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Political Philosopher Michael Sandel to Discuss Economic Inequality and Morality at Apr. 7 Yeshiva University Robbins-Wilf Program

Yeshiva University will host a discussion titled “Economic Inequality: What’s the Right Thing to Do?”, featuring Dr. Michael Sandel, host of the PBS program Justice, the first Michael SandelHarvard course to be made freely available online and on public television. The lecture, part of the Dr. Marcia Robbins-Wilf Scholar-in-Residence program, will be held on Monday, April 7 at 7:30 PM at the Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, between 5th and 6th Avenues.

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Dallas Philanthropist Receives Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters Degree for Contributions to the University

Philanthropist Ethel Gruen was honored at a special March 19 reception at the Dallas home of Ruthy and Steven Rosenberg.

From left to right: Ruthy and Steven Rosenberg, Dr. Herbert C. Dobrinsky, Ethel Gruen and YU President Richard M. Joel

From left to right: Ruthy and Steven Rosenberg, Dr. Herbert C. Dobrinsky, Ethel Gruen and YU President Richard M. Joel

A Yeshiva University Benefactor, Gruen received an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters Degree from YU President Richard M. Joel in recognition of her contributions to the University. Her late husband, Ronald, received an honorary degree from Yeshiva at a 2004 Dallas convocation.

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Hundreds of Jewish Educators and School Leaders Convene at iJED 2014

Yeshiva University’s Institute for University-School Partnership co-hosted iJED 2014, a conference focusing on innovation in Jewish education, at the Long Island Marriott in Uniondale, NY, March 2-4.

iJED -Conference 4Unlike traditional conferences, the event was structured to create a more interactive and in-depth learning and networking experience by modeling “flipped learning,” a cutting-edge educational technique in which students review lectures and materials at home and use class time for peer discussion and problem-solving with teachers. Conference organizers, including the Schechter Day School Network, Curriculum 21, Maytiv/IDV Herziliya School of Psychology, Koren Publishers Jerusalem, Gateways Access to Jewish Education and PEJE, shared learning materials with participants weeks in advance and invited them to engage in online discussion communities in preparation for iJED.

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Center for the Jewish Future Hosts Conference for Rabbis on Addressing and Preventing Child Sexual Abuse in Jewish Communities

On February 25, Yeshiva University’s Center for the Jewish Future hosted an educational and training session for rabbinic leadership focusing on the unique challenges of addressing and preventing child sexual abuse in religious communities.

Victor Vieth, executive director emeritus

Victor Vieth, director emeritus of the Gundersen Health System’s National Child Protection Training Center

The conference was one of several programs and efforts by YU to promote child sexual abuse prevention and awareness and provided an overview of the latest research about abuse in faith-based communities as well as guidelines to help synagogues institute policies and procedure aimed at preventing and addressing allegations of child sexual abuse. The program included addresses from Andrew (Avi) Lauer, Esq., vice president for legal affairs and secretary and general counsel at YU; Dr. Shira Berkovits, a postdoctoral psychology fellow at YU’s Albert Einstein College of Medicine‘s Early Childhood Center, part of the Children’s Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center /Rose F. Kennedy Center, and a student at YU’s Benjamin N. Cardozo Law School; and national child sexual abuse expert Victor Vieth, director emeritus of the Gundersen Health System’s National Child Protection Training Center.

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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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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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MK Tzipi Hotovely Emphasizes the Need for Unified Vision at Israel Club Event

tzipi hotovelyOn December 19, Deputy Minister of Transportation and Road Safety Knesset Member Tzipi Hotovely joined Yeshiva University students on the Wilf Campus for a frank discussion about one of the most challenging issues facing Israel today: Israel’s identity as a Jewish state.

“People are saying, ‘We want to have a Jewish state,’ but they can’t tell you what that means,” Hotovely said. “What we need today more than ever is to have our own vision as a Jewish state, with a clear message.”

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Wurzweiler Students Turn Focus Inward at Self-Care Day

On December 12, students at Yeshiva University’s Wurzweiler School of Social Work learned a few techniques to treat some of their most important clients: themselves.

20131212_ wurzweiler_self_care_037“Because of the kind of work social workers do every day, it is very important that they put aside time to take care of themselves,” said Dr. Carmen Ortiz Hendricks, the Dorothy and David I. Schachne Dean of Wurzweiler. “Vicarious traumatization can occur when a social worker takes in the clients’ experiences and it begins to affect their lives. Finding ways to relax, socialize, exercise, and have fun is essential to a healthy mind, body and spirit. Today was Wurzweiler’s way of helping students and faculty take care of themselves.”

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Rabbi Benjamin Blech on the Similarities, and Essential Differences, between Thanksgiving and Hanukkah

It will never again happen in our lifetimes – unless you are somehow still alive 70,000 years from now.

Rabbi Benjamin Blech

Rabbi Benjamin Blech

This year the first night of Hanukkah will coincide with the American holiday of Thanksgiving. The latkes will share their prominent place at the festive meal with the turkey. Small wonder that some have already humorously decided that this year we ought to call the day by a new name – Thanksgivukkah.

In all seriousness, a “coincidence” of this magnitude requires some reflection. This is a perfect time to give some thought to the essential difference between the motivation for the American day of expressing gratitude to God and the Jewish rationale for our Festival of Lights. Read the rest of this entry…

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