Yeshiva University and RIETS Present December 25 Yarchei Kallah 

Yeshiva University and the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS) will present a communitywide Yarchei Kallah [gathering for Torah study] Thursday, December 25, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Jacob and Dreizel Glueck Center for Jewish Studies, 515 West 185th Street, New York City.

Sessions will focus on current issues facing the land of Israel, including shemittah [the Sabbatical year], the Temple Mount, halachic [Jewish law] ramifications of Israel’s proposed conversion bill, archeology in Jerusalem, as well as communal and social matters.

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Students, Faculty and Alumni Honored as Points of Light at Hanukkah Dinner

Students, faculty and alumni who embody the mission of Yeshiva University were recognized as “Points of Light” during the dinner portion of Yeshiva University’s 90th Annual Hanukkah Dinner and Convocation, held at New York City’s Waldorf-Astoria on December 14.

“The lesson of Hanukkah is that the Jewish people must cast the light of our values onto the world,” said YU President Richard M. Joel. “Tonight, we publicize the lights that represent the past, present, and future of Yeshiva University.”

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Michael Gamson, Judith Weiss and Anita Zucker Honored at Yeshiva University’s 90th Hanukkah Convocation and Dinner

Former President George W. Bush was the special guest and keynote speaker at Yeshiva University’s 90th Annual Hanukkah Convocation and Dinner at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City on Sunday, December 14. More than 750 people came to show their support for the University and to witness YU President Richard M. Joel confer an honorary doctorate upon the 43rd U.S. president.

“What an honor it is to have you as part of the Yeshiva University family,” said President Joel in his introduction of President Bush. “We celebrate you for the steadfastness of your integrity, for your commitment to democracy, and your clarity of vision that only in a democratic society can people achieve and grow and thrive. Put simply, you taught Americans that democracy is a condition for civilization.”

He added, “We applaud you for the loyalty of your friendship and commitment to the State of Israel and the Jewish people.”

In his keynote address, President Bush said, “Yeshiva University is a prestigious university and I am proud to accept this degree.”

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Yeshiva University Celebrates Rabbi Dr. Bernard Rosensweig’s 38 Years of Dedicated Service

After 38 years of molding students’ minds and expanding their Torah horizons at Yeshiva College, Rabbi Dr. Bernard Rosensweig, visiting professor of Jewish history, literature and philosophy at Yeshiva University, will be retiring at the end of this semester.  On Thursday, December 11, some 100 friends, relatives and colleagues came to pay tribute and celebrate the beloved educator’s career at a reception held at Weisberg Commons on the Wilf Campus.

“Rabbi Dr. Rosensweig has touched thousands of talmidim [students] with his warmth, wisdom, wit and passion for Jewish history and the Jewish community,” said Rabbi Menachem Penner, Max and Marion Grill Dean of Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS) and Undergraduate Torah Studies. “He is beloved by students and colleagues. I, myself, was a talmid several decades ago, and have never ceased being a talmid.”

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Grunstein Family Dedicates Torah To Yeshiva University

The family of Leonard Grunstein, a respected figure in the New York City real estate community, dedicated a Sefer Torah to Yeshiva University in memory of his father, Morris Grunstein a”h. The gift was celebrated in an all-day ceremony on December 7, featuring a traditional march through the streets with family, university administration, and students of the school. The Torah will be used for services at the university.

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Yeshiva University Offers Online Child Abuse Prevention Course for Rabbis

Early each Monday morning, from 1:30 to 3:30 a.m., Rabbi Alon Meltzer wakes up and logs on to his computer, joining 20 other rabbis from countries around the world who are participating in a new online Yeshiva University course designed to help rabbinic leaders identify and protect their communities from the dangers of child abuse. As rabbi of the ACT Jewish Community, Inc., in Canberra, Australia, he considers the sleep loss a small price to pay.

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“It’s imperative that we, as rabbis in the Orthodox world, understand as much as we can about child abuse if we are going to navigate the complexity of emotions and pain of congregants, or anyone who has experienced an atrocity like this, as they seek guidance,” said Meltzer. “Continuing my education is paramount and the opportunities afforded to me through YU grants me, and by extension my community, access to the brightest minds in an array of fields.”

Jointly offered by YU’s Center for the Jewish Future (CJF), YU-affiliated Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS) and Gundersen National Child Protection Training Center, the course, “Addressing Child Abuse: Defining Roles, Enhancing Skills,” takes place over 12 weeks and features experts in fields that run the gamut from synagogue safety to emotional healing.

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New Design Will Create Updated Student-Focused Research and Study Center

The Mendel Gottesman Library, research center and student hub at Yeshiva University’s Wilf campus, will soon undergo a major renovation. Thanks to a generous donation from David S. Gottesman, former chairman of the YU Board of Trustees, and his wife, Ruth, the library is receiving a complete overhaul that will see the ground level through the fourth floor revamped. Mr. Gottesman, a grandson of Mendel Gottesman, also participated in the planning and design of the library.

The library renovations will feature new floor-to-ceiling windows

The library renovations will feature new floor-to-ceiling windows

“The library was completed in 1969 and has really terrific features, but modes of study and learning have changed significantly since then,” said Dean of YU’s Libraries Pearl Berger. “Fifty or 60 years ago, the primary function of library buildings was to house collections. While library collections retain great significance, today’s university libraries are student-centered and are designed to support the variety of learning activities in which students engage. The planned renovation is focused upon our students, with the aim of creating library environments that support student needs.”

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YU High School for Girls Computer Science Club Gives Students Competitive Edge in Male-Dominated Field

For today’s high school and college students, technological skills are more important than ever. Demand for computer science degrees has skyrocketed, with employers across industries seeking candidates who can program and code on any level. But for women, the future isn’t as bright: despite making up more than half of the workforce, only 25 percent hold jobs in technical or computing fields, and in a room of 25 engineers, only three are likely to be women.

20141203_girls_coding_club_008Students at Yeshiva University’s Samuel H. Wang High School for Girls (Central) are planning to change that equation.

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Wurzweiler’s Temimah Zucker Raises Awareness of Eating Disorders in the Jewish Community

Blogging, public speaking, running a website, counseling patients and volunteering: It’s all in a day’s work for Temimah Zucker, 24, a student at Yeshiva University’s Wurzweiler School of Social Work.

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Temimah Zucker, a recovered anorexic, is helping others cope with eating disorders

Zucker, of Teaneck, New Jersey, is a recovered anorexic who has chosen to dedicate her career to helping raise awareness of eating disorders, particularly in the Jewish community, by sharing her story with others and working professionally as a social worker to help those who suffer from this potentially fatal disease.

Eating disorders—which affect people of all ages and ethnicities and have the highest premature mortality rate of any mental illness—are often kept hidden, complicating treatment and prevention efforts. Zucker was diagnosed with anorexia in 2008 when she was a freshman in college, but suffered in silence for months as the disease took a toll on her body and mental health. It wasn’t until her parents showed her “Hungry To Be Heard,” a documentary produced by the Orthodox Union, that she realized she was not alone in her battle, and that there were treatments available to help her recover.

“It was the first time I realized I had a problem,” she said. “There is so much denial and resistance in the Jewish community surrounding this, and I realized I wasn’t alone. With the support of my parents, I started treatment and began my journey to recovery.”

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YU and MTA Alumnus Joshua Jacoby Appointed Executive Director of Yeshiva University High Schools

Yeshiva University has announced the appointment of Joshua Jacoby as executive director of Yeshiva University High Schools—the Marsha Stern Talmudical Academy / Yeshiva University High School for Boys (MTA) on the YU’s Wilf Campus and the Samuel H. Wang Yeshiva University High School for Girls (Central) in Holliswood, Queens—where he will oversee strategic business areas of the high schools.

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Joshua Jacoby

Jacoby, a graduate of both MTA and Yeshiva College, previously served in the Marketing Partnerships group at Madison Square Garden, and before that, as director of admissions at MTA.

In his new role, Jacoby will be responsible for managing various business and revenue generating aspects of both schools and will lead MTA’s planning and preparation for its centennial celebration taking place in 2016.

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