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#EmpoweredLearning Participants Tackle Passover Question Presented by Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks

This week, in preparation for the holiday of Passover, an online program organized by Yeshiva University’s Center for the Jewish Future is bringing an interactive Torah-learning experience to thousands of users within the YU community and beyond.

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YU Basketball Tournament Culminates in Thrilling Triple Overtime Championship Game

Five days of exciting competition at Yeshiva University’s 24th Annual Red Sarachek Basketball Tournament culminated with a dramatic 75-73 triple overtime victory by the Frisch Cougars (Paramus, New Jersey) over the HAFTR Hawks (Lawrence, New York) in the Tier-1 Championship game. Before a crowd of more than 1,200 fans, Frisch center Benni Tuchman sealed the win for the Cougars after hitting a game-winning layup with just under three seconds left to play.

More than 20 yeshiva high school teams from across North America took part in the annual tournament—named for the legendary Bernard “Red” Sarachek, YU’s former longtime men’s basketball coach—from March 19-23. Read the rest of this entry…

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Rabbi Jonathan Sacks and Senator Joseph Lieberman Discuss the Haggada’s Politics at Center for the Jewish Future Event

Hundreds of people gathered at Yeshiva University’s Wilf Campus on Sunday, March 22, to hear a pre-Passover conversation with former Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks and former U.S. Senator Joseph Lieberman on “The Haggada’s Politics: From 2,000 Years Ago to Today.” Rabbi Dr. Meir Soloveichik, director of YU’s Zahava and Moshael Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought, moderated the discussion.

In his introductory remarks, Rabbi Soloveichik highlighted the nature of the Haggada as a work of political Jewish thought. He also pointed out the Haggada’s deep attraction for America’s Founding Fathers. Read the rest of this entry…

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Dean Karen Bacon to Lead Combined YC and Stern Faculty While Schools Remain Separate

Yeshiva University recently announced that it will unify the undergraduate faculties at Yeshiva College and Stern College for Women as part of its effort to improve student education and create efficiencies. The campuses and classes remain separate, while the faculty combines its resources. Dr. Karen Bacon will serve as the inaugural Dr. Monique C. Katz Dean of the Undergraduate Faculty of Arts and Science at YU.

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Dr. Karen Bacon will lead a unified Yeshiva College and Stern College for Women faculty.

“The faculty, individually and collectively, are the lifeblood of this critical institution and we will now advance to right-size the administrative parts of the university,” said YU President Richard M. Joel. “For several years, we have been discussing the need for a more unified undergraduate faculty of arts and science. Dean Bacon is a valued educator of integrity and has served with distinction in the highest levels of academic leadership—I look to her and all our faculty to continue to exercise their prerogative in shaping what is a fine curriculum still further.”

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Institute Offers Opportunities for Study in International Human Rights, Humanitarian, Refugee and Criminal Law

Yeshiva University’s Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law will launch the Cardozo Law Institute in Holocaust and Human Rights (CLIHHR, pronounced “clear”). CLIHHR is a leading global center dedicated to strengthening laws, norms and institutions to prevent mass atrocities and promote human security. Consistent with Cardozo Law’s reputation for its distinguished faculty and innovative programs, CLIHHR offers invaluable opportunities to students in international human rights, humanitarian, refugee and criminal law while contributing to scholarship, policy and advocacy in the field.

The Institute began as the Holocaust, Genocide and Human Rights Program in 2005 with unclaimed funds from a Holocaust claims litigation settlement. The program then became the locus for high-level discussion on Holocaust remembrance and atrocity prevention. Today, the program has expanded into an institute to meet the ever-evolving challenges in mass atrocity prevention and response.

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You might be aware that a majority of the undergraduate faculty of Yeshiva College who participated in a vote passed a resolution of No Confidence in President Richard Joel. This is an unfortunate development, given the Administration’s work and many meetings with the faculty to develop plans to enhance the quality of the educational experience at YU while saving costs. While it’s regrettable that a small number of contract faculty will leave the University, we are building an organization and an academic program that creates more flexibility and options for students. Details will be shared soon on ways more of our students can enjoy and benefit from our outstanding scholars, and how smaller programs can be strengthened.

Sometimes change can create concern. But the fact is that change needs to be embraced, and change provides an opportunity to make improvements in our structure, and in the way we support the needs and aspirations of our exceptional students. Change will allow YU to move forward with excellence.

Below is a statement I am sharing on behalf of the Board of Trustees. Read the rest of this entry…

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Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks to Take Part in Great Neck and Five Towns YU Weekends 

Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, Yeshiva University’s Kressel and Ephrat Family University Professor of Jewish Thought, will be speaking as part of two Yeshiva University Community Weekends in March on Long Island, one in Great Neck and the other in the Five Towns.

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Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks will take part in two Yeshiva University Long Island community weekends.

On Shabbat Parah, Parshat Vayakhel-Pekudei, March 13-14, Rabbi Sacks will present a Friday night lecture at 9 p.m. at the Great Neck Synagogue on “The Three Greatest Challenges Facing the Orthodox Community Today and their Solutions.” He will deliver the Shabbat morning drasha at the Young Israel of Great Neck at 11 a.m. on “From Exodus to the Modern Age: Living A Passionate Judaism.”

On Shabbat HaChodesh, Parshat Vayikra, March 21, Rabbi Sacks will deliver the Shabbat morning drasha on “The Book of Vayikra and Modern Day Sacrifice” following the 9 a.m. Shacharit minyan at the Young Israel of Lawrence-Cedarhurst. At 9 p.m. there will be a community Melave Malka at Congregation Beth Sholom with an introduction by YU President Richard M. Joel on “The Ethics of Responsibility: Building Our Jewish Future” and an armchair conversation with Rabbi Sacks, moderated by attorney Ben Brafman. Read the rest of this entry…

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Yeshiva University Presents March 22 Conversation with Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks and Senator Joseph Lieberman

On Sunday, March 22, 2015, Yeshiva University will present a conversation with former Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks and former Senator Joseph Lieberman on “The Haggada’s Politics: From 2,000 Years Ago to Today.” The conversation, hosted by Yeshiva University’s Center for the Jewish Future and the Abraham Arbesfeld Kollel Yom Rishon and Mille Arbesfeld Midreshet Yom Rishon, will be held at YU’s Wilf Campus, 500 West 185th Street, New York City and begin at 10 a.m. Rabbi Dr. Meir Soloveichik, director of YU’s Zahava and Moshael Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought, will moderate the discussion. Read the rest of this entry…

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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.

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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…

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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.

Men's basketball team game against Old WestburyRitholtz, 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).

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