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Student A Cappella Group’s “Candlelight” Video Goes Viral

Just in time for Chanukah, Yeshiva University’s popular student a cappella group, the Maccabeats, have released their latest single, “Candlelight.”

Their music video, edited by YU alumnus and former presidential fellow, Uri Westrich, has quickly gone viral on YouTube, amassing more than 2 million views, and has been featured on CBS, CNN and NBC’s Today Show.

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“It’s been really exciting,” said Maccabeat Josh Jay, a Yeshiva College graduate currently enrolled at Einstein Medical School. “Before it came out, we joked about the video going viral, but I don’t think any of us expected it to be quite this popular. It’s great to be able to reach so many people and spread the message of Channukah.”
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See articles in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The New York TimesThe Jerusalem Post and The New York Post.
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Open Houses Showcase YU’s Academic Excellence and Vibrant Jewish Atmosphere

Prospective students and their parents had the opportunity to learn about Yeshiva University’s unique dual curriculum of an exceptional Jewish Studies program and a first class liberal arts, sciences or business education, at two undergraduate Open Houses on Nov. 14 for women on the Beren campus and on Nov. 21 for men on the Wilf campus.

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High school seniors interested in Yeshiva College, Stern College for Women or Sy Syms School of Business learned about about the many academic options available in fields ranging from biology, physics and accounting to Jewish studies, philosophy and music. The Open Houses included tours through YU’s  libraries, dormitories and the new Jacob and Dreizel Glueck Center for Jewish Study as well as a chance to meet with deans and faculty.

“I could really sense the energy, both of the faculty, staff and our current students who were participating, as well as the visiting prospective students and parents,” said Dr. Hillel Davis, vice president for university life. “What is especially nice for me is to have a day when we can see and appreciate Yeshiva through the fresh eyes of newcomers – their reactions to the quality of the students and the product and the campuses – reminds us of how special YU is.”

To arrange a campus tour, learn about financial aid packages available or to apply to Yeshiva University visit


Dr. Jeffrey Pollard Receives American Cancer Society Medal of Honor

Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University researcher Jeffrey Pollard, Ph.D., has received the prestigious Medal of Honor in Basic Science from the American Cancer Society (ACS) in recognition of his research into the critical role the tumor microenvironment plays in modulating cancer behavior, specifically the role that members of the innate immune cells called macrophages play both in normal development and in promoting tumor progression. These macrophages could hold the key to more targeted cancer treatments.


Insights into how normal body cells support tumor growth have led the way to a new wave of research and the development of therapeutics specifically targeting the support cells in the body that can aid in tumor development. Dr. Pollard’s research has found that when macrophages are removed from the tumor microenvironment, the risk of cancer progressing to malignancy is reduced and its spread from the primary tumor site to distant sites lessens.

“I think that one of the major components of the therapeutic arsenal as we go forward will be to combine chemo-therapeutic drugs with drugs that target macrophages so that they can no longer support the tumor’s ability to be malignant,” said Dr. Pollard. “Further it gives another opportunity for therapy by using vaccination against tumor antigens combined with altering macrophages from tumor promoting to tumor rejecting. It gives us another prong in the attack on cancer.”

Dr. Pollard is deputy director of the Albert Einstein Cancer Center, director of the Center for Study of Reproductive Biology and Women’s Health and the Louis Goldstein Swan Chair in Women’s Cancer Research at Einstein. He is also professor in the departments of developmental and molecular biology and obstetrics & gynecology and women’s health at Einstein and Montefiore Medical Center.

This award from the American Cancer Society, the nation’s leading voluntary health organization and largest non-governmental investor in cancer research, represents the Society’s highest honor in recognition of outstanding contributions to fighting cancer.

The award was presented at the American Cancer Society’s annual meeting in Atlanta, GA. In addition to Dr. Pollard, the ACS recognized Joseph Fraumeni, M.D., M.Sc., for Cancer Control, and Patricia Ganz, M.D., for Clinical Research.

This is the second ACS Medal of Honor awarded to a researcher at the Albert Einstein Cancer Center. Susan Band Horwitz, Ph.D., received the Medal of Honor in 2008 for Clinical Research.