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YU Welcomes IDF Vets, Now Students, To Campus

September 4th, 2014 by ross

IDF VetsYU students come from all over the world and with diverse backgrounds and experiences. For several new students to campus this year, their background was serving Israel – as soldiers in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). Suddenly makes the rigorous dual curriculum look a little less daunting, doesn’t it? YU News reports:

One night, as Ethan Gipsman, a light machine-gunner in the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) from San Diego, California, stood guard over a group of suspected terrorists in the West Bank, one of them asked him a surprising question: What was Ethan, an American, doing there? “He said, ‘I thought America had everything,’ ” Gipsman recalled. “ ‘Why would you leave your country to come here?’ ”

Gipsman thought about his answer for most of the night before replying, in a mixture of Arabic, English and Hebrew, “There is only one Jewish country in the world. I left America because, as a Jew, I have an obligation to protect it.”

His answer resonates strongly with several lone soldiers—enlistees from America and countries around the world who come to Israel to serve in the IDF—who, like Gipsman, recently began their studies at Yeshiva University.

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YU’s Sy Syms School of Business Debuts New Curriculum and Adds Major

August 15th, 2014 by ross

Avi-Giloni-1Yeshiva University’s Sy Syms School of Business will launch a new curriculum and a new major in Business Intelligence and Marketing Analytics this fall.

The new curriculum is designed to grant students the flexibility and options to create a customized, unique educational experience perfectly tailored to suit their career interests.

“There’s a recognition now that we are all entrepreneurs of our own careers,” said Dr. Moses Pava, dean of Sy Syms. “We believe that this new and exciting curriculum, with its continued emphasis on communications skills, critical thinking, functional skills, entrepreneurial leadership, professionalism, social responsibility, and ethics will be attractive to both current and prospective students and will provide them with the education necessary to succeed both professionally and personally in today’s fast-changing, interconnected global economy.”

“Students can focus intensely on one functional area if they so wish or ground themselves in fields across the breadth of the business world,” said Dr. Avi Giloni, associate dean of Sy Syms. “They could also easily have a major and minor, an area of expertise and an additional focus, and if they really want to differentiate themselves, it becomes much easier to double-major. We’re giving them the tools to shape their education and sculpt their own careers.”

Changes include making two existing operations management and macroeconomics requirements interchangeable with any two liberal arts or business electives, in addition to fewer required courses and more electives in most majors.

Reflecting one of the fastest-growing career paths in the modern business world, the school is also rolling out a newly-designed management concentration and a new major in business intelligence and marketing analytics, which will combine coursework in computer programming, statistics and data science with a solid foundation in marketing strategy and consumer insights. “This will make our students very marketable when they graduate because they will have the skillset so many firms are looking for,” said Giloni. “They’ll be able to better market a firm’s current services and goods and help them determine what products to create next.”

“The benefits of these changes include providing students with more flexibility and better choices thus meeting the needs of a diverse student population and enabling more efficient course scheduling, more relevant concentrations for today’s data-driven and entrepreneurial business environment, and greater opportunity to integrate liberal arts and business,” said Pava.

Several new courses will be offered in the fall, including Business Analytics and Programming, Systematic and Inventive Thinking, Social Media, and Business Intelligence and Consumer Insights. In addition, all Sy Syms students will be required to take Business and Halacha, a course that provides an overview of Jewish ethics as applied to the business world. “That’s the reason we have a business school at Yeshiva University,” said Pava. “I’m very proud that all our students learn the urgency of ethical conduct as Jews in the business world.”

Stern College’s Dr. Anatoly Frenkel Receives $675,000 Grant

August 15th, 2014 by ross

Anatoly-Frenkel-1024x677Dr. Anatoly Frenkel, professor of physics at Yeshiva University’s Stern College for Women, will serve as principal investigator on a three-year $675,000 grant by the National Science Foundation (NSF) for internationally collaborative study of colloidal semiconductor nanocrystals, tiny synthetic particles containing metal impurities whose properties have intriguing implications for the electronics, solar energy and biological fields.

Frenkel will work in tandem with Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s Dr. Uri Banin, Alfred & Erica Larisch Memorial Chair at its Institute of Chemistry. The grant is administered by NSF, which awarded $375,000 to Frenkel’s group, and the Binational Science Foundation in Israel, which awarded $300,000 to Banin’s.

The team expects the fusion of their diverse backgrounds in physics and chemistry, respectively, to yield eye-opening results: Banin’s expertise in synthesis of nanoscale semiconductors will allow the pair to carefully control the size, shape and composition of the nanocrystals they create, while Frenkel’s experience with nanomaterial characterization will give them greater insight and understanding into the unique, size-dependent effects and interactions of the impurities within the nanocrystals. Ultimately, their research could determine whether nanocrystals like these could be useful materials for inclusion in optics, optoelectronics and solar energy, and more.

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Cardozo Book Loan Program Makes 1,800 Textbooks More Affordable for Students

August 15th, 2014 by ross

Matthew-KriegsmanNow in its second year, Yeshiva University’s Cardozo Book Loan Program has been a resounding success.

It all started when, at the end of the fall 2012 semester, Cardozo students Matthew Kriegsman and Kenneth Renov noticed that a lot of their peers were dumping the extremely expensive textbooks they’d just purchased that summer in the trash because, once used, the books had little to no resale value. It seemed like a terrible waste. “One of those books could cost $100 to $200 and you only use it for two months,” said Kriegsman.

Renov suggested that the two collect their classmates’ books and save them for students with financial need the following semester—“kind of like a gemach [lending library], which is a Jewish concept I’d never heard of before,” Kriegsman said. “Ken explained to me that in a gemach, very expensive items which are only used once or twice are shared by the community—like wedding dresses, for instance.” Excited, the pair set up a bin in the Cardozo lobby and sent out an email to the class letting them know they could drop off unwanted textbooks there. They expected to collect 10 or 15 books.

Within days, they had more than 350. After a week, they had 650. The Cardozo Law Book Loan Program was born.

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Wuzweiler Honors Dr. Joyce Brenner With First Distinguished Alumni Award

August 15th, 2014 by ross

2014 WSSW Block Program CommencementUpon her retirement, Yeshiva University’s Wurzweiler School of Social Work celebrated Dr. Joyce Brenner’s more than 27 years of service to its Block Program in Israel by naming her the first recipient of its Distinguished Alumni Award at the Block Program Commencement on July 23.

“Dr. Brenner has literally been a part of Wurzweiler from its beginnings in 1957, entering our Masters of Social Work program in 1962,” said Dr. Carmen Ortiz Hendricks, Dorothy and David Schachne Dean of Wurzweiler. “She has single-handedly developed and strengthened the relationship between Wurzweiler and the Block Israeli Field Work Program for 27 years. She is the face of Wurzweiler in Israel and a respected leader of the social work profession as well. Dr. Brenner has earned the Distinguished Alumni Award, as she leaves a legacy of hundreds of professional social workers serving the people of Israel and the U.S.”

Brenner, who most recently served as the director of the Block Program in Israel, earned her master’s degree in social work from Wurzweiler 50 years ago, in 1964, and a doctorate in the field there as well in 1983. She moved to Israel in 1976, where she advocated for women’s rights and became a founding member of the Counseling Center for Women, feminist therapy centers in Ramat Gan and Jerusalem. Brenner was also appointed the first Reform representative to the Religious Affairs Council in Netanya in 1997, catalyzing changes in religious pluralism in Israel.

“Joyce has been a wonderful role model, mentor and friend,” said Raesa Kaiteris, associate director of field education at the Block Program. “Year after year I’ve come to see and appreciate the work she does with our Block students, how much she cares about them and how much they’ve come to love and respect her. The social work practice community in Israel is far richer for her dedication to training the next generation of social workers.”

Brenner delivered the keynote address at this year’s Block Program Commencement, an especially moving moment because her daughter, Neeva Brenner Kleiman, was among the new graduates. The University also celebrated her career at a gathering in her honor on July 21 that was attended by more than 50 students, alumni, faculty and staff.

“My professional journey has been an amazing and exciting adventure,” said Brenner. “I have had great satisfaction from impacting on students and the profession.”

Student-Athletes Answer: Why YU?

August 4th, 2014 by ross

RebeccaYoshorWhy YU? For student-athletes, the question has several answers, including the opportunity to observe Shabbos without compromise while competing at the NCAA level. In our latest promotional video “Why YU?”, Yeshiva University student-athletes Daniel Benchimol (men’s soccer), Rena Genauer (softball), Stephanie Greenberg (women’s basketball and cross country), Isaac Markel (men’s cross country) and Rebecca Yoshor(women’s basketball) share their reasons as to why they are excited to be student-athletes at Yeshiva University. Click here to see the video on YouTube.

Rabbi Yaakov Glasser Appointed New Dean of CJF

July 24th, 2014 by ross

Glasser-199x300Rabbi Yaakov Glasser ’99YC, ’01R, has been appointed the David Mitzner Dean of Yeshiva University’s Center for the Jewish Future (CJF). He succeeds Rabbi Kenneth Brander, who served as inaugural dean of the CJF for the past nine years and will continue to oversee the CJF, student life, undergraduate admissions and YU’s Israel campus in his role as vice president for university and community life.

Rabbi Glasser joined the CJF in February as associate dean. As dean, he will oversee all the personnel and programming initiatives at the CJF, including training rabbis and lay leaders, spreading Torah to communities worldwide and running programs and service missions across North America and beyond.

“It is a great privilege to assume the leadership of an institution dedicated to bringing the Torah and wisdom of Yeshiva University to the broader Jewish community,” said Rabbi Glasser. “In a generation where so many are searching for inspiration and meaning, the CJF innovates programs and initiatives that empower both rabbinic and lay leaders to reach our community and beyond. I am fortunate to build on the foundation of creativity and leadership of Rabbi Brander, whose vision has established the CJF as a powerful force for communal transformation and change throughout North America. It is humbling to hold a position that is so closely connected with the Mitzner family and to perpetuate their values and ideals through the work of the CJF.”

“I cannot think of a better and more talented  person than Rabbi Glasser to lead the CJF into its next stage of development,” said Rabbi Brander. “ For the past nine years, I have been blessed to work with the most talented professionals in the Jewish community in establishing Yeshiva University’s Center for the Jewish Future. The CJF was the brain child of President Richard Joel and I am most appreciative of the opportunity he has and continues to give me. Its success is predicated on the willingness of Roshei Yeshiva, university academics and professionals to convene the energies of the yeshiva and the university to inspire our students and in service to the Jewish community.”

An alumnus of Yeshiva College and RIETS, Rabbi Glasser served as the international director of education for NCSY and regional director of New Jersey NCSY before joining YU. Rabbi Glasser lives in Passaic, New Jersey, with his wife, Ruth, and their four children, and serves as the rabbi of the Young Israel of Passaic-Clifton.

Senator Joe Lieberman Appointed Chair at Yeshiva University

July 24th, 2014 by ross

Joe_Lieberman_2008Former United States Senator Joseph Lieberman has been appointed the Joseph Lieberman Chair in Public Policy and Public Service at Yeshiva University for the 2014-2015 academic year.

During that year. he will teach one undergraduate course and give three public lectures, on topics ranging from Judaism and public service to the Middle East, at various schools throughout the University.

“We are thrilled to welcome Senator Lieberman, whose public life and values serve as a model for our students, especially those who aspire to careers in public service while embracing Orthodox Judaism,” said Dr. Selma Botman, university provost and vice president of academic affairs. “Interaction between Senator Lieberman and the students will be a truly transformational experience.”

The Lieberman Chair was established through a gift from University Benefactors Ira and Ingeborg Rennert, who also recently gave a gift to support the re-appointment of Ambassador Danny Ayalon as the Ira and Ingeborg Rennert Visiting Professor of Foreign Policy Studies. “This chair enriches our academic programs and strengthens the Jewish values and ideals that the Rennerts, Senator Lieberman, and Yeshiva University hold most dear,” said Botman.

Lieberman represented Connecticut in the U.S. Senate from 1989 to 2013 after serving in the Connecticut State Senate for 10 years and as attorney general of Connecticut for six years. He was the first Orthodox Jew to serve in the Senate and became the first Jewish American to be named to a major political party ticket when Democratic presidential candidate Al Gore selected him as his running mate in 2000. Lieberman played an instrumental role in creating a new Department of Homeland Security after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 and is also famous for championing, authoring and leading the effort that led to the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” In 2008, he received the U.S. Senator John Heinz Award for Greatest Public Service by an Elected or Appointed Official, an annual award conferred by the Jefferson Awards.


Cardozo Professor Writes New York Times Op-Ed

July 2nd, 2014 by ross

Marci HamiltonProfessor Marci A. Hamilton, the Paul R. Verkuil chair in public law at Yeshiva University’s Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, wrote an opinion editorial about the Hobby Lobby  case and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

Hamilton is the author of “God vs. the Gavel: The Perils of Extreme Religious Liberty.” She wrote an amicus brief in the Hobby Lobby case, arguing that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act was unconstitutional.

Last Day of the Year to Make a Gift to YU

June 30th, 2014 by ross

Today is the last day of Yeshiva University’s 2014 Annual Campaign. Please consider making a gift by midnight CST. It’s because of alumni like you that we can create lasting opportunities for every YU student.