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Yeshiva University Mourns Passing of Professor of Jewish Philosophy Dr. Charles Raffel

Dr. Charles Raffel

Dr. Charles Raffel

Yeshiva University is saddened by the loss of Dr. Charles Raffel, longtime professor of Jewish philosophy at Stern College for Women, who passed away suddenly on the evening of April 19.

Born August 28, 1950, Raffel was a graduate of Wesleyan and Brandeis Universities. Rabbi Dr. Ephraim Kanarfogel, chair of Stern’s Rebecca Ivry Department of Jewish Studies, described Raffel as “the anchor” of the school’s Jewish philosophy program, “a consummate mensch and colleague, and a beloved teacher.”

Dr. Raffel is survived by his beloved wife Rivka, and children Aliza and Josh, as well as by two brothers. 

Students and colleagues are asked to share their condolences in the comments section below.

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Dr. John Ruskay to Keynote May 22 Commencement; Joshua Gortler, Dorothy Schachne and Dr. Morton Lowengrub to be Honored

Dr. John S. Ruskay, executive vice president and CEO of the UJA-Federation of New York, will deliver the keynote address and receive an honorary doctorate at Yeshiva University’s 83rd Commencement Ceremony on Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 11 a.m. at the IZOD Center in East Rutherford, NJ. YU President Richard M. Joel will also confer honorary doctorates upon Joshua Gortler, president of The Kline Galland Center Foundation and alumnus of YU’s Wurzweiler School of Social Work, and YU Benefactor Dorothy Schachne. Dr. Morton Lowengrub, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, will receive the Presidential Medallion. Read the rest of this entry…

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