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We are gratified that the federal court recognized the validity of our arguments in dismissing the case against Yeshiva University, which has been an incredibly trying process for all involved.  Our thoughts and remorse remain with those affected and harmed, and the confidential counseling services of Yeshiva University remain available to them.

Now we continue to move forward.  Yeshiva University and its high schools provide our students with a safe and secure environment, while constantly refining our policies and procedures to ensure they meet the absolute highest standards.

As North America’s Torah-informed university, we recognize our responsibility to assume a leadership role in combating abuse within the community. While we currently offer a range of services and educational programs to assist synagogues, schools, and other institutions in addressing the very real issue of abuse, we continue to look for further ways to engage this issue.

Above all, we remain vigilant in ensuring the safety and wellbeing of our children.

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Dr. Selma Botman to Serve as University’s Next Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost

Yeshiva University announced today that Dr. Selma Botman will serve as the University’s next vice president for academic affairs and provost, effective July 1. Botman joins YU from The City University of New York, where she served as executive vice chancellor for academic affairs and university provost and most recently as professor of Middle Eastern history at the Graduate Center. The appointment was unanimously approved by the YU Board of Trustees, acting on the recommendation of a search committee comprised of faculty, students, administrators and trustees.

Dr. Selma Botman to Serve as University’s next Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost beginning July 1, 2014

Dr. Selma Botman will serve as YU’s next provost

In making the appointment, YU President Richard M. Joel said: “Attracting a higher education professional with the experience, the humanity, and the academic probity of Selma Botman is an achievement that reflects Yeshiva University’s stature as one of the nation’s leading universities. I believe that she will provide enormous academic leadership to the wonderful team that supports me as we work together to build a strong, sustainable Yeshiva University. Education is about tomorrow and Dr. Botman’s experience and commitment to quality and exploring different paths of learning will enable us to build an environment that supports the best educational practices of today and anticipates even greater innovation in the future.” Read the rest of this entry…

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Educating in the Divine Image: Gender Issues in Orthodox Jewish Day Schools Wins Education Category

A book coauthored by Dr. Chaya Rosenfeld Gorsetman, associate professor of education at Yeshiva University’s Stern College for Women, has received the 2013 Education and Jewish Identity – In Memory of Dorothy Kripke National Jewish Book Award, an honor bestowed by the Jewish Book Council.

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Center for Jewish Law Presents Annual Ivan Meyer Lecture in Jewish Law on February 9

The Center for Jewish Law and Contemporary Civilization at Yeshiva University’s Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law will present their Annual Ivan Meyer Lecture in Jewish Law on Sunday, February 9, 2014, at 6 p.m. in the Jacob Burns Moot Court Room, 55 Fifth Avenue at 12th Street, New York City.

Dr. Isaiah Gafni

Dr. Isaiah Gafni will deliver the Annual Ivan Meyer Lecture in Jewish Law on February 9.

Dr. Isaiah M. Gafni, the Ivan Meyer Visiting Scholar in Comparative Jewish Law will discuss “Punishment, Blessing or Universal Mission: Ancient Perceptions (And Some Modern Thoughts) on Jewish Diaspora.”

Gafni is the Sol Rosenbloom Professor of Jewish History at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where he has taught for 40 years. Gafni has served as a visiting professor at numerous universities, including Harvard, Yale and Brown. In 2010, he was awarded the Shimshon Rosenthal Prize for Talmudic Studies by the Talmud Department of Hebrew University. Read the rest of this entry…

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On Four CJF Winter Missions Around the World, YU Students Get Closer Look at Jewish Leadership

More than 90 Yeshiva University students spent this winter break engaged in the hands-on study of—and contribution to—vastly different Jewish communities around the world.

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A student on the CJF’s “Counterpoint Israel: Winter Camp” mission teaches English at an educational camp in Kiryat Gat.

As participants on winter missions organized by YU’s Center for the Jewish Future, students traveled to Kharkov and Sumy in the Ukraine; Kiryat Malachi, Kiryat Gat and Dimona in Negev region of Israel; areas of New York that were heavily damaged by Hurricane Sandy; and cities across the Midwestern United States to make an impact and hone their leadership skills.

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RIETS Musmakh Rabbi Ephraim Meth Celebrates Second Completion of Shas at YU

The new semester is underway at Yeshiva University—and it began with the celebration of a milestone in Torah learning.

Rabbi Ephraim Meth completed Shas at Glueck

Rabbi Ephraim Meth

Rabbi Ephraim Meth, a 2012 graduate of YU’s Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary, who continues his studies in the beit midrash as a RIETS Kollel Fellow, shared his most recent completion of shas with the entire YU community at a siyum [celebration] in the beit midrash of the Jacob and Dreizel Glueck Center for Jewish Studies on January 22.

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Yael Roberts Explores Gap Between Images and Words in ‘Correspondences’

In the last year, Stern College for Women senior Yael Roberts has mailed 792 postcards and 144 letters.

Some were addressed to old friends or people she barely knew, like famous writers and artists. Others she left in random places around New York City for anyone to find. Each one asked the same questions: “Who or what inspires you? How do you define inspiration?”

yael_roberts_03The answers to those questions, as well as the many modes of communication Roberts used to ask them, form the heart of “Correspondences,” her first solo exhibition, which will run from January 15-21 at Blackburn 20 | 20, 323 West 39th Street, New York, NY.

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Veterans’ Head Injury Examined by Researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Roadside bombs and other blasts have made head injury the “signature wound” of the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts. Most combat veterans recover from mild traumatic brain injury, also known as concussion, but a small minority experience significant and long-term side effects.



Now, researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, in cooperation with Resurrecting Lives Foundation, are investigating the effect of repeated combat-related blast exposures on the brains of veterans with the goal of improving diagnostics and treatment. Read the rest of this entry…

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YU Students Present North America’s Largest Jewish Book Sale February 2 – 23

The students of Yeshiva University will present their annual Seforim Sale, North America’s largest Jewish book sale, February 2 to 23, in Belfer Hall, 2495 Amsterdam Ave on YU’s Wilf Campus in Manhattan. The sale is operated entirely by YU students—from ordering to setting up the premises, marketing and all the technology the project entails.

The Yeshiva University Seforim Sale runs Feb. 2 - 23

The Yeshiva University Seforim Sale runs Feb. 2 – 23

The acclaimed Judaica book sale draws more than 15,000 people on average from the tri-state area and provides discounted prices on the latest of more than 10,000 titles in rabbinic and academic literature, cookbooks and children’s books. Read the rest of this entry…

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Frieda Sutton and Debbie Epstein Pursue Their Dream to Help Children at Stern College for Women

Frieda Sutton and Debbie Epstein first met in the summer of 2011 at The Kids of Courage Summer Adventure Camp, a travel experience for children or young adults struggling with illness or disability. Sutton, who has cerebral palsy, had heard about the program at Camp Morasha and decided to give it a shot. Epstein became her counselor. But right away, the two learned they had something else in common—that fall, they would both head to midtown Manhattan for their first semester at Yeshiva University’s Stern College for Women.

Frieda Sutton and Debbie Epstein

Frieda Sutton and Debbie Epstein

“Stern sounded like a good way to get to know people and living in the city also sounded like a good thing,” said Sutton, a Brooklyn native.

Epstein, of Boca Raton, Florida, agreed. “I wanted to be somewhere with a big Jewish community where I could meet lots of new people.”

At Stern, Epstein and Sutton could also pursue their shared passion: improving the lives of children. Read the rest of this entry…

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