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St. Louis Jewish Light

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Chess grandmaster Susan Polgar directs the Susan Polgar Institute for Chess Excellence at Webster University. Photo: Bill Motchan

So, what’s a Grandmaster’s take on ‘The Queen’s Gambit’?

By Bill Motchan, Special to the Jewish Light December 31, 2020

The Netflix hit series “The Queen’s Gambit” has been viewed by more than 62 million households. One of the consultants the show’s producers relied on was Jewish grandmaster Gary Kasparov. A number of TV critics have given the series high marks...

U.S. Rep. John Lewis speaks at the University of New Hampshire School of Law in 2012. Photo: Babette Rittmeyer

Instagram contest seeks college students’ takes on John Lewis’ legacy

By Ellen Futterman, Editor-in-Chief October 18, 2020

Webster University and Dance the Vote are partnering on a non-partisan voting initiative to encourage voter registration and participation in the 2020 elections in honor of John Lewis. ​Congressional representative Lewis' legacy is an essential part...

Dodi Smason

Chabad program targets Jewish students beyond Wash U

By Eric Berger, Staff Writer August 30, 2018

Growing up the daughter of a modern Orthodox rabbi and attending Block Yeshiva High School, Dodi Smason felt “a strong Jewish identity,” she said.So after graduating high school in 2009 and starting at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, Smason...

Self Determination, Statehood, and the Law of Negotiation

Webster U. scholar’s book probes issue of Palestinian statehood

BY ROBERT A. COHN, Editor-in-Chief Emeritus June 22, 2016

The complex, confusing and ever-volatile issues surrounding the Palestinian-Israeli conflict are so daunting that some scholars and observers of the Middle East have given up even trying to trace its history or offer possible paths to a solution. Robert...

Chess Grandmaster Susan Polgar (third from right) stands with members of the Webster University chess team after it won its fourth straight Final Four victory, making it the No. 1-ranked team in the nation. Polgar, who is Jewish, has won multiple U.S. Olympic medals and Women’s World Champ-ionships.

Webster U chess team’s got game – and a grandmaster coach

By Bill Motchan, Special to the Light April 6, 2016

The University of Missouri Tigers and the St. Louis University Billikens were never among the contenders for the NCAA college basketball championship. But on Sunday, Webster University won its fourth straight Final Four victory — in chess. Webster is...

Webster University president to receive JCRC award

January 16, 2013

The Jewish Community Relations Council’s Norman A. Stack Community Relations Award will be presented to Dr. Elizabeth (Beth) J. Stroble at its annual meeting Wednesday, May 22 at 11:45 a.m. at the Sheraton Clayton Plaza Hotel, 7730 Bonhomme Avenue....

Recent Webster University graduate Daniel Movitz’s photograph of dancer (and fellow Webster student) Mershauna Renee Clay is included in an exhibit at the campus’ May Gallery, ‘Raison d’etre: Reason To Be.’ The exhibit runs through July 27.

Introductory post looks at Webster University exhibit

By Sarah Weinman, Special to the Jewish Light June 27, 2012

For Abigail Schaefer, one of 11 photographers in the exhibition “Raison d’etre: Reason To Be” at the May Gallery on the campus of Webster University, communication is very important.  That angle applies to the show as a whole.  Despite their differences,...

A view of the Kotel in the Old City of Jerusalem. Webster
University President Beth Stroble traveled to Israel recently on a
trip for university leaders.

Webster U. president sees potential ‘partnerings’ in Israel

BY ROBERT A. COHN, Editor-in-Chief Emeritus February 8, 2012

The president of Webster University said her recent trip to Israel with colleagues presented "opportunities for partnerships" and other collaborations with Israeli universities. Beth Stroble, who became the university's 11th president in 2009, took part...

‘La Habanera’ to screen at HMLC

February 8, 2012

"La Habanera" is the next film in the Sandra and Mendel Rosenberg Sunday Afternoon Film Series, and will be screened at 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26 in the Holocaust Museum's theatre in the Jewish Federation Kopolow Building, 12 Millstone Campus Drive.Director...

Columnist Lois Caplan

Gertrude Stein would put it this way

By Lois Caplan June 1, 2011

GERTRUDE STEIN would put it this way - a party is a party is a party. But not this party. The Pick a Party! Party is a party whereby guests can buy a unique party to benefit the St. Louis Symphony. Thirty-three parties in various venues ranging from magnificent...

Ellen Futterman

A FIRST for Israeli students

By Ellen Futterman, Editor April 27, 2011

A FIRST for Israeli students As big deals go, the FIRST Robotics Competition taking place this weekend in St. Louis is huge, with 11,000 students from 29 countries expected to compete this weekend in St. Louis. Among them will be a team of 17 tenth-graders...

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