This summer, Jewish teens from across the country will travel to Atlanta July 28-Aug. 2 and Detroit Aug. 4-9 to compete in the JCC Maccabi Games, an annual multi-sports event open to Jewish teen athletes from all over the world. To Parkway North freshman Jordan Eisen, the Maccabi Games remin…

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This summer, Jewish teens from across the country will travel to Atlanta July 28-Aug. 2 and Detroit Aug. 4-9 to compete in the JCC Maccabi Games, an annual multi-sports event open to Jewish teen athletes from all over the world. To Parkway North freshman Jordan Eisen, the Maccabi Games remin…

In March, Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School (MICDS) performed their annual winter/spring musical “Ragtime” by Terrence McNally (based on the 1975 novel by E.L. Doctorow). The emotional and enthralling story follows three main groups: the immigrants, the African American communi…

Ever since I can remember, I have been traveling to Johannesburg, South Africa to visit my dad’s side of the family. My dad moved to the United States nearly 30 years ago, yet all of my extended family never left Johannesburg. To visit them, I must endure 18-hour flights to reach Africa. Dur…

I feel incredibly honored to have served as a writer, editor-in-chief and contributing editor emeritus for Ohr Chadash over the past three years. I have written a wide variety of stories for the Jewish Light, from a personal narrative about my experience as a Jewish teenager in a church to a…

Almost 3,000 years ago, the Jewish people were freed from slavery in Egypt. Since then, Jews across the world have celebrated Passover to remember the historic event. Passover begins on the 15th night of Nisan — this year at sundown Friday, April 19 — and lasts for eight days.

Learning about other religions and cultures can deepen one’s connection to Judaism as well as teach tolerance and understanding. These lessons are integral to confirmation classes at Congregation Shaare Emeth, which takes its Jewish high school students on visits to various religious institu…

For nearly two weeks in January, I traveled to Doha, Qatar with 27 classmates and friends from John Burroughs School to take part in The Hague International Model United Nations (THIMUN) Qatar. Even with the grueling 14-hour flight and eight-hour layover, the trip was life-altering — I had a…

Aside from being a competitive dancer, a volunteer and a traveler, helping children with disabilities has always a passion of Maddie Goldberg, MICDS senior and member of Congregation B’nai Amoona.

To many friends and previous students, Andrea Newstead, a member of Congregation Shaare Emeth, has been known as either a teacher from her work as the director of technology at Saul Mirowitz Jewish Community School or as a colleague from her volunteerism with the National Council of Jewish W…

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