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Bob Woodward to Discuss Origins and Impact of Washington’s Dysfunctional Politics at Nov. 13 Robbins-Wilf Program

With the government shutdown and debt limit crisis still fresh on people’s minds, and immigration reform and other issues embroiled in partisan politics, Yeshiva University will host a discussion on “Washington’s Broken Politics” featuring two-time Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Bob Woodward. The lecture, part of the Dr. Marcia Robbins-Wilf Scholar-in-Residence program, will be held on Wednesday, November 13 at 7:30 p.m. at the Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, between 5th and 6th Avenues.

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Bob Woodward will address Washington’s dysfunctional politics at the Nov. 13 Robbins-Wilf program.

“Politics in Washington has become so dysfunctional that public approval for Congress has sunk to nine percent and more than six in ten Americans would like to replace their own member of Congress—an unprecedented low opinion of Congress—while approval for the president is at 42 percent, an all-time low for President Obama,” said Bryan Daves, clinical assistant professor of political science at Yeshiva University and moderator of the event. “Just at a time in which Americans expect their leaders to deal with difficult problems, their leaders seem unable to put politics aside. To understand how we got here, the consequences of the dysfunction and the way forward, we invited one the nation’s most respected and experienced journalists to offer his unique insights.” Read the rest of this entry…

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Rabbi Lord Sacks to Serve as Kressel and Ephrat Family University Professor of Jewish Thought at Yeshiva University

Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks of the United Kingdom has been appointed to a dual professorship at New York University (NYU) and Yeshiva University (YU).

Rabbi Sacks FullA world-renowned scholar, philosopher, religious leader, prolific author and a leading moral voice, Rabbi Lord Sacks served as Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth from September 1991 until September 2013­–only the sixth incumbent of the position since it was formalized in 1845. During his tenure, Anglo-Jewry was reinvigorated through a series of innovative communal projects in the fields of education, cultural creativity and leadership development, together with a call for a renewed commitment to the ethical dimension of Judaism.

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Revel Lecture Offers Personal Recollections, Academic Analysis of Noted Bible Scholar

The Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies held its inaugural event of the fall semester’s special lecture series, “Nehama Leibowitz and Tanakh Study: Yesterday and Today,” at Yeshiva University’s Wilf Campus on October 22. The event, which was attended by more than 200 people, included personal recollections of Leibowitz by one of her earliest pupils, Esther Manischewitz, as well as an academic lecture about Leibowitz’s Bible scholarship by Revel Associate Dean and Professor of Bible, Dr. Mordechai Z. Cohen.

“Nehama Leibowitz, the master teacher, has become a larger than life figure, a sort of celebrity,” said Cohen. “Yet Nehama regarded herself as a simple teacher, who sought to guide others in their study of Tanakh [Bible].” Read the rest of this entry…

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From Counseling and Career Planning to Networking and Job Placement, Career Center Offers Students Keys to Success

As new students begin their journeys at Yeshiva University, one of the first places they often visit on campus is the Career Center, which offers a multitude of resources from career planning, resume building and interview coaching to informational events, site visits and recruiting fairs. Over the last few years, the Career Center has helped more than 90 percent of graduates find jobs or enter graduate school within six months of graduation.

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YU students on a recent Career Center site visit to Sirius XM.

Part of that success is due to the valuable connections that students can make through a variety of events and networking opportunities provided by the Career Center.

“Our students and the team at the YU Career Center have been able to achieve a certain level of success in great part due to our relationships with our alumni, tapping this amazing resource of professionals as mentors and employers for now and years to come,” said Marc Goldman, executive director of the Career Center. Read the rest of this entry…

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YU Hosts Panel Discussion on Iran, Israel and Assimilation

On October 22, Yeshiva University hosted a panel discussion organized by This World: Jewish Values Network, featuring President Richard M. Joel, Pulitzer Prize-winning Wall Street Journal columnist Bret Stephens and philanthropist Sheldon Adelson. The forum, “Will Jews Exist? Iran, Assimilation and the Threat to Israel and Jewish Survival” was moderated by Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, founder of This World, which runs a series of events that convene political and business leaders to discuss critical issues facing the Jewish community.

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Two-Week Trip Strengthens YU Ties with South African Jewish Community

President Richard M. Joel recently returned from a visit to South Africa, speaking at various communal functions and meeting with a wide range of Jewish leaders in hopes of establishing strategic partnerships between Yeshiva University and South African Jewry.

President Joel addresses high school students at Cape Town's Herzlia School.

President Joel addresses high school students at Cape Town’s Herzlia School.

President Joel began his two-week long trip in the scenic coastal city of Cape Town, where he delivered the keynote address at the annual Cape South Africa Jewish Board of Deputies Conference. The conference, titled “SAFE SPACES: Making Room for Your Views,” featured an array of impressive speakers and panel contributors, including former President F. W. de Clerk, widely credited along with Nelson Mandela with helping to end apartheid in South Africa. President Joel’s address focused on the importance Jewish education in securing a strong Jewish future. Read the rest of this entry…

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Straus Center Presents November 6 Conversation with Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and Attorney Nathan Lewin

Yeshiva University’s Zahava and Moshael Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought presents a conversation with United States Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and renowned attorney and Yeshiva College graduate Nathan Lewin on “Synagogue and State In America: The Landmark First Amendment Cases of our Age” on Wednesday, November 6, 2013 in YU’s Lamport Auditorium, 2540 Amsterdam Ave., New York City. The discussion, part of YU’s “Great Conversations on Religion and Democracy” series, begins at 7 p.m. and will be moderated by Rabbi Dr. Meir Soloveichik, director of the Straus Center. Read the rest of this entry…

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Student-Run Medical Ethics Conference Explores Interplay of Halacha and Medicine in Israel

As Americans across the country debated the ethical, legal and practical ramifications of Obamacare, Yeshiva University’s Student Medical Ethics Society (MES), a student club mentored by YU’s  Center for the Jewish Futue (CJF), looked to the Israeli medical system as the framework for a very different kind of conversation: What does universal health care look likein a country bound by Jewish law?

That question was at the heart of MES’ eighth annual Fuld Family Conference, titled “Prescribing for a Nation: Examining the Interplay of Jewish Law and Israeli Health Care.” The October 20 event explored the ways in which Israeli medical institutions utilize Jewish law to form national policy as well as important ethical and halachik [Jewish legal] questions that emerge from practicing medicine in Israel. Read the rest of this entry…

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Six Yeshiva University High School for Boys Students Named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists

Six seniors at the Marsha Stern Talmudical Academy/Yeshiva University High School for Boys (YUHSB) were named semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program after performing extremely well on their Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Tests (PSAT/ NMSQT). The students are Elliot Fuchs, Asher Guigui, Daniel Jaroslawicz, Aryeh Klein, Yitzchak Lindenbaum and Ori Putterman.

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YUHSB’s six National Merit Scholarship semifinalists: Yitzchak Lindenbaum, Elliot Fuchs, Daniel Jaroslawicz, Aryeh Klein, Ori Putterman and Asher Guigui.

“We are proud that our Yeshiva has so many semifinalists this year,” said Dr. Seth Taylor, principal of general studies at YUHSB. “Moreover, this figure is quite similar to the amount of semifinalists we had last year and the year before that. That’s confirmation of the fact that a lot of bright young men decide to come to our school because of the superior education they know they will receive.” Read the rest of this entry…

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Lecture Presented by Yeshiva College and Revel Offers Insight into the Linguistic and Cultural Process of Becoming Frum

Dr. Sarah Benor, an expert on the social science of American Jews, discussed several key concepts from her book, Becoming Frum: How Newcomers Learn the Language and Culture of Orthodox Judaism (Rutgers University Press, 2012), at an October 15 lecture on YU’s Wilf Campus. The talk was presented by Yeshiva College’s Department of Jewish Studies and the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies.

Dr. Sarah Benor, addresses Yeshiva College and Revel students.

Dr. Sarah Benor, addresses Yeshiva College and Revel students.

Based on her research studying the members of a Jewish community in Philadelphia for a year, Benor explored their distinctive culture and language and explained how ba’alei teshuva [newly religious] acquire those speech patterns as part of the process of joining the Orthodox community. Read the rest of this entry…

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