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Wurzweiler School of Social Work Announces Spring 2012 Conference Series

Yeshiva University’s Wurzweiler School of Social Work has announced its 2012 Spring Conference Series. Addressing topics as varied as the composition of North American Jewish family and what professionals can do to combat poverty, the series will convene educators and social work professionals on three Fridays in March and April to immerse themselves in some of the biggest challenges facing Jewish communities.

On Friday, March 23, a Symposium on Poverty and Professionals, titled “From Concern to Action,” will be held at the Yeshiva University Museum, 15 West 16th Street, New York City. Keynote speaker Bob Herbert, a Distinguished Senior Fellow at Demos and renowned New York Times journalist, will focus on how poverty affects political, economic and social conditions in American society, with follow-up comments delivered by Dr. Robert L. Hawkins, McSilver Assistant Professor in Poverty Studies at New York University’s Silver School of Social Work, and Ruth W. Messinger, president of the American Jewish World Service. A panel exploring the professional response to poverty will feature Dr. Paris R. Baldacci, clinical professor of law at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law; Dr. A. Hal Strelnick, chief of the division of community health at Albert Einstein College of Medicine; and Dr. Richard Caputo, professor at Wurzweiler.

The Sixth Annual Joanna M. Mellor Aging Conference will be held on Friday, March 30, at the Jacob Burns Moot Court Room in Cardozo, 55 Fifth Avenue, New York City. Keynote speaker Lilliam Barrios-Paoli, commissioner of the New York City Department for the Aging, will discuss changes in New York City that will impact services and policies affecting older populations. Co-sponsors of the conference include Emblem Health and the Washington Heights-Inwood Council on Aging.

On Friday, April 20, a half-day conference titled, “The Diversity of the North American Jewish Family: Challenges and Opportunities,” will also be held at Cardozo’s Moot Court. Keynote speaker Dr. Sylvia Barack-Fishman, chair of the Near Eastern and Judaic Studies Department and Joseph and Esther Foster Professor of Contemporary Jewish Life at Brandeis University, will bring her expertise to a discussion of some of the dynamic changes that have taken place within the Jewish family structure, such as later and smaller families, blended families, and evolving status and gender hierarchies. A panel featuring Rabbi Andy Bachman, senior rabbi at Congregation Beth Elohim; Paul Levine, executive vice-president and chief executive officer at JBFCS; and Rabbi Joy Levitt, will respond to her remarks.

“These conferences represent the diversity within the social work profession and at Wurzweiler,” said Dean Carmen Ortiz Hendricks. “These are cutting-edge topics that professionals and students need to understand. The faculty and administration at Wurzweiler are very excited to bring this range of issues to the forefront with such scholarly speakers and forums.”

For more information about any of these conferences or to register, visit


RIETS Presents March 22 Reunion Shiurim for Students of Rabbi Aharon Kahn, Rabbi Yaakov Neuberger and Rabbi Michael Rosensweig

Yeshiva University affiliated Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS) will host reunion shiurim for the talmidim of Rabbi Aharon Kahn, Rabbi Yaakov Neuberger and Rabbi Michael Rosensweig on Thursday, March 22, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. in the Jacob and Dreizel Glueck Center for Jewish Study, 185th Street between Audubon and Amsterdam Avenues, New York City. Each rosh yeshiva will speak on Inyanei Pesach [Passover topics] followed by Maariv at 9 p.m.

Roshei Yeshiva Reunion

Rabbi Aharon Kahn, Rabbi Yaakov Neuberger and Rabbi Michael Rosensweig will deliver shiurim for their former students on March 22.

“It is part of our Torah tradition for students to be mekabel penei rabbo—to visit their Rebbeim on holidays,” said Rabbi Yona Reiss, Max and Marion Grill Dean of RIETS. “For us, convening these reunion events where our Yeshiva alumni can re-experience the presence of their rabbinic mentors is a special ‘mini-holiday’ opportunity for Torah learning, inspiration and the rekindling of an everlasting relationship.”

Rabbi Kahn is the Joel Jablonski Professor of Talmud and Codes and is a specialist in rabbinic law. He was ordained at RIETS in 1969 and later earned Semikhah Yadin Yadin, the highest level of rabbinic ordination, as well as a degree from YU’s Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies in 1977. Rabbi Kahn is currently rabbi of Congregation Bais HaKnesseth in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn, NY.

Rabbi Neuburger holds the I. Meier and Henrietta Segals Chair in Talmud. A 1977 graduate of Yeshiva College, he received Yadin Yadin semikhah from RIETS in 1979 and holds a master’s degree in psychology from Columbia University. Rabbi Neuburger serves as the spiritual leader of Congregation Beth Abraham in Bergenfield, NJ.

Rabbi Rosensweig occupies the Nathan and Perel Schupf Chair in Talmud and received his semikhah from RIETS in 1980 and was a distinguished fellow of its post-semikhah institute, the Gruss Kollel Elyon. He graduated from Yeshiva College in 1980, Wurzweiler School of Social Work in 1986 and earned his PhD in medieval Jewish history from Revel in 1996. Rabbi Rosensweig resides in the Kew Garden Hills section of Flushing, NY.

Light refreshments will be served. To register and to secure free parking, please register online at or contact Genene Kaye at 212-960-0137 or

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