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The Jewish Light routinely receives emails from various outlets letting us know about goings-on taking place in the St. Louis area. Most of these events are not specifically Jewish, so they usually don’t make it into the Light. But with COVID-19 prompting the cancellation of so many summer c…

On Sunday, 77-year-old Barry Weinberg and his wife, Linda, plan to spend Father’s Day with their adult son, Dr. Dave Kersting, 58, and Dave’s wife, Dot, and daughter Katie, who will be a senior at St. Louis University. After all, that’s what we do on Father’s Day, isn’t it? We spend the day …

Given the coronavirus pandemic and need for social distancing, this year’s Back to School! Store won’t look like it has in the past, but the National Council of Jewish Women-St. Louis promises it will still occur on Sunday, July 19. 

Over the years (decades), I’ve had the opportunity to interview some big-deal celebrities. Among them: Madonna, Bob Dylan, Steven Spielberg, Oprah Winfrey, Robert Redford, Tom Hanks, Jane Fonda, Julia Roberts, Susan Sarandon and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, to name a few. Most of the time, the…

If you think ninjas are just teenage turtle mutants, think again. Today’s ninja warriors are real-life athletes of all ages, with tremendous speed, endurance and balance. And they include Jeff Baumgarten, an 11-year-old in the Parkway School District whose family belongs to United Hebrew Con…

My stepdaughter Megan often chronicles her thoughts, ideas, art projects, fashion statements, dating conundrums and other intricacies of her 34-year-old life on Instagram to entertain family and friends. A month or so ago (who can keep track of time anymore?), she paced back and forth while …

If this pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that plans change and the only choice we have is to be flexible. The National Council of Jewish Women has taken this to heart and decided to reimagine a one-day volunteer opportunity originally intended for August, to coincide with the organizati…

Earlier this month, the Jewish Light revisited several talented St. Louis area Jewish musicians featured previously in the paper to see how they were faring through the pandemic. Among them were David and Jeff Lazaroff, a.k.a. the Brothers Lazaroff, who are well known in the community for th…

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