Michael Gamson, Judith Weiss and Anita G. Zucker to be Honored at December 14 Gala

Philanthropists and community leaders will gather at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City for Yeshiva University’s 90th Annual Hanukkah Dinner and Convocation on Sunday, December 14, 2014. The gala evening is a cherished University tradition that recognizes distinguished members of the YU community who have demonstrated committed leadership and dedication to the University’s unique mission.

YU President Richard M. Joel will confer honorary degrees upon Michael Gamson of Houston, Texas; Judith Weiss of Cleveland, Ohio; and Anita G. Zucker of Charleston, South Carolina.

Hanukkah Dinner

Michael Gamson, Judith Weiss, and Anita G. Zucker will receive honorary degrees at Yeshiva University’s Hanukkah Convocation.

“Yeshiva University shapes the community and is shaped by the community,” said President Joel. “In this year’s honorees, we are blessed with three people who care, who do, who serve as extraordinary role models, and who reflect the best and the ideals of Yeshiva University.”

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In Inaugural Lecture, Joe Lieberman Reflects on His Past Work and The Future of Jewish Politics

Former U.S. Senator Joseph Lieberman may have retired from politics, but his eye hasn’t strayed far from the political scene. On October 28, 2014, at Yeshiva University’s Wilf Campus, Lieberman addressed hundreds of YU students, faculty and staff in a lecture titled “Judaism and Public Service.” The lecture, the first of a three-part series, inaugurated Lieberman’s role as the Joseph Lieberman Chair in Public Policy and Public Service at YU, a position made possible through a gift from University Benefactors Ira and Ingeborg Rennert.

President Richard Joel introduced Senator Lieberman

President Richard M. Joel delivered introductory remarks.

In his introductory remarks, YU President Richard M. Joel called Lieberman’s appointment, along with the recent addition of other prominent visiting professors such as Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks and Ambassador Danny Ayalon, “the icing on the cake of a fabulous faculty.”

Lieberman sees the new chair in public policy and public service as a significant part of YU’s mandate to provide a comprehensive education, secular and religious, to its students. “I believe that this chair has a unique and important mission in the years ahead, which is to help YU educate coming generations of Orthodox Jewish women and men in public policy and inspire and prepare them for public service.”

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Journalist and Author Claire Shipman to Discuss New Book at November 17 Robbins-Wilf Program

Despite having made extensive progress in achieving parity and outnumbering men in colleges and professional schools, and despite substantially increasing their numbers in middle management, women are scarcely found at the leadership of large corporations or major institutions. Why is that the case?

Claire Shipman

Claire Shipman

On Monday, November 17, Yeshiva University will host a lecture featuring Claire Shipman, journalist and best-selling author, where she will address this paradox. The lecture, part of the Dr. Marcia Robbins-Wilf Scholar-in-Residence program at YU’s Stern College for Women, will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Moot Court Room of YU’s Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, on 55 Fifth Avenue at 12th Street, New York City.

Shipman will discuss her latest book, The Confidence Code: The Art and Science of Self-Assurance—What Women Should Know, which she co-authored with Katty Kay of the BBC. The book investigates the sources of what the authors refer to as the confidence gap between men and women.

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 “Cardozo Life” and “This is Yeshiva University” Apps Receive Recognition in UCDA Design Competition

Two apps designed by Yeshiva University’s Office of Communications and Public Affairs (CPA), “This is Yeshiva University” and “Cardozo Life,” have won highly competitive awards from the University & College Designers Association (UCDA), the nation’s first and only association for professionals involved in the creation of visual communications for educational institutions.

UCDA-Design

The YU apps received two out of four awards in the Mobile App category of UCDA’s Design Competition. There were more than 1,100 entries to the overall competition and 179 received awards. Digital entries were peer-reviewed and judged for appearance, flexibility, interactivity, message and suitability for their intended audiences, with creativity in solving the problems of designing for digital media as a primary focus.

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November 14 Conference Will Explore Psychosocial Care for Elders, Caregivers and Serious Illness

Yeshiva University’s Wurzweiler School of Social of Work will host the Joanna Mellor Annual Gerontology Conference on November 14. This is the fourth palliative care conference that Wurzweiler has organized in recent years and the first one that will address issues relating to elder care and palliative care concurrently.

“Elder care and palliative care are not separate issues; they’re complementary,” said Dr. Rozetta Wilmore-Schaeffer, associate professor and co-chair of the Gerontology Sequence at Wurzweiler, and one of the conference organizers. “It’s important to recognize that all people dealing with palliative care are not elders, but all elder care includes palliative care.”

Joanna Mellor, for whom the conference is named, died two years ago and had been at Wurzweiler for 10 years.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.”

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