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Yeshiva University Joins Global Jewish Community in Keeping Shabbat Together October 24 – 25

This week, Yeshiva University students will join Jewish communities in more than 212 cities across 33 countries for a Shabbat dedicated to Jewish unity and identity as part of The Shabbos Project.



The brainchild of South Africa’s Chief Rabbi Dr. Warren Goldstein, the international grassroots initiative hopes to bring Jews of all backgrounds and affiliations together to observe a single Shabbat on October 24-25.

After a successful inaugural Shabbos Project last year united South African Jewry in a complete Shabbat experience—from preparation to praying to hosting meals, the Shabbos Project movement has gone global this year with participating communities worldwide.

“There was a mass movement, a people’s experience, it was a people’s spring,” said Rabbi Goldstein. “The whole campaign went viral and the people owned it.”

Shabbos Project 2014

This year, The Shabbos Project chose October 24-25, 2014 to once again create an inspirational and engaging Shabbat where Jews worldwide will be “Keeping it Together.” This specific weekend was chosen because it immediately follows a month full of Jewish holidays to encourage Jews that may only attend shul [synagogue] on the High Holidays to remain engaged and connected. The Yeshiva University community has taken an active role in this initiative by creating a weeklong Shabbat experience for its students and neighbors. Read the rest of this entry…

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Rabbi Elimelech Goldberg ’74YUHS, ’77YC,’81R Helps Kids Kick Fear Out of Cancer

Yeshiva University alumnus Rabbi Elimelech Goldberg has recently been named a 2014 Top 10 CNN Hero for his work advocating the use of martial arts as therapy for children struggling with cancer and other childhood illnesses. His non-profit, Kids Kicking Cancer, uses the mind-body techniques of martial arts instruction, breath work and meditation to empower children beyond their pain. Fondly known as “Rabbi G” by the thousands of children his organization has helped over the years, Rabbi Goldberg, of Detroit, Michigan, also serves as clinical assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics at Wayne State University School of Medicine.



Voting for CNN Hero of the Year continues through Sunday, November 16, and all of this year’s Top 10 CNN Heroes will be honored during “CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute” on Sunday, December 7 (8:00 p.m. ET) on the global CNN networks.

YUNews spoke to Rabbi Goldberg ’74YUHS, ’77YC,’81R about his time at Yeshiva and his work helping children battle the fear and pain of cancer.

Q.    Tell us about your experience as a student at Yeshiva University.  

I went to Yeshiva University High School for Boys directly from public school in September, 1970, and then did early admissions to attend Yeshiva College, where I graduated from summa cum laude with a degree in political science. Following that, I obtained semicha [ordination] from Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary in 1980. Read the rest of this entry…

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Dr. Steven Fine Presents Online Lesson on Relief From The Arch of Titus

Dr. Steven Fine, the Dr. Pinkhos Churgin Professor of Jewish History, recently collaborated with Khan Academy to produce a video about the relief from the Arch of Titus for the “Judaism and Art” division. Khan Academy is a not-for-profit with a goal of changing education by providing free online content in the areas of math, science, economics, art and computing, available to students across the world.



Fine’s video, recorded alongside Dr. Beth Harris, dean of Art and History at Khan Academy, builds on the existing Arch of Titus restoration project and features pictures from Fine’s recent trips to Rome. The Arch of Titus Digital Restoration Project began with a pilot study of the Arch’s menorah and now plans to reconstruct the original colors and explore other elements of the arch. Read the rest of this entry…

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Wurzweiler’s Susan Bendor to Retire in January After Five Decades Dedicated to Social Work 

Over half a century after she began her career as a social worker, Dr. Susan Bendor will retire in January, capping off 26 years at Yeshiva University’s Wurzweiler School of Social Work and a remarkable 52 years in the field.

Dr. Susan Bendor

Wurzweiler’s Dr. Susan Bendor has dedicated her career to helping others.

Born in Budapest, Hungary, Bendor survived the Holocaust as a young child by hiding in a cellar for nine months. By the time she was 21, she had lived in six countries—Hungary, Austria, Switzerland, Canada, Israel and Germany—and by 25, she had earned her master’s degree. Her interest in social work can be traced back to her family’s early years in Canada.

“Thanks to a wonderful hospital social worker who helped our immigrant family through a very rough crisis and lightened the burden on our young shoulders, giving all of us a sense of hope, I realized how important and satisfying it must be to make such a difference in the lives of families coping with a variety of challenges beyond their control,” said Bendor. “I decided to follow in his footsteps. It was a privilege to enter a profession that is committed to social justice and to treating everyone with dignity, as were the individuals who saved our lives during World War II and continue to inspire me even today.” Read the rest of this entry…

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Former U.S. Senator Joseph Lieberman Delivers First YU Lecture on October 28

Former United States Senator Joseph Lieberman will deliver his first public seminar as a member of the Yeshiva University faculty on Tuesday, October 28 at 7 p.m. in Weissberg Commons,  2495 Amsterdam Avenue, New York City. Lieberman’s lecture, titled “Judaism and Public Service,” will be followed by a Q & A session with students.

Lieberman will deliver his first lecture as a member of the YU faculty on October 28.

Joseph Lieberman will deliver his first lecture as a member of the YU faculty on October 28.

“I am very much honored to begin my work at Yeshiva University this semester,” said Lieberman. “I see this as a great opportunity to share my experiences in government and politics with the students and hopefully engage and spark their interest in public policy and public service.” Read the rest of this entry…

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Paul Oestreicher Appointed Executive Director of Communications and Public Affairs Paul Oestreicher, PhD has been appointed executive director of Yeshiva University’s Department of Communications and Public Affairs. Oestreicher, an accomplished strategic communications practitioner, educator, researcher, and author, succeeds Michael Scagnoli.

Paul Oestreicher

Paul Oestreicher

“Paul will direct our communications staff that functions as an in-house agency, and the Communications Office at Cardozo School of Law, and will also liaise with the Office of Communications at Albert Einstein College of Medicine to ensure proper coordination of efforts,” said Senior Vice President Josh Joseph. “He will also manage the University’s brand and messaging.” Read the rest of this entry…

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Graduate Program Will be Offered in Partnership With Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Health System 

Yeshiva University will introduce a new master of science degree program in speech-language pathology (SLP) in fall 2015. Students enrolled in the new program will have the opportunity to learn from the experienced clinicians and faculty of the Montefiore Health System and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and will have access to resources at both institutions. The program is approved by the State of New York Department of Higher Education and is seeking Accreditation Candidacy with the Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) of the American Speech, Language and Hearing Association (ASHA). The official opening date is pending CAA accreditation.

Dr. Linda Carroll

Dr. Linda Carroll will direct the new program in speech-language pathology.

The five-semester graduate program is designed to prepare students to become speech-language pathologists who are capable of working in hospitals, rehabilitative centers, university or college clinics, specialized clinical settings or private practice. The program was developed by Linda Carroll, Ph.D., speech pathologist, Department of Otolaryngology, Montefiore Medical Center, who will serve as director. Dr. Carroll is also an experienced voice therapist and was recently named a Fellow of ASHA.

“This master’s program is not only responsive to the needs of YU students who are interested in the health sciences, but also critical to the community as it seeks to hire accomplished speech-language therapists,” said Dr. Selma Botman, provost and vice president for academic affairs at YU. “We are fortunate to have Dr. Carroll, a nationally recognized expert in the field, lead this initiative.” Read the rest of this entry…

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Dear Members of the Yeshiva University Community,

As we begin a new Jewish and academic year at Yeshiva University, we simultaneously embark on the next chapter in YU’s remarkable history. These are exciting times for this unique and wonderful university and I want to share with you our progress to date in assuring YU’s well-being, and our plans for the future. At its recent meeting, the University Board of Trustees endorsed a Roadmap for Sustainable Excellence that will guide us as we meet the challenges of 21st century higher education.

Our mission is not in question, but we must accomplish it within our means. We have confronted challenges that put pressure on the financial health of YU. In the simplest terms, over the past distressed economic times, we struggled to build the university we needed. We invested in our University, but as the economy turned we experienced operating deficits that cannot continue.

Change surrounds us. Young people learn differently than they did a generation ago. New views of the world, new technologies and modes of communication, the impact of social media, all change our students’ experience and how they learn. Twentieth century education does not embrace a twenty-first century world. To advance our mission requires that we use our resources wisely and focus our energies to retool how that mission is achieved. The challenge must be addressed in terms of the processes and content of education, the infrastructure needed and its costs, and the resources we have and must access. It is our mandate to ensure that Yeshiva University continues to thrive for generations to come. So, we embrace change and eagerly address all challenges as they arise. The Roadmap for Sustainable Excellence charts our course. Read the rest of this entry…

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YU Benefactor Abe Naymark Leaves Lasting Legacy at Sy Syms School of Business

Abraham “Abe” Naymark was a self-made multimillionaire, but one would never know it. Low key and unpretentious until his passing last January, Naymark was also a shrewd businessman and a tough negotiator—traits that helped him achieve a small fortune in his lifetime. With this fortune, he has helped numerous students and faculty members at Sy Syms School of Business through the establishment of an eponymous scholarship fund and the Visiting Faculty and Research Fellowship Program. He gave a total of $2.25 million to YU while he was living as well as through gifts given from his estate posthumously.

Abraham Naymark

Abraham Naymark z”l

“Abe was the type of guy who wouldn’t spend $100 on himself but would gladly give a $1 million check to charity,” said Michael Strauss, associate dean of Sy Syms, who shared a close personal relationship with him. “He was a mentor to me, like a father figure, and a real mentsch with a truly unique personality.” Read the rest of this entry…

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Social Psychologist Jonathan Haidt Discusses the Moral Psychology of Political Polarization at Event Sponsored by Honors Program and Psychology Department

What is the most serious problem facing the United States today? According to Dr. Jonathan Haidt, Thomas Cooley Professor of Ethical Leadership at New York University’s Stern School of Business, the answer is “hyper-partisanship,” the extreme, unprecedented polarization between Democrats and Republicans that Haidt says has been escalating since the 1980s and 1990s. Haidt considers this growing gap—between politicians and citizens alike—a “national crisis.”

NYU Professor Jonathan Haidt  speaks about how morality varies across cultures, religions and political groups at Belfer Hall on the WILF, men's campus on August 27,  2014. The lecture was a partnership between the Honors Program and the Psychology Department.

NYU Professor Jonathan Haidt speaks about how morality varies across cultures, religions and political groups.

Haidt, a leading researcher of moral psychology and how morality varies across cultures—including American liberals, conservatives and libertarians—spoke to a packed Wilf Campus lecture hall on September 16, at an event titled “The Moral Psychology of Political Polarization and Paralysis,” co-sponsored by the Yeshiva College Department of Psychology and the Jay and Jeanie Schottenstein Honors Program.

Hyper-partisanship, explained Haidt, the New York Times bestselling author of The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion, “turns politics into a zero-sum game: if the other side fails, you win.” Read the rest of this entry…

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