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June 7th, 2011Tune into YU’s Internet Radio Show, Thursday at 2 P.M.

Join Mayer Fertig and Miriam L. Wallach for “Who’s on Furst?” –  Thursday at 2 p.m. EST. This week’s show features a discussion on the state of Jewish youth and the controversial topic of “half-Shabos” with Dr. Scott Goldberg, director of the YU School Partnership and Dr. David Pelcovitz, Gwendolyn and Joseph Straus Chair in Psychology and Jewish Education at YU’s Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration. All this, plus a review of the stories making headlines in the Jewish media, live Thursday at 2 p.m. on www.yu.edu/radio and www.nachumsegal.com.

And don’t forget to tune in tomorrow beginning at 6 a.m. for LIVE coverage from YU’s Champions Gate Leadership Conference in Orlando, Florida. It’s “JM in the AM” with Nachum Segal from 6-9 a.m. and then “Who’s on Furst?” from 9-10 a.m.

Tune into YU’s Internet Radio Show, Thursday at 2 P.M.

Join Mayer Fertig and Miriam L. Wallach for “Who’s on Furst?” –  Thursday at 2 p.m. EST. This week’s show features a discussion on the state of Jewish youth and the controversial topic of “half-Shabos” with Dr. Scott Goldberg, director of the YU School Partnership and Dr. David Pelcovitz, Gwendolyn and Joseph Straus Chair in Psychology and Jewish Education at YU’s Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration. All this, plus a review of the stories making headlines in the Jewish media, live Thursday at 2 p.m. on www.yu.edu/radio and www.nachumsegal.com.

And don’t forget to tune in tomorrow beginning at 6 a.m. for LIVE coverage from YU’s Champions Gate Leadership Conference in Orlando, Florida. It’s “JM in the AM” with Nachum Segal from 6-9 a.m. and then “Who’s on Furst?” from 9-10 a.m.

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June 30th, 2011

Join Mayer Fertig and Miriam L. Wallach for “Who’s on Furst?” — broadcast from Furst Hall on YU’s Wilf Campus —

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June 23th, 2011

Today at 2 p.m. EDT, join Mayer Fertig and Miriam L. Wallach for “Who’s on Furst?” — broadcast from Furst Hall on YU’s Wilf Campus — as YU’s Director of Athletics Joe Bednarsh and 4 year soccer player and recent YU graduate Achiya Yaffe discuss how playing ball at YU is different than playing anywhere else, and the commitment it takes to balance a dual curriculum with the rigors of competitive sports. Then: are employment options as bleak as they seem for college graduates? If so, why are YU grads seeming to fare so well? Laurie Davis, director of counseling and programming at YU’s Career Development Center joins Mayer and Miriam with tips on what not to wear on an interview, why a resume should be kept to one page and why YU grads do so well in graduate schools. And don’t forget to shine your shoes.

All this, plus why Israel could be in a position to give the Saudis a run for their petro-dollars and other stories making headlines in the Jewish media, today and every Thursday at 2 p.m. on www.yu.edu/radio and www.nachumsegal.com

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June 16th, 2011

You wore what to that interview?!

Join Mayer Fertig and Miriam L. Wallach for “Who’s on Furst?” — broadcast from Furst Hall on YU’s Wilf Campus — as YU’s Director of Athletics Joe Bednarsh and 4 year soccer player and recent YU graduate Achiya Yaffe discuss how playing ball at YU is different than playing anywhere else, and the commitment it takes to balance a dual curriculum with the rigors of competitive sports. Then: are employment options as bleak as they seem for college graduates? If so, why are YU grads seeming to fare so well? Laurie Davis, director of counseling and programming at YU’s Career Development Center joins Mayer and Miriam with tips on what not to wear on an interview, why a resume should be kept to one page and why YU grads do so well in graduate schools. And don’t forget to shine your shoes.

All this, plus why Israel could be in a position to give the Saudis a run for their petro-dollars and other stories making headlines in the Jewish media, today and every Thursday at 2 p.m. on www.yu.edu/radio and www.nachumsegal.com

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June 2, 2011

Join Mayer Fertig and Miriam L. Wallach for “Who’s on Furst?” – broadcast live from Furst Hall on YU’s Wilf Campus, Thursdays at 2 p.m. EST. This week’s guests include Joseph Gitler, founder and chairman of Leket Israel, and Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center and honoree at the upcoming YU Convocation and Dinner in Los Angeles. Finally, hear from Soulfarm, the popular Jewish music band, about what they’re busy recording and the upcoming Celebrate Israel Parade, which they are headlining.

All this, plus a review of the stories making headlines in the Jewish media, live Thursday at 2 p.m. on www.yu.edu/radio and www.nachumsegal.com.

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May 19th, 2011

Join Mayer Fertig and Miriam L. Wallach for “Who’s on Furst?” – broadcast live from Furst Hall on YU’s Wilf Campus, Thursdays at 2 p.m. EST. With commencement right around the corner and the Class of 2011 preparing for graduation, the show will bring back alumni with interesting stories to hear what they are up to.

Yeshiva College, Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and RIETS alum, Rabbi Jeremy Stern, will discuss his work as executive director of ORA, the Organization for the Resolution of Agunot. Stern was recently featured in The New York Jewish Week’s “36 Under 36.” Ben Wiener, co-founder of Tees At Risk, will also join the program, explaining how buying a t-shirt can make a difference in the life of a teen.

All this, plus a review of the stories making headlines in the Jewish media, live Thursday at 2 p.m. on www.yu.edu/radio and www.nachumsegal.com.

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May 12th, 2011

Join Mayer Fertig and Miriam L. Wallach for “Who’s on Furst?” – broadcast live from Furst Hall on YU’s Wilf Campus. With barbeque season under way, Chef Boris of Pomegranate Supermarket in Brooklyn, NY will help get you ready to grill. He’ll discuss tips and techniques, bringing lots of delicious samples: fish, meat and dessert, all from the grill at Pomegranate.

Also joining the program is experiential education expert Aliza Abrams of the Center for the Jewish Future, discussing the CJF’s Service Learning Program which will send students to communities hit by natural disasters in an effort to help rebuild. Hear her experiences and what she expects to see this summer in New Orleans, LA and Birmingham, AL.  All this, plus a live report from flooded Memphis, TN and a review of the stories making headlines in the Jewish media, live Thursday at 2 p.m. on www.yu.edu/radio and www.nachumsegal.com.

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May 5th, 2011

Will New York change with bin Laden gone? Join Mayer Fertig and Miriam L. Wallach today on “Who’s on Furst?” as they welcome Dr. Jeffrey Gurock, Libby M. Klaperman Professor of Jewish History at Yeshiva University and noted author, lecturer and an expert on the City of New York to discuss the Big Apple post-bin Laden.

And, maybe we can solve the shidduch crisis right on the radio? Marc Goldman, CEO and founder of Saw You at Sinai and Mindy Eisenman of YUConnects will discuss dating and marriage in the Orthodox world.

All this, plus a review of the stories making headlines in the Jewish media, live Thursday @2 P.M. on www.yu.edu/radio and www.nachumsegal.com.

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APRIL 28th, 2011

With Pesach over and summer right around the corner, join Mayer Fertig and Miriam L. Wallach today on “Who’s on Furst?” as they welcome Dov Perkal, executive director of the SHMA Camps, a family of camps known as camps Sternberg, Heller, Mogen Avraham, Kesher and Chaverim.  He’ll discuss camping in the northeast, his inspired and original approach to summer camps and how he as a child personally changed camping legislation that has affected us all. In addition, Rabbi Bernhard Rosenberg, noted Holocaust educator and speaker, will discuss Holocaust education in 2011 and the impact of a 280 page catalogue filled with organizations dedicated to the Holocaust. All this, plus a review of the stories making headlines in the Jewish media, live Thursday @2 p.m. on www.yu.edu/radio and www.nachumsegal.com.

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APRIL 14th, 2011

This week on “Who’s on Furst”, YU’s weekly internet show, Mayer and Miriam host cookbook author Jamie Geller, a judge at last week’s YU Annual Cholent Cook-Off to discuss Pesach prep; and Rabbi Kenneth Brander, dean of of YU’s Center for Jewish Future, discussing the impact of his years as a personal aide to the Rav, on the occasion of the 18th yahrzeit of Rabbi Joseph Soloveitchik, zt”l, and much more. Plus, pre-Passover price gouging at the carwash, a sold-out “seder” in Utah, and Justin Bieber in Israel.

APRIL 7th, 2011

This week Mayer and Miriam hosted “Who’s on Furst?” live from YU’s annual Cholent Cook-Off with special guest President Richard M. Joel. Also joining them, Dr. Esther Joel, who judged her third Cholent Cook-off, contestant Moses Sutton of Brooklyn and others.

Make sure to check out celebrity judge Jamie Geller’s famous cholent recipe, as featured in The New York Times.

Also, courtesy of Star-K, check out this link on how to best enjoy your cholent.

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MARCH 31st, 2011

Guests: Live in the studio, meet Bryan Daves, Middle East expert and assistant professor in political science at Stern College for Women.  It was almost two years ago when Dr. Jennifer Mazotta-Peretti’s story first starting making headlines. At the beginning, she was just a teacher with a crazy story about a crazy promise she had made to a former student. Now, she is still in education – but with one less kidney, as she kept her word and donated a major organ to save the life of an eighteen year old boy who was fighting for his life.
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MARCH 24th, 2011

Guests: Alexander Rapaport, founder of Masbia soup kitchens; Rabbi Yona Reiss, Dean of Yeshiva University’s Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary; and Dr. Ruben Cohen, an oral and maxillo-facial surgeon on his time with the IDF field hospital in Haiti.
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MARCH 17th, 2011

Guests: Rabbi Yosef Blau, Coach Johnny Halpert and Ira Tannenbaum, director of public/private initiatives at the NYC Office of Emergency Management’s (OEM) Division of Health & Medical Planning and Preparedness.
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MARCH 10th, 2011

Guests: Uri Westrich, director of the immensely popular Maccabeats videos, and Immanuel Shalev of the Maccabeats, and  Adina Poupko, representing the Galena-Poupko family—whose daughter Ayelet is in need of a bone marrow match.

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[hana-code-insert name='ParagraphBreaks' /]Mayer FertigMayer Fertig is the senior director of media relations at Yeshiva University. He has been heard on the air and worked behind the scenes in radio, television and print in the New York-New Jersey area since 1989. Before joining the team at YU, Mayer was publisher and editor-in-chief of The Jewish Star, producer and managing editor at WCBS 880 AM in New York City, an editor at ABC News Radio, and a writer for Channel 9 News. In addition, he was the morning news anchor for Garden State Radio News, heard on radio stations across New Jersey and the New York City suburbs in the early 90s. Mayer, an MTA graduate, met his wife Chani in a political science course at Brooklyn College, where he earned a degree in Broadcast Journalism. They have three children and currently live in Flatbush, Brooklyn. Mayer was a founder of Hatzalah of Union County, N.J., serving the Elizabeth-Hillside community where the family previously resided.

Miriam L. Wallach:

Miriam L. Wallach, a proud New Yorker and Stern College alum, holds a Master’s degree in Early Adolescent Education from the Bank Street School of Education in New York City as well as a Master’s degree in English from Brooklyn College. She was a middle school English teacher for over twelve years and was included in the Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers for three years in a row (2005-2007). Discovered by Mayer, Miriam also wrote and developed the popular “That’s Life” column which was featured in The Jewish Star for over four years before moving to the South Shore Standard. It can also be enjoyed on-line at www.dearthatslife.com. A self-proclaimed food snob, smart-alleck, gym rat and classic rock devotee, she lives with her husband and their six children on Long Island.

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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 www.nachumsegal.com and www.yu.edu/radio. 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 www.dearthatslife.com, 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 nachumsegal.com.

“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 www.yu.edu/radio, in podcast form and as streaming audio.

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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.

[vimeo]http://www.vimeo.com/20337956[/vimeo]

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