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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…

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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

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…

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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.     

Marc Goldman, Executive Director, Career CenterWhen’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.

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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.

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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…

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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.

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Robert Grad

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…

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Awards Honor Dedicated Alumni, Staff and Employer Liaisons

The Yeshiva University Career Center has announced the 2013-2014 recipients of its annual Partners of the Year Awards.

Bestowed in three areas, the awards highlight the efforts of alumni, faculty and staff, and employer liaisons to help students and new graduates further their careers. “The Career Center Partners have all, in their own ways and through their efforts and collaboration with us, contributed to the growth and success of our YU students in the area of career development,” said Marc Goldman, executive director of the Career Center. “Through education, advice, and access to opportunities, these partners have gone above and beyond to frequently work with the Career Center to enhance its efforts for YU students pursuing employment and/or graduate and professional school options.”

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Yeshiva University Students, Alumni Recognized in Jewish Week’s “36 Under 36″

Yeshiva University students and alumni continue to play a major role in shaping the Jewish community. In The New York Jewish Week’s 7th annual “36 Under 36” edition, several young social justice activists, educators and innovators from YU are recognized for their significant contributions to Jewish life:

“Despite the fact that I can never aspire to being counted as one of the 36 under 36, I am very proud and excited that Yeshiva University can count on so many of its graduates from so many of its different schools to direct their attention to making a difference in the Jewish world,” said President Richard M. Joel. “It’s a tribute to them and to the mandate to matter that is at the core of our mission.”

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CJF-RIETS, in Conjunction With Cardozo, Present Conflict Resolution Workshop For Rabbis

A group of 15 rabbis convened in New York City for a three-day seminar, May 19-21, on mediation training, organized by Yeshiva University’s Center for the Jewish Future (CJF) – Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS), in conjunction with the Kukin Program for Conflict Resolution at YU’s Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.

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Adam Berner, seated, and Sequoia Stalder presented a workshop for rabbis on conflict resolution

The training was presented by attorneys Adam Berner and Sequoia Stalder, both expert trainers in the field of mediation and conflict resolution.

“By definition, rabbis here and in all places are serving so many different roles—in the pulpit, as teachers and as educators, working with many people, and people have differences,” said Berner, an alumnus of RIETS and Cardozo and an assistant professor at Cardozo. “This workshop is a frame of how best to help these leaders deal with differences, how to manages the realities of being in a community and how to take conflict and see it is an opportunity for growth, learning and change, for themselves and for others.” Read the rest of this entry…

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Yeshiva University Celebrates at 83rd Commencement Ceremony

More than 600 students from Yeshiva University’s undergraduate schools were presented with their degrees at YU’s 83rd commencement exercises, held at the IZOD Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey on Thursday, May 22.

A celebratory spirit was in the air as graduates clad in black caps and gowns chatted excitedly, embracing one another and posing for pictures with friends and family. Blue and white balloons and YU insignia adorned the walls and guests stopped to admire the dozens of posters featuring pictures of students, which lined the entrances to the arena.

“I am so happy to be celebrating today with my family – my immediate family and my YU family,” said Seth Feuerstein-Rudin, who was graduating from Sy Syms School of Business with a degree in business marketing. “It’s bittersweet because I learned a lot here and really developed as a person and I’m sad that my experience is drawing to a close. But I’m also looking forward to being involved in the future and giving back to the school in any way I can.”

President Richard M. Joel challenged the new graduates to value their time and this “momentous moment,” as members of a generation that are “nostalgic for the past, savoring the present and anticipating the future.”

“How do we count time to make sure that time counts?” President Joel asked. Read the rest of this entry…

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