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.

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Emphasis on Ethical Leadership and Innovative Course Structure Give Sy Syms’ Accounting Masters Global Appeal

At Yeshiva University’s Sy Syms School of Business, a thriving master’s in accounting program is helping new graduates enter the workforce with state-of-the-art technical skills and management insight from top industry leaders.

Professor Leonard Fuld teaches the Federal Income Taxation I course in the master's program.

Professor Leonard Fuld teaches the Federal Income Taxation I course in the master’s program.

Now in its fifth year, the master’s program has more than doubled its enrollment since its inception. However, the program’s intimate atmosphere ensures each student receives plenty of mentorship and creates opportunities for interaction with faculty—one of many elements that have made the master’s in accounting program so appealing to students all over the world.

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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.

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Stern College Student Awarded Ackerman Family Dig Fellowship in Archaeology

Stern College for Women student Sima Fried, of Woodmere, New York, has been awarded a research fellowship in archaeology for the upcoming summer. The award, the Ackerman Family Dig Fellowship, covers the cost of room and board for the entire field season at Tell es-Safi/Gath in Israel.

Sima Fried, an anthropology student at Stern College for Women, labels a box at the dig.

Sima Fried, an anthropology student at Stern College for Women, labels a box at the dig.

Fried began her research last summer at the site of Tell es-Safi/Gath, also known as the biblical Goliath’s hometown, under the supervision of Dr. Jill Katz, clinical assistant professor of archaeology at Stern College, who is one of the area supervisors at the site. Along with other Yeshiva University students, Fried focused her research on the city’s fortification wall, analyzing its initial construction 5,000 years ago and its subsequent re-use by the Philistines during the time of the First Temple.

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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.

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Neal’s Fund Helps Student Entrepreneurs Create Startups That Give Back

While all entrepreneurs and startups begin with a good idea, most are also driven by the bottom line. But at Yeshiva University, a new fund is enabling students to apply that hybrid of inspired innovation and business acumen to endeavors that seek to make a difference, not a profit.

Gabriel Simkin, left, and Daniel Benchimol, right, are student entrepreneurs whose startups received grants from Neal's Fund.

Gabriel Simkin, left, and Daniel Benchimol, right, are student entrepreneurs whose startups received grants from Neal’s Fund.

Called Neal’s Fund and established in memory of Neal Dublinsky ’84YC, the fund provides micro-grants to student social entrepreneurs founding startups that will benefit the broader Jewish and global communities.

Dublinsky grew up in Queens, New York, and graduated with honors from Yeshiva College before attending the New York University School of Law. In 1987, at the age of 24, he was diagnosed with advanced stage of lymphoma, just as he was beginning his career as a corporate attorney in Los Angeles, California. Despite medical setbacks, Dublinsky fought his illness and succeeded in living a full life for another 23 years, often providing support based on his own experiences to others struggling with cancer.

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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.

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Yeshiva University Faculty Receive Grants from U.S. Department of Defense Agency 

Two Yeshiva University faculty members have been awarded grants by the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, the United States Department of Defense’s official Combat Support Agency for countering weapons of mass destruction.

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Dr. Sergey Buldyrev’s grant analyzes the catastrophic cascade of failures in interdependent networks.

Dr. Sergey Buldyrev, professor of physics at Yeshiva College, is a principal investigator on a multi-year $450,000 grant analyzing the catastrophic cascade of failures in interdependent networks. Picture the connections between power grids, waterworks, Internet cables and other systems—if one part of one system goes down, it initiates a domino effect on each network it’s connected to, taking others down with it. “Supposing a terrorist attacks a certain power station—they’re smart enough to find the one most likely to cause a computer shutdown, which could shut off control of gas or water,” said Buldyrev. “Everything could shut down. This catastrophic collapse of infrastructure—the ‘cascade of failures’—is what people imagine when they think about what might happen at the end of the world.”

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Visit From Therapy Dogs Helps Stern College Students Unwind

With midterms around the corner, Stern College for Women students got an adorable reminder to relax and unwind this week during a visit from some furry friends: a Shih Tzu, a German Shepherd and two toy poodles.

The cuddly canines were therapy dogs, trained to provide comfort and affection that can bring calm and peace of mind to those who interact with them, according to Sarah Robinson, co-president of the YU Active Minds Club, which organized the event together with the YU Counseling Center. “Dog therapy is an accessible and exciting form of therapy,” she said. “Everyone should learn in college to build skills for the rest of their lives for positive mental health.”

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