St. Louis Jewish Light

St. Louis Jewish Light
Format weekly newspaper
Publisher Larry Levin
Editor Ellen Futterman
Editor-in-chief Robert A. Cohn (emeritus)
Managing editors Mike Sherwin
Founded 1947
Headquarters 6 Millstone Campus,
St. Louis, Missouri
Circulation 10,000 households (2012)[1]
ISSN 0036-2964
OCLC number 3919262

The St. Louis Jewish Light is a weekly Jewish newspaper distributed in St. Louis, Missouri, that was established in 1947.[2][3] It is located at 6 Millstone Campus, St. Louis.[3] It is a constituent agency of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis, and has an independent board of directors.[3][4]


The first issue was published in 1947.[5] In 1977, it was considered the major Jewish newspaper in St. Louis.[6] In 1988, it was cited as one of the more notable Anglo-Jewish newspapers.[7]

In 2004, its editorial board approved accepting same-sex commitment announcements in the newspaper, by a vote of 9-7.[8] Orthodox board members, joined by some non-Orthodox members, opposed publication of the announcements.[8]

Circulation and readership

In 1991, 78% of the readers of the newspaper said they were interested in news about Israel.[9] In 1992, it had a circulation of 15,000 and a readership estimated at 50,000, and in 2007, it had a circulation of 14,500 households.[3][10] In 2012, the circulation was approximately 10,000.[1]


Robert A. Cohn is Editor-in-Chief emeritus of the newspaper, was President of the American Jewish Press Association.[11][12] In 1992, after 22 years with the newspaper, Cohn was promoted to the joint position of Editor-in-Chief and publisher.[10]


  1. 1 2 Duggan, Eileen P. (2012-04-23). "Jewish Light changing with the times". Retrieved 2016-03-28.
  2. "Community Directory: St. Louis Jewish Light". Retrieved August 3, 2010.
  3. 1 2 3 4 Dawne Massey (2007). Insiders' Guide to St. Louis. Globe Pequot. ISBN 0-7627-4409-X. Retrieved June 28, 2011.
  4. "Jewish Press Seeks Context in Covering Middle East Crisis". The Jewish Post & News. March 2, 1988. Retrieved June 28, 2011.
  5. "About". St. Louis Jewish Light. Retrieved August 3, 2010.
  6. American Library Association; Reference and Subscription Books Review Committee (1977). Reference and subscription books reviews. American Library Association. ISBN 0-8389-3221-5. Retrieved June 28, 2011.
  7. Media history digest; Volumes 8-9. Media History Digest Corp. 1988. Retrieved June 28, 2011.
  8. 1 2 Deb Peterson (April 13, 2004). "St. Louis Jewish Light will Report Same-Sex Ceremonies". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Retrieved June 28, 2011.
  9. Eliʻezer Don-Yiḥya (1991). Israel and diaspora Jewry: ideological and political perspectives. Bar-Ilan University Press. ISBN 965-226-115-7. Retrieved June 28, 2011.
  10. 1 2 "Jewish Light Promotes Cohn to Publisher". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. January 24, 1992. Retrieved June 28, 2011.
  11. Mitchell Geoffrey Bard (2002). From tragedy to triumph: the politics behind the rescue of Ethiopian Jewry. Greenwood Publishing Group. ISBN 0-275-97000-0. Retrieved June 28, 2011.
  12. John J. Archibald (July 21, 1988). "Lighting the Way for 25 Years; Newspaper Aims to Unify, Inform Jewish Community". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Retrieved June 28, 2011.

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