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Nov 5, 2004 — President Richard M. Joel announced today the appointment of Howard M. Weisband as Senior Advisor on Israel Affairs, Yeshiva University, effective immediately.

President Joel remarked that Mr. Weisband, in this new university position, “will aid YU leadership in envisioning and repositioning Yeshiva University in Israel.” The appointment of a senior advisor for Israel Affairs strengthens one of the chief cornerstones of the president’s vision for a renewed Yeshiva University—the centrality of Israel in YU affairs and programs.

Mr. Weisband will provide the leadership in Israel for developing joint ventures and partnerships with various Israeli institutions in law, education, science, and social work. He will also help to increase awareness in Israel of YU’s programs and commitment to the state and people of Israel, and he will build relationships with YU’s more than 2,000 alumni living in Israel.

Mr. Weisband will act as the director of YU’s Israel operations, including the supervision of all administrative personnel and the management of the Gruss Campus in Jerusalem. In addition, he will be an adjunct faculty member in areas of Jewish communal leadership.

Mr. Weisband brings to his new position at Yeshiva University more than 20 years of distinguished experience as director general of the UJA Federation’s Canada Israel Office, vice president of international development of Bar Ilan University, and secretary general of the Jewish Agency for Israel.

He is a graduate of Bethany College in West Virginia, where he received a BA in religion and political science, and of Hebrew Union College in Los Angeles, where he received a MA in Jewish education and communal studies. He and his wife, Kayla, an English teacher, made aliyah in 1986; they live in Ramot and have four children.

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Nov 5, 2004 — Yeshiva University Museum (YUM) has been awarded two major grants that will fund an upcoming exhibit, “A Perfect Fit: The Garment Industry and American Jewry.”

“A Perfect Fit,” which will debut in 2005, explores the factors that built the American garment industry and how the participation of successive waves of Jewish immigration shaped the industry’s growth between 1860 and 1960.

The museum received a “Museums for America” grant of $150,000 from the Institute of Museums and Library Services, a federal agency. The grant will allow YUM to mount public programs and attract new and larger audiences to the exhibit.

In addition, The Coby Foundation, a private institution focused on textile arts and history, awarded YUM a $100,000 grant to support “A Perfect Fit.”

These two gifts add to the initial $300,000 grant the Museum received in 2003 from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The exhibit includes costumes, accessories, industrial equipment, photographs, artworks, archival materials, and audiovisual installations throughout the museum’s galleries illustrating the impact of the garment industry on American culture and its role in the formation of American Jewish society. American fashions from the past century will be on display.

Yeshiva University Museum is located at 15 West 16th Street, between Fifth and Sixth Avenues, in the Center for Jewish History. For more information about “A Perfect Fit,” please contact 212-294-8330 or info@yum.cjh.org.

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