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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.

YU High Schools Annual Dinner to Take Place on June 17

June 13th, 2014 by ross

HS_Save_Date_Update_21-486x320Yeshiva University High Schools (YUHS) will present their Annual Dinner on Tuesday, June 17 at Terrace on the Park in Flushing Meadows Park, New York. Sheon and Rena Karol are the guests of honor, and Rabbi Allen and Alisa Schwartz will receive the parents of the year award. Faculty honorees include Rabbi Gary Beitler from the Marsha Stern Talmudical Academy/Yeshiva University High School for Boys (MTA) and Miriam Borenstein from the Samuel H. Wang Yeshiva University High School for Girls (Central).

The Dinner’s honorees are Sheon and Rena Karol; Rabbi Allen and Alisa Schwartz; Rabbi Gary Beitler; and Miriam Borenstein.

Read more about the honorees, and make dinner reservations and place an ad in the journal, at www.yu.edu/hsdinner. For more information, contact Beth Gorin, director of institutional advancement for YU High Sschools at 212-960-5489 or beth.gorin@yu.edu.

 

Yeshiva University Welcomes New Advancement VIce President

June 13th, 2014 by ross

20140602_Seth_Moskowitz_33-200x300Yeshiva University President Richard M. Joel has announced the appointment of Seth Moskowitz as vice president for institutional advancement. Moskowitz, who brings more than 35 years of management and fundraising experience with non-profit, political and communal organizations, replaces Daniel Forman, who is assuming a new role with the University after 19 years spent leading advancement for YU.

“I come to Yeshiva University with great excitement for the role YU can play in securing a strong future for the Jewish people,” said Moskowitz. “YU’s commitment to excellence and to bettering our world inspires hopes of enhancing our appeal to the entire Jewish community. I’m honored to work with a team of dedicated development professionals focused on advancing community support for our vital institution.”

Moskowitz has previously served as the senior vice president for the American Society for the Technion and has held positions with American Friends of the Israel Democracy Institute, Nefesh B’Nefesh, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Jewish National Fund, and the United Jewish Appeal. He received a bachelor’s degree in history from Carleton College and a master’s in journalism from the University of Iowa.

YU Donor and HDR Recipient Featured in The Jewish Sound

June 13th, 2014 by ross

JoshuaGortlerJoshua Gortler ’54YUHS, ’58YC, ’60W, who endowed the Joshua H. Gortler and Sarah B. Gortler Scholarship in Geriatric Social Work at Yeshiva University’s Wurzweiler School of Social Work and who received an honorary degree at YU’s 83rd Commencement Ceremony, was profiled in The Jewish Sound for his achievements.

An excerpt is below:

‘“Humbling,” is how Seattle’s Joshua Gortler described receiving an honorary doctorate from his alma mater, Yeshiva University (YU) May 22. Speaking the week before, he said the most remarkable thing was that this could happen to “an immigrant kid who [came] to this country without a penny.

“What I’ve done [for YU] is not much” compared to what it has done for him, he added.’

Look for a full-length profile of Mr. Gortler in YU’s upcoming issue of YUToday this summer.

 

MTA Teacher Receives Prestigious Grinspoon Award

June 12th, 2014 by ross

Haibi-2-1024x682Liora Haibi, Hebrew language instructor at the Marsha Stern Talmudical Academy (MTA)/Yeshiva University High School for Boys, has been selected as a regional recipient of the Grinspoon Award for Excellence in Jewish Education.

Presented by the Harold Grinspoon Foundation (HGF), the award is designed to recognize, honor and support outstanding classroom Jewish educators worthy of national recognition. Regional winners will receive a stipend and honorarium, opportunities to publish in Engaging Practices in Jewish Education, and financial assistance to attend the New CAJE Conference in Los Angeles, California.

In addition to being named a regional recipient of the award, Haibi is a finalist for one of 6 North American Awardees of 2014. If selected, Haibi will receive a $3,600 HGF Grant for professional development and/or the design and implementation of student education enrichment programming with mentor support from HGF/Resource Center for Jewish Education over 18 months, three stipends for mentoring peer-to-peer trainings and webinars and full funding to attend the New CAJE Conference.

“Ms. Haibi is an outstanding educator from whom students learn a tremendous amount and who is both well-respected and well-liked as a master teacher,” said Rabbi Michael Taubes, Rosh Yeshiva at MTA. “We are especially proud that she has successfully implemented a number of unique Hebrew language instruction programs in our school, such as the Ulpan class and our innovative ‘Meet the Israeli Author’ elective in which students regularly communicate via Skype with a noted Israeli writer whose works they study with Ms. Haibi. She is an excellent example of the high quality teachers who make up our faculty.”

More Than 700 People Celebrate at RIETS Shavuos Yarchei Kallah

June 10th, 2014 by ross

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M  More than 700 people attended the 4th Annual RIETS Shavuos Yarchei Kallah at the Hilton Westchester, where they heard from speakers, including President Richard M. Joel, Rabbi Menachem Penner, Rabbi Herschel Schachter, Rabbi Jeremy Wieder, Dr. Rona Novick, and many others. RIETS Yarchei Kallah

Recent Faculty Achievements Announced

June 2nd, 2014 by ross

Lea-Santos-682x1024Dr. Lea Santos, associate professor of physics at Yeshiva University, has been awarded a fellowship at Harvard University’s Institute for Theoretical Atomic Molecular and Optic Physics (ITAMP). Santos will receive support to spend three months at the Institute conducting research for her project, “Many-Body Quantum Systems Far from Equilibrium.” Her goal is to employ computational and analytical methods to advance current understanding of many-body quantum systems far from equilibrium and establish a symbiotic relationship with current experiments with ultracold atoms in optical lattices. Santos’s work will benefit from discussions with theoreticians and experimentalists at ITAMP and in the Boston area.

Dr. Steven Fine, professor of Jewish history at Yeshiva University’s Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies, has been selected to participate in the Getty Research Institute’s Scholars Program, which brings cultural scholars and artists from around the world to live and work in Los Angeles while conducting rigorous research under an annual theme. This year’s theme, “Object–Value–Canon,” explores the way traditional art historical methodologies can be challenged and reinvented.

Fine’s research centers on cultural history, visual culture, Roman history and Jewish history. His project title is, “The Arch of Titus: From Roman Triumphal Arc to Lieu de Memoire and Post-Colonial Icon.”

Finally, Margaret Samu, adjunct assistant professor of art history at Yeshiva University’s Stern College for Women, has been awarded a Summer Fellowship in Garden and Landscape Studies at Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection in Washington, D.C. Administered by Harvard University, Dumbarton Oaks is a research institute and collection that supports work on Byzantine, Garden and Landscape, and Pre-Columbian studies. She will spend June and July there working on her project, titled “Baroque Sculpture Display in Peter the Great’s Summer Garden.” Samu plans to use the research she conducts this summer to complete her book manuscript, as well as to develop a new project on the display of sculpture in Baroque gardens in eighteenth-century Russia.

“I look forward to using the new material on gardens from this summer the next time I teach Baroque and eighteenth-century art,” said Samu. “Students always enjoy hearing about their professors’ current research.”