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Mar 31, 2006 — More then 300 students from both Yeshiva University undergraduate campuses spent Shabbat on the Beren campus with adults from the Rayim division of YACHAD, a group for developmentally disabled Jews.

The Shabbaton, from March 31 to April 1, was the second this academic year that will host members of YACHAD’s Rayim division. The first, held in the fall, often encourages our students to volunteer as advisors for YACHAD, which serves people from the age of 9 through 39.

“There is something about the YU atmosphere that is very energizing and welcoming to the YACHAD members,” explained Aliza Abrams, a graduate of Stern College and the assistant program director for Rayim YACHAD.

Ms. Abrams, who is now the Robert M. Beren Presidential Fellow at the Center for the Jewish Future, began volunteering with YACHAD in high school, and said many Yeshiva University students already know the YACHAD members from Shabbatonim when they were in high school, so the experience is familiar.

“The level of ruach at the Shabbaton is unbelievable,” Ms. Abrams said.

Rabbi Baruch Simon, Col. Jehiel R. Elyachar Visiting Professor of Talmud, is the special speaker at the Shabbaton. He is a favorite with the students and a regular at the YACHAD event.

For all of the Shabbat Enhancement programs, male students stay in a nearby hotel and female students stay in their dorms. The facilities accommodates 300 people, and Beth Hait, assistant dean of students, said attendance is expected to push the envelope.

As with all of the other Shabbat Enhancement programs, student organizers play a big part. SCW student Nicole Bodner, TAC president Hillary Lewin and YC student Aron Pollack, helped organize the event.

The YACHAD Shabbaton is one of four special Shabbatonim that receives funding from the Yeshiva University Women’s Organization (YUWO). The program is also sponsored by TAC, SOY, the Office of Student Affairs and The Shabbat Enhancement Committee.


Mar 30, 2006 — Stern College hosted a women only Showcase conceived and organized by students at the school who are interested in the arts.

This year’s Showcase, held Sunday, April 2 and Monday, April 3 had a royal theme. Each act played the role of a different country, bringing its gift of song or dance to the audience. The celebration was held at the Schottenstein Cultural Center, 239 E. 34th St. on Yeshiva University’s Beren Campus.

Proceeds from the performance will benefit Magen David Adom and Sharsheret, a support organization for young Jewish women with breast cancer.

“The mission statement of Showcase is threefold,” explained Showcase Director Eliana Rudolph, a senior at Yeshiva University’s Stern College for Women. “We want to unite students in a way that provides a positive outlet for their abilities, we want to raise awareness of the talents of Stern students, and we want to join to raise money for worthy causes.”

Last year’s one-night-only concert raised $1,500 for Sharsheret and Magen David Adom. “A student might not have $1,500 to give herself, but she can contribute her time and talent and raise the same amount she would want to give.”
The production is funded by the Stern College Dramatic Society and the Stern College Student Council.

“The Showcase performances offer our women the opportunity to express themselves through the arts –– music, drama, dance –– in a meaningful forum,” said Zelda Braun, associate dean of students. “The support of the campus community and the community at large will foster the diverse talents of our performers.”


Mar 29, 2006 — Ten years ago, Yeshiva College Dean Norman Adler inaugurated an Arts Festival as “the expression of the Jewish creative impulse.”

Dr. Adler is no longer the dean of Yeshiva College, he is now a university professor and special assistant for curriculum development and research initiatives
reporting to the vice president for academic affairs. But the program lives on both of Yeshiva University’s undergraduate campuses as a way for students to explore the arts and demonstrate their talents.

“The Arts Festival was conceived as a way to promote understanding of the arts and to provide a venue for students to share their work with their peers in a noncompetitive and halakhically sanctioned manner,” Dr. Adler explained.

This year’s festival kicks off with a free Jewish rock concert in Lamport Auditorium on March 29 at 7:30 pm. Aharon Razel, a sensational performer on the tail end of his American tour, will be performing, as well as Soulfarm, Midnite Remedy and Yaakov Dov Miller, Chaim Dovid’s backup guitarist and singer.

The festival will run through April 4. On March 30, student art work will be featured in Weissberg Commons in Belfer Hall on YU’s Wilf Campus beginning at 7 pm.

Women at Stern College who are interested in the arts will have a chance to perform in public Sunday, April 2 and Monday, April 3 at the second annual Stern Showcase.

This year’s Showcase has a royal theme. Each act plays the role of a different country, bring its gift of song or dance to the audience. The celebration begins both nights at 7:30 pm in the Schottenstein Cultural Center, on the Beren Campus.

Also on April 3, there will be an open-mic event at the Mendel Gottesman Library at 8:30 pm. Students from both campuses will read their poetry and prose.

The closing event is a classical music concert at the Schottenstein Theater on the Wilf Campus on April 4. Students from both undergraduate campuses will be performing.

This year’s is especially poignant for Dr. Adler. He has made a contribution to the Arts Festival in memory of his mother, Mary Adler Barricks, whom he credits for inspiring his love of the arts. Dr. Adler remembers attending the opera “Carmen” with his mother when he was 5 years old and being moved by “the pageantry of it all.”

In his new position, Dr. Adler is working with students, faculty, and administration to broaden YU’s presence in the cultural scene. YU is offering a course in film making in Israel this summer in collaboration with Ma’aleh School of Film and the university sponsored its first film festival in the fall on the Beren Campus. The university is also constructing a state-of-the-art communications laboratory, where students will apply principles of digital media development to courses in film, television, marketing, cinema studies, and political communications.

“YU brings wisdom to life,” stressed Dr. Adler. “Part of that is the development of the arts and sciences of communication and art in the 21st Century.”


Mar 28, 2006 — Seventy-five high school students from across the country recently attended a groundbreaking conference in Ft. Lauderdale, FL on, Community: Who Are the People in Your Neighborhood? The three-day leadership conference was a combination of discussion groups and activism training program that addressed the challenges of boundaries and gave the students tools to develop their own framework for a better understanding of their own communities.

“Our goal is to challenge young people to develop solid, well thought out opinions about difficult issues,” said Judy Goldgrab, director of the Eimatai Leadership Project under the auspices of Yeshiva University’s Center for the Jewish Future.

Some of the challenging topics that were addressed included, “How do young people define their community? How do Orthodox Jews relate to non-Orthodox Jews, converts or interfaith families?”

As part of the conference, each school develops a program to implement in their school and/or community. Two Eimatai advisors serve as mentors for each school and guide them through the needs assessment for their project.

Each of the nine participating schools returned home armed with plans to make a difference in their communities. The Ramaz Upper School created project Food for Friends, which aims to help Israeli families with Shabbat meals. Students from Yavneh Academy of Dallas, TX decided to adopt a public school in south Dallas to create interactions with students, mentoring and encouraging dialogue to deflate racial tensions.

“Eimatai was an amazing experience,” said Jordana Kaminetsky in grade 11 at the Weinbaum Yeshiva High School of Boca Raton. “It really instilled in me the leadership qualities that I hope will help me develop into the leader I want to become.”

Workshops are designed and taught by undergraduate and graduate student advisors from Yeshiva University who create dynamic and relevant programs. The Eimatai advisors serve their designated school throughout the year to assist in the implementation of the project and provide any support necessary.

The innovative solution-based focus of the Eimatai Leadership Program has resulted in the launch of many successful projects. In past years students in Atlanta held a raffle to fund a school scholarship; Houston students held a day of awareness and education about domestic violence held at local synagogues; and in Westchester, students organized a rally of 4,000 of their peers in support of Israel.

Aviva Tobin-Hess in grade 11 at Ramaz Upper School said, “The conference made me realize the importance of community, leadership and made us aware of available resources to enhance our school as well as community.”

After presenting their respective projects to the gathering, students voted on a project that his/her peers presented. The school which received the most votes was awarded a small microgrant to jumpstart their project. Yeshiva University’s Eimatai mentors are enthusiastic about continuing their involvement with each school. The management skills learned by the Eimatai advisors serve to enhance their own education growth and leadership abilities.


Mar 27, 2006 — While Yeshiva University’s undergraduate men’s school, Yeshiva College (YC), geared up for its 75th anniversary, the student newspaper began chronicling its history through a section that resulted in the publication of a unique book: My Yeshiva College: 75 Years of Memories. The volume is a collection of personal essays by former students, faculty, and friends of the school that was the precursor of Yeshiva University.

Zev Nagel, editor-in-chief of The Commentator from 2004-2005 and editor of the book with YC student Menachem Butler, realized that many students were not aware of their college’s illustrious history. “We launched a section called YUdaica – a play on the acronym for Yeshiva University (YU) and Judaica – during 2004-05 to inform students about YC’s impressive legacy,” Mr. Nagel said.

Interest in the section was not limited to the immediate Yeshiva College ‘family’. Some of the most renowned names in Modern Orthodoxy agreed to participate, thereby making a statement about the interconnectedness between the university and the broader world of contemporary Judaism. YUdaica was also a catalyst in reuniting long-lost friends who rediscovered one another by reading about their friends in The Commentator.

“The Commentator’s online readership exploded, quadrupling during the nine months the series ran,” said Menachem Butler, president of the Student Organization of Yeshiva who served as YUdaica editor. “Some of the authors chose to employ a more scholarly approach but this volume in its entirety should be appreciated as memory rather than academic history.”

In his introduction to the book, YU President Richard M. Joel wrote, “This volume represents snapshots of the richness and breadth of Yeshiva College, and the energy and excitement that characterize the Yeshiva College experience. Each generation of students faced their own challenges and distinct pressures, yet in each generation the rigorous intellectual pursuit of excellence in both Torah and madda (general studies) shone forth to mold the Yeshiva College student.”
President Joel and Joshua L. Muss, Yeshiva College board chairman suggested
that the students publish the collection of essays in a commemorative volume. Six months later My Yeshiva College was released.

“There is a remarkable synergy between the Judaic and secular faculty that captures the hearts of YC’s students,” said Mr. Nagel. “The challenges we face today are very similar to those we had 50 years ago. Students need to be aware that they are part of Yeshiva University’s history and should live it and study it.”
Many of the authors are respected academics within and beyond the college, prominent communal leaders as well as Torah scholars.

Among the authors whose writings appear in the book are well known and respected members of the modern Orthodox community including Dr. Jonathan D. Sarna, the Joseph H. & Belle Braun Professor of American Jewish History at Brandeis University who wrote the afterword, the Hon. Abraham D. Sofaer, formerly a U.S. judge in the Southern District of New York and currently the George P. Shultz Distinguished Scholar and Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institute at Stanford, and Michael Broyde, professor of law at Emory University.


Mar 27, 2006 — The historic setting of Lamport Auditorium in Zysman Hall was filled with excitement and emotion as YU’s Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary formally celebrated the ordination of 185 rabbis — the largest cadre of rabbis since its founding 120 years ago. More than 1.600 people attended the ceremony and the crowd spilled over to the Harry Fischel Beit Midrash and Weissberg Commons where guests viewed the event on video screens. Each rabbi received a specially inscribed book of Igrot Ha’Grid which contains letters of correspondence of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik, considered the spiritual leader of Orthodoxy, to his father and other Torah luminaries of his early years.

Photos of the event are available here.
A webcast of the event is available here.

“This is a time to rejoice and celebrate each of your accomplishments,” said YU President Richard M. Joel in his message to the musmakhim (ordained rabbis). “You have chosen to be the modern day Kohanim (descendants of the priests). You have chosen, as Shevet Levi (the Levites) of old, to dedicate your lives to serving the Jewish people and spreading kedusha (holiness). You have a responsibility to light a flame where there is much darkness and enrich us all one shiur (lesson) at a time, one drasha (sermon) at a time.”

Among the newly ordained rabbis are five physicians, four attorneys, one former sea captain, a former Rhodes scholar, a dentist, and the President’s son, Avery.

Israel’s Ambassador to the U.S., Daniel Ayalon, delivered heartfelt greetings. “You exemplify one God, one Jewish spirit, one Torah. When I see how you rejoice, I know there is a great future ahead of us. Your true role is to unleash the great energy of the Jewish people and to ride that energy for tikkun olam (repairing the world).

The ambassador also paid tribute to one of the honored guests, philanthropist Marcos D. Katz, who was recipient of the Eitz Chaim Award.

Also honored, with the HaRav Yosef Dov Halevi Soloveitchik zt”l Aluf Torah Award, was Rabbi Zevulun Charlop, Max and Marion Grill Dean of RIETS, who has led RIETS for 35 years. This is only the third time RIETS has presented the award.

Rabbi Norman Lamm, Rosh HaYeshiva of RIETS, delivered the keynote address. Rabbi Reuven Brand, a fellow of the Bella and Harry Wexner Kollel Elyon and Semikhah Honors Program and founder of Lman Achai, which educates American Jews about the needy in Israel, presented a rousing and inspirational talk on behalf of the musmakhim.

The ceremony honored individuals who completed ordination from 2002 to 2005. Since its founding more than 100 years ago, RIETS has ordained more than 2,700 rabbis. They occupy an overwhelming number of Orthodox pulpits in North America as well as major educational, communal-professional, and lay leadership positions.


Red Sarachek, namesake of YU's annual high school basketball tournament, strategizing on the New York City subway with two of his YU players circa early 1960s.

Mar 24, 2006 — Celebrating its 15th anniversary, Yeshiva University’s Red Sarachek Basketball Invitational begins March 30 in the university’s Max Stern Athletic Center on the Wilf Campus in Washington Heights.

The tournament, named for Bernard “Red” Sarachek, YU’s former men’s basketball coach, attracts Jewish high school basketball teams from across the country. In addition to teams representing the New York metro area, teams in this year’s tournament are traveling from cities such as Montreal, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, and other cities in the U.S. and Canada. A total of 18 teams are participating in this year’s competition.

The 2006 tournament takes place Thursday, March 30 through Monday, April 3.

Last year’s champion was Young Israel – Century City (YICC), formerly known as YULA. YICC/YULA has won the tournament the most times (5). Yeshiva University’s High School for Boys, also known as Marsha Stern Talmudical Academy (MSTA) has captured the tournament championship three times.

This year’s 2006 invitational is the first to take place since its namesake’s death. Red Sarachek died November 25, 2005 at the age of 93. Upon his passing, Sarachek was remembered in obituaries around the country as a basketball innovator and trail blazer. In the 1940s, Sarachek simultaneously coached the Scranton Miners of the American Basketball League and a team representing Herkimer, NY in the New York State League. Sarachek led both teams to championships at the same time he was coaching the Yeshiva University squad.

With Scranton in the late 40s, Sarachek, a Bronx native, broke the league’s segregation rules by playing Dolly King, William “Pop” Gates, and Eddie Younger at the same time. Pop Gates went on to a stellar pro career that led to international fame with the Harlem Globetrotters and eventual enshrinement in the NBA Hall of Fame. Sarachek himself is a member of the New York Basketball Hall of Fame and well into retirement he served as a consultant to the NBA’s Miami Heat.


From left to right, top row: Victor B. Geller, Rabbanit Malke Bina, Professor Moshe Kaveh, Rabbi Shlomo Riskin. Bottom row, left to right: YU Chairman of the Board Morry J. Weiss, President Richard M. Joel, Chancellor Norman Lamm.

Mar 24, 2006 — Yeshiva University (YU) held an inaugural academic convocation in Israel on March 23, honoring four Israeli educators who embody YU’s philosophy of Torah Umadda, which balances the interaction between tradition and modern society –– the hallmark of Modern Orthodoxy.

“A strong link to Israel is one of the tenets of this university,” explained YU President Richard M. Joel. “To paraphrase Yehudah ha-Levi, ‘Our hearts are in the East, and we are in the uttermost West.’ We are looking for new ways to underscore our visceral connection to Eretz Hakodesh.”

More photos and coverage of the event are available here.

More than 500 people attended the academic convocation, where honorary doctoral degrees were awarded to Rabbanit Malke Bina, founder and educational director of MaTaN, The Sadie Rennert Women’s Institute for Torah Studies in Jerusalem; Victor B. Geller, a retired Jewish communal administrator, author, and lecturer, who played a leading role in YU’s Max Stern Division of Communal Services; Prof. Moshe Kaveh, an internationally renowned physicist who serves as president of Bar-Ilan University; and Rabbi Shlomo Riskin, chief rabbi of the city of Efrat and founder of the Ohr Torah Stone educational institutions.

“These leaders reflect our vision of Torah Umadda –– the tapestry of living a Torah life while being an integral part of Israeli society at large,” President Joel said. “I am proud that we could honor them in this first Yeshiva University academic convocation in Israel.”

The convocation was the closing event of a weeklong colloquium: “Torah Umadda in the 21st Century: Engaging Israel, Engaging the World,” that began March 17. The colloquium included an Alumni Family Shabbaton, a Chag HaSemikhah, and daily academic symposia in Jerusalem, Ra’anana, Modi’in, and Ramat Beit Shemesh.

More than 600 people attended the family Shabbaton, where people from across Israel joined together to share their experiences as YU alumni and olim. Alumni were overjoyed to see old friends and receive updates on what is happening at YU.

Sunday afternoon featured a special Chag HaSemikhah and Yom Iyun for the 32 musmakhim in Israel. The day was highlighted by lectures and divrei Torah given by Rav Zalman Nechemia Goldberg, Rabbi Zvi Sobolofsky, Rabbi Daniel Mann, Rabbi Moshe Dovid Weissman, Rabbi Menachem Raab, Rabbi Assaf Bednarsh, and Rabbi Aaron Rakeffet.

Later Sunday, President Richard M. Joel, Rabbi Ozer Glickman, and David Martin discussed how careers in law related to Torah Umadda at a special program in Ra’anana.

“Torah Umadda in the World of Medicine” lived up to its title Monday night with a presentation combining cutting-edge medical research, historical genealogy and halakhic ethics. Dr. Susan B. Bressman presented her recent findings on dystonia, Parkinson’s Disease and Ashkenazi Jews, and Professor Avraham Steinberg explained the halakhic and ethical aspects of screening for Jewish genetic diseases.

As a special treat, the audience was introduced to Dr. Allen Spiegel, dean-designate of Albert Einstein College of Medicine and vice president of medical affairs. More about that program is available here.

On Tuesday, YU in Israel hosted a continuing education course and discussion on “A Sense of Community: Internal and External Boundaries” with a keynote speech by Dr. Stanley Schneider and a response by Dr. Reuven Schindler; a panel discussion on building community; and an update on Wurzweiler School of Social Work by Dean Sheldon R. Gelman.

On Tuesday night in Modi’in, Rabbi Riskin discussed “Religious Zionism and Building Community,” in a program sponsored by the nearly 3,000 alumni of Yeshiva University’s undergraduate schools living in Israel. Mr. Morry Weiss, Chairman of the Yeshiva University Board of Trustees, greeted the audience.

Innovations and challenges in education was the topic of Wednesday’s program “Educating Our Children to Stay on the Derech,” featuring Faranak Margoles, Dr. Bill Reinfeld, Rabbi Dov Lippman, and Rabbi Moshe Lichtman.

Seven of Yeshiva University’s Presidential Fellows traveled to Israel to help with the program and to tell alumni about their roles.

“The academic convocation brought the week’s events full circle,” said Diana Benmergui, the Jesselson Family Presidential Fellow in the Department of Student Affairs on the Beren Campus. “It made the message of ‘Bring Wisdom to Life’ even more evident. These great leaders took their education and experience and brought it to life. I can only look forward to following in their footsteps.”

More about the Fellows’ trip can be found here.


Mar 23, 2006 — Researchers at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University have synthesized chemicals that are up to 10 times more effective than isoniazid, the leading anti-tuberculosis drug.

The finding could lead to badly needed new drugs for combating tuberculosis bacteria, which each year kill an estimated 2.4 million people worldwide. The study appears in the March issue of Chemistry & Biology.

One of the chemicals, 2-HA, was found to be four times more lethal than isoniazid against the bacteria, while the other, 2-OA, proved 10 times more effective. These chemically similar drugs don’t appear to harm higher organisms, so they could probably be used against TB bacteria without risk to patients.

“Drug-resistant mycobacterium tuberculosis is a worldwide problem, particularly in people with weakened immune systems such as those infected with HIV,” notes senior author Dr. William Jacobs, a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator at Einstein, as well as professor of microbiology & immunology and molecular genetics. “So we urgently need to develop new and more effective antituberculosis drugs.”

Isoniazid, today’s first-line anti-TB drug, stops TB bacteria from forming mycolic acid, a key building block for their cell walls. It does the job by targeting an enzyme called InhA. Trying to improve upon isoniazid, the Einstein researchers synthesized more than a dozen chemical “decoys” for InhA to latch onto, to prevent the enzyme from catalyzing its normal cell-wall-building reaction. Two of these decoy chemicals, 2-HA and 2-OA, proved much more potent than isoniazid at killing the bacteria—but not in the way the researchers expected.

“We were surprised to find that 2-HA and 2-OA were actually being metabolized in mycobacteria into two different drugs, each of which inhibits a different biochemical pathway,” says Dr. Catherine Vilchèze, a study co-author in Dr. Jacobs’ laboratory.

“The pathways that they block — fatty acid and mycolic acid synthesis and fatty acid degradation — are essential for bacterial survival, and this combined inhibition had a powerful effect against the microbes. To our knowledge, this is the first example of an antibacterial compound that inhibits several pathways to achieve its effect.”

The Einstein researchers are now trying to improve on the potency of 2-HA and 2-OA by synthesizing analogues (chemically similar compounds) to them. “We’re hopeful that these new compounds will prove even more toxic to TB bacteria and could help usher in a new era of TB therapy,” says Dr. Vilchèze.


Mar 21, 2006 — Yeshiva University’s symposium in Israel on “Torah Umadda in the World of Medicine” presented a synthesis of cutting-edge medical research, historical genealogy and halakhic ethics.

Dr. Susan B. Bressman of YU’s Albert Einstein College of Medicine (AECOM) presented her recent findings on dystonia, Parkinson’s Disease and Ashkenazi Jews, and Dr. Rabbi Avraham Steinberg explained the halakhic and ethical aspects of screening for Jewish genetic diseases.

They spoke to a packed audience of graduates of AECOM, Parkinson’s sufferers and their families at the Yeshiva University Israel Campus in Jerusalem on March 20. The event was introduced by the recently appointed dean of Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Dr. Allen M. Spiegel, who expressed the hope that the school’s scientists would move on from predicting genetic illnesses to discovering cures for them.

Dr. Bressman’s research began with a form of childhood-onset dystonia, an involuntary neurological movement disorder, which is more common in Ashkenazi Jews than in any other ethnic group. She explained that genetic research has traced the source of the genetic mutation that causes this form of dystonia to Belorussia.

Similarly, Dr. Bressman’s research into Parkinson’s Disease has put the spotlight on Ashkenazi Jews and a group of North Africans of Arab descent, who are both disproportionate carriers of the LRRK2 G2019S mutation. This suggests that Ashkenazi Jews can trace their origins back to the Middle East, along a timeline that potentially links both groups at around the time of the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 A.D. Further research is studying whether other ethnic groups who carry the same mutation might share the same historic origin.

The predisposition to genetic diseases was examined by Dr. Rabbi Avraham Steinberg, senior pediatric neurologist and director of the medical ethics unit at Shaare Zedek Medical Center, in his analysis of when screening for diseases may be justified. Judaism maintains that human beings have free will, but our genetic makeup may determine some of our characteristics. Most researchers agree that some genes are only partial determinants, which can be altered by our environment or overcome through our choices.

Pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) is permitted by halakha for serious single-gene and chromosomal disease. But new and challenging ethical questions are raised by recent research into adult onset diseases, such as breast cancer and Parkinson’s Disease.

These questions are being debated at Yeshiva University by many groups, including the new undergraduate Medical Ethics Society, which is guided by Yeshiva University’s Center for the Jewish Future. The group has already hosted programs about stem-cell research, PGD, contraception, and Shabbat observance and medical emergencies.

Rabbi Steinberg suggested that one of the criteria could be whether an implanted embryo would result in a happy and purposeful person. Such a test might also be used where a family wishes to choose the embryo that will give them the child who will provide the best genetic donor material for a sibling suffering with leukemia, for example, because that child would grow up to feel an added sense of purpose.

“Torah Umadda in the World of Medicine” was part of a weeklong colloquium and convocation organized by Yeshiva University. The week began with a family Shabbaton open to YU’s nearly 3,000 alumni in Israel.

It ended with an academic convocation awarding honorary doctoral degrees to Rabbanit Malke Bina, founder and educational director of MaTaN, The Sadie Rennert Women’s Institute for Torah Studies in Jerusalem; Victor B. Geller, a retired Jewish communal administrator, author, and lecturer, who played a leading role in YU’s Max Stern Division of Communal Services; Prof. Moshe Kaveh, an internationally renowned physicist who is president of Bar-Ilan University; and Rabbi Shlomo Riskin, chief rabbi of the city of Efrat and founder of the Ohr Torah Stone educational institutions.