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Chief Rabbi of the Israeli Army Visits Yeshiva, Speaks to Students

Rafi Peretz, Chief Rabbi of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), visited the Yeshiva University Wilf Campus on Wednesday, November 16.

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After meeting with faculty and administrators, Chief Rabbi Peretz delivered a dvar Torah before hundreds of students in the Glueck Beit Midrash. He also met with former IDF soldiers currently enrolled at YU and spoke to students at Yeshiva University High School for Boys (YUHSB).


YU Students Learn About Israel’s Film Industry at Private Screening

A range of emotions swept through the audience of more than 70 undergraduate students as they laughed, cried and thoroughly enjoyed a private screening of three short films from Jerusalem’s Ma’aleh School of Television, Film & the Arts.

The November 15 event held in Furst Hall on Yeshiva University’s Wilf Campus was sponsored by student organizations YCSA, SOY, YSU, SYMS (Wilf), SCWSC and TAC, in conjunction with the MTV and Israel Clubs, and provided students with a much-needed break from their midterm studies.

Ma’aleh, the only film school in the world devoted to exploring the intersection of Judaism and modern life, has produced award-winning films and television programs, including the popular drama Srugim, a television series that deals with the lives of five Modern Orthodox Jewish single men and women in the Katamon neighborhood of Jerusalem.

“The school was started 20 years ago when Orthodox people felt that there needed to be a place where they could do film while still being able to maintain their religiosity,” said Neta Ariel, director of Ma’aleh, during a question and answer session after the screening. “There was also a desire to create films that would address religious issues.”


The three films screened covered multiple genres: A Shabbos Mother, a drama about three adult sisters who come home to visit their mother for Shabbat as they each deal with their personal struggles; House 103, a documentary that follows the evacuation of a particular family from Gush Katif during the summer of 2005; and Orthodox Way, a comedy that follows an Orthodox man who picks up the wrong woman on a date.

“Coming to this event made me realize that there is a place for religious people in the film industry and Israel is where it’s at,” said Tamar Schwarzbard, of Brooklyn, New York.


High School Seniors Get a Firsthand Look at YU’s Academic Excellence and Vibrant Jewish Atmosphere

Hundreds of high school seniors 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 the November 13 undergraduate Open House for men on the Wilf Campus and the November 20 Open House for women on the Beren Campus.

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“Yeshiva University is the preeminent Jewish university in North America, said Rabbi Kenneth Brander, special assistant to the president for undergraduate admissions. “We are set apart by the unique ability to combine Torah study on each student’s individual level with a first-rate secular education and the resources of one of the nation’s top research institutions.”

Prospective students interested in Yeshiva CollegeStern College for Women or SYMS School of Business can learn about the many academic options available in fields ranging from biology, political science and accounting to Jewish studies, philosophy and art. The Open Houses include tours through YU’s libraries and dormitories as well as a chance to meet with deans and faculty.

“Here at YU, a student can be in an environment in which common values are shared, their lives enriched and their successes celebrated,” said Brander.

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