celebration, set for Monday, May 9.  
File photo: Kristi Foster

JCC plans Israel holiday celebrations

By David Baugher, Special to the Jewish Light May 4, 2011

Remembrance followed by celebration will once again be the guiding themes of this year's observance of Yom Hazikaron and Yom Ha'atzmaut."You can't really have one without the other," said Rabbi Brad Horwitz, director of the Helene Mirowitz Center for...

JCRC announces video contest

April 21, 2011

Leading up to Yom Ha'atzmaut on May 10, the Jewish Community Relations Council is asking the community to create an online video that answers one of three questions: Why do I support Israel? How do I support Israel? How can we advocate for Israel? Finished...

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