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Nov 4, 2004 — “Love Thy Neighbor As Thyself: Confronting Contemporary Challenges,” the sixth in a seven-part lecture series commemorating the 50th anniversary of Stern College for Women of Yeshiva University, will be held on Sunday, Nov. 14 at 7:30 pm at the home of Anita and Richard Grossman in West Hempstead, Long Island. Mrs. Grossman is a 1989 graduate of Stern College.

The lecture will be given by Jennie Rosenfeld, a 2001 Stern College graduate. Ms. Rosenfeld is pursuing her PhD in English at CUNY Graduate Center, spending this year as a visiting student at Harvard University, and teaching Talmud at Ma’ayan, a center for Jewish education for women in Boston. She completed the Yeshiva University Graduate Program in Advanced Talmudic Studies for Women and has taught Talmud at the Samuel H. Wang Yeshiva University High School for Girls in Queens.

The final Jubilee lecture, “Challenges and Opportunities: Orthodox Families Confront a Changing World,” will take place on Sunday, Dec. 5 at 7:30 pm at Yeshiva University’s Geraldine Schottenstein Cultural Center, 239-241 East 34th Street in Manhattan.

Co-chairs of the lecture series are Stern College alumnae Debbie Niderberg and Cali Orenbuch. Sharon Herzfeld, MD, and Susan Ungar-Mero, MD, also Stern graduates, are co-chairing the college’s yearlong jubilee celebration.

For more information on this and other Stern-at-50 events, call 212-340-7862, or e-mail While admission to the lectures is free, advance reservations are required. Online registration is also available at


President Joel addresses students, faculty, and staff at the town hall meeting at Le Bistro on the Beren Campus.

Nov 4, 2004 — At two town hall meetings this week, President Richard M. Joel outlined developments in undergraduate academic programs, student life resources, key appointments and Jewish community initiatives.

The sessions, held at the Wilf Campus Nov. 2 and at the Beren Campus Nov. 3, are designed to allow the president to address faculty, students, administrators, and staff on issues important to university life.

“This is an opportunity to learn from you and for you to get some information from me,” he said.

Town Hall Meetings Photo Gallery

At the Wilf Campus meeting, President Joel introduced Morry J. Weiss, YU’s new chairman of the Board of Trustees, who noted the university’s many contributions to the American Jewish community and to the quality of Jewish life.

Regarding new programs and appointments, President Joel announced the appointment of Howard Weisband, former director general of the UJA Federation’s Canada Israel Office, as senior advisor on Israel affairs who will aid YU leadership in Israel. Rabbi Richard Bieler, director of development at Ohel Children’s Home and Family Services, will join the administration as senior executive director of community affairs, and Rabbi Kenneth Brander of Boca Raton, FL, was named inaugural dean of the new Center for the Jewish Future.

President Joel also announced the creation of a mental health center, to be led by Dr. Victor Schwartz, a member of New York University’s counseling service.

“We understand that students face many pressures, including challenges of growing up and identity questions,” President Joel said. “We really care and we want to help, but you must reach out to us.”

The president took questions from audiences at both meetings, which ranged from issues of faculty tenure, campus safety, career services and exam scheduling, to recycling policies and printing costs.

President Joel urged the YU community to “keep my feet to the fire so we can continue partnering to make a difference in our circles of concern.”