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Ethan Shuchart was working with a college professor this summer, when she happened to mention families in need of extra help supervising their young children because of the coronavirus pandemic. Between working from home and no camps or programs for their kids, these parents were overwhelmed.

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Jeff Friedman wasn’t looking to become a pin-up model. He’s much more interested in acting, directing and improv. But when a casting call went out for Jewish bachelors to pose for the Nice Jewish Guys Wall Calendar 2021, he figured why not bite and see what happens.

Besides binge-watching Netflix and baking sourdough bread, what have you been doing during the pandemic? In the six months since the St. Louis area — along with most of the country — shut down in mid-March, I’ve tried to keep you apprised of some unique projects local Jewish community member…

In a typical year, many of us would head downtown to Busch Stadium for a Cardinals game. But that’s not going to happen in 2020. No crack of the bat, no roar of the crowd, no aroma of hot dogs and popcorn. 

If there’s any benefit to a pandemic, it’s going without makeup, especially when we’re able to keep the video turned off during Zoom calls. And while it’s nice to give the ol’ complexion a little rest, we know a time will come in the not too distant future when cosmetics will once again be p…

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When it comes to St. Louis treasures, few places rank much higher than Vintage Vinyl in the Delmar Loop, especially if you are a music lover. Seems as if Nine PBS (Channel 9) agrees, too, because Thursday, Sept. 3 at 8 p.m. it is airing “Papa Ray’s Vintage Vinyl Roadshow” (with encore presen…

On Saturday morning, my daughter-in-law Cody Burkett went to an outdoor b’nai mitzvah of two former students, who are sisters, at United Hebrew Congregation. One of the sisters looped with Cody in fourth and fifth grades, meaning Cody had the same students both years, while the other sister …

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For the first time in its 20-year history, Birthright has had to postpone all of its trips to Israel since March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Wanting to engage past participants and interest potential future participants, the organization developed an interactive video that allows users to …

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