Having Recently Completed Their Service, IDF Vets Begin College Careers at Yeshiva University
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?’ ”
Having recently completed their IDF service, Shmuel Goldis, Jonathan Sidlow, Daniel Gofine and Ethan Gipsman are beginning their college careers at Yeshiva University.
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.
Stern College Student Melissa Kramer Examines The Effects of Pharmaceutical Contamination in Summer Internship
Up to 90 percent of a pharmaceutical can leave the body in its active form, meaning that drugs we ingest every day enter the environment via waste water. What happens to those chemicals left behind after waste water processing, and can they have adverse effects on the people and animals that come in contact with that water? Melissa Kramer, a senior at Stern College for Women, spent 10 weeks this summer trying to find out.
As part of the Research Experience for Undergraduates program at the College of Charleston, which is funded by the National Science Foundation, Kramer studied pharmaceutical contamination in the Grice Marine Laboratory, joining a select group of nine other students from around the country who shared a similar passion for marine biology.
Dr. Anya Alayev Recognized by the American Association of Cancer Research; Will Present Research at Upcoming Conference
Dr. Anya Alayev
The American Association of Cancer Research (AACR) has selected Dr. Anya Alayev to receive the AACR-Aflac Incorporated Scholar-in-Training Award. The award will support her attendance and presentation of a poster of her work at the “Targeting the PI3K-mTOR Network in Cancer” conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania this coming September.
Five presenters of meritorious abstracts were selected by the conference co-chairpersons to receive awards to attend the conference. All graduate and medical students, postdoctoral fellows and physicians-in-training who are AACR members were eligible for consideration.
“I’m working on understanding the contribution of the mTOR signaling pathway to breast cancer and other diseases with aberrations in mTOR signaling with the goal of developing new treatment strategies,” said Alayev, who has been a post-doctoral fellow in Dr. Marina Holz’s lab at Stern College for Women since 2011.
President Joel, Student Leaders, Vice Presidents and Deans Accept ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
With a bucket of ice cold water poured over his head, Yeshiva University President Richard M. Joel officially accepted the Ice Bucket Challenge, a worldwide phenomenon that has helped raise awareness and tens of millions of dollars to fight amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a life-threatening neurodegenerative disorder.
President Joel took on the challenge, and made a donation to ALS research, after receiving several nominations from students, alumni and Rabbis Yair Hindin and Zalman Teitelbaum at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He also issued his own challenge
President Joel and Rabbi Penner Address Undergraduate Torah Studies Students on Wilf Campus
Undergraduate Torah Studies on the Wilf Campus officially kicked off on Monday, August 25 with an opening kennus to mark the beginning of a new zman at the Yeshiva University.
The kennus,which took place in the Lamport Auditorium, featured remarks from President Richard M. Joel and Rabbi Menachem Penner, Max and Marion Grill Dean of YU-affiliated Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS), all connected to the themes of ahavat Yisrael and the upcoming month of Elul. In attendance were students, Roshei Yeshiva, faculty, and Chairman of the Board of Trustees Dr. Henry Kressel.
“On the one hand, the zman already started because this morning the beitmidrash was louder than ever before,” said Rabbi Penner. “But to establish something kodesh, we must have this special kennus.”
Welcome to the start of a new academic year at Yeshiva University, when our campuses once again become vibrant with your energy and commitment to all aspects of learning and growing. For some of you, Yeshiva University is a new experience, and for others, a continuation of your special journey. Regardless of whether it is your first or fourth year on campus, as the school year and Jewish New Year commence, the freshness of a new start and boundless opportunity is exciting for all.
Here at Yeshiva University, it is particularly our students that advance the mission and vision of this extraordinary enterprise. You all contribute your own unique spirit and strength that make this diverse institution outstanding. I applaud you in advance of this school year for taking part in this community of value and values. We hope you can partner with us so we can not only provide you, our students, with the skills and knowledge to succeed in a competitive global market, but to do much more. We will provide you with the framework in which to live.
A special word of appreciation must be said to the Yeshiva University faculty who bring wisdom to our world. We are proud of your teaching and appreciate the contributions you make to advance knowledge and our institution.
I wish you all an invigorating and fulfilling year filled with the promise of academic achievement, personal development, and global impact.
As always, I welcome your feedback at firstname.lastname@example.org, and I look forward to seeing you on campus.
Richard M. Joel
President and Bravmann Family University Professor
YU’s Eric Goldman to Co-Host Turner Classic Movies’ Month-Long Showcase of Jewish Cinema
This September, Turner Classic Movies (TCM) proudly presents The Projected Image: The Jewish Experience on Film, a month-long showcase of movies focusing on Jewish history and heritage as portrayed on screen. Airing Tuesdays throughout the month, the showcase will feature introductions by TCM hostRobert Osborne and Dr. Eric Goldman, adjunct professor of cinema at Yeshiva University and an expert on Yiddish, Israeli and Jewish film. Goldman is the founder and president of Ergo Media, a distributor of Jewish film, and is the author of two important books on the topic, The American Jewish Story Through Cinema (2013) and Visions, Images and Dreams: Yiddish Film Past and Present (2011).
Eric Goldman will co-host The Jewish Experience on Film in September.
“Movies can provide a terrific lens on Israel and the Jewish people,” said Goldman. “What a terrific opportunity to have this series on TCM.”
Set to Begin Their Academic Journey, New Students Arrive on Campus for Undergraduate Orientation
This week, incoming students will converge on the Wilf and Israel Henry Beren campuses of Yeshiva University for an informative and spirited orientation that will kick off the 2014-15 academic year.
This diverse student body has dreams of pursuing an array of professional careers ranging from biologists to accountants, Jewish historians to lawyers, literary critics to physicians. Yet they all chose to attend Yeshiva University, the only institution that offers cutting-edge academics and high-level Judaic studies, in addition to endless extra-curricular opportunities.
The students arrived from all over the globe, wheeling yellow storage bins and luggage across campuses and into the dorms that will serve as their new homes for the next few years in Midtown Manhattan and Washington Heights. Students greeted old friends and quickly made new ones, while residence advisors welcomed students and their families to campus by handing out ID cards and orientation packets on the sidewalks of 34th Street and Amsterdam Avenue.
New Students Look Forward to Unique Opportunities—and Success—at Yeshiva University
This fall, hundreds of new students will begin their academic careers at Yeshiva University, where they will learn to balance a rich and vibrant range of academic, extracurricular and spiritual pursuits, dedicate themselves to rigorous Torah and secular study, discover their passions, champion their beliefs and form lasting friendships.
The incoming class is made up of men and women from across the United States, Europe, Canada, Israel and Latin America. Many are starting their first year on campus following a year of Torah study in Israel, but others are beginning their college careers right after graduating high school this spring, and still others are joining YU from other colleges or universities. Daniel Amar, of Dimona, Israel, is one of the latter. After two years on an athletic scholarship for soccer at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, he is excited to start his coursework in business and marketing at YU’s Sy Syms School of Business this fall—a place he describes as “the perfect fit.”
Yeshiva University and RIETS Family Mourn Passing of Rabbi Gershon Yankelewitz zt”l
Yeshiva University and its affiliated Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS) are saddened by the loss of Rabbi Gershon Yankelewitz, who passed away on August 19. The longtime senior Rosh Yeshiva was 104.
Rabbi Gershon Yankelewitz zt”l
“Rabbi Yankelewitz by his nature and learning so represented both our history and our destiny,” said YU President Richard M. Joel. “For over half a century he taught his students how to learn and how to live. We will always remember him.”