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To some extent, we all understand that adding spices to food can be transformative. Take, for example, a fresh-cut cucumber or a hardboiled egg. Eating either of these can be enjoyable, but sprinkling a bit of salt on them elevates the flavor…

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When Lindy Drew posts content online, she aims high. Her goal is understanding, particularly on issues of racial equity, gender equality and LGBTQ rights. Drew is co-founder of the blog Humans of St. Louis. The nonprofit group features the people and places that make St. Louis tick. It is the second most popular “Humans of” site in the United States after the Humans of New York (with 20 million followers).

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This story originally appeared on Jewish Food SocietyRecipe Roots: Chesterfield, CT > Brooklyn > Long IslandIn her interfaith family — part Italian Catholic, part Ashkenazi Jewish — Mindy Martorana serves recipes from her husband’s fami…

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Your options to receive a COVID-19 vaccination just increased, now that St. Lukes Hospital will be able to administer more vaccinations Monday as it moves its clinic from the main hospital to the Chesterfield Mall. The clinic will be held at …

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Karen Aroesty, regional director of the Anti-Defamation League, will be leaving the Jewish anti-bias, non-governmental agency on May 31 “to pursue other challenges in the arena of social and community justice,” she explained. Aroesty, a membe…

From the minds that brought the community the Wandering Jews Scavenger Hunt, Temple Israel presents: TI’s Amazing Race: Family & Friends Edition from 3 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 24. The St. Louis community is invited to enjoy a Shabbat afternoon with family and friends as their team — based on their “social pod” — races around town for crazy challenges. RSVPs required by April 9.

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Ever wondered what happened to that restaurant you once loved and have memories of dining at with your family and friends? We did! There is an amazing website called Lost Tables, dedicated to celebrating the restaurants of our past. We are pa…

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Chef AJ Moll could not help but be struck by the pizza recipe that came across the screen one day when he was watching a documentary with his wife. The show, “Fat Head,” chronicled the journey of a keto diet advocate who claimed that sugar an…

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“The Messier Side of Parenting” introduces readers to Taryn Goldstein, 43, a St. Louis Jewish mother of four sons, ranging in age from 9 to 15. In her video blog, Goldstein will offer her no-holds-barred take on parenting, with topics ranging…

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There are a few sacrosanct features of a mezuzah. The Shema, two portions of Deuteronomy, is included on the scroll. It must be hand-inscribed by a kosher scribe on kosher parchment. On the other side of the scroll, the name of God is inscribed.

The seven-week period between the holiday of Passover and the holiday of Shavout is known as Sefirat HaOmer, the Counting of the Omer. Traditionally, this is a time set aside for personal self-discovery and growth. 

My name is Caleb Van Grack.  I am 11-years-old, I belong to Temple Shalom in Maryland and I have been a Cardinals fan since I was 3, but I've never lived in St. Louis. My dad, Adam Van Grack, went to school in St. Louis and passed on his love…

Kristen Conard, assistant director of the Jewish Community Center’s Adult Day at the J program, has received the Spotlight Award from the National Association of Qualified Intellectual Disability Professionals for her exemplary work in the fi…

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Ever wondered what happened to that restaurant you once loved and have memories of dining at with your family and friends? We did! There is an amazing website called Lost Tables, dedicated to celebrating the restaurants of our past. We are pa…

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I am in love.  He had me at “hello.” While there is no ring on my finger or any legal documents to sign, it is a committed relationship based on trust, respect and open communication, and I hope it stays rock solid for years to come. 

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My name is Caleb Van Grack.  I am 11-years-old, I belong to Temple Shalom in Maryland and I have been a Cardinals fan since I was 3, but I've never lived in St. Louis. My dad, Adam Van Grack, went to school in St. Louis and passed on his love…

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Ever wondered what happened to that restaurant you once loved and have memories of dining at with your family and friends? We did! There is an amazing website called Lost Tables, dedicated to celebrating the restaurants of our past. We are pa…

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The Chabad centers in St. Louis are once again offering free Seder-to-Go kits for every Jewish household throughout the greater St. Louis area. This year, you can choose from six locations to pick up your kit. 

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Rabbi Yossi Abenson and his wife, Goldie, serve a unique segment of the St. Louis Jewish community. The Jews who connect with Chabad of the Central West End are largely young professionals, often in the medical field, as well as graduate stud…

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In mid-February, Sara Brodsky, a nurse, walked through the intensive care unit at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, and for the first time since March 2020, she noticed that there were more non-COVID-19 patients than people stricken by the virus. 

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Sandra and Gerald Mindel of Chesterfield celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.  They were married on March 5, 1961 in shul at Brakpan, South Africa where Sandra’s father, Nathan Weinberg, was Gabbah of the shul for 36 consecutive years. 

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(The Nosher via JTA) Passover approaches, and it’s time to take stock of what you need to prepare for the holiday. Whether you are making a bigger meal or small and simple, having the right tools during Passover can make the job of cooking an…

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A year ago, an ambulance hurried Mike Weinhaus from his home in Chesterfield to Missouri Baptist Hospital because he could barely breathe. As he was being wheeled toward the intensive care unit, he remembers stopping in front of the room wher…

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Growing up, our family almost always hosted a Passover seder using the Maxwell House haggadah. I found it funny that a coffee company published a haggadah, but it wouldn’t have been a seder without its odd phrases woven throughout the story.

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If the pandemic has shined a light on anything, it is the disparity of resources available to poor communities, especially when it comes to education. Poverty and illiteracy go hand-in-hand, and Ready Readers was founded in 1997 to break that cycle.

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In the 1982 film, "My Favorite Year," the lead character, Bengie Stone, a Jewish comedy writer who worked on a fictional version of Sid Caesar's "Your Show of Show's" is on a date, and trying to explain to his non-Jewish date, that "Jews know…

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Ever wondered what happened to that restaurant you once loved and have memories of dining at with your family and friends? We did! There is an amazing website called Lost Tables, dedicated to celebrating the restaurants of our past. We are pa…

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Deb Braman needed help. Though she and her two dear friends, Marla Shyken and Suzi Tozer, had gotten into a rhythm last summer and fall of meeting up for socially-distanced meals and conversation at Faust Park, once the weather turned cold, t…

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In a March 4 virtual event, hear from Dr. Morris Hartstein, a St. Louis native who made aliyah in 2004. The ophthalmic, plastic and reconstructive surgeon has made 10 trips to Ethiopia, treating residents who otherwise cannot afford care, training Ethiopian ophthalmologists and establishing a food program for more than 500 malnourished children. 

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Walking into a deli hungry is no easy task. Whoever invented them chose to display at least 15-20 things on the menu. It's like voting for the Oscars in less than five minutes. Choices have to be made and quick, because a lunch break waits fo…

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If you’re looking for some fun and games – and we do mean that literally – look no further than J Associates’ Fabulous Feud Live on Saturday, March 6. Those interested can enjoy the action from the comfort of home as contestants battle it out…

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Erica Steen knows the stress that food insecurity can have on families. As the director of the Harvey Kornblum Jewish Food Pantry, she spends her days helping people assuage the angst they feel at not knowing how they are going to put food on…

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