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Professors Stein, Streets and Wilmore-Schaeffer will share their expertise at universities overseas as Fulbright Specialists.

Dr. Gary Stein, Rev. Frederick Streets and Dr. Rozetta Wilmore-Schaeffer Nab Distinguished Grants

Jun 21, 2010 — Three professors at Wurzweiler School of Social Work—Dr. Gary Stein, Rev. Frederick Streets, Dr. Rozetta Wilmore-Schaeffer—have received the acclaimed distinction of being named Fulbright Specialists. The Fulbright Specialist Program is designed to award grants to U.S. faculty and professionals in select disciplines ranging from agriculture to urban planning to participate in two- to six-week projects at colleges and universities in more than 100 countries.

Stein will serve as a guest faculty member at Lancaster University’s International Observatory on End of Life Care in England. Stein will conduct seminars on health care ethics and palliative care, disability and palliative care and advance-care planning and end-of-life perspectives among the gay and lesbian community. He will also serve as a resource and mentor for students developing research proposals and will meet with executives at St. Christopher’s Hospice in London for an exploration of palliative care practice and policy in the UK. Following this project, he will coll”To have six Wurzweiler faculty selected and three actual matches occur, reflects on the caliber and status of our faculty.” – Dean Sheldon Gelmanaborate with Lancaster University faculty on a joint publication addressing cross-national perspectives on palliative care social work and ethics.

Streets, The Carl and Dorothy Bennet Professor of Pastoral Counseling at Wurzweiler, will be based at the University of The Free State (UFS) in South Africa, which is establishing an International Institute for Diversity (IID). The Institute is envisioned as a center of academic excellence for studying transformation and diversity in society; combating discrimination; and encouraging reconciliation in societies grappling with issues such as racism, sexism and xenophobia. Streets will advise and assist in the founding phase of the Institute, including developing policy and implementing objectives, defining strategies and enabling interactive dialogue and working with faculty and student groups. Streets had a previous six-month Fulbright Senior Scholar assignment at the University of Pretoria, and this invitation to UFS is a direct result of the contacts he made while there.

While Wilmore-Schaeffer’s project will also take place at UFS, her work will focus on relationship building within, between and among racially diverse students and faculty in an institution whose history has been one of racial intolerance. She will, among other tasks, engage with the faculty to develop experiential class exercises and ways to develop and manage a safe environment that lets students and faculty explore their racial and ethnic history.

Three other Wurzweiler professors—Dr. Joan Beder, Dr. Jonathan Fast and Dr. Norman Linzer, The Samuel J. and Jean Sable Chair in Jewish Family Social Work—have been named Fulbright Specialists and are in the process of being paired with a host institution.

“Being selected as a Fulbright Specialist is a highly competitive process,” said Wurzweiler’s Dr. Sheldon Gelman, The Dorothy and David I. Schachne Dean. “To have six Wurzweiler faculty selected and three actual matches occur, reflects on the caliber and status of our faculty. The international experience of our Fulbright Specialists and Fulbright Scholars adds to the richness of our curriculum and classroom learning experience of our students.”


Jun 21, 2010 — Three outstanding Yeshiva University students—Michael Cinnamon, Michael Emerson and Avi Miller—have been awarded the coveted Wexner Foundation Graduate Study Fellowship for the 2010-11 academic year. The fellowships, launched by The Wexner Foundation in 1988, are bestowed upon 20 candidates interested in pursuing graduate training for careers in the cantorate, Jewish education, Jewish professional leadership and the rabbinate.

As participants of the four-year leadership program, Cinnamon, Emerson and Miller will be awarded an annual stipend of $20,000 for a two-year term with the possibility to renew for a third year. Emerson is also a Davidson Scholar, bestowed upon Wexner Fellows who intend to pursue careers in Jewish education or Jewish communal leadership.

“The Wexner Graduate Fellowship/Davidson Scholars Program is continually impressed with the caliber of scholar and leader that has been coming from Yeshiva University,” said Or Mars, director of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship/Davidson Scholars Program. “These are young people who have a passion for Jewish life and the ability to make a huge contribution through their professional and personal qualities. They also make a significant impact on the Fellowship program bringing their varied perspectives to our ongoing conversation about exercising leadership in Jewish life.”

As part of the Jay and Jeannie Schottenstein Honors Program at Yeshiva College, Cinnamon ‘10YC, of Atlanta, GA, double majored in history and Jewish studies. In his senior year, he served as editor-in-chief of YU student paper The Commentator. While at YC, he was also an undergraduate fellow at the Center for Jewish Law and Contemporary Civilization at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law; served on the boards of student journals, academic conferences and on the editorial staff of a festschrift for professor Dr. Louis Feldman; founded a monthly fiction book club; and played on the YU Ultimate Frisbee team. He is working toward an MA in Talmudic studies at Bernard Revel Graduate School and will begin his studies toward semikhah [rabbinic ordination] at Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS) in the summer. Upon completion, he plans to pursue a doctorate in history. “YU has given me the opportunity to get an excellent education while at the same time building leadership skills,” said Cinnamon.

Emerson, born in Boston, MA, and raised in Memphis, Tenn., completed his undergraduate work at Columbia University in 2009 with a major in medieval Jewish history. He is currently enrolled in RIETS’ semikhah program. “I enjoy challenging traditional models of education and forcing people to open themselves up to different ideas and difficult perspectives,” said Emerson, who has spent the year learning in the Gruss Kollel on the Yeshiva University Israel campus. He will return to New York next year to simultaneously complete his third year of semikhah study at RIETS while studying full-time in New York University’s dual Master of Arts program in education and Jewish studies and Hebrew and Judaic studies. “YU has given me a strong foundation in Torah learning and Rabbinic professional skills, including pastoral psychology and a broad perspective on the Jewish community.”

A North Woodmere, NY, native, Miller is a 2009 graduate of Princeton University, where he majored in philosophy and minored in Jewish studies. Miller, who will begin his official semikhah study at RIETS in the fall of 2010, credits YU with offering an unparalleled Torah education that will provide him with the strong foundation he needs to become a rabbinic leader and Torah scholar. “Studying under the guidance of Rabbi Jeremy Wieder, I have been exposed not only to a brilliant educator and Talmudic mind, but a role model who exercises tremendous rabbinic leadership,” said Miller. “While Yeshiva University is home to a diversity of competing hashkafas [philosophies], I will continue to be enriched by the shaqla ve-tarya, the back and forth debates contained within her walls and hopefully find my own voice from within.”