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ELI Talks Showcase ChampionsGate Leadership Conference Presentations 

This year, for the first time in the eight-year history of Yeshiva University’s ChampionsGate National Leadership Conference, select presentations were filmed and are being made available to the public as part of ELI Talks. The talks, 12-minute TED-style presentations that seek to share innovative and thought-provoking Jewish content, are presented in partnership with the AVI CHAI Foundation.

Eight ChampionsGate video presentations are featured in the ELI Talks series, including: “Failure to Launch: The Upside of Falling Down” by Rabbi Josh Joseph, senior vice president; “Social Intelligence: Foundation for Jewish Living” by Dr. Rona Novick, director of the Fanya Gottesfeld Heller Doctoral Program at YU’s Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration; “Jewish Perspectives on Happiness” by Dr. David Pelcovitz, the Gwendolyn and Joseph Straus Chair in Jewish Education at Azrieli;  and “Being in the Business of Tikun Olam” by Anita Zucker, CEO of the InterTech Group.

View all eight of the ChampionsGate ELI Talks.

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Students of All Stripes Find Their Voice at YU’s Belz School of Jewish Music

Once a week for the past seven years, New York State Supreme Court Justice Martin Schulman has made the trip from his courthouse chambers in Jamaica, Queens to Yeshiva University’s Philip and Sarah Belz School of Jewish Music on YU’s Washington Heights Wilf Campus.


Cantor Joseph Malovaney provides instruction to Judge Martin Schulman. (Photo: David Khabinsky)

Joined in a classroom by students who run the gamut from undergraduates and aspiring rabbis to doctors, lawyers, security guards and bus drivers, Schulman studies nusach ha-tefillah [prayer chants] and the theories, music and techniques of chazanut [cantorial singing], a critical Jewish skill which is fast being forgotten. But it’s not just about singing: at its core, chazanut is about channeling the voice of a community.

That skill is the main emphasis at Belz, a division of YU-affiliated Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary. Read the rest of this entry…

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Thirty New Professors Join Yeshiva University’s Distinguished Faculty

Thirty new professors have joined the distinguished faculty at Yeshiva University’s undergraduate and graduate schools, teaching a variety of courses in mathematics, science, business, liberal arts and Judaic studies.

“These new colleagues are dedicated and skilled teachers whose involvement in important research will give our students the chance to share in the excitement of discovery,” said Dr. Lawrence Schiffman, vice provost for undergraduate education at YU. “We look forward to welcoming them to our community of learning.”

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Earlier today, Sullivan & Cromwell LLP released its report marking the completion of the firm’s eight-month investigation into allegations of past abuse at Yeshiva University High School for Boys. There are findings set forth in this report that serve as a source of profound shame and sadness for our institution. On behalf of the Board of Trustees and the entire University community, I express my deepest and most heartfelt remorse, and truly hope that our recognition of these issues provides some level of comfort and closure to the victims. Although we cannot change the past, we remain committed to making confidential counseling services available to those individual victims in the hope they can achieve a more peaceful future.

It is with them in mind that we move forward in continuing our efforts to lead our community away from a culture of apathy regarding issues of abuse and toward one of action, change and growth.

Today, the University is a safe place infused with a culture of warmth. For years we have enacted and enforced policies and procedures to protect our students and community members. We will continue to regularly review and, when appropriate, enhance those policies and procedures to ensure they always meet the standard of “best in class.” YU must continue to foster a culture of integrity, caring, responsiveness and, above all, place the safety of our students first. Read the rest of this entry…

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Dear Members of the Yeshiva University Community,

Last December, in response to reports of past abuse at Yeshiva University High School for Boys, the Yeshiva University Board of Trustees retained the law firm of Sullivan & Cromwell LLP to conduct a full and independent investigation of the allegations as well as to review current policies and procedures. Sullivan & Cromwell, in turn, engaged T&M Protection Resources to provide specialized knowledge and expertise with respect to allegations of abuse and abuse prevention.

The Board has been advised that Sullivan & Cromwell’s investigation is now complete. The report of the investigation, which we encourage you to read, will be issued at 9:30 a.m. this morning to both the public and the Board of Trustees at the same time:

We would like to take this opportunity to thank Sullivan & Cromwell and T&M for all of their work.  More importantly, we would like to thank the many individuals who, despite the personal and emotional sacrifice associated with doing so, made themselves available for interviews and who otherwise assisted in the investigation.

Board of Trustees
Yeshiva University

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New Students Embark on Their YU Journey as Undergraduate Orientation Kicks Off

This week, Yeshiva University will welcome hundreds of new students to its Wilf and Israel Henry Beren Campuses as they settle in for their first year of study in fields ranging from biology to marketing, political science to Jewish education, mathematics to studio art and beyond. The students’ backgrounds are as diverse as their interests: this year’s incoming class includes natives from across the United States and countries around the world, including Switzerland, Argentina and France, among others. But all of them are united by their decision to inaugurate one of the most important periods of their lives here, at the only institution where they can receive an unmatched academic education and launch their professional careers while deepening their understanding and commitment to Judaism.

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Student Leaders and Alumni Share Some Helpful Advice with New Students

This week, new students at Yeshiva University’s Yeshiva College, Stern College for Women and Sy Syms School of Business will hit campus for the first time to make new friends, learn new things and set out on a journey of self-discovery that will define their college years and prepare them to pursue their dreams.

Starting college is an exhilarating experience—but it can also be a little overwhelming. To get new students off to the right start, YU News asked for some tips and tricks to get the most out of your Yeshiva University experience from the people who know best: current student leaders and alumni. Read on to for some helpful and interesting advice. Read the rest of this entry…

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Dr. Rona Novick Offers Four Steps Towards Positive Social Leadership

As September approaches, our thoughts begin to turn towards academic pursuits: Which teacher will be best? How much homework will there be?


Dr. Rona Novick

But perhaps students returning to school are most plagued by issues relating to social skills and challenges: Will I make friends? Who will be nice to me? Will I fit in?

Schools are social places. Students spend a considerable amount of time in groups, both as part of their learning and in unstructured activities. Collaboration is a critical life skill, and learning to be a responsible and caring social leader is a wonderful goal. Although developing social skills, empathy and social leadership is a complex, ongoing process, parents can set the stage for success, and help children obtain healthy social attitudes with some fairly straightforward September adjustments. Read the rest of this entry…

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Eliminating Inefficiencies, YU School Partnership Helps Day Schools Improve Bottom Line

As the new school year approaches, many day schools are sharing news of increased enrollment, improved finances and new cost-saving measures they have successfully instituted, thanks in large part to the Yeshiva University Institute for University-School Partnership’s Benchmarking and Financial Reengineering project.

After a 2010 pilot program was implemented in Bergen County, the project expanded in 2011 to include day schools in Baltimore, Chicago, Cleveland and Philadelphia. Participating schools have been able to document tangible improvements and project hundreds of thousands of dollars in financial savings. In May, seven schools in Los Angeles signed on to participate as well.

The program, funded jointly by a grant from The AVI CHAI Foundation and by local federations and foundations, asks participating schools to provide the YU School Partnership with detailed enrollment and financial data, which is then used as the basis for a comparative financial analysis with peer day schools. YU School Partnership consultants offer tools to help schools evaluate their own performance and enable them to be more proactive about managing their finances, and pinpoint areas for potential improvement and develop long- and short-term plans to enhance efficiency and effectiveness. Read the rest of this entry…

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Basalely Will Serve as Edmond J. Safra Sgan Mashgiach in YU Sephardic Community Program

Rabbi Simon Basalely has been appointed the Edmond J. Safra Sgan Mashgiach for the Sephardic Community Program at Yeshiva University. Basalely, a graduate of the Israel Henry Beren Institute for Higher Talmudic Studies, also known as the Beren Kollel Elyon, will assume his new role at the start of the fall semester, providing guidance to the Sephardic students on the Wilf campus. Read the rest of this entry…

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