Half a Century Later, Sephardic Studies Continue to Expand at Yeshiva University

A program at Yeshiva University that began with a handful of participants will soon mark its 50th year, and it has never been stronger.

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Rabbi Simon Basalely, the Edmond J. Safra Sgan Mashgiach for the Sephardic community, learns with students in the Sephardic Beit Midrash

The Sephardic Studies Program at YU, co-founded by Dr. Herbert C. Dobrinsky, YU vice president of university affairs, started out with just seven students in 1964 and has steadily flourished and expanded over the last five decades. Today, the Sephardic Community Program (SCP) boasts more than 300 undergraduate men and women and serves an additional 100 graduate students, including a dozen rabbinical students.

At the time, “we didn’t feel satisfied that the Sephardic students who came to YU left with the necessary skills and didn’t benefit to the maximum in terms of learning about their own traditions,” said Dobrinsky. Read the rest of this entry…

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