Program for Jewish Genetic Health Educational Weekend in Pittsburgh Commemorates YU Alumnus
The Program for Jewish Genetic Health (PJGH), a joint initiative of Yeshiva University and its Albert Einstein College of Medicine, visited Pittsburgh earlier this month to deliver a weekend full of educational programming surrounding Jewish genetic health issues, in commemoration of the 10th yahrzeit [anniversary of death] of YU alumnus “Mikey” Butler ’02YC. Butler was afflicted with cystic fibrosis (CF), a Jewish genetic disease, and fought it valiantly and bravely until his untimely passing in 2004 at the age of 24.
Mikey Butler z”l received his diploma from then-President Rabbi Norman Lamm during a surprise ceremony at Pittsburgh International Airport.
The Mikey Butler Yahrzeit Weekend was the brainchild of his mother, Nina (Novetsky) Butler’78S, who sought a way to honor Mikey’s memory while delivering community outreach to the Pittsburgh Jewish community. After learning about the PJGH bringing a weekend of educational programming on Jewish genetic issues to Memphis a year earlier, she worked with PJGH personnel to develop a series of talks for a host of different audiences, including students, parents, young professionals and medical professionals. The events drew approximately 700 Pittsburghers over the weekend.
Benjy Ritholtz, Rebecca Yoshor Earn Academic All America Honors
Yeshiva University basketball players Benjy Ritholtz and Rebecca Yoshor just raised the stakes. The men’s basketball and women’s basketball stars, who last month were named to the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Capital One Academic All District teams, were both named Academic All Americans by CoSIDA. Ritholtz was named a men’s basketball’s third team All-American, while Yoshor was named to women’s basketball’s second team.
Benjy Ritholtz was named a men’s basketball’s third team All-American.
Ritholtz, a history major, has a 3.98 grade point average (GPA), which was tied for the highest GPA among the men’s first, second and third team members. He is a West Hempstead, New York native and a 2010 graduate of the Hebrew Academy of Nassau County. Through 23 games this season, Ritholtz is averaging 14.8 points, 5.7 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game. He has connected on 41.7 percent of his field goal attempts (128-for-307), including 37.7 percent (46-for-122) from behind the three point arc. To date, Ritholtz has netted 743 points, leaving him 257 points away from becoming the 27th player in Yeshiva men’s basketball history to reach 1,000.
“I am truly honored to have received this award,” said Ritholtz. “Credit goes to my amazing professors at Yeshiva University for helping me so much academically, to my teammates and coaches, and especially to my parents for their support and guidance in everything I do.”
Yoshor earned a spot on the second team after last season becoming the first women’s basketball player in Yeshiva history to make the team.
TABC Defends Wittenberg Title; Shabbaton Includes Talk From Olympic Athlete
More than 230 wrestlers from 14 yeshiva high schools across the country descended on Yeshiva University’s Wilf Campus for the 19th Annual Henry Wittenberg Wrestling Invitational February 14 – 17.
More than 230 wrestlers took part in the weekend tournament.
With 292 total points, the Torah Academy of Bergen County (Teaneck, NJ) wrestling team took first place at the tournament for the second year in a row. Kushner Academy (Livingston, NJ) and SAR Academy High School (Riverdale, NY) placed second and third, respectively.
Hundreds Convene for Student-Run Yeshiva University National Model UN Conference
Over 450 delegates convened from February 9-11 for the Yeshiva University National Model United Nations (YUNMUN) conference, held at the Stamford Plaza Hotel and Conference Center in Stamford, CT. YUNMUN XXIV brought together student ambassadors from 46 yeshivas and community day schools across three continents, hailing from 15 states and 39 cities around the world. In addition, 60 YU undergraduates and 65 faculty advisers joined the conference, which is a student-run simulation of the workings of the real United Nations that allows participants to learn about the complex landscape of international diplomacy.
Nearly 500 Students Participate in Third Annual Cake Wars, Presented by Fairway Market, to Raise Money for Breast Cancer Awareness
Pink boxing gloves in a yellow-cake rink. A frosted boat sailing through an ocean of sprinkles. Cut-out cake footprints on a cookie-crumb beach.
These were just a few of the more than 40 cakes in radically different shapes, sizes and colors that filled Room 501 in Yeshiva University’s Furst Hall on February 12 at the end of its third Annual Cake Wars, sponsored by Fairway Market. The cake-decorating competition celebrates National Sharsheret Pink Day Around the World, an event held on high school and college campuses worldwide to promote breast cancer awareness. Each cake was decorated by a team of students, many wearing pink bandanas, facepaint or clothes.
RIETS to Celebrate Largest Class of Ordained Rabbis at March 23 Convocation; Honorees include Rabbi Gedalia Dov Schwartz and Jay Schottenstein
Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS) and the Yeshiva University community will celebrate the ordination of its largest class of musmakhim [ordained rabbis] at their Chag HaSemikhah Convocation on Sunday, March 23, 2014, in the Nathan Lamport Auditorium, Zysman Hall, 2540 Amsterdam Avenue, New York City.
A record class of musmakhim will celebrate at the March 23 Chag HaSemikhah.
“The Yeshiva gives context to the University, and our rabbinic graduates, whom we celebrate at this Chag HaSemikhah, truly represent the best in us,” said President Richard M. Joel. “Their perspective and their professions are central and vital to the future of our community. In many ways we define ourselves through them and look to them to help in the unfolding of the Jewish future.”
This year more than 205 musmakhim from the classes of 2011-2014 willjoin the more than 3,000 young men who have passed through the batei midrashim [study halls] of RIETS and gone on to become distinguished Orthodox rabbis, scholars, educators and leaders around the world.
RIETS will also honor philanthropist Jay Schottenstein, with the Eitz Chaim Award, and Rabbi Gedalia Dov Schwartz’46YC, ’49R, Av Beit Din of the Beth Din of America and of the Chicago Rabbinical Council Beit Din, with the Harav Yosef Dov Soloveitchik zt”l Aluf Torah Award. Special recognition will also be given to those who received semikhah 50 years ago, members of the RIETS classes of 1960-63.
Yeshiva University Men’s Basketball Coach Won More Than 400 Games
Yeshiva University today announced that Dr. Jonathan Halpert, men’s basketball coach for the past 42 years, will conclude his service at the end of the 2013-14 season. Halpert, a graduate of Yeshiva University High School for Boys, Yeshiva College and Ferkauf Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences, took over the Maccabees roster in 1972 and is the longest serving men’s basketball coach in New York City history.
Halpert was twice named coach of the year in the NCAA’s Skyline Conference (1999-00, 2009-10) and received the National Association of Basketball Coaches “Guardians of the Game” honor in 2003-04. The Metropolitan Basketball Writers Association bestowed him with its “Good Guy” award in 1997-98. During his illustrious career, Halpert has coached over 300 student-athletes, including several father-son tandems.
“Cardozo Life” and “This is Yeshiva University” Receive Gold and Silver for Mobile Media
Two of Yeshiva University’s mobile applications have been recognized as winners in the Higher Education Marketing Report’s 2013 Education Digital Marketing Awards. Created for the iPad, “Cardozo Life” won the gold award for Mobile Media and “This Is Yeshiva University” received the silver award for Mobile Media .
“YU is among the first higher-ed institutions to produce interactive publications specifically designed for the tablet,” said Judy Tashji, creative director in YU’s office of Communications and Public Affairs. “I’m thrilled that our department has been recognized with these awards. The iPad apps are free—along with our new smartphone app, ‘YU Mobile.’ ”
Wurzweiler initially held an advance screening of the film, which won Best Narrative Feature at the Metropolitan Film Festival, NYC Independent Film Festival, and the Buffalo/Niagara Film Festival, as well as the Thin Line Award at the Thin Line Film Festival, before its premiere in 2011. It elicited such a strong reaction then and in the months that followed that Wurzweiler decided to revisit it as a potentially critical component of the social work curriculum, focusing on its unique ability to help students better understand the many forms bullying often takes among children and teens today and empathize with the emotions and motivations of victims after witnessing a firsthand account.