Twenty Yeshiva High School Teams Across North America to Compete in YU’s Annual Basketball Tournament
From March 19-23, 20 yeshiva high school basketball teams from across the United States and Canada will meet at the Max Stern Athletic Center on Yeshiva University’s Wilf Campus in Washington Heights to battle it out for the top spot in YU’s 24th Annual Red Sarachek Basketball Tournament, North America’s most prestigious Jewish high school basketball competition.
YULA took the Sarachek crown in 2014.
In addition to the spirited gameplay, the long weekend will include several off-court activities to help the young all-stars gain an early appreciation for YU’s unique educational environment and culture, including a lively Shabbaton, tours of the University, and a special Sunday Kollel and Midreshet Yom Rishon, featuring Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, Kressel and Ephrat Family University Professor of Jewish Thought; Senator Joseph Lieberman, chair in public policy and public service; and Rabbi Meir Soloveichik, director of the Zahava and Moshael Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought. Read the rest of this entry…
Men’s Basketball’s Benjy Ritholtz Becomes Second YU Athlete to Earn Consecutive Academic All-American Honors
For the second time in as many years, Yeshiva University men’s basketball player Benjy Ritholtz has earned one of the highest academic honors a college student-athlete can earn as the senior has been named a College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) / Capital One Academic All-American for the 2014-15 men’s basketball season.
Ritholtz, who earned a spot on the CoSIDA / Capital One Academic All-American third team last year, earned a spot on the first team this year, and he became just the second student-athlete in Yeshiva University athletics history to earn the honor in back-to-back years (women’s basketball player Rebecca Yoshor earned the award during the 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons). He is also the third student-athlete in Yeshiva University annals to ever earn the award (men’s basketball player Eric Davis was the first to receive it during the 1990-91 season).
Revel Talk Sketches Complex Portrait of the Vilna Gaon
More than 70 people gathered in Furst Hall on a frigid Thursday evening to hear Bar-Ilan University professor Dr. Raphael Shuchat present a lecture, titled “The Vilna Gaon: Halakhist, Moderate Maskil or Kabbalist?” The event was organized by Yeshiva University’s Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies.
Bar-Ilan University professor Dr. Raphael Shuchat
Shuchat, a noted scholar and teacher of Jewish philosophy and thought whose research focuses on the Vilna Gaon, Rabbi Eliyahu ben Shlomo Zalman Kremer—known by his Hebrew acronym, the Gra—and his followers and the relationship between Judaism and science, has written three books on the Vilna Gaon. In his talk he presented a conflicting portrait of the Vilna Gaon based on the Gra’s grandson’s and students’ descriptions of him in introductions to books they compiled based on the teachings of the Vilna Gaon after his death. Read the rest of this entry…
“This is Yeshiva University” and “Cardozo Life” Receive Gold for Mobile Media
For the second year in a row, two of Yeshiva University’s mobile applications have been recognized as winners in the Higher Education Marketing Report’s 2014 Education Digital Marketing Awards. Created for the iPad, “Cardozo Life” and “This is Yeshiva University” each won the gold award for Mobile Media.
“Our unique story is what makes winning these awards possible—and we want to tell this story in every medium—print, digital, mobile,” said Judy Tashji, creative director in YU’s office of Communications and Public Affairs. “The next version of “This Is Yeshiva University” for the iPad is being developed now. The awards certainly give us a sense of accomplishment and the inspiration to keep making these experiences better and better.” Read the rest of this entry…
Rabbinical Seminary Honors Communal Leaders and Educators at Annual Dinner
Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS), an affiliate of Yeshiva University, will celebrate dedicated leaders and educators of the Jewish community at its Annual Gala Evening of Tribute on Sunday, March 8, 2015 at The Grand Hyatt in New York City. The dinner will honor the memory of Herb Smilowitz, z”l, as well as Rabbi Menachem Genack, CEO of the Orthodox Union Kosher Division, and Rabbi Ronald Schwarzberg, director of the Morris and Gertrude Bienenfeld Department of Jewish Career Development and Placement at YU’s Center for the Jewish Future.
“Vital in its approach and vibrant in its tradition, RIETS has provided an unsurpassed educational experience in the classic mold of the great yeshivot for more than a century,” said Joel Schreiber, chair of RIETS. “The seminary is a fountain of great Torah wisdom and a pre-eminent source of professional rabbinic leadership for the next generation and beyond.”
YU Global Online Courses to Focus on In-Demand Fields of Software Technology and Data Analytics
Yeshiva University announces the launch of four skills-based technology career certificate programs beginning May 11, 2015. The programs will provide remote, collaboration-driven courses, focused on software technology and data analytics—crucial areas of growing need in the marketplace. The certificates will be offered through YU Global, Yeshiva University’s online learning initiative, and can be completed over a six-month period.
“YU Global is an important evolutionary step for Yeshiva, offering a new, innovative approach to the delivery of advanced education and training,” said Dr. Selma Botman, YU vice president for academic affairs and provost. “These programs will help students meet the growing demand for high-tech careers and capitalize on the richness of resources that are available online.” Read the rest of this entry…
YU National Model UN Conference Showcases a Quarter Century of Honing Leadership and Collaboration Skills
After months of preparation and anticipation, 450 professionally attired young men and women from 44 Jewish high schools worldwide converged on the Stamford Plaza Hotel and Conference Center in Stamford, Connecticut, to collaborate and enact the roles of delegates at the 25th Annual Yeshiva University National Model United Nations conference (YUNMUN).
The event, held February 8-10, had students represent the various member countries of the UN and appointed to one of 15 model UN committees dealing with international issues including Ebola, ISIS, cyberterrorism, nuclear proliferation and North Korean food aid.
More than 60 YU undergraduate students and 65 faculty advisers facilitated the event, allowing the students to experience the intricacies of international diplomacy. Read the rest of this entry…
Legal Website Provides English Translations of Decisions of The Israeli Supreme Court
Yeshiva University’s Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law has announced a new website, Versa: Opinions of the Supreme Court of Israel, providing English translations of selected decisions of the Israeli high court. Versa is a unique resource that will increase awareness of how Israel’s high court rules on hundreds of cases, with important implications for democracy and international law. The site also includes essays and scholarly dialogue on the jurisprudence of the Court, the role of the Court in Israeli society, and on comparative approaches to the legal issues the Court has addressed.
The new website is part of the Israeli Supreme Court Project (ISCP) at Cardozo, which is devoted to disseminating, understanding, and engaging in academic discussions of the work of the Court.
The first half of the program, “Testing for Cancer Risk in the Jewish Community: Medical and Halachic Perspectives,” will feature a discussion led by Dr. Edward Reichman, professor of emergency medicine and professor of education and bioethics at YU’s Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and Dr. Nicole Schreiber-Agus, director of the Program for Jewish Genetic Health. Reichman and Schreiber-Agus will provide halachic and medical insight into the prevalence of BRCA gene mutations in Ashkenazi Jewry and the ways that genetic testing and counseling can reduce the risk of carriers developing certain cancers in the future.
The second part of the program, “Oocyte Cryopreservation: Freezing Eggs, New Technologies to Help Single Women and Cancer Patients,” will take a close look at the painful question of whether Orthodox Jewish women who may not be able to have children later in life—whether because of illness, future cancer treatments, or marriages close to or beyond menopause—should take advantage of a new medical technique called oocyte cryopreservation, which enables women to freeze their eggs and maintain the potential for the future conception of a child. As cryopreservation technologies are constantly being re-innovated and improved, Rabbi Dr. Zalman Levine, the director of the Fertility Institute of New York and New Jersey, and Rabbi Kenneth Brander, an expert in reproductive technology bioethics and halacha in addition to his position as vice president for university and community life at YU, will give an overview of the emerging halachic discussions that arise in this ever-changing field.
The Birthplace of Standup Comedy and One of its Offspring Come Together at Yeshiva University Museum Borscht Belt Event
More than 100 fans of the Catskills braved severe winter weather to warm themselves with a nostalgic evening of Borscht Belt comedy at the Yeshiva University Museum on Monday, February 2, at a program that dovetailed exhibition Echoes of the Borscht Belt: Contemporary Photographs by Marisa Scheinfeld with the viewing of the film “When Comedy Went to School.” The event, presented by the YU Museum and the Center for Jewish History, was followed by a discussion with Robert Klein, noted comedian, singer, actor and the narrator of the film.
Comedian Robert Klein
The film lightly sketches the development of standup comedy, and the preponderance of Jewish practitioners, in the Catskill hotels during the early and mid 1900s. As cited in the film, 600, hotels, bungalow colonies, and summer camps made their home in the Catskills then, in Sullivan and Ulster Counties, known as the Borscht Belt. These hotels also became, according to comedian Jerry Lewis a “laboratory” for stand-up comedy.
The event, said Dr. Jacob Wisse, director of the Yeshiva University Museum, was inspired by Scheinfeld’s contemporary photographs of Catskill hotels, many of which have been abandoned and fallen into disrepair. In their heyday, the Catskills teemed with Jewish patrons seeking a respite from the heat and congestion of city life and a vacation that included good food and entertainment, including the noted Borscht Belt comedy. Read the rest of this entry…