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Oct 21, 2004 — Students will have an opportunity to learn leadership skills during a special Shabbaton with President Richard M. Joel, October 22-23, Parshat Lech Lecha.

President and Mrs. Joel will join students from Stern College for Women, Sy Syms School of Business, and Yeshiva College on the Beren Campus, along with David Himber, dean of students; Karen Bacon, PhD, The Dr. Monique C. Katz Dean of Stern; Ephraim Kanarfogel, PhD, chairman of Stern’s Rebecca Ivry Department of Jewish Studies; and Jeffrey Rosengarten, associate vice president for administrative services.

During the Annual Leadership Shabbaton, President Joel will share his ideas on shaping the Jewish future, the importance of activism, and community-building efforts, while exploring the theme, “Diversity in the Jewish Community.” In addition, students will get to know one another and voice their opinions on issues of interest to young Jews.


David Bensousan, left, president, Sephardic Federation, Quebec, presents President Joel with a book of ancient marriage contracts. Standing behind are Moise Amselem, president, Canadian Sephardic Council; Salomon Oziel, former president, Sephardic Federation, Quebec; and Dr. Dobrinsky.

Oct 21, 2004 — Yeshiva University’s Sephardic Community Program and the Jacob E. Safra Institute of Sephardic Studies hosted a delegation of professional and lay leaders from Montreal’s Sephardic community on Oct.13 and 14.

Photo Gallery of Montreal’s Sephardic Leaders visit

Members of the Unified Sephardic Community of Quebec, the Sephardic Federation of Canada, and the Sephardic Institute of Culture met with YU President Richard M. Joel; Dr. Herbert H. Dobrinsky, YU’s vice president for university affairs; Rabbi Yamin Levy, academic director of the Jacob E. Safra Institute of Sephardic Studies; Cantor Moshe Tessone, director of YU’s Sephardic Community Program, and Sephardic students enrolled at YU.

“The purpose of their visit was to forge a partnership with our Sephardic studies department, which will facilitate YU’s presence in Canada and open doors for their professional staff and students to study here,” Rabbi Levy said.

The delegation also met with YU’s Sephardic Council of Overseers, attended a Judeo-Spanish concert performed by Hazan Tessone and YU students, and toured the Wilf, Beren, and Brookdale campuses.


Oct 21, 2004 — Until the founding of Yeshiva College, observant Jews who planned to pursue undergraduate studies had two choices: suffer the slings and arrows of unfriendly academia—a world that openly disdained Jewish traditions and mores—or forego college altogether. Read the entire article.