Hundreds of High School Students Learn Diplomacy at Yeshiva University Model UN

More than 600 high school students from around the world gathered in Stamford, Connecticut, from February 5-7 for the 22nd Annual Yeshiva University Model UN competition, or YUNMUN. The annual competition, sponsored by the YU Office of Admissions, featured a schedule packed with committee sessions, keynote speakers and abundant networking opportunities.

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Students came from 45 schools, spanning 3 continents, 4 countries and 12 states, with delegations from South Africa, Brazil and Canada. “It was really amazing, coming from South Africa, and it was such an eye-opening experience,” said Ariella Blumenthal from the Yeshiva College of South Africa.

Preparation for the competition starts months in advance and requires a collaboration between YU students who chair the secretariat and the YU Office of Admissions. Topics must be prepared for the students, the committees must be chosen and the hotel prepared for the convergence of high school students, their staff, and the staff of YU admissions and undergraduates.

The competition features an intricate Internet system that provides all committee rooms access to a laptop and printing. There is also a resource room that produces four issues of a newspaper during the three-day conference. Students are encouraged to contribute thoughts, observations, artwork and articles to share with the rest of the conference.

Having been previously assigned countries, the students came prepared to argue their country’s position in a variety of UN committees ranging from the Human Rights Council to the UN Environment Program on topics that had been planned by YU undergraduates. The sessions were entirely chaired and administrated by the more than 50 YU students who joined the conference to moderate the debates between the high school students and select the delegates that would receive awards. “The competition was top notch,” said Benny Smith, a senior at YU’s Syms School of Business. “I had a difficult time figuring out who to award.”

Certain aspects of the competition have attained an almost legendary status, such as the “midnight crisis” thrust on members of the Security Council. This year’s 4 a.m. wakeup was “definitely intense,” according to Daniel Sacks, a senior from YULA High School in Los Angeles. “But being able to solve a crisis and form coalitions at that hour was an incredible experience.”

This year’s competition introduced a new initiative to add a social action component during the conference. In between committee sessions, the students were privileged to hear from Jacqueline Murekatete, a survivor of the Rwandan genocide and currently a student at YU’s Benjamin N. Cordozo School of Law. Murekatete told students her story and implored them to get involved with the world around them.

Hillel Neuer, executive director of UN Watch, also addressed the delegates, explaining his work in Geneva to protect the interests of Israel and other countries that are scrutinized by the Human Rights Council. “This is a very important event,” said Neuer. “I went to the Harvard Model UN competition but couldn’t participate because I was shomer Shabbat [Sabbath observant]. I am enormously impressed, and I wish the real UN was as serious as these sessions.”

For the first time YUNMUN XXII also featured a Jumbotron screen in the main hall where participants could view real-time tweets with the dedicated Twitter hashtag, #yunmun2012.

The conference concluded with an awards ceremony and an address from YU President Richard M. Joel, who reminded the young delegates that “it is not enough to think about ideas. It is not enough to dream—you need to do.”

The author, Sophie Felder, is senior at Stern College for Women majoring in political science with a minor in economics. She is the managing editor for the Stern newspaper, The Observer.

Hundreds Attend YU Jewish Job Fair for Communal and Educational Careers

More than 300 job-seekers took part in Yeshiva University’s annual Jewish Job Fair on February 9.

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Dozens of Jewish community organizations from across the country took part, including Camp Shalom, Manhattan Jewish Experience, Yachad, Areyvut, Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, Nefesh B’ Nefesh, OHEL, 92nd Street Y, and Yeshiva University. The fair also featured more than 35 day schools, including SINAI Schools, Yavneh Academy, YULA Girls High School, SAR Academy, Hillel Day School of Boca Raton, Manhattan Day School, and Fuchs Mizrachi School.

“In a society which has sanctified the needs of the individual, it is wonderful to see young people who possess an ever increasing thirst to live lives of meaning,” said Rabbi Kenneth Brander, David Mitzner Dean of YU’s Center for the Jewish Future. “The Jewish Job Fair allows our students, alumni and the greater community, to learn about the professional opportunities available and which are appropriate for their talents and to enable them to live meaningful and productive lives.”

Young Author Thrives at Yeshiva University High School for Girls

Ashira Greenberg may only be a senior at the Samuel H. Wang Yeshiva University High School for Girls (YUHSG), but the 17-year-old is already a published author. In October, Israel BookShop Publications released 2,000 copies of her work, a rhyming 24-page illustrated children’s book called Don’t Judge by What You See.

More than 2,000 copies of Greenberg's book have been distributed around the world.

Greenberg, who lives in Hillcrest, Queens, was born with cerebral palsy, and wrote the book to share with the world the importance of not judging others based on external appearances and physical disabilities but rather seeing people for who they truly are inside. The book is based on Greenberg’s own experiences, as well as those of her friends’ from Simcha Special, a camp run by Chai Lifeline for children with chronic disabilities, and Kids of Courage, an organization that helps children with illnesses and disabilities. Greenberg participated in both groups in recent summers.

“In seventh grade, I was having a hard time coping emotionally with my condition and how others viewed me, and I realized that it wasn’t just me, but that many of my friends were also struggling,” said Greenberg. “It was comforting to know that it was a problem, but it was kind of disturbing because it meant that there was a much larger problem that wasn’t limited to the Orthodox community, but that was affecting the general society and we needed to do something to try to fix it.”

Greenberg credited Devori Weichholz, her seventh-grade teacher at Yeshiva of Central Queens (YCQ), for inspiring and encouraging her to write about her experiences.

“She was very supportive and interested in helping me out so I could do everything like everyone else,” said Greenberg. “I had the idea that I could write a book and tell the world about this problem so people would have something concrete in front of them that they could pick up that hopefully would help.”

Greenberg initially wrote a poem and collected writings from her bunkmates at Simcha Special. “This wasn’t my personal problem; it was our problem,” she emphasized. “I wanted the book to represent the way we felt.”

Ashira Greenberg

At 17, YUHSG's Ashira Greenberg is a published author.

After submitting her work, she received feedback from a publisher that her writing was “really good, but too short and too heavy, and too sad to market.” So she returned to the drawing board and solicited more ideas and anecdotes from her friends.

The writings remained on her computer, but the book was put on hold temporarily. Then at the end of 10th grade, she met Weichholz again and felt the timing was right to finish what she had started. “I told her I would do this and she helped me out at YCQ on so many levels,” Greenberg said. “I didn’t know if the book was actually going to happen but I could try my best, so I went back to my computer with the previous critiques in mind… I thought maybe if I wrote it for a younger audience—a lighter and fluffier version built around a story, while still giving over the message of not judging others superficially, it could work… and the publisher liked it.”

The book has been distributed all over the country and the world, including Israel, Europe, Australia and South Africa. In January, Greenberg had a book signing organized by YESS!—Yeshiva Education for Special Students, a special education program run by YCQ where she previously served as a volunteer.

Greenberg has tried not to let her disability hinder her. She’s been in mainstream schools all her life and is just like any other student. Though she uses a walker to help her get around and receives photocopied notes at school due to limited mobility in her left hand and arm, she keeps up with her able-bodied peers. At YUHSG, she has written for the school newspaper, is a member of the Torah Bowl team and has participated in learning for the Chidon.

She also dedicates her free time to volunteer and is actively involved in causes that are close to her heart. When most of her friends went on touring programs the summer after 10th grade, Greenberg chose to volunteer at the Yad Sarah organization in Israel, which provides medical equipment and medically related information to sick or disabled Israelis and tourists from abroad.

Though Greenberg doesn’t know if she will pursue a career in publishing, she aspires to be a Judaic studies teacher and would like to attend Stern College for Women after possibly spending a post-high-school year in Israel. “I wrote this book for a very specific reason and I don’t know where it’s going to take me, but I am open to writing more,” she said. “It was a great experience and I definitely enjoyed it.”

Award-Winning Director Discusses His Oscar-Nominated “Footnote”; Will Take Part in YU Film Festival

As part of the Ring Family Film Festival, Yeshiva University will host a special screening of “Footnote” on February 16, followed by a question and answer session with American-born Israeli filmmaker Joseph Cedar. The film has been nominated for “Best Foreign Language Film” at this year’s Academy Awards and has won the Ophir Award in Israel for “Best Picture” and “Best Director” as well as “Best Screenplay” at the Cannes Film Festival.

Director Joseph Cedar (Photo by Ren Mendelson / Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics)

Director Joseph Cedar (Photo by Ren Mendelson/Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics)

“Footnote” tells the tale of a great rivalry between a father and son. Eliezer and Uriel Shkolnik are both eccentric professors, who have dedicated their lives to their work in Talmudic Studies. The father, Eliezer, is a stubborn purist who fears the establishment and has never been recognized for his work. Meanwhile his son, Uriel, is an up-and-coming star in the field, who appears to feed on accolades, endlessly seeking recognition. One day, the tables turn when Eliezer learns that he is to be awarded the Israel Prize, the most valuable honor for scholarship in the country, and his vanity and desperate need for validation are exposed. His son, Uriel, is thrilled to see his father’s achievements finally recognized but, in a darkly funny twist, is forced to choose between the advancement of his own career and his father’s.

The following is an excerpt from an interview with Cedar and Dr. Eric Goldman, adjunct associate professor of cinema at Yeshiva University and artistic director and moderator of the festival, which will be published in The New Jersey Jewish Standard later this month.

Eric Goldman: We are seeing films from Israel that deal with Jewish issues. You are the innovator in this area!

Joseph Cedar: It’s very hard to define a film with that kind of categorizing. The films that I make are not Jewish because I wanted them to be. I made my films because they are part of my life. If they touch something, it’s because it’s relevant to me. Any film, made anywhere by a Jew is a Jewish film, because of his [or her] identity somehow coming out.

Lior Ashkenazi as Uriel Shkolnik and Shlomo Bar Aba as Eliezer Shkolnik (Ren Mendelson/Sony Pictures Classics)

Lior Ashkenazi as Uriel Shkolnik and Shlomo Bar Aba as Eliezer Shkolnik (Ren Mendelson/Sony Pictures Classics)

EG: You bring something very different into it because you are the American Israeli. Is there an American Israeli Jewish stylistic?

JC: I don’t know how relevant that is or at least I’m not aware of its relevance. I can say that it has given me an outsider’s point-of-view on my Israeli life. It’s a good place for any story-teller to be… my point-of-view has always been from the outside, as that of a story-teller who is looking at someone else and not himself. In fact, this last film is as close a story that I’ve told about my own world.

EG: Where did it come from?

JC: It’s from a few different things. The plot is something that almost happened to me. Awards and recognition have become a part of my life. It has always been a part of my father’s life. My father is biochemist. He’s done great work. He’s at the Hebrew University. He has received the Israel Prize. He’s received every prize imaginable and he’s very, very well recognized—in that sense, he’s not like the father character at all. All these elements exist in my life and these characters exist in my social circle. And I’m somewhere between the father and the son. It’s not someone else’s story. It’s my story.

Shlomo Bar Aba as Eliezer Shkolnik (Ren Mendelson/Sony Pictures Classics)

Shlomo Bar Aba as Eliezer Shkolnik (Ren Mendelson/Sony Pictures Classics)

EG: How is this different from your previous films?

JC: There are a lot of connections for me between the cinematic language that I found myself using in this film and some of the themes of this film. It’s the first time that I’ve had that!

EG: And the way you shot scenes?

JC: Every scene has very distinctive choices. That’s also relatively new for me. Usually, you come to see that there are a few options on how to shoot. Each option represents a different understanding of what’s happening. Sometimes, you check a few options and see what happens in the editing. Here, every scene required a choice that negated all the other options. We had to find a way to shoot the film that services a specific idea in each scene… Each scene has only one way to shoot it. In that sense, we were really working like the father character, not the son. There was very little compromise.

EG: Is there a central conflict?

JC: There are two sides to the conflict in this story. These are two sides we are trying to walk in between. One is someone who will never compromise, who will never leave written, strict, inflexible tradition. We could just call him the father or the written text—the text that doesn’t become relevant with time. The other side holds that anything written is threatening, because it’s not flexible. So he’s gone to the extreme of the oral… something that works very hard to stay relevant.

This is not a new tension. In the Talmud, that’s the tension that fuels every argument. If you look at the five students of Yohanan ben Zakkai, there’s Rabbi Eliezer, who never said anything that he didn’t hear from his rabbis. That’s an amazing mantra. There’s Rabbi Yehoshua, who says that if it’s not new, it has no content. ‘We’re not studying if we are not innovating!’ That’s Uriel and Eliezer [in the film]. It’s clear that without Uriel, we are not relevant. We are not productive. We are not communicating. But without Eliezer, nothing really has worth. There has to be some connection to a truth. You need both. You try and take the viewers’ sensibilities from one side to other, not really ever settling in one place. For me, it’s about how close I can come to Eliezer without losing touch with what’s important to me as a modern human being.

Learn more about the YU Ring Family Film Festival at www.yu.edu/film-festival.

The Jerusalem Post Reviews Rabbi Aaron Rakeffet-Rothkoff’s Memoir

There are many reasons one could find From Washington Avenue to Washington Street, by Aaron Rakeffet-Rothkoff, professor of rabbinic literature at Yeshiva University’s Caroline and Joseph S. Gruss Institute in Jerusalem, a captivating work. Not only is it an engaging autobiography, but the historical information surrounding the author’s life experiences alone merit the 447-page read.

Aaron Rakeffet- Rothkoff

Rabbi Rakeffet-Rothkoff

Rabbi Rakeffet, who was born in the Bronx in 1937 and lived on Washington Avenue, had been known as Arnold Rothkoff. Upon making aliya three decades later and moving to the center of Jerusalem – not far from George Washington Street – he adopted the Hebrew surname Rakeffet.

A scholarly work with stimulating philosophical content, From Washington Avenue to Washington Street can be enjoyed by both the academic and the layperson. A popular teacher for more than 50 years, Rakeffet manages to include folksy anecdotes as well as profound teachings in his book.

Modern Jewish history comes alive in this memoir. Rakeffet goes beyond his own surroundings and provides details of world events that profoundly influenced the evolution of Jewish life in the New World. His reminiscences of the World War II and postwar era would surely cause those from a similar background to wax nostalgic.

The later chapters describe his riveting experiences in the 1980s in the effort to help Jews in the former Soviet Union.

Included are little-known tales of profound self-sacrifice involving saintly leaders within the campaign to free their brethren and intensely moving accounts of the refuseniks’ tenacity.

During his youth, Rakeffet’s love of learning led him to experience diverse streams within the umbrella of Orthodoxy.

The book abounds with fascinating recollections of major Torah personalities, in particular those in the Yeshiva University world, where the author studied and was ordained. Read the full review at The Jerusalem Post…

Visiting Scholar Hannah Kasher to Discuss Ultimate Punishment According to Jewish Philosophy at Feb. 15 Center for Jewish Law Lecture

The Yeshiva University (YU) Center for Jewish Law and Contemporary Civilization (CJL) at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law will present their Annual Ivan Meyer Lecture in Jewish Law on Wednesday, February 15 at 6 p.m. in the Jacob Burns Moot Court Room, 55 Fifth Avenue at 12th Street, New York City. Dr. Hannah Kasher, the Ivan Meyer Visiting Scholar in Comparative Jewish Law at Cardozo, will discuss“On Ultimate Punishment According to Jewish Philosophy: Between R. Saadia Gaon and Moses Mendelssohn.”

Dr. Hannah Kasher

Dr. Hannah Kasher, Ivan Meyer Visiting Scholar in Comparative Jewish Law

Kasher is an associate professor of Jewish philosophy at Bar-Ilan University. Her scholarly interests include medieval exegesis of the Bible. Kasher edited Joseph ibn Kaspi’s Shulhan Kesef and is the author of Heretics in Maimonides’ Teaching (in press), as well as numerous scholarly articles. She is on the editorial board of Da’at and sevres as director of the Schneeweiss Chair for Jewish Philosophy and Ethics.

The lecture is named for the late Dr. Ivan Isaak Meyer, who practiced law in Germany and New York City and was a generous supporter of Jewish education in the New York area. Admission is free and open to the public.

To register online, visit www.cardozo.yu.edu/cjl/registration or call 212-790-0258. For more information on The Center for Jewish Law and Contemporary Civilization visit www.cardozo.yu.edu/cjl.

Students Explore Social Justice on CJF Missions to Ukraine, Central America, Israel and the West Coast

Whether building libraries in the Nicaraguan heat or renovating a youth center in the cold of Kharkov, Ukraine, Yeshiva University students were hard at work during the winter intersession participating in Center for the Jewish Future (CJF) programs around the world.

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“As future religious and lay leaders of the Jewish people, it is important for our students to be exposed to and engaged with issues of social justice and global welfare as well as the unique and varied challenges and opportunities facing Jewish communities around the world, from small towns on the West Coast to Beit Shemesh,” said Rabbi Kenneth Brander, David Mitzner Dean of the CJF. “It is critical that YU students have both a broad world-view and a deep appreciation of how these issues are dealt with through the prism of Jewish thought so they can become effective agents of change in their communities and the world-at-large. The most important journey that students take on these missions is the one of self-discovery.”

Comprised of seven service-learning missions across Europe, Israel, Central America and the United States, the programs ran from January 12-22 and involved 140 undergraduates.

“Tzedek and Tzedaka,” an 8-day experiential education program, explored concepts of social justice in a modern democratic Jewish state. Two separate groups of 15 men and women, accompanied by YU scholars in residence Rabbi Hershel Schachter and Rabbi Assaf Bednarsh, studied religious texts and met with top Israeli rabbinic figures, supreme court justices, government officials, prison inmates and administrators, non-profit organization founders and social activists. In addition to ethical questions about society’s relationship to criminals and justice, the groups investigated several hot-button issues, including the status of women in Israeli government and law and the challenges of building a just society when faced with opposition from extremist constituents on both sides.

Ten students also traveled to Israel for “Art in Ort,” an outgrowth of the highly successful Counterpoint Israel summer program. Drawing on their extensive graphic design, filmmaking and musical experience, YU students ran special workshops designed by renowned American art educator Andrea Rabinovitch for 160 middle school students—teens from low-income neighborhoods in Jerusalem—to help them discover their inner talents through art.

“Students are walking away from these missions with a newfound understanding of some of the most important yet perplexing issues that we as a people currently face,” said Gila Rockman, programs director at the CJF’s Department of Service Learning and Experiential Education. “They have a new awareness of the complexities confronting Israel as a Jewish state in a western world.”

Two humanitarian missions in Mexico and Nicaragua continued the work of previous student visits, strengthening relationships and assisting in the establishment of critical communal institutions. In Mexico, 16 students collaborated with Hombre Sobre La Tierra (HST – Humankind on Earth), a non-profit group that seeks to promote environmental sustainability, self-sufficiency and the integration of women among poor Mayan communities. Participants helped build a tilapia farm which serves as an important source of protein for the town and learned about Mayan culture as well as principles of tikkun o’lam [repairing the world] and rights-based approaches to international development. In Nicaragua, 16 participants resumed work on a library whose foundations were laid by YU students last year, in collaboration with Servicios Medicos Comunals, a non-government organization.

“These types of service projects give students the opportunity to engage and truly live the value of tikkun olam,” said Tuvia Brander, program leader of the Mexico mission. “They show our students how they can be models of change.”

Project Kharkov, a 10-day service learning mission, took 19 undergraduates to the heart of Ukraine to gain a firsthand understanding of the welfare challenges and identity crises faced by its Jewish community following the collapse of the Former Soviet Union, as well as how the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) addresses communal needs. Students cleaned the grounds of a Jewish day school and renovated parts of a youth center to make it more welcoming to Jewish teens. They also participated in a meaningful and heartbreaking memorial at Dobritsky Yar, the site of a mass grave where thousands of Jews were slaughtered during the Holocaust, and visited Kharkov’s Wohl Center, where a wide range of performing arts programs express the community’s Jewish identity.

“We all could see the vibrancy of Kharkov’s Jewish community,” wrote Ben Scheiner, a junior at Yeshiva College, in a JDC blog. “Jewish Ukrainians of all ages poured their hearts out to us in their performances. I felt honored to witness this private concert which embodied talent, personal pride and the resurgence of the Jewish community there.”

Aliza Abrams, assistant director of CJF’s Department of Service Learning and Experiential Education, noted that “The most empowering part of the volunteer experience is seeing that service doesn’t have a language barrier. A student can stand alongside a Ukrainian peer who doesn’t speak a word of English and together they can transform a youth center. A student can take part in building a library alongside a Spanish-speaking Nicaraguan. The work is being done with compassion and it is the language of care and unity that gets the work done.”

In the United States, 20 undergraduates headed to one of the world’s most technologically advanced regions for the fifth incarnation of the CJF’s Jewish Life Coast to Coast program. Joined by Rabbi Brander, they traveled to San Francisco and Los Angeles, led educational programs in schools, synagogues and college campuses, and met with Jewish entrepreneurs from organizations including Google, the Jim Joseph Foundation and the Jewish Studies Network.

A delegation of 15 students also participated in Limmud NY, a four-day convention of hundreds of Jews from all walks of life. The conference, in its eighth year, was held in Kerhonkson, NY, and featured more than 300 sessions presented by leading Jewish activists, artists, educators, innovators, public figures, and scholars. Topics included Jewish textual learning, art, music, film, literature, ethics, ecology, social justice and humor.

“Attending Limmud NY broadened students’ sense of Jewish community and gave them an opportunity to participate in the Jewish communal conversation,” said Marc Fein, the delegation’s leader. “It also strengthened their own Jewish identity and pride in our community. The conference allowed students to bring a new perspective to their studies and all the work they do.”

The CJF is grateful to the programming and institutional partners that made these missions possible for YU students. They include the Jim Joseph Foundation, the American Jewish World Service, the Eckstein Family, Repair the World and the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee.

Online Trivia Game Will Test Your YU Smarts

Test your mental mettle and challenge your knowledge of Yeshiva University with the new Nowhere But Here online trivia game.

The game is open and available to all, but it may take a true YU maven to complete it. Upon successfully answering all the questions you will be entered into our giveaway raffle for a one-year subscription to all your favorite online services such as Netflix, Hulu Plus, Xbox Live, Amazon Prime and Audible.com.

Test your skills today at www.yu.edu/nbh.

Responding to Beit Shemesh Turmoil, Panel Discusses Role of Women in Israeli Society

In response to the recent turmoil in Beit Shemesh over issues of modesty and the role of women in Israeli society, Yeshiva University students flooded a lecture hall on January 30 to learn about the challenges and history of the conflict and to debate possible solutions.

The event, titled “Faceless: Confronting Hadarat Nashim in Israel Today,” was held in Belfer Hall and organized by Kol Hamevaser, the undergraduate student body’s Jewish thought magazine, and the YU Israel Club. Panelists included Rabbi Jeremy Wieder, rosh yeshiva at the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary and Gwendolyn and Joseph Straus Chair in Talmud; Dr. Michelle Greenberg-Kobrin, dean of students and lecturer-in-law at Columbia Law School, who has also spoken extensively on women’s issues; and Rav Yonatan Rosensweig, rosh yeshiva of Yeshivat Torat Yosef Hamivtar in Efrat and a Beit Shemesh resident.

“Faceless,” which was sponsored by the World Zionist Organization, focused on escalating media buzz over the story of Naama Margolese, an 8-year-old Israeli schoolgirl who was spit on by a group of charedi [ultra-Orthodox] men who called her dress “immodest.” Facilitated by Kol Hamevaser Editor-in-Chief Chesky Kopel, the panel addressed questions about media coverage of the issue, fault lines between charedi and modern Orthodox communities, and the changing dynamic of gender relations in communities across North America and Israel.

The three speakers also presented on individual facets of “Hadarat Nashim,” or the exclusion of women, and concepts of charedi extremism in general, including a discussion of sources in the Talmud relating to modesty, the history of women’s legal rights and gender roles in Israel, and personal experience with the conflict.

“It is in part an attempt to turn back the clock across the religious world,” said Wieder. “It’s a reaction against the excesses of secular society. It may not be acceptable to us, but we need to understand where it’s coming from.”

For Greenberg-Kobrin, the emotional confusion in the modern Orthodox sphere stemmed from a sense of alienation from a community it reveres. “When you see violence or bullying towards women and children, you question what shared values you have with a community where that exists,” she said. “I think that is frightening and difficult for us.”

She added: “The more we have this question about when and how to include women in our society—while the halachic [Jewish legal] lines are extremely important and are to be respected—where there is room to be inclusive of men and women and have them interact in a public sphere, we as a community need to speak up and make that happen.”

Gabrielle Hiller, a junior majoring in Jewish education at Stern College for Women, agreed. “This issue bothered me deeply because these are our people and it’s disturbing to talk about our own community in this way,” she said. “However, hearing these different perspectives gave me a deeper understanding of what’s going on. Dialogue about this is key.”

“It’s very important for students at YU to deal with what is current, what needs to be resolved now,” said Kopel. “When issues are being spoken about or argued about this much, you know they are important for our community.”

“The turnout alone speaks to the burning relevance of this problem,” said Avital Chizhik, president of the Israel club. “Hopefully it will lead to more events, more articles and more responses that can further this discussion.”

Yeshiva University Hosts Feb. 9 Jewish Job Fair for Communal and Educational Careers

Today, more than ever, there are exciting opportunities in Jewish communal and educational careers. For those interested in joining or learning more about this exciting field, Yeshiva University will host its annual Jewish Job Fair on Thursday, February 9 at Furst Hall on YU’s Wilf Campus, 500 West 185th Street, New York City. The conference is open to YU students and alumni beginning at 6 p.m. and to the general public from 7 – 9 p.m.

“In a society which has sanctified the needs of the individual, it is wonderful to see young people who possess an ever increasing thirst to live lives of meaning,” said Rabbi Kenneth Brander, David Mitzner Dean of YU’s Center for the Jewish Future. “The Jewish Job Fair allows our students, alumni and the greater community, to learn about the professional opportunities available and which are appropriate for their talents and to enable them to live meaningful and productive lives.”

Dozens of Jewish day schools and community organizations from across the country will be in attendance to accept and review resumes and conduct interviews. Participating organizations include Camp Shalom, Manhattan Jewish Experience, Yachad, Areyvut, Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, Nefesh B’ Nefesh, OHEL, 92nd Street Y, and Yeshiva University. More than 35 day schools will be participating including SINAI Schools, Yavneh Academy, YULA Girls High School, SAR Academy, Hillel Day School of Boca Raton, Manhattan Day School, and Fuchs Mizrachi School.

In addition to teaching positions and other career prospects, the fair offers a wide array of opportunities, including fellowships and scholarships for master’s programs and internships.

“In the past decade, the number of YU graduates pursuing careers in Jewish education has increased exponentially,” said Dr. Scott Goldberg, director of YU’s Institute for University-School Partnership. “Schools and organizations in our community now have access to the best and brightest in the Orthodox community to be role models in their classrooms and organizations.”

The fair is free and open to the public. For more information, to register your organization or school, or to submit a resume, visit www.yu.edu/cjf/jobfair.