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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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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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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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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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Yeshiva University Listed Among Best National Universities and Best Values in U.S. News Annual Rankings

Once again, Yeshiva University is listed among the very best institutions of higher learning, according to the U.S. News & World Report’s annual rankings released today. In this year’s ranking of nearly 1,600 four-year colleges and universities across the country, YU came in at 48 in the category of “Best National Universities.”

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Yeshiva University continues to rank among U.S. News & World Report’s Best National Universities.

Factors that account for YU’s top-tier ranking include high SAT scores, small class sizes, graduation and retention rate (40th), faculty resources (24th), and alumni giving rate (48th). Yeshiva also ranked 18th in the country for financial resources—the average spent per-student on instruction, research, student services and related educational expenditures.

“While no ranking captures the complexity of a university experience, particularly the rich Yeshiva University experience, nonetheless, this is well-deserved recognition and a tribute to a remarkable faculty whose dedication to students is evident through mentorship, collaborative research, and high-level instruction,” said Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Dr. Selma Botman. Read the rest of this entry…

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Yeshiva University Museum Hosts First Large-Scale Exhibition of Haunting Catskills Photos by Marisa Scheinfeld

Turquoise barstools punctuate trash-strewn ruins of Grossinger’s coffee shop. A jumble of weeds clogs the outdoor pool of the Pines Hotel. Colorful furniture rots inside the Nevele’s ski chalet.

Coffee Shop - Grossinger's Catskill Resort and Hotel Liberty NY

Coffee Shop – Grossinger’s Catskill Resort and Hotel (Marisa Scheinfeld)

In the museum debut of a major photographic talent, Yeshiva University Museum will present Marisa Scheinfeld’s haunting photos of abandoned sites where Borscht Belt resorts once boomed in the Catskill Mountain region of upstate New York.

Echoes of the Borscht Belt assembles images Scheinfeld has shot inside and outside structures that once buzzed with life as summer havens for generations of New York Jews. Read the rest of this entry…

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Having Recently Completed Their Service, IDF Vets Begin College Careers at Yeshiva University

One night, as Ethan Gipsman, a light machine-gunner in the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) from San Diego, California, stood guard over a group of suspected terrorists in the West Bank, one of them asked him a surprising question: What was Ethan, an American, doing there? “He said, ‘I thought America had everything,’ ” Gipsman recalled. “ ‘Why would you leave your country to come here?’ ”

Having recently completed their IDF service, Shmuel Goldis, Jonathan Sidlow, Daniel Gofine and Ethan Gipsman are beginning their college careers at Yeshiva University.

Gipsman thought about his answer for most of the night before replying, in a mixture of Arabic, English and Hebrew, “There is only one Jewish country in the world. I left America because, as a Jew, I have an obligation to protect it.”

His answer resonates strongly with several lone soldiers—enlistees from America and countries around the world who come to Israel to serve in the IDF—who, like Gipsman, recently began their studies at Yeshiva University. Read the rest of this entry…

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President Joel, Student Leaders, Vice Presidents and Deans Accept ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

With a bucket of ice cold water poured over his head, Yeshiva University President Richard M. Joel officially accepted the Ice Bucket Challenge, a worldwide phenomenon that has helped raise awareness and tens of millions of dollars to fight amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a life-threatening neurodegenerative disorder.



President Joel took on the challenge, and made a donation to ALS research, after receiving several nominations from students, alumni and Rabbis Yair Hindin and Zalman Teitelbaum at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He also issued his own challenge Read the rest of this entry…

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Set to Begin Their Academic Journey, New Students Arrive on Campus for Undergraduate Orientation

This week, incoming students will converge on the Wilf and Israel Henry Beren campuses of Yeshiva University for an informative and spirited orientation that will kick off the 2014-15 academic year.

This diverse student body has dreams of pursuing an array of professional careers ranging from biologists to accountants, Jewish historians to lawyers, literary critics to physicians. Yet they all chose to attend Yeshiva University, the only institution that offers cutting-edge academics and high-level Judaic studies, in addition to endless extra-curricular opportunities.

The students arrived from all over the globe, wheeling yellow storage bins and luggage across campuses and into the dorms that will serve as their new homes for the next few years in Midtown Manhattan and Washington Heights. Students greeted old friends and quickly made new ones, while residence advisors welcomed students and their families to campus by handing out ID cards and orientation packets on the sidewalks of 34th Street and Amsterdam Avenue.  Read the rest of this entry…

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