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Jeffrey Gurock’s City of Promises Awarded 2012 National Jewish Book of the Year

The Jewish Book Council has named City of Promises: A History of the Jews of New York (NYU Press, September 2012) recipient of The Everett Family Foundation Jewish Book of the Year Award. 

The three-volume work—with contributions from Jeffrey S. Gurock, Libby M. Klaperman Professor of Jewish History at Yeshiva University, as well as Howard B. Rock, Annie Polland and Daniel Soyer—explores the relationship Jews have had with New York City and how they have been a visible and integral part of the city’s culture, economy and politics, beginning with the first Jews to arrive to New Amsterdam in 1654, and moving through history to present day.

Gurock’s volume, Jews in Gotham: New York Jews in a Changing City, 1920-2010, is the third in the series and focuses on neighborhoods, exploring Jewish life within the streets of the metropolis and showcasing the reasons for New York’s continued preeminence as the capital of American Jews.

“I am gratified by this recognition of my work and the collaborative efforts that made City of Promises a joy to write,” said Gurock. Read the rest of this entry…


Editor’s note: In an effort to keep the Yeshiva University community up-to-date on the ongoing independent investigation into allegations of past abuse, YU News will continue to share all official statements with the public in the post below.

UPDATED Statement from the Yeshiva University Board of Trustees (January 16, 2013)

In light of recent inquiries, the Board of Trustees of Yeshiva University would like to clarify the scope and nature of the investigation currently being conducted by Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, with the assistance of Lisa Friel and TM Protection. Sullivan & Cromwell has been given unfettered access to all Yeshiva personnel, documents, correspondence and other records, including raw computer data, that could be relevant to its investigation. Sullivan & Cromwell has also been given the unrestricted authority to pursue any leads that may shed light on all matters related to the investigation. The Board of Trustees is fully aware that it will be judged on the manner in which it conducts this critical and sensitive matter and, in that connection, will, as always, seek to meet, if not exceed, the best possible practices employed by institutions that have confronted similar circumstances. We expect the findings of the investigation will be communicated to the public following completion of the investigation. Read the rest of this entry…