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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 225 musmakhim from the classes of 2011-2014 will join 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. Read the rest of this entry…

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Wurzweiler Gains Exclusive Screening Rights to ’Bullycam’; Will Incorporate Film Into Curriculum

In an effort to better educate its students about the dangers of bullying, and how to fight them, Yeshiva University’s Wurzweiler School of Social Work has gained the exclusive screening rights to “Bullycam: The Video Diary of Kelly Wilson, a film depicting the relentless bullying of a high school teen from the perspective of the victim.

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. Read the rest of this entry…

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RIETS Musmakh Rabbi Ephraim Meth Celebrates Second Completion of Shas at YU

The new semester is underway at Yeshiva University—and it began with the celebration of a milestone in Torah learning.

Rabbi Ephraim Meth completed Shas at Glueck

Rabbi Ephraim Meth

Rabbi Ephraim Meth, a 2012 graduate of YU’s Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary, who continues his studies in the beit midrash as a RIETS Kollel Fellow, shared his most recent completion of shas with the entire YU community at a siyum [celebration] in the beit midrash of the Jacob and Dreizel Glueck Center for Jewish Studies on January 22.

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YU Students Present North America’s Largest Jewish Book Sale February 2 – 23

The students of Yeshiva University will present their annual Seforim Sale, North America’s largest Jewish book sale, February 2 to 23, in Belfer Hall, 2495 Amsterdam Ave on YU’s Wilf Campus in Manhattan. The sale is operated entirely by YU students—from ordering to setting up the premises, marketing and all the technology the project entails.

The Yeshiva University Seforim Sale runs Feb. 2 - 23

The Yeshiva University Seforim Sale runs Feb. 2 – 23

The acclaimed Judaica book sale draws more than 15,000 people on average from the tri-state area and provides discounted prices on the latest of more than 10,000 titles in rabbinic and academic literature, cookbooks and children’s books. Read the rest of this entry…


YU High School for Boys Celebrates 25th Anniversary of Great Debate Tournament

When Harriet Levitt began teaching English at Yeshiva University High School for Boys (YUHSB) / The Marsha Stern Talmudical Academy in 1982, she saw a tremendous opportunity to enrich her students’ education through a competitive sport that had long been her passion: debate. “The degree of intellectuality that exists at the high school was amazing to me,” she said. “Our students argue gemara back and forth every morning. I realized the activity of debate would push that even further.”


Harriet Levitt, along with her husband, Dan, formed the Yeshiva Debate League in 1988.

Having loved her own experience as a high school and college debater, Levitt wanted YUHSB students to be able to participate in the National Forensic League. But there was a problem—the League’s debates all took place on Saturdays. Read the rest of this entry…

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Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and Renowned Attorney Nathan Lewin Discuss Landmark First Amendment Cases at Straus Center Event

The First Amendment of the United States Constitution begins with a bold statement: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” How that statement shapes the interaction of religion and the public sphere in modern-day America, however, has been the subject of heated debate throughout American judicial history.

President Richard M. Joel, right, introduces Straus Center conversation with Rabbi Dr. Meir Soloveichik, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and Nathan Lewin

President Richard M. Joel introduces Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, center, and attorney Nathan Lewin, second from right. Rabbi Dr. Meir Soloveichik (left) moderated the panel.

That question and others like it were the focus of a conversation between United States Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and renowned attorney and Yeshiva College graduate Nathan Lewin, hosted by Yeshiva University’s Zahava and Moshael Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought and attended by a crowd of more than 1,200 in Yeshiva University’s Lamport Auditorium on November 6.

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Dr. Bella Tendler Delves into Roots of Conflict at Inaugural “In Plain Words” Honors Program Event

Want to understand the complicated roots of the civil war in Syria? According to Dr. Bella Tendler, visiting assistant professor of history at Yeshiva College, you’ll need to go back to the origin of the Sunni and Shi’ite split in Islam more than 1,000 years ago.


Dr. Bella Tendler, visiting assistant professor of history at Yeshiva College, explains the roots of the Syrian uprising.

On October 30, Tendler helped YU students do just that with a talk titled, “Mystery Religions, Missionaries, and Lost Manuscripts: Understanding the Alawites and the Current Political Crisis in Syria.” The talk was the first in a new series of events launched by the Jay and Jeanie Schottenstein Honors Program, “In Plain Words,” which draws on faculty expertise to break down complex and timely topics to provide students with an understanding of the issues and background involved. Read the rest of this entry…

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Revel Lecture Offers Personal Recollections, Academic Analysis of Noted Bible Scholar

The Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies held its inaugural event of the fall semester’s special lecture series, “Nehama Leibowitz and Tanakh Study: Yesterday and Today,” at Yeshiva University’s Wilf Campus on October 22. The event, which was attended by more than 200 people, included personal recollections of Leibowitz by one of her earliest pupils, Esther Manischewitz, as well as an academic lecture about Leibowitz’s Bible scholarship by Revel Associate Dean and Professor of Bible, Dr. Mordechai Z. Cohen.

“Nehama Leibowitz, the master teacher, has become a larger than life figure, a sort of celebrity,” said Cohen. “Yet Nehama regarded herself as a simple teacher, who sought to guide others in their study of Tanakh [Bible].” Read the rest of this entry…

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From Counseling and Career Planning to Networking and Job Placement, Career Center Offers Students Keys to Success

As new students begin their journeys at Yeshiva University, one of the first places they often visit on campus is the Career Center, which offers a multitude of resources from career planning, resume building and interview coaching to informational events, site visits and recruiting fairs. Over the last few years, the Career Center has helped more than 90 percent of graduates find jobs or enter graduate school within six months of graduation.


YU students on a recent Career Center site visit to Sirius XM.

Part of that success is due to the valuable connections that students can make through a variety of events and networking opportunities provided by the Career Center.

“Our students and the team at the YU Career Center have been able to achieve a certain level of success in great part due to our relationships with our alumni, tapping this amazing resource of professionals as mentors and employers for now and years to come,” said Marc Goldman, executive director of the Career Center. Read the rest of this entry…

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Straus Center Presents November 6 Conversation with Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and Attorney Nathan Lewin

Yeshiva University’s Zahava and Moshael Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought presents a conversation with United States Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and renowned attorney and Yeshiva College graduate Nathan Lewin on “Synagogue and State In America: The Landmark First Amendment Cases of our Age” on Wednesday, November 6, 2013 in YU’s Lamport Auditorium, 2540 Amsterdam Ave., New York City. The discussion, part of YU’s “Great Conversations on Religion and Democracy” series, begins at 7 p.m. and will be moderated by Rabbi Dr. Meir Soloveichik, director of the Straus Center. Read the rest of this entry…

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