Our mission: The St. Louis Jewish Light informs, connects and inspires the St. Louis Jewish community through the objective coverage of topics of interest to Jews.
Connecting the community
The St. Louis Jewish Light is the award-winning newspaper of the Jewish community of St. Louis, serving its readers with both a weekly print edition and an online edition, updated daily, at stljewishlight.com.
The Light, a 501c3 nonprofit organization, strives to live up to its motto: “Connecting the Community,” by offering news, information and commentary about the St. Louis Jewish community, as well as Jewish news from around the nation, in Israel and elsewhere around the globe.
Through news stories, a weekly calendar and paid advertising, the Light provides an easy venue for St. Louis’ Jewish institutions — schools, agencies, synagogues, and organizations large and small — to reach a wide audience of readers in the Jewish community.
In the weekly newspaper and in its quarterly Oy! Magazine, the Jewish Light also highlights arts and culture of particular interest to Jews in St. Louis, as well as profiles of interesting personalities in the local Jewish community.
Through letters to the editor and guest commentaries on its Opinion pages each week, the Light welcomes a variety of diverse viewpoints from the community and provides space for its members to have their voices heard. The Light also partners with the St. Louis Rabbinical Association to provide a weekly d’var Torah written by local rabbis.
In February, 2017, the Jewish Light celebrated the 70th anniversary of the first issue of the St. Louis Light, the predecessor publication of the St. Louis Jewish Light, which first appeared on Feb. 20, 1947.
The St. Louis Light was published directly by the Jewish Federation of St. Louis. It wasn’t until 1963 that the Jewish Light became its own, independent publication, with an independent board of trustees (currently headed by Board of Trustees President Steve Gallant).
The first edition of the St. Louis Jewish Light in its present form was published April 3, 1963. So, in 2013, the paper celebrated its 50th anniversary as an independent news source — something we hope will continue for many years to come.
News & Schmooze
- Ida “Irene” Bernstein
- Chicago synagogue target of arson attacks
- A Chicago couple live like Orthodox Jews – but they're Christian missionaries
- Biography tells story of longtime Holocaust Museum docent
- Meet five of the Light’s 2019 Unsung Heroes
- Honor for Mirowitz's Maayan; Bible contest winners; instrument sale; art of demolition
- Melvin Matthew Bloom
- Family lore offers great stories‚ some are even true
- New fellowship aims to reach multifaith couples
- Zoning issue stalls Miriam Academy bid for B’nai El building