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Will you be ready if disaster strikes?

This week on “Who’s on Furst?” (Thursdays at 2 p.m. EST, on and Emergency preparedness plans and precautions for individuals, families and small businesses.

On their weekly live webcast from Furst Hall on the Yeshiva University campus in Washington Heights, Mayer Fertig and Miriam L. Wallach will host Ira Tannenbaum, director of public/private initiatives at the NYC Office of Emergency Management’s (OEM) Division of Health & Medical Planning and Preparedness. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from an expert about how to prepare yourself and your family for the unexpected.

Later on in the program, how many people have been in a committed relationship with something – not someone – for almost four decades? In his 39th season at YU and recently featured in the Wall Street Journal, Coach Johnny Halpert is a fixture on campus and certainly at the Max Stern Athletic Center. Mentor, guidance counselor, surrogate father and coach, Halpert has seen it all and has the stories to prove it. From running practices without baskets to coaching his own kids, listen as Fertig, Wallach and Coach Halpert discuss the upcoming annual Sarachek tournament featuring top Yeshiva high school teams from around the countr, YU basketball and the love of the game.

Also this Thursday, Rabbi Yosef Blau, mashgiach ruchani [spiritual advisor] at the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS) since 1977, will share a d’var torah, and you’ll hear about upcoming community events, and a roundup of interesting stories from the weekly Jewish newspapers.

“Who’s on Furst?” airs Thursdays at 2pm, on or It’s the 60 most enjoyable minutes you’ll have at work this week.


Ted Merwin to Deliver March 31 Rogoff Lecture on How Clothes Helped Fashion American Jewish Humor

At the turn of the 20th century in New York, Eastern European Jewish immigrants were overwhelmingly involved with two industries—the garment trade and the entertainment business. Not surprisingly, clothing became a major theme of American Jewish humor.

Ted Merwin

Ted Merwin

The intertwining of industries will be addressed by Ted Merwin, when he delivers the 2011 Rogoff Lecture at Yeshiva University on Thursday, March 31. The interactive, multimedia lecture, “Unbuttoned: Clothes and the Making of American Jewish Comedy,” will take place at YU’s Koch Auditorium, 245 Lexington Avenue, New York City.

During the program, which begins at 7:00 p.m. and is open to the public free of charge, Prof. Merwin will trace the symbolic use of clothing in the work of such diverse entertainers as Fanny Brice, Eddie Cantor, Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David.

Merwin teaches Religion and Judaic Studies at Dickinson College (Carlisle, PA) where he also directs the Milton B. Asbell Center for Jewish Life. For the last seven years, he has served as chief theater critic of the New York Jewish Week. His articles appear in newspapers throughout the country, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Moment Magazine, Hadassah, The Sondheim Review, MetroWest Jewish News, Baltimore Jewish Times, Atlanta Jewish Times and St. Louis Jewish Light.

The lecture is named for Hillel (Harry) Rogoff, an alumnus of Yeshiva University and longtime editor of the Jewish Daily Forward. The series was established in 1971 through the efforts of the late YU English professor and administrator Dr. David Mirsky and members of the Rogoff family.

For reservations, please contact Perel Skier at to submit your name and number of tickets desired.


YUHSB Graduates in Israel Coordinate 5K Run to Raise Funds for United Hatzalah

More than 400 hundred post-high school students spending the year studying in Israel recently gathered in Jerusalem for a 5K run called the “Race to Save Lives.” The program—coordinated by Alex Goldberg and Aharon Watson, graduates of Yeshiva University High School for Boys—raised money for United Hatzalah, an independent non-profit volunteer emergency medical services organization in Israel.

“It was quite a challenge putting this event together,” said Goldberg. “From top to bottom, everyone worked day and night to get this amazing event accomplished and I’m extremely proud that we were able to make a real contribution.”

In total, more than $250,000 was raised for the purchase of 10 United Hatzalah ambucylces.

United Hatzalah Chief Coordinator Eli Beer was visibly moved when addressing the crowd and praised the leadership and teamwork of Alex and Aharon. “The commitment, enthusiasm and leadership illustrated by the young people before us today are an inspiration to me, our donors and all of our volunteers.”

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