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David Brooks to Keynote December 8 Convocation; Jack Belz, Dr. Susan Horwitz, Harvey Kaylie and William Zabel to be Honored

David Brooks, acclaimed journalist, author and New York Times columnist will be the keynote speaker and receive an honorary doctorate at Yeshiva University’s 89th Annual Hanukkah Convocation and Dinner on Sunday, December 8, at The Waldorf Astoria in New York City.

David Brooks

New York Times columnist David Brooks will keynote YU’s Hanukkah convocation.

In addition to Brooks, YU President Richard M. Joel will confer honorary degrees upon Jack A. Belz of Memphis, TN, chairman and CEO of Belz Enterprises and a Benefactor and Trustee of Yeshiva University; Harvey Kaylie of Great Neck, NY, founder, president and CEO of Mini-Circuits International and a YU Benefactor; and William Zabel of Manhattan, founding partner of Schulte, Roth & Zabel and head of the Individual Client Services Group. President Joel will also present the Presidential Medallion to Dr. Susan B. Horwitz of Larchmont, NY, Rose Falkenstein Professor of Cancer Research and co-chair of molecular pharmacology at Yeshiva University’s Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

The annual Hanukkah Convocation and Dinner draws nearly one thousand of the country’s leading Jewish philanthropists and community leaders. Past speakers at the black tie gala have included New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg; former Secretary of State and then Senator Hillary Clinton, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Vice President Al Gore and Senator John McCain.

“I am incredibly honored to receive this degree and to be part of this special event,” said Brooks. “Yeshiva has always been at the forefront of Jewish thought. In an era where the lessons of the Torah are often absent from the public square, I have tried, like the students and faculty of at Yeshiva, to study those truths and apply them to present concerns.”

David Brooks has been a New York Times columnist since 2003 and is a political and cultural commentator on “PBS NewsHour.” Previously, he worked at the Washington TimesThe Wall Street JournalThe Weekly StandardNewsweek and Atlantic Monthly. Brooks, who is originally from Toronto, has authored a number of books including Bobos in Paradise: The New Upper Class and How They Got ThereOn Paradise Drive: How We Live Now (and Always Have) in the Future Tense and, most recently, The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement.

Jack A. Belz graduated from Central High School in Memphis and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In the late 1940s, he joined his father in the family real estate business and together they developed commercial and industrial real estate, businesses and other properties. The privately owned company, Belz Enterprises, has developed and operates a portfolio of more than 25 million square feet of commercial and residential real estate in several states. Belz and his wife, Marilyn, are Memphis community leaders and support a variety of organizations and institutions.

Harvey Kaylie graduated from City College of the City University of New York and went on to receive a master’s degree from New York University. He and his wife, Gloria, who serves as the secretary and treasurer of Mini-Circuits, support a wide range of charitable organizations.

William Zabel practices in the area of estate planning, wills, trusts, charitable foundations, income and gift-tax planning, estate administration and family law. He graduated with a BA summa cum laude from Princeton University and cum laude from Harvard Law School. Zabel is involved with many charitable causes and organizations and is an advocate for civil liberties and human rights.

Dr. Susan B. Horwitz’s pioneering cancer research has touched the lives of thousands of people with cancer who receive taxol as a component of first-line chemotherapy to treat breast, lung and ovarian cancer. Horwitz has received numerous honors for her discoveries. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Science, a fellow of the National Foundation for cancer research, and a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine.

To learn more about the Hanukkah Convocation and Dinner or to participate in the Scroll of Honor, visit www.yu.edu/hanukkah.