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 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…
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…
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…
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…
Alumni Offer Insight into Israeli Entrepreneurial Success at Sy Syms Event
On October 9, Yeshiva University’s Sy Syms School of Business hosted its second event in its annual “Leading with Meaning” initiative, which seeks to provide business ethics and entrepreneurial education programming to students and alumni. Called “The Silicon Valley of the Middle East: Understanding Israeli Entrepreneurial Success,” the evening featured presentations from two YU alumni who made the move to Israel—and made it big—that offered advice from their own professional and personal journeys about how to get involved in Israel’s business landscape.
Yeshiva College graduate Michael Eisenberg is a partner at the $140 million Israeli venture capital fund Aleph.
“Our connection to Israel is usually spiritual or political, but there’s another side to Israel, a side that is making the greatest investors in the world get on a plane and invest billions in this country,” said Charlie Harary, clinical professor of management and entrepreneurship at Sy Syms and director of the Leading with Meaning initiative. “There are people in Israel making a difference by changing the economics of the country and the world, and those people are our people.” Read the rest of this entry…
Alumni to Share Insight into Israeli Entrepreneurship at Sy Syms “Leading with Meaning” Event
Yeshiva University’s Sy Syms School of Business will kick-off its annual Leading with Meaning business ethics and entrepreneurial education programming with an event titled “The Silicon Valley of the Middle East: Understanding Israeli Entrepreneurial Success” on Wednesday, October 9 beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Belfer Hall at YU’s Wilf Campus in Washington Heights, NY.
Run in conjunction with the Sy Syms Student Council and YU’s Israel Business Club, the event will feature keynote presentations from Michael Eisenberg, a partner at the $140 million early stage venture capital fund Aleph, and Jeremy Lustman, a partner at DLA Piper’s Corporate and Securities group—both Yeshiva University graduates who have achieved entrepreneurial success in Israel. Read the rest of this entry…
Students of All Stripes Find Their Voice at YU’s Belz School of Jewish Music
Once a week for the past seven years, New York State Supreme Court Justice Martin Schulman has made the trip from his courthouse chambers in Jamaica, Queens to Yeshiva University’s Philip and Sarah Belz School of Jewish Music on YU’s Washington Heights Wilf Campus.
Cantor Joseph Malovaney provides instruction to Judge Martin Schulman. (Photo: David Khabinsky)
Joined in a classroom by students who run the gamut from undergraduates and aspiring rabbis to doctors, lawyers, security guards and bus drivers, Schulman studies nusach ha-tefillah [prayer chants] and the theories, music and techniques of chazanut [cantorial singing], a critical Jewish skill which is fast being forgotten. But it’s not just about singing: at its core, chazanut is about channeling the voice of a community.
That skill is the main emphasis at Belz, a division of YU-affiliated Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary. Read the rest of this entry…
Student Leaders and Alumni Share Some Helpful Advice with New Students
This week, new students at Yeshiva University’s Yeshiva College, Stern College for Women and Sy Syms School of Business will hit campus for the first time to make new friends, learn new things and set out on a journey of self-discovery that will define their college years and prepare them to pursue their dreams.
Starting college is an exhilarating experience—but it can also be a little overwhelming. To get new students off to the right start, YU News asked for some tips and tricks to get the most out of your Yeshiva University experience from the people who know best: current student leaders and alumni. Read on to for some helpful and interesting advice. Read the rest of this entry…
Basalely Will Serve as Edmond J. Safra Sgan Mashgiach in YU Sephardic Community Program
Rabbi Simon Basalely has been appointed the Edmond J. Safra Sgan Mashgiach for the Sephardic Community Program at Yeshiva University. Basalely, a graduate of the Israel Henry Beren Institute for Higher Talmudic Studies, also known as the Beren Kollel Elyon, will assume his new role at the start of the fall semester, providing guidance to the Sephardic students on the Wilf campus. Read the rest of this entry…