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St. Louis Jewish Light

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St. Louis Jewish Light

Holocaust survivor Larisa Graypel lights a candle of remembrance at the 2019 Yom HaShoah Community Commemoration organized by the Holocaust Museum and Learning Center of St. Louis and held at Congregation Shaare Emeth.  

Yom HaShoah: Remember to Remember

JEWISH LIGHT EDITORIAL April 23, 2020

Among the many questions that the current shelter-in-place situation has posed, here is one more: How can the Jewish community properly and respectfully observe Yom HaShoah when the COVID-19 shutdown has made large gatherings impossible? Yom HaShoah,...

Alison Fox, Sarah Shulman and B’nai Amoona Cantor Sharon Nathanson sing during last year’s Yom HaShoah commemoration, held at B’nai Amoona. This year’s event will be April 15 at United Hebrew.

Yom HaShoah commemoration planned for April 15

April 5, 2018

This year’s Yom HaShoah commemoration will take place at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 15 at United Hebrew Congregation, 13788 Conway Road. The community-wide Holocaust Remembrance Day event will focus on the theme of “#WeRemember: To honor the past and protect...

Stacey Newman is Missouri state representative of the 87th District, which includes Clayton and parts of Brentwood, Ladue, Richmond Heights and University City.

Reflections on Holocaust by a Jewish state legislator

April 27, 2017

St. Louis, along with numerous U.S. and Israeli cities, observed Yom Hashoah, the “Day of Remembrance of the Holocaust” this past week.  Signed into formal law by Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion in 1953, it is a yearly reminder for each of us to...

B’nai B’rith seeking volunteers to read names for Yom HaShoah

April 13, 2017

On Monday, April 24 B’nai B’rith will hold “Unto Every Person there is a Name” in the lobby of the Jewish Federation building, 12 Millstone Campus Drive, in front of the Holocaust Museum from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  This is an opportunity for our community...

Holocaust Museum plans annual Yom HaShoah commemoration

April 13, 2017

“Survivors and Witnesses in Our Community” will be the focus of the annual Yom HaShoah commemoration at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 23 at Congregation B’nai Amoona, 324 S. Mason Road. The Holocaust Remembrance Day event will feature eyewitness accounts...

Early Returns

Jewish Light Editorial May 11, 2016

While time will tell the full story, initial actions bode well for the leadership of Sadiq Khan, the first member of his Muslim faith to become mayor of London, particularly as relates to his relationship with the city’s Jewish population.  Khan is,...

Fred Ashner and Eva Susskind Ashner discuss their stories of survival during the Yom Hashoah commemoration last week. Photo: Eric Berger  

Hundreds gather in St. Louis to mark Yom Hashoah

By David Baugher, Special to the Jewish Light May 11, 2016

Somber songs, solemn prayer and testimony from those who had seen the horrors of the Holocaust all marked the community’s annual commemoration of Yom Hashoah Thursday night at Congregation Shaare Emeth, which was attended by close to 700 people.In addition...

Benjamin Mkrtychyan lights a candle at last year’s Yom HaShoah community commemoration. 

Yom HaShoah commemoration planned for May 5

April 13, 2016

“To Honor and Remember: Testimonies of St. Louis Survivors and Witnesses” will be the focus of an annual Yom HaShoah commemoration at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 5, held at Congregation Shaare Emeth, 11645 Ladue Road. The Holocaust Remembrance Day event...

Eva Vavrecka contemplating the horrific living conditions that her mother and grandparents endured in the forest to survive World War II.

Monument honors helpers of Czech Jewish family that hid in woods from Nazis

By Bruce Konviser, JTA April 10, 2012

TRSICE, Czech Republic -- Nearly 70 years after a Czech Jewish family sought refuge from the Nazis by retreating into a nearby forest and relying on non-Jewish locals for help, an American high school teacher has helped erect a permanent monument to their...

Columnist Lois Caplan

Yom Hashoah to feature survivors’ stories

By Lois Caplan, Special to the Jewish Light April 4, 2012

THE PULITZER Foundation for the arts is a major jewel in our cultural crown. On Thursday (April 5) in celebration of its 10th anniversary, the public is invited to a preview, nearly 50 works from the art collection of Emily and Joseph Pulitzer, including...

Journalists apologize to Claims Conference

JTA March 19, 2012

JERUSALEM -- Two Israeli journalists apologized to the Claims Conference over a film they made about the organization as part of the settlement of a libel lawsuit. Orly Vilnai and Guy Meroz, and their Shamayim Productions Ltd. company, issued the written...

Students offer fresh perspective on remembering the Holocaust

By Sylvia L. Ginsparg June 29, 2011

On April 12, 1951, the Israeli Knesset designated the 27th day of Nissan as Yom HaShoah or Holocaust Remembrance Day. Typically, it is observed after Passover in a citywide service whereby survivors share their memories. Yahrzeit candles are lit, Kaddish...

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