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Einstein-Montefiore Researchers Secure $16 Million NIH Grant to Study HIV/AIDS in Women

Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and Montefiore Medical Center have received a $16 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to investigate the impact of HIV and AIDS on women. The funds allow Montefiore and Einstein to continue as a scientific and clinical site for the Women’s Interagency HIV Study (WIHS), a multi-center, prospective, observational study of women who are either HIV-positive or at risk for HIV infection. The study is now entering its 21st year.  Read the rest of this entry…

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Hundreds of Community Leaders Gather to Share Ideas and Inspiration at Annual ChampionsGate Conference

More than 350 rabbinic, educational and lay leaders from 73 communities across North America and around the globe came together for Yeshiva University’s Eighth Annual ChampionsGate National Leadership Conference held in Orlando, Fla., July 25-28.

This year’s theme, “Kehilla: What We Bring to It,” explored the broader narrative of community, inviting participants to journey through four separate realms of communal leadership as they gained practical tools and fostered new collaborative partnerships to address pressing issues facing their communities at home and Orthodox Judaism as a whole.

“The future of our community is dependent on our commitment to Torah values and gifted leadership who support those values throughout our community,” said YU President Richard M. Joel. Read the rest of this entry…

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Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis More Common Among Ashkenazi Jews

Individuals seeking to learn about Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis (collectively known as inflammatory bowel disease or IBD) can self-educate at GeneSights, the free online education resource presented by the Program for Jewish Genetic Health of Yeshiva University/Albert Einstein College of Medicine. IBD affects more than 1.4 million Americans and its prevalence is significantly higher in individuals of Ashkenazi Jewish descent as compared to the general population.

GeneSights consists of individual “lessons” with topics selected based on their current relevance to the Jewish community, including specific diseases and medical conditions, genetic technologies and bioethical issues. Read the rest of this entry…

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With New Show, Sy Syms Professor Charlie Harary Brings Classroom Lessons to TV

What is the secret to success?

Charlie Harary, assistant clinical professor of management and entrepreneurship at Yeshiva University’s Sy Syms School of Business, is on a mission to find out.

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Michael Steinhardt and Sy Syms’ Charlie Harary discuss strategies of success for new show set to debut on The Jewish Channel.

On a recent July afternoon in a 34th floor conference room overlooking midtown Manhattan, with video cameras rolling, Harary was interviewing Michael Steinhardt—one of the country’s most prominent hedge fund moguls, president of investment fund company Steinhardt Management Co. Inc. and co-founder of Taglit-Birthright Israel—trying to pinpoint how Steinhardt became the thriving businessman he is today.

The Jewish Channel, popularly known as “the Jewish HBO,” was on hand to film the riveting conversation, which will air as part of a segment in Harary’s upcoming TV show, “Elements of Success.”

“The show is based on my class at Sy Syms, ‘Principles of Success,’ where we try to identify various principles, values and strategies present in different types of success and bring to life those values that we learn in the classroom,” said Harary. Read the rest of this entry…

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Faculty from Across Yeshiva University Granted Tenure

A stellar faculty is the backbone of a great university. This year, Yeshiva University appointed 20 of its most distinguished faculty members in the fields of the arts, sciences and Judaic studies to tenured positions in both its undergraduate and graduate schools. The faculty members include five from Yeshiva College, five from Stern College for Women, four from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, two from the Benjamin N. Cardozo school of Law, and one each at the Sy Syms School of Business, the Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration, the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies and the Wurzweiler School of Social Work.

“The quality of the faculty at Yeshiva meets its academic and civilizational aspirations,” said YU President Richard M. Joel. “The scholars who now comprise the faculty of this University bring the elegance of thought, the rigor of research and the commitment of service that can serve as a model to all of our students.” Read the rest of this entry…

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Rabbinic Conference is First Organized by UK’s New Chief Rabbi-Elect

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From left, Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt; Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis; and Rabbi Kenneth Brander.

Rabbi Kenneth Brander, Vice President for University and Community Life and the David Mitzner Dean of the Center for the Jewish Future at Yeshiva University, delivered three lectures at a rabbinic conference organized by Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, Chief Rabbi-Elect of the United Kingdom.

A hundred rabbis from across the UK attended the two-day conference from July 9-10, which also featured presentations from Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt, Chief Rabbi of Moscow, and current Chief Rabbi of the UK Lord Jonathan Sacks, among others. Brander gave three lectures: “Exploring the Role and Best Practices for a Contemporary Synagogue,” “Lessons for Living Life: Inspirational Words for the Role of the Rebbetsen,” and “The Center for the Jewish Future.”

“Having the occasion to engage in conversations with the Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Saks and Chief Rabbi Elect Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis was a pleasure,” said Brander. “Their vision for Anglo Jewry and its rabbinate is inspiring. Too often the ‘pond’ that separates us deters us from benefiting from each other’s experiences and the community know-how that we have acquired.”

He added, “A continued relationship between the rabbis of the United Kingdom and Yeshiva University will benefit both American and Anglo Jewry – I look forward to this opportunity.”

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Azrieli Professor Recognized for Contributions to Jewish Education at Torah Umesorah Annual Convention

Feuerman_58267a-44Rabbi Dr. Chaim Feuerman, Golda Koschitzky Chair in Jewish Education at Yeshiva University’s Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration, recently received the Dr. Joseph Kaminetsky Leadership Award at Torah Umesorah’s 57th Annual Convention in Lake Harmony, PA.

Established in memory of Dr. Joseph Kaminetsky, who served as the first director of Torah Umesorah – The National Society for Hebrew Day Schools since its founding in 1947, the award recognizes Jewish educators who have made a formidable impact on the Jewish community and exemplify the same ideals that Kaminetsky displayed in his own career, which was devoted to the establishment and support of Jewish day schools across North America. Read the rest of this entry…

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EMBA Program at Sy Syms School of Business Travels to Israel for In-Depth Study of Entrepreneurship

A behind-the-scenes tour of the Knesset and frank conversations with the leaders of companies including high-tech startup Given Imaging, integrated energy giant Delek Group and Recanati Winery were just a few of the unique learning opportunities for students in the Executive Masters of Business Administration program at Yeshiva University’s Sy Syms School of Business during one jam-packed week of field study in Israel this summer.

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EMBA students on a site visit to Elbit Systems, which develops, manufactures and integrates advanced, high-performance defense electronic and electro-optic systems for customers throughout the world.

The trip, from July 1-9, enabled students in the program’s Management of International Business course to shape their own learning experience so that it provided maximum exposure to the topics that were of most interest to them, with an overall aim of understanding the specific opportunities for global arbitrage offered in Israel. That meant arranging their own on-site visits with government and policy-setting bodies, globally-oriented Israeli companies, the Israeli presence of foreign-based multinational companies and academic institutions. Read the rest of this entry…

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Certificate Program in Experiential Jewish Education, Now in its Third Year, Seeks to Revolutionize Field

At their final seminar in Yeshiva University’s Center for the Jewish Future (CJF) Certificate Program in Experiential Jewish Education, 21 educators from across the map in every sense—geographically, denominationally and generationally—reflected on their own spiritual journeys and backgrounds in an attempt to answer these questions: What influences Jewish identity and engagement? And how, as educators, could they create positive experiences and lasting impact for others in those areas?

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Presenter Naomi Less of Storahtelling and Cohort III member Elise Loterman of Hillel of Greater Toronto take part in a storytelling workshop.

“We need to be focused on the whole sense of individual journeys, which call for different questions and measures of success,” Shuki Taylor, the program’s director, told the group.

Those kinds of questions and measures are at the heart of the Certificate Program. Now graduating its second cohort and inaugurating a third, it is one of the few professional programs to focus on the unique role experiential Jewish education plays in the transmission of Jewish values and traditions—and to arm practitioners with research, methodology and skills to increase their effectiveness on the job. Read the rest of this entry…

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Eleven YU Undergrads Participate in Advanced Biomedical Research Program

Eleven Yeshiva University undergraduates have been selected to participate in the Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP), an advanced biomedical research program at YU’s Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Directed by Dr. Victoria Freedman, Einstein’s associate dean for graduate programs in the biomedical sciences, and Dr. Barry Potvin, professor of biology at Yeshiva College and visiting professor in the cell biology department at Einstein, the program has drawn 58 students in total from a variety of colleges and universities to engage in cutting-edge scientific studies.

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Stern College’s Nechama Dreyfus is conducting research in the animal imaging lab at Einstein’s Nuclear Medicine and Biophysics Department.

In fields ranging from neuroscience to epidemiology to microbiology, the students receive hands-on research experience in their areas of interest normally reserved for graduate-level work.

“I’m particularly enjoying my placement in Dr. Linda Jelicks’s animal imaging lab within the Nuclear Medicine and Biophysics Department at Einstein because this technology and field are completely new to me,” said Nechama Dreyfus, a biochemistry major at Stern College for Women. Read the rest of this entry…

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