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Since March, American schools and students have had to adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic. Most members of the Class of 2020 had finished with the college application process when the country shut down, so they were able to continue with the decision making process somewhat normally. But now, ju…

It was a year like no other. When a pandemic hit and shut down America in March, it discouraged many people who had been trying to maintain their New Year’s resolutions. However, 2020 also served as a learning experience and prompted many people to think about what they could do to better th…

Every year, St. Louis welcomes three to four Israeli teens representing the Shinshin program through the Jewish Federation of St. Louis. A shinshin is an 18-year-old from Israel  who defers army service for a year to come to the United States to spread his or her passion and knowledge of Israel. 

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As I stared out the window on Highway 70, I realized, ironically unlike Dorothy, I was in Kansas. Last November, before COVID-19’s breakout, I had the amazing and unique opportunity to not only visit, but also experience a community unlike the one that I’ve lived in my entire life. For two w…

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As COVID-19 rapidly spread across the country, teenagers were left with openings in their schedules. Clubs, sports and other extracurricular activities were cancelled, so there was now an endless amount of time to pursue hobbies and interests that otherwise were overshadowed by a busy school…

With the dominance of COVID-19 in our everyday lives, our world has been turned upside-down. Masks, gloves and hand sanitizer have become essential. We must social distance ourselves from the people we know and love. As a result, high school sports have become a mess of restrictions and guid…

Family, community and celebration go hand-in-hand with the High Holy Days. But in the midst of a pandemic, a lot of the typical traditions of the holidays had to be re-imagined. As a result, many congregations in the Reform and Conservative movement decided to live stream their services in o…

On Jan. 25, I set out to go to Israel for four months on Tichon Ramah Yerushalayim (TRY), a conservative program that invites 10th to 12th graders living in the United States and Canada to travel to Israel for either a quarter semester or full semester. I had been looking forward to this for…

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Back in 1918, when the Spanish Flu pandemic swept through the world, the latest technological innovations included the pop-up toaster and the enigma machine (an encryption device to protect high-level communications). Basic amenities included blankets, jackets and fire for one to keep warm d…

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