Students, Faculty and Alumni Honored as Points of Light at Hanukkah Dinner
Students, faculty and alumni who embody the mission of Yeshiva University were recognized as “Points of Light” during the dinner portion of Yeshiva University’s 90th Annual Hanukkah Dinner and Convocation, held at New York City’s Waldorf-Astoria on December 14.
“The lesson of Hanukkah is that the Jewish people must cast the light of our values onto the world,” said YU President Richard M. Joel. “Tonight, we publicize the lights that represent the past, present, and future of Yeshiva University.”
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YU and MTA Alumnus Joshua Jacoby Appointed Executive Director of Yeshiva University High Schools
Yeshiva University has announced the appointment of Joshua Jacoby as executive director of Yeshiva University High Schools—the Marsha Stern Talmudical Academy / Yeshiva University High School for Boys (MTA) on the YU’s Wilf Campus and the Samuel H. Wang Yeshiva University High School for Girls (Central) in Holliswood, Queens—where he will oversee strategic business areas of the high schools.
Jacoby, a graduate of both MTA and Yeshiva College, previously served in the Marketing Partnerships group at Madison Square Garden, and before that, as director of admissions at MTA.
In his new role, Jacoby will be responsible for managing various business and revenue generating aspects of both schools and will lead MTA’s planning and preparation for its centennial celebration taking place in 2016. Read the rest of this entry…
Yeshiva College Hebrew Instructor Places First in 2014 U.S. National Bible Contest
Yair Shahak, Hebrew instructor at Yeshiva College, was crowned the winner of the 2014 United States National Bible Contest for Adults on Sunday, November 30 in New York City.
Yair Shahak will represent the U.S. at the upcoming International Chidon HaTanach.
Shahak, a graduate of Yeshiva College and the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies and a current student at the Belz School of Jewish Music, persevered against 12 talented challengers to claim the first place spot and the opportunity to represent the United States at the International Chidon HaTanach (Bible Contest) for Adults in Jerusalem on December 23, 2014.
“This victory means a great deal to me because I have been involved in Bible study all my life,” said Shahak, a native of Brooklyn, New York. ”It was a very emotional win, as I felt as though I was coming full circle while battling it out against some very capable Bible scholars. I fell in love with the stories and language of the Bible at a young age, and there is still nothing that gives me more joy than sharing my love of the Bible with my students at Yeshiva University.” Read the rest of this entry…
Yeshiva College Research Team Publishes Findings on Protein Structure in Leading Crystallography Journal
A research team led by physics professors Dr. Neer Asherie and Dr. Sergey Buldyrev discovered a new way to control the crystallization of proteins so that researchers can more easily determine a protein’s 3D structure. These findings were published in Acta Crystallographica D, a leading crystallography journal. The paper was co-authored by five former and current Yeshiva College students.
Dr. Neer Asherie
The team, which includes Dr. Bruce Hrnjez at Collegiate School and Dr. Jean Jakoncic at Brookhaven National Laboratory, discovered that adding a specific class of small molecules to water solutions of proteins not only induces the proteins to crystallize, but can also control the type of crystal formed.
“Protein crystals are used to figure out the structure and function of proteins, which is important for understanding certain diseases and for drug development,” said Asherie. “However, proteins are difficult to crystallize. Our research suggests a new way to control protein crystallization and – we hope – increase the success rate of making crystals. The results are new and lay a fertile ground for future studies. ”
The article describes several years of work, to which both past and current YU students contributed by carrying out experiments, simulations and data analysis. Read the rest of this entry…
First Ever National Finals Outside of Israel Scheduled for November 30
Yeshiva University’s Center for the Jewish Future and the Orthodox Union will be co-sponsoring the U.S. National Bible Contest for Adults, an event that will determine which outstanding Bible scholars will represent the United States at the International Chidon HaTanach [Bible Contest] for Adults in Jerusalem in December.
Scheduled for Sunday, November 30, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at the West Side Institutional Synagogue, 120 West 76th Street in Manhattan, the event will mark the first time in the contest’s history that national finals are taking place outside of Israel. In addition to the Bible competition, the event will include a musical performance and remarks by Israeli Consul-General Ido Aharoni and YU President Richard M. Joel.
“The International Bible Contest for Adults was developed to encourage the study of the Bible, strengthen ties with the Land of Israel, and deepen connections with Jewish heritage. As such, it is a natural partnership for Yeshiva University,” said Rabbi Kenneth Brander, YU’s vice president for university and community life. “We are thrilled to co-sponsor the event, and proud that so many of the participants have ties to the University.” Read the rest of this entry…
Rabbi Yigal Sklarin ’02YC, ’07R, ’11BR Wins Prestigious Prize for Leading Jewish Educators
Yeshiva University alumnus Rabbi Yigal Sklarin ’02YC, ’07R, ’11BR was recently awarded the prestigious Pomegranate Prize from the Covenant Foundation, which recognizes five passionate and talented emerging leaders in Jewish education who have been working in the field for 10 years or less.
Rabbi Yigal Sklarin (right), recipient of the Pomegranate Prize, with Eli Evans, chairman of the Covenant Foundation
Sklarin earned his BA in history from Yeshiva College, where he received the Max and Sophie Manicoff Award for Excellence in Talmud. He received semicha [rabbinic ordination] from YU-affiliated Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary and was a member of the Wexner Kollel Elyon. He also completed an MA from the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies, where he is now pursuing a PhD in Modern Jewish History.
“It is very humbling to be in the company of educators who have accomplished so much,” said Sklarin. “I look forward to being part of the cohort at the Covenant Foundation, including the past Covenant awardees and Pomegranate Prize recipients, and learning from the talented field of educators.” Read the rest of this entry…
Marc Goldman, Executive Director of the YU Career Center, on the Basics of Career-Building
By November, students know what to expect from the academic semester: midterms are just around the corner, research papers are in progress and spring courses are starting to fall into place. But whether it’s their first year on campus or last before graduation, many have questions about what comes next. How do you choose a major? Find an internship? Select a graduate program? Reach out to your dream job? Below, Marc Goldman, executive director of the Yeshiva University Career Center, tackles some of the most common questions students have about building their careers—and how the Career Center can help every step of the way.
When’s the best time to reach out to the Career Center: when I first arrive on campus, after I know what field I want to go into, or when I find a job that I want to apply for?
All of the above are possibilities. I encourage students in their first semester on campus to become familiar with the Career Center services, resources and events. It is a good strategy to make a connection with a counselor in the office early to have that support and guidance throughout your entire YU experience. The Career Center helps students with major and career exploration and decision-making, internship and job searching, resume and cover letter writing, practice interviewing, networking, and graduate and professional school applying. We are here for students from the beginning of their education through graduation and beyond.
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Wurzweiler School of Social Work Celebrates Dr. Joyce Brenner’s 27 Years of Service to its Block Program
Upon her retirement, Yeshiva University’s Wurzweiler School of Social Work celebrated Dr. Joyce Brenner’s more than 27 years of service to its Block Program in Israel by naming her the first recipient of its Distinguished Alumni Award at the Block Program Commencement on July 23.
Dr. Joyce Brenner delivered the keynote address at this year’s Block Program Commencement
“Dr. Brenner has literally been a part of Wurzweiler from its beginnings in 1957, entering our Masters of Social Work program in 1962,” said Dr. Carmen Ortiz Hendricks, Dorothy and David Schachne Dean of Wurzweiler. “She has single-handedly developed and strengthened the relationship between Wurzweiler and the Block Israeli Field Work Program for 27 years. She is the face of Wurzweiler in Israel and a respected leader of the social work profession as well. Dr. Brenner has earned the Distinguished Alumni Award, as she leaves a legacy of hundreds of professional social workers serving the people of Israel and the U.S.”
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Rabbi Yaakov Glasser Appointed David Mitzner Dean of Center for the Jewish Future
Rabbi Yaakov Glasser ’99YC, ’01R, has been appointed the David Mitzner Dean of Yeshiva University’s Center for the Jewish Future (CJF). He succeeds Rabbi Kenneth Brander, who served as inaugural dean of the CJF for the past nine years and will continue to oversee the CJF, student life, undergraduate admissions and YU’s Israel campus in his role as vice president for university and community life.
Rabbi Yaakov Glasser has been appointed David Mitzner Dean of the Center for the Jewish Future.
Rabbi Glasser joined the CJF in February as associate dean. As dean, he will oversee all the personnel and programming initiatives at the CJF, including training rabbis and lay leaders, spreading Torah to communities worldwide and running programs and service missions across North America and beyond.
“It is a great privilege to assume the leadership of an institution dedicated to bringing the Torah and wisdom of Yeshiva University to the broader Jewish community,” said Rabbi Glasser. “In a generation where so many are searching for inspiration and meaning, the CJF innovates programs and initiatives that empower both rabbinic and lay leaders to reach our community and beyond. I am fortunate to build on the foundation of creativity and leadership of Rabbi Brander, whose vision has established the CJF as a powerful force for communal transformation and change throughout North America. It is humbling to hold a position that is so closely connected with the Mitzner family and to perpetuate their values and ideals through the work of the CJF.” Read the rest of this entry…
Robert Grad and Naomi Gofine to Participate in Yachad’s Inaugural Jewish Communal Leadership Fellowship
Two recent Yeshiva University graduates, Robert Grad ’14YC and Naomi Gofine ’14S, have been selected to serve as one of three fellows in Yachad’s inaugural Jewish Communal Leadership Fellowship program.
Yachad, the flagship program of the Orthodox Union’s National Jewish Council for Disabilities, provides social, educational and recreational programs for individuals with learning, developmental and physical disabilities with the goal of their inclusion in the Jewish community. The Fellows will function as full members of Yachad’s staff, working out of its national headquarters in Lower Manhattan with mentors who will provide integrated training and experiential opportunities to help the Fellows acquire proficiency in disability culture and Jewish organizational leadership. Read the rest of this entry…