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Yeshiva University Launches Weekly News Radio Show

On Thursday, March 10 at 2 p.m. EST, join Mayer Fertig and Miriam L. Wallach for the inaugural edition of “Who’s On Furst?”—a new weekly internet radio show that will be heard on and The program, a production of YU’s Office of Communications and Public Affairs, will stream live from Furst Hall on the Wilf Campus in Washington Heights with an entertaining and informative mix of news and information from around Yeshiva University and the Jewish world.

This week’s guests include Uri Westrich, director of the immensely popular Maccabeats videos, and Immanuel Shalev of the Maccabeats, about fame, their new video hit, “The Purim Song” and life after “Candlelight,” their Chanukah video that has been viewed more than 4.7 million times on YouTube. Later in the hour, Fertig and Wallach will speak with Adina Poupko, representing the Galena-Poupko family—whose daughter Ayelet is in need of a bone marrow match—and with Jay Feinberg, executive director of the Gift of Life Foundation. Feinberg will discuss his organization’s latest priority, that will replace the effort to match bone marrow donors and recipients. All of this, plus a review of the headlines in Jewish papers around the New York-New Jersey region, community calendar announcements and much more.

Fertig, YU’s senior director of media relations, is a former managing editor of WCBS 880. He is known to listeners of Jewish morning radio for the past 22 years as a volunteer fill-in for Nachum Segal on his “JM in the AM” program on WFMU. Wallach is the writer behind the very entertaining “That’s Life” column that began in The Jewish Star newspaper and recently transitioned online to, as well as an educator. At The Jewish Star, which Fertig published and edited, he and Wallach co-hosted the “What’s Next” internet program in the same Thursday time slot on

“Who’s On Furst?” may well become the 60 most enjoyable minutes you spend at work each week. Here’s a suggestion: create a calendar ‘reminder’ to ‘tune’ in on Thursdays at 2pm. The program will also be archived at, in podcast form and as streaming audio.


Dr. David Pelcovitz Offers Parents Seven Tips for a Safe and Meaningful Holiday

Dr. David Pelcovitz, The Gwendolyn and Joseph Straus Professor of Psychology and Jewish Education at the Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration, offers parents seven tips to prepare their teens for a safe and meaningful holiday.

Dr. David Pelcovitz

Dr. David Pelcovitz

  1. Don’t wait until Purim rolls around. Find a quiet and receptive time to talk to your child about your expectations and guidelines for ensuring that they have a safe and meaningful holiday.
  2. Model good behavior! If you set expectations for your child on Purim, be sure to model responsible behavior in your own Purim drinking.
  3. Help your adolescent develop refusal skills. Sometimes teens need the language to help them stay away from risky situations. Before Purim, make sure they know how to say no.  Some examples of such statements that you can rehearse with your child include:  “My dad or mom would kill me if they knew I was around drugs” or a simple “No, thanks. It’s not for me.”
  4. Know where your teen will be on Purim night, who they will be with and what he or she will be doing during unsupervised time.
  5. Trust but verify. Call the parents whose home is to be used for a party. And don’t be afraid to stop by and say hello on Purim night (and make sure that adult supervision is in place).
  6. Make it easy to leave a party where alcohol is easily available. Discuss in advance how your child can signal you or another designated adult who will come get your son or daughter the moment he or she feels uncomfortable. Later, be prepared to talk about what happened.
  7. Remember that rules without relationships equal rebellion. In finding the right balance between trust and supervision, a good relationship is the most powerfully protective ingredient.

Check out Dr. Pelcovitz and YU’s Institute for University-School Partnership webinar for parents and educators on how to effectively deal with substance abuse with your children or students. The webinar includes advice on how to identify the symptoms of substance abuse and how to effectively respond.