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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.”

YUHSG Senior Wins First Place at New York State Science and Engineering Fair

May 27th, 2014 by ross

michal-leibowiz-199x300Michal Leibowitz of White Plains, a senior at Samuel H. Wang Yeshiva University High School for Girls (YUHSG) won first place at the New York State Science and Engineering Fair for her project, “Engineering A Novel Cimex Lectularius (bedbug!) Trapping Mechanism Utilizing Electrospun Recycled Polymers,” which was chosen out of 200 other submissions. The project, which she worked on with Jacob Plaut from Rambam Mesivta and Daniel Rudin from Half Hollow Hills High School West, also won “Second Award” in Environmental Management at the International Science and Engineering Fair and earned a $1,500 prize. In addition, she and her fellow students will have an asteroid named after them.

“The years of research preparation that Michal has spent in reaching this amazing milestone, and the self-confident and knowledgeable way that she presented and explained her research to panels of judges is beyond commendable,” said Ruth Fried, chair of the science department at YUHSG.

“I began my project expecting only to gain scientific research experience, but I’ve completed it with an entirely new skill set,” said Leibowitz. “I’ve learned how to write a scientific research paper, how to format a formal presentation and most importantly, how to work as part of a team. I can’t adequately express my gratitude to YUHSG and to my mentors, Ruth Fried and Dr. Miriam Rafailovich, for all the incredible opportunities they’ve given me.”

Montefiore and YU Come to Historic Agreement for Future of Albert Einstein College of Medicine

May 27th, 2014 by ross

Montefiore Health System and Yeshiva University have come to an historic agreement to build upon a longstanding, 50-year relationship that has trained generations of physicians and medical researchers. A new entity will be jointly formed by Montefiore and Yeshiva, with Montefiore assuming greater responsibility for the day-to-day operations and financial management of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and with Yeshiva remaining the degree-granting institution with a key role in the educational aspects of the entity. Montefiore has agreed to assume significant governance and financial responsibility for the new Einstein entity.

“This agreement marks an important milestone for the future of each of our institutions as well as for healthcare as a whole,” said Steven M. Safyer, M.D., president and CEO, Montefiore. “We look forward to further strengthening Einstein as a major research institution that spans the scope from bench science to healthcare delivery transformation.”

The agreement enhances and strengthens the organizations’ shared missions of research, teaching, patient care and community service and will ensure the continued move of Einstein to the top tier of medical schools.

“We are undertaking this historic process of transforming our relationship with Montefiore and Einstein to match the extraordinary opportunities and challenges in the healthcare environment of the 21st century,” said Richard M. Joel, president, Yeshiva University. “We are delighted to emphasize our shared commitment to assuring the continuity and growth of the educational and research functions of Einstein while remaining a leader in medical education. At the same time, we are taking a powerful and important step towards building a financially sustainable Yeshiva University.”

Through the agreement, there will be one unified faculty employed by Montefiore under the new entity that will continue to teach and mentor Einstein’s students and Montefiore residents.  Einstein faculty will continue to collaborate with all areas of Montefiore and the faculty counterparts in Yeshiva’s other schools and Einstein will continue to operate consistently with Yeshiva’s historic mission.

The Yeshiva Board of Trustees and Montefiore’s Board Leadership endorse the decision to move forward with developing a final agreement, which will be subject to regulatory approval.