In Sy Syms EMBA Debut, Emphasis is on Ethics, Entrepreneurship

This August, Yeshiva University’s Sy Syms School of Business welcomed an inaugural class of 15 students to its new Executive Masters of Business Administration program.

Featuring a unique Sunday schedule with a focus on ethics, the EMBA program seeks to prepare business professionals and managers heading for high-level positions to lead organizational change and develop strategies to help their businesses thrive in a world of global competition. In addition to coursework that is designed to integrate skills and methodology from a broad range of business areas, each student will build a personal development portfolio tailored to his or her career objectives and aspirations and study with experienced entrepreneurs, executives, scholars, authors and researchers.

Classes are held over 14 Sundays each semester and one weekday evening per month. The program also includes two international residencies: study in Israel during the first year and an emerging market country in the second.

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Einstein Researchers Forge a Unique Collaboration in Nigeria

The challenges of conducting research in a developing nation can be numerous — from political instability that can delays projects for months to collaborators who can only use Internet at night or frequent lack of electricity that can last days. In spite of such challenges, Einstein researchers Drs. David LounsburyIlir Agalliu and Adebola Adedimeji have focused on the benefits that an international collaboration can offer as they embark on a unique research project in Nigeria.

Before coming to Einstein in 2008, Lounsbury, assistant professor of epidemiology & population health and of family and social medicine, had the opportunity to meet Dr. Chioma Asuzu, a clinical psycho-oncologist from the University College Hospital (UCH) in Ibadan, Nigeria.

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Wurzweiler Certificate Program to Help Treat Returning Veterans and their Families

This fall, Yeshiva University’s Wurzweiler School of Social Work is offering a new Certificate in Social Work Practice with the Military.

Dr. Joan Beder will oversee the new certificate program.

American military engagement in Afghanistan and Iraq has lasted more than a decade, and advances in medical technology and Kevlar armor have led to unprecedented numbers of soldiers surviving battle wounds to return to civilian life in the United States. Many must learn to adapt to a life with physical injuries or disabilities, while an estimated 20 percent of returning service members are diagnosed with major mental health problems. This has created an overwhelming strain on Department of Defense hospitals and Veterans Affairs facilities, which soldiers typically turn to for care.

Wurzweiler hopes to relieve some of that burden by equipping its graduates to treat veterans in their agencies as well as in outpatient mental health settings and private practices.

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A New Book by Jeffrey S. Gurock Explores Jewish Life in New York Through the 20th Century

The Lower East Side, the Grand Concourse, Borough Park, Kew Garden Hills, Riverdale.

Gurock's latest book explores 90 years of Jewish life within the streets of New York.

Over the last century, these New York City neighborhoods and others have been home to Jews of all stripes. A new book by Dr. Jeffrey S. Gurock, Libby M. Klaperman Professor of Jewish History at Yeshiva University, explores the nuanced and ever-evolving relationship between these communities and the New York City of their times. In Jews in Gotham: New York Jews in a Changing City, 1920-2010the third in the series City of Promises: A History of the Jews of New York (NYU Press)—Gurock focuses on neighborhoods, exploring Jewish life within the streets of the metropolis and showcasing the reasons for New York’s continued preeminence as the capital of American Jews.

Gurock, who is teaching the Stern College for Women honors course “History of the Jews of New York, 1654-2010″ this semester, discussed his soon-to-be-published book with YU News.

YU News: What would you say is one of the biggest moments for Jews in New York City over the last 90 years?

Gurock: In May 1948, there were 20,000 people at the old Madison Square Garden and arguably 50,000 people out on the street between Seventh and Eighth Avenues. There was a rally to mark the founding of the State of Israel and speakers from a variety of backgrounds—religious and non-religious—all answered ‘Amen’ to the shehechayanu that after 2,000 years of exile, Jews were back in their land, sovereign. I talk about that moment in my book as a crowning moment after a decade which began with a catastrophe, the Shoah, and ended in triumph.

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Dr. Yael Muskat Appointed Director of Manhattan Campuses Counseling Center

Dr. Yael Muskat has been appointed director of the Yeshiva University Counseling Center for the Manhattan Campuses. For the past six years, she has served as associate director, supervising the counseling center on the Israel Henry Beren Campus, which provides services to the undergraduate women of Stern College for Women, Sy Syms School of Business and to the graduate students of YU’s Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.

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The Jewish Press Interviews Rabbi Kenneth Brander

Yeshiva University’s Center for the Jewish Future seems to expand with each passing year.

Rabbi Kenneth Brander

Founded in 2005, the CJF– among other activities–now educates hundreds of ordained rabbis through its Rabbinic Training Placement and Continuing Education program; sends 1,000 students every year to help communities around the world through its Experiential Education and Service Learning program; makes 60,000 shiurim of YU rabbis and others available online through; helps YU students and alumni find their intended through; and sets up kollelim around the country through its Community Initiatives program.

This summer, the CJF ran day camps in five Israeli development towns: Dimona, Arad, Kiryat Gat, Kiryat Malachi, and Beersheba. Staffed by 60 YU students, the camps serviced over 350 Israeli children.

The Jewish Press recently spoke with Rabbi Kenneth Brander, David Mitzner Dean of the CJF, about the summer camps.

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New Program from YU School Partnership to Develop and Advance Emerging Leaders in the Field of Jewish Education

Yeshiva University’s Institute for University-School Partnership (YU School Partnership) is pleased to announce the launch of YU Lead, a unique and highly experiential leadership development program for aspiring leaders in Jewish education.

Twenty-four participants were selected from a competitive applicant pool of teachers, division principals, student support faculty, curriculum coordinators and student activity directors. They will spend nine months immersing themselves in the study of leadership as they learn with experts in the field of education and a cohort of their peers. The learning will take place online—synchronously and asynchronously—and at two in-person conferences. Sessions will address topics on leadership, mission, vision, philosophy, budgeting and finance, instructional supervision, development, governance, distributive leadership, 21st-century education, parents and communication, and enrollment management. YU Lead will challenge participants to think deeply about their practice and to exercise their reflective, interpersonal and educational skills to maximize their leadership potential.

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Rabbi Dr. Meir Soloveichik Delivers Opening Invocation at Republican National Convention

Rabbi Dr. Meir Soloveichik, director of Yeshiva University’s Zahava and Moshael Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought, delivered the invocation at the opening session of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida on Tuesday, August 28.

“It is extraordinary privilege to deliver an invocation at a cherished ritual of American democracy,” said Soloveichik. “The fact that I have been teaching courses about the connection between Jewish ideas and American democracy makes this moment all the more meaningful for me.”

An associate rabbi at Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun in Manhattan, Soloveichik graduated summa cum laude from Yeshiva College, received his semikha [rabbinic ordination] from RIETS and was a member of its Beren Kollel Elyon. In 2010, he received his doctorate in religion from Princeton University. Rabbi Soloveichik has lectured throughout the United States, in Europe and in Israel to both Jewish and non-Jewish audiences on topics relating to Jewish theology, bioethics, wartime ethics and Jewish-Christian relations. His essays on these subjects have appeared in CommentaryFirst ThingsAzureTradition and the Torah U-Madda Journal.

“Yeshiva University celebrates its faculty and the opportunities they have to share their knowledge and wisdom beyond the walls of the University,” said President Richard M. Joel. “We also respect faculty’s right to their own political and policy views. Rabbi Dr. Meir Soloveichik is a true son of Yeshiva and we are proud that he has the wonderful opportunity to address the Republican National Convention and to spread the Torah’s sacred values to the world.”

See coverage in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Forward, Tablet and JTA.

Helpful Advice for New Students from Dr. Chaim Nissel

With hundreds of new undergraduate students arriving on Yeshiva University’s campuses this week for Orientation, YUNews sat down with Dr. Chaim Nissel, YU’s recently-appointed University Dean of Students, to talk about his new role on campus and how incoming students can get off to the best start as they embark on their academic journey at YU.

Q: What is the role of the Dean of Students?

The dean of students oversees student life that occurs outside of the classroom—everything from the dormitories and student health to support services. I’m also happy to meet with any student to find out about their Yeshiva University experience and discuss ways to improve it. How are you adjusting to YU? How are you adjusting to life in New York? I want to hear how you’re doing.

Q: What’s your advice for new students beginning their college careers?

Make thoughtful decisions about how you spend your time to ensure your life is well balanced.

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Students Arrive on Campus for Undergraduate Orientation

They come from Morocco, Panama, Austria, Switzerland and countries across the globe.

They dream of becoming first-rate biochemists, artists, teachers, business leaders and Jewish thinkers.

In all, more than 650 new students will arrive at Yeshiva University’s Wilf and Israel Henry Beren Campuses this week to begin their academic journeys at the only institution where high-level Judaic studies and cutting-edge academics go hand in hand.

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Fall 2012 Orientation kicked off on Wednesday, August 22 with exciting and informative activities to help students feel at home. Newcomers learned their way around YU’s uptown and downtown campuses on interactive tours led by student guides, who introduced them to key faculty, staff and resources dedicated to their academic and personal success.

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