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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

Jason Alexander’s Aurora tweets, Dunham’s Jewish Emmy response, Bieber endorses Jewish singer

By JTA Staff, 6NoBaconPublished July 24, 2012

NEW YORK — When tragedy struck last week in Aurora, Colo., Jewish celebrities were among those who took to Twitter to express their shock, outrage and sadness at news that a gunman had opened fire in a crowded theater showing “The Dark Knight Rises,"...

A replica of an ornate twin-towered synagogue in Bratislava was erected in the place where it stood until it and the entire Jewish quarter of the city were destroyed by communist authorities in the late 1960s to build a new bridge and highway.

In Poland and Slovakia, restoring awareness of a forgotten Jewish past

By Ruth Ellen Gruber, JTAPublished July 23, 2012

KRAKOW -- Thanks to a new iTunes app, new tourist routes and a towering replica of a destroyed synagogue, two “lost” Jewish cities in Europe are back on the map. One is the historic Jewish quarter of Bratislava, the Slovak capital, which survived...

The Chasidic boy band The Shepsalach performing Rabbi, its cover of the Justin Bieber song Baby.

JEWISH CELEBRITY ROUNDUP: Rise of the Jewish Biebers

By JTA StaffPublished July 10, 2012

NEW YORK — This has been the week of the Jewish Justin Biebers. At first it was Edon Pinchot, the 14-year-old, yarmulke-wearing Chicagoan on "America's Got Talent" whose impressive vocal abilities earned him a spot in the reality show's semifinals (not...

Friday Five: Edan Pinchot, Max Fried, Ashley Biden, Alan Dershowitz, Bil Pascrell

By JTA StaffPublished June 8, 2012

At the "America's Got Talent" auditions that aired this week, 13-year-old Edan Pinchot made judges swoon with his heartfelt cover of OneRepublic's "Good Life." For many Jewish viewers, though, it was undoubtedly his yarmulke that stood out. Last year,...

In his video for the song “HYFR,” Drake re-creates his bar mitzvah—sort of. 

Drake’s profanity-laced ‘re-bar mitzvah’ video filmed in Miami shul stirs controversy

By Debra Rubin, JTAPublished April 12, 2012

WASHINGTON—Thanks to hip-hop superstar Drake’s latest music video, there are now far more eyes focusing on Temple Israel’s bimah than there are even during the High Holidays. And even though the song’s lyrics are decidedly more profane than sacred,...

Editorial: Smallest, smaller, small

Published March 21, 2012

Do not be daunted by the enormity of the world’s grief. Do justly NOW. Love mercy NOW. Walk humbly NOW. You are not obligated to complete the work but neither are you free to abandon it.—TalmudThe Earth may be big and its pain gigantic, but everything...

Song about schnoz has Jewish plastic surgeon in hot water

JTAPublished March 15, 2012

A Jewish plastic surgeon in Miami is under an ethics investigation after commissioning a Jewish band to write a song about a Jewish teen with a big nose. Dr. Michael Salzhauer, 40, hired The Groggers, a Jewish punk-rock band, to write a song and make...


Harmonious beginning to Festival of Jewish Life

By Patricia Corrigan, Special to the Jewish LightPublished March 7, 2012

Maybe you saw them on CNN or on “The Today Show.” Maybe you read about them in the New York Times or the Jerusalem Post. Maybe you watched their videos on You Tube—the first one posted got two million hits in 10 days. Or maybe you caught their concerts...

Hacker group Anonymous threatens cyber war against AIPAC

JTAPublished March 6, 2012

The international hacker group Anonymous threatened to launch a cyber war against AIPAC. In a video released Sunday on YouTube -- the same day that the American Israel Political Action Committee opened its well-attended annual policy conference -- Anonymous...


Festival of Jewish Life begins with Maccabeats concert

Published February 29, 2012

The week-long Festival of Jewish Life will start with a song and offer numerous and diverse ways to experience and celebrate Jewish culture. A capella singing sensation the Maccabeats will kick off the festival at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 18, at the Jewish...

WikiLeaks release: Israel has destroyed Iranian nuclear infrastructure

JTAPublished February 27, 2012

JERUSALEM -- Stolen e-mails from a U.S. intelligence firm indicate that Israel has destroyed all Iranian nuclear infrastructures on the ground. The e-mail from the Stratfor company released by Wikileaks on Monday cited a "confirmed Israeli intelligence...

Cantor Ron Eichaker from United Hebrew Congregation in St. Louis
traveled with his wife, Heidi, to lead Shabbat services in Joplin,
Mo. at the city’s sole synagogue, also called United Hebrew.
Eichaker visited the site with one congregant of the Joplin
synagogue who lost his home during the devastating tornado that
struck the city. While the congregant, Steve Fisher, was speaking
with a FEMA representative, Cantor Eichaker offered three prayers:
 the afternoon Shabbat prayers facing East; then, facing St. John’s
Hospital, he offered the Eil Malei Rachamim for the dead and a Mi
Shebeirach for the living, the volunteers and professionals
involved in the clean up.

Live, from St. Louis, It’s ‘Friday Night Live’

By Ellen Futterman, EditorPublished February 15, 2012

Earlier this month, United Hebrew Congregation began broadcasting its Friday night Shabbat services live from its website at www.unitedhebrew.org. Anyone who has access to a computer and cannot physically be in attendance can simply log in and view and...

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