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Feb 2, 2010 — While the past year’s economic difficulties have led to a challenging employment market, there are a number of opportunities available in the Jewish communal and educational fields. For all those aspiring to such careers, the Yeshiva University Center for the Jewish Future and the Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration’s Institute for University-School Partnership are holding their annual Jewish Job Fair on Thursday, February 18 at 6 p.m. at YU’s Wilf Campus at 500 West 185th Street, New York City. Last year’s event drew over 300 people, including YU students and alumni, as well as members of the broader Jewish community.

Dozens of Jewish day schools and community organizations from across the country will be in attendance to accept and review resumes and conduct interviews. Participating organizations include Manhattan Jewish Experience, the Orthodox Union, the Institute for Public Affairs, Areyvut, Anti-Defamation League, Project Extreme and SawYouAtSinai. Day schools include Manhattan Day School, SAR Academy, Stern Hebrew High School of Philadelphia, Yeshivat Noam, Westchester Day School, Yeshiva Toras Emes, Ramaz School, Magen David Yeshiva, Akiba Academy of Dallas, Greenfield Hebrew Academy of Atlanta, Chicagoland Jewish High School, Yeshivah of Flatbush Joel Braverman High School and Yeshiva of Central Queens.

In addition to teaching positions and other career prospects, the fair offers a wide array of opportunities ranging from fellowships and scholarships for master’s programs and internships. The fair is being hosted in conjunction with Yeshiva University’s Career Development Center.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, to register your organization or school, or to submit a resume visit


Jan 14, 2010 — The Yeshiva University (YU) Center for Jewish Law and Contemporary Civilization (CJL) at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law will present their Annual Ivan Meyer Lecture in Jewish Law on Wednesday, February 3 at 6 PM in the Jacob Burns Moot Court Room, 55 Fifth Avenue at 12th Street, New York City. Dr. Isaiah M. Gafni, the Ivan Meyer Visiting Scholar in Comparative Jewish Law at Cardozo, will speak on “From Temple to Text: Rabbinic Judaism as Default or Destiny.”

Dr. Gafni is the Sol Rosenbloom Professor of Jewish History at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where he has taught for 40 years, while also serving as visiting professor at numerous universities, including Harvard, Yale and Brown. He was also honored as the Louis Jacobs Fellow in Rabbinic Thought at Oxford University, where he delivered a series of lectures on the Jewish Diaspora in the Greco-Roman period.

Dr. Gafni has written extensively on a broad range of topics relating to the social, religious and cultural history of the Jews in late antiquity, with a particular stress on aspects of Jewish self-identity and relations with other ethnic and religious communities.

The lecture is named for the late Dr. Ivan Isaak Meyer, who practiced law in Germany and New York City and was a generous supporter of Jewish education in the New York area. Admission is free and open to the public. To register online visit or call 212-790-0258. For more information on The Center for Jewish Law and Contemporary Civilization visit


Nov 18, 2009 — Dr. Lawrence H. Summers, Director of the National Economic Council and Assistant to President Barack Obama for Economic Policy, will be the keynote speaker at Yeshiva University’s (YU) 85th Annual Hanukkah Dinner and Convocation on Sunday, December 13 at The Waldorf-Astoria in New York City. Prior to his appointment by President Obama in 2008, Dr. Summers served as the Secretary of Treasury under President Clinton and as president of Harvard University from 2001 to 2006, making him the first Jewish president in the institution’s history.

YU President Richard M. Joel will confer the honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree on Dr. Summers. He will also confer honorary degrees on community leader and prominent clinical social worker Froma Benerofe, a member of the Board of Overseers of YU’s Wurzweiler School of Social Work; investment executive Roger W. Einiger, a member of the Board of Overseers of YU’s Albert Einstein College of Medicine; award-winning actress, singer and playwright Tovah Feldshuh; inventor and entrepreneur Maurice Kanbar; and the renowned Cantor Joseph Malovany, of Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue Synagogue and Distinguished Professor of Liturgical Music of YU’s Philip and Sarah Belz School of Jewish Music.
Dr. Summers began his public service career as a domestic policy economist with the Council of Economic Advisors from 1982 to 1983 under President Ronald Reagan. He then began teaching at Harvard, where he was Professor of Economics for a decade. During this period, he also served as Vice President of Development Economics for The World Bank.

Dr. Summers returned to Washington, D.C. in 1993, where he served as Under Secretary for International Affairs with the United States Department of Treasury. He was named Deputy Secretary of the Treasury from 1995 to 1999, when he was appointed to the department’s top post by President Bill Clinton. His research contributions were recognized when he received the John Bates Clark Medal, given every two years to the outstanding American economist under the age of 40, and when he was the first social scientist to receive the National Science Foundation’s Alan T. Waterman Award for outstanding scientific achievement.

Froma Benerofe graduated from Vassar College and received an M.S.W. from Columbia University. A clinical social worker currently in private practice, she has counseled and assisted children and adolescents, victims of interpersonal trauma and domestic violence, survivors of sexual abuse, and parents coping with the needs of their children, for more than 20 years. She serves as a director of the Hadassah Foundation, Westchester Jewish Community Services, UJA, and the Parsons Dance Foundation. Mrs. Benerofe and her husband, Andrew, established the Benerofe Family Scholarship at Wurzweiler.

Roger W. Einiger is President of Hardscrabble Associates, LLC, a private investment firm. Prior to joining Hardscrabble Associates, he spent three decades at Oppenheimer & Co. and its successor companies, most recently serving as Vice Chairman. He joined the Einstein Board of Overseers in 2005 and currently serves as Treasurer and Chairman of the Budget and Finance Committee, and as a member of Einstein’s Executive Committee. He is also a member of both the Finance and Investment Committees of the YU Board of Trustees. His commitment to Einstein began with his parents, Glory and Jack Einiger, who became active in the earliest days at Einstein, joining the Society of Founders in 1961. His mother continued as a leader of Einstein’s National Women’s Division for many years. He is also on the boards of Big Brothers/Big Sisters of New York City, Jewish Communal Fund, UJA-Federation of New York and the Anti-Defamation League.

Tovah Feldshuh, who has had a remarkable career as an actress, singer, and playwright on stage, television and film, illuminates the Jewish diaspora through her portrayals of strong, complex women. She has earned four Tony nominations for Best Actress and won four Drama Desk Awards, four Outer Critics Circle Awards, the Obie, the Theatre World Award and the Lucille Lortel Award for Best Actress for Golda’s Balcony, which became the longest-running one-woman show in the history of Broadway. Film audiences recognize her from such movies as Kissing Jessica Stein; A Walk on the Moon; Brewster’s Millions and Daniel. On television, she received her first Emmy nomination for her portrayal of the Czech freedom fighter Helena in Holocaust. She has taught at Yale, Cornell and New York Universities. She is a supporter of Seeds of Peace, a non-profit, non-political organization that helps teenagers from regions of conflict and is the recipient of the Eleanor Roosevelt Humanitas Award and the Israel Peace Medal, among others.

Maurice Kanbar, an inventor and entrepreneur born and raised in Brooklyn, has made an indelible impact on American culture. He has changed the way we view films, receive medical injections, socialize after a tough day at the office, zip through traffic, see the world, and pick fuzzy little balls from our sweaters. Indeed, he created New York’s first multiplex theater, and invented the Safetyglide hypodermic needle protector, SKYY Vodka, a new LED traffic light, a cryogenic cataract remover, and the D-Fuzz-It comb for sweaters. His latest inventions include Blue Angel Vodka and Zip Notes. He is also a real estate investor, film producer and author whose book, Secrets from an Inventor’s Notebook, outlines five proven steps to turning your good idea into a fortune. He produced the animated film, Hoodwinked, a offbeat and humorous retelling of the classic tale Little Red Riding Hood, which debuted in January 2006 and is currently completing Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil. A YU Benefactor, Mr. Kanbar established a scholarship fund for deserving law students at Cardozo.

Cantor Joseph Malovany, one of the world’s most accomplished tenors, has served as Cantor of the Fifth Avenue Synagogue since 1973. He began singing at the age of seven and studied at Bilu Synagogue School in Tel Aviv. His musicality was so profound that he became director of the choir at age 12, and his mother sold her wedding ring to pay for the piano. He holds diplomas from the Music Academy in Tel Aviv, and Royal Academy and Trinity College of Music in England, where he is also a Fellow. He holds the Joseph Malovany Chair for Advanced Studies in Jewish Liturgical Music at the Philip and Sarah Belz School of Jewish Music. Cantor Malovany is also Dean of the J.D.C. Moscow Academy of Jewish Music, which he helped establish in 1989 with the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee. He tours extensively throughout the world, singing with major international symphony orchestras, and traditionally sings memorial prayers at Holocaust commemorations at Madison Square Garden and the U.S. Capitol. An honorary president of the Cantorial Society of America, he is a former chairman of the American Society for Jewish Music. Cantor Malovany is the first Jewish cantor to receive the Poland Legion of Honor and also a recipient of the Poland/UNESCO International Prize for Tolerance in 2007.


Oct 5, 2009 — In celebration of Torah excellence, Yeshiva University’s (YU) Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS) will honor dedicated leaders and educators of the Jewish community at its Annual Dinner of Tribute on October 27 at The Grand Hyatt in New York City.

Honorees include Dr. William and Debbie Schwartz, Guests of Honor; Dr. Alvin I. Schiff, Lifetime Achievement in Jewish Education; and Rabbi Yaakov Neuburger, Rabbinic Leadership Award. The dinner will also include the formal investiture of Rabbi Kenneth Brander, the David Mitzner Dean of YU’s Center for the Jewish Future (CJF).

RIETS will also pay recognition to members of its fiftieth, fortieth and twenty-fifth anniversary classes (1959, 1969, and 1984).

A YU graduate and member of the RIETS Board of Trustees, Dr. Schwartz is the founding president of the Rockland County Jewish Federation; a former vice president of the Adolph Schreiber Hebrew Academy of Rockland; a former member of the board of the Community Synagogue of Monsey; and a former campaign chairman of the State of Israel Bonds Doctors Division for Rockland County. Debbie serves as a vice president of the Yeshiva University Women’s Organization and is a former member of the Board of Directors of Shaare Zedek Medical Center.

An internationally recognized authority on education, Dr. Schiff, distinguished professor of education emeritus at YU’s Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration, has been a visiting professor at prestigious universities around the world. In 2005 he was awarded the Israel President’s Prize for his contribution to the enhancement of Jewish life, for inspirational educational leadership, influential Hebraic scholarship, prolific research and writing and for the founding of important institutions of Jewish life.

Rabbi Neuburger, spiritual leader of Congregation Beit Avraham in Bergenfield, NJ, serves as rosh yeshiva at the Yeshiva Program/Mazer School of Talmudic Studies, an undergraduate school for Talmudic studies at YU. A Toronto native, Rabbi Neuburger received semicha [rabbinic ordination] from RIETS in 1979.

Founded in 1896, RIETS is the leading center for education and ordination of Orthodox Rabbis in North America. To learn more about the RIETS Annual Dinner of Tribute, make a reservation or to participate in the Scroll of Honor call 212-960-0852 or email


Mar 5, 2009 — “What’s a Catholic priest from France doing in the killing fields of Ukraine, Belarus, and Russia?” That was the opening question posed by Father Patrick Desbois—a priest who has dedicated his life to identifying and documenting the sites of mass executions in Eastern Europe—to an emotional crowd at the 2009 Hillel Rogoff Lecture at Yeshiva University. Many braved the elements to hear the answer from the author of “The Holocaust by Bullets: A Priest’s Journey to Uncover the Truth Behind the Murder of 1.5 Million Jews,” which was recently honored with the National Jewish Book Award.

Using forensic evidence, eyewitness accounts, and new archival material, Father Desbois and his nine-person team assume the challenge of recording and commemorating the deaths of Jews during WWII by mobile killing units that shot their captives leaving scant records of their crimes.

“We must establish evidence of these atrocities because there are deniers – even in my own church,” said Father Desbois. “Many of these witnesses won’t be around in a few years. We must get to them before it is too late.”

To date, Father Desbois has identified over 800 mass graves and interviewed more than 900 surviving witnesses.

“His speech made me realize that while the Shoah may have targeted Jews, there were also other victims—not only those who were murdered, but the witnesses who had to live with it for the rest of their lives,” said Stern College for Women junior, Tzivia Berow of Passaic, NJ.

“I grew up in Vladimir Volynsk, Ukraine where there are mass graves,” said Holocaust survivor, Nechama Ariel of Brooklyn, NY. “I want to make sure they are protected. Father Desbois knows my town and is working to prevent any desecration of the site.”

Father Desbois became interested in the Nazi shootings after hearing the recollections of his grandfather, who was a POW held at the Rawa-Ruska forced labor camp in the Ukraine. Together with the international organization he founded, Yahad-In-Unum (which means “together” in both Hebrew and Latin, and supports dialogue between Jewish and Catholic authorities) they are committed to honoring the victims with proper burials and by bringing their stories to light.

“This aspect of the Holocaust is not as well-known as the gas chambers of Auschwitz and other camps operated by the Germans,” said Zvi Schwartz, also of Brooklyn. “With his dedicated and steadfast work Father Desbois is creating a spiritual memorial to the countless victims who died nameless.”


Jan 26, 2009 — Yeshiva University’s (YU) will hold its annual SOY (Student Organization of Yeshiva) Seforim Sale from February 1 to 22 on YU’s Wilf Campus in Manhattan, Belfer Hall, 2495 Amsterdam Avenue. Last year the acclaimed Judaica book sale drew more than 15,000 people from the tri-state area. Students, educators, and parents flock to the sale to take advantage of discounted prices on the latest of more than 10,000 titles in rabbinic and academic literature, as well as cookbooks, children’s books, musical recordings, and educational software.

The Seforim Sale has become a highlight for the Yeshiva University community, as students and alumni congregate to visit their alma mater, see old friends, and add books to their personal libraries.

“We expect another big turnout this year,” said Ophir Eis, CEO of the SOY Seforim Sale. “Aside from all the discounts available, we have a number of great events planned.”

The sale, North America’s largest Jewish book sale, is managed exclusively by students who run the entire operation from ordering to setting up the premises, marketing, and all the technology the project entails. Proceeds support SOY’s myriad of initiatives, which include student activities on campus and outreach programs in the Jewish community.

Scheduled events at the sale include:
• Alumni night on February 3, featuring a performance by the Maccabeats, the YU men’s a cappella group
• Live acoustic performance by Six13 on February 4
• A lecture by Dr. David Pelcovitz and Rabbi Steven Eisenberg on February 5 entitled,
“What happens when your child isn’t you: Understanding the religious change after year(s) of study in Israel”
• Musical performance by Aryeh Kuntsler on February 12
• Family Storytelling with Peninnah Schram, Professor of Speech and Drama at YU’s Stern College for Women on February 15
• Emunah cooking demonstration and book signing on February 16

For a complete listing of dates and times, to purchase gift certificates, or to view the online catalog, visit


Dec 17, 2008 — New York State Governor David A. Paterson paid tribute to the values of charity and public service that guide Yeshiva University’s mission as the keynote speaker at its 84th Annual Hanukkah Dinner and Convocation at The Waldorf=Astoria on Dec. 14. President Richard M. Joel awarded honorary degrees to five leaders whose lives have embodied these values: philanthropists David Feuerstein and Roslyn Goldstein; Elliot Gibber, president and CEO of Deb-El Food Products; Rabbi Haskel Lookstein, rabbi of Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun and head of the Ramaz School; and Governor Paterson.

“We joyously celebrate five outstanding men and women who exemplify the breadth and depth of this University,” President Joel said.

The convocation and dinner, the University’s main annual fundraising event, raised $3.2 million this year, just over $1 million more than last year.

“After 122 years and only four presidents, this university is thriving,” Governor Paterson said. “President Joel is pursuing the opportunity to fulfill the true meaning of education: a higher knowledge and a greater spirit.” He was introduced by Sheldon Silver, Speaker of the New York State Assembly and a 1965 alumnus of Yeshiva College.

Governor Paterson spoke about the nature of public service, saying it was not for the sake of “the congratulations but the people whose lives we change.” He drew a direct parallel to the charitable work done by Rabbi Gavriel and Rivka Holtzberg, who were killed in the recent Mumbai terrorist attacks.

The dinner portion of the evening showcased the Points of Light, a group of students, faculty, alumni and donors who represent the excellence that YU is known for.

They were Stern College student and physics major Malka Bromberg, who is conducting in-depth research as a Kressel Scholar; Yofi Jacob, a junior at Yeshiva University High School for Boys, whose family plays a crucial role in supporting the Jewish community in Mumbai; Professor Leon Wildes, director of the Immigration Law Externship, and Professor Peter Markowitz, director of the Immigration Justice Clinic at YU’s Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law; Yeshiva College senior Avi Amsalem, co-president of the student-run Medical Ethics Society; Rabbi Ari Zahtz, a fellow of the Dr. Lamm Kollel L’horaah at RIETS and assistant rabbi at B’nai Yeshurun in Teaneck, NJ; Dan Kelly, a 2008 Einstein graduate, who founded a national nonprofit, the Global Action Foundation, and built a free clinic for amputees and other victims of Sierra Leone’s devastating violence; and Sofia Gordon, a student at Stern College and a Wilf Scholar, who discovered her true Jewish identity as a young Russian immigrant in Germany.

“The brilliance of our faculty, students, researchers, alumni and philanthropists inspires us and brings the promise of light and hope to the world around us,” said President Joel.


Sep 11, 2008 — Rabbi Yona Reiss and Rabbi Aharon Lichtenstein will be the featured speakers at Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary’s (RIETS) 24th Annual Hausman/Stern Kinus Teshuva lectures. Both lectures, given between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, will take place in New York City and Jerusalem on Monday, October 6 at 8 pm. The lecture series is run by Yeshiva University Center for the Jewish Future.

Rabbi Yona Reiss, the newly appointed Max and Marion Grill Dean of RIETS, will deliver a lecture entitled, “Teshuva as Liberation: The Joy of Being Only Human” at Weissberg Commons in Belfer Hall on YU’s Wilf Campus, 2495 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY. Rabbi Reiss’ address will be broadcast live over the internet at There will be a special introduction by Rabbi Zevulun Charlop, RIETS dean emeritus and special advisor to the President on Yeshiva affairs.

Rabbi Lichtenstein, the Rabbi Henoch and Sarah D. Berman Professor of Talmud and Rosh Kollel and director of the Caroline and Joseph S. Gruss Institute in Jerusalem, will discuss “Humility and Pride in the Context of Teshuva” at 40 Duvdevani Street, Bayit Vegan, Jerusalem.

Rabbi Lichtenstein, the son-in-law of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik, holds a doctoral degree in English from Harvard University and served on the faculty of YU before making aliya in 1971. Currently, he serves as co-rosh yeshiva of Yeshivat Har Etzion in Alon Shvut, Israel.

Rabbi Reiss is a graduate of Yale Law School, where he was senior editor of the Law Journal, and is the former director of the Beth Din of America, the largest rabbinical court in the United States.

The Hausman/Stern Kinus Teshuva lecture series was established by philanthropist Judy Hausman and the late Gerson Hausman, supporters of YU and RIETS, to honor the memory of Elias J. and Mary Stern and Moshe and Chava Hausman.

Light refreshments will be served at both events. For more information on the lectures, parking, or directions please contact or call 212-960-5263.


Jun 27, 2008 — Students, parents, alumni, faculty and administration celebrated nearly 100 years of commitment to Jewish values and education at the Yeshiva University High Schools (YUHS) annual dinner of tribute at the New York Marriott Marquis in Times Square on Monday, June 23. Dr. Edward Berliner of West Orange, NJ was honored as Faculty Member of the Year by YUHS, which is comprised of Yeshiva University High School for Boys / The Marsha Stern Talmudical Academy (YUHSB) and the Samuel H. Wang Yeshiva University High School for Girls (YUHSG).

Dr. Berliner teaches calculus and AP physics at YUHSB and serves as the executive director of science management and clinical professor of physics at YU.

“It is only appropriate that as we honor our beloved friend and colleague, Dr. Ed Berliner, we highlight our beautiful new state-of-the-art science laboratories,” Rabbi Mark Gottlieb ’87YUHSB, head of the boys school, said about the recently constructed labs in both high schools. “Ed was the inspiration and project manager in seeing this project through from vision to reality.”

The gala dinner drew over 400 attendants from around the tri-state area, who were on hand to show their support for the high schools, their faculty and administration.

“Tonight we celebrate our schools, our accomplishments, and most importantly, our students,” said Rochelle Brand, YUHSG head of school. “Our young men and women are the standard bearers for excellence in all their undertakings – in the realm of Torah Umadda education, in community services, and in love and devotion to the State of Israel.”

Rabbi Gottlieb and Mrs. Brand went on to note several of the achievements and events that occurred throughout the year, including outstanding SAT scores, student science awards, the successful Julius Wrubel z”l International Service Mission – a YUHSB educational expedition to various countries around the world and Project Ra’yut, which sends YUHSG juniors to Israel to perform community service.

Miriam Goldberg, YUHS Board chairman, praised the longstanding affiliation between the high schools and YU. “Our relationship with Yeshiva University is what makes our schools truly unique. YU and the high schools work hand-in-hand, cultivating the next generation of Modern Orthodox Jewish leaders. We could not be prouder of our university or its dynamic leadership.”

The educational mission of the Yeshiva University High Schools is to teach and perpetuate the values of Torah Umadda, the synthesis of Jewish law and life and Western civilization. The YU High Schools provide a platform for Jewish leadership through a challenging academic program in an atmosphere that encourages adherence to the traditional beliefs and practices of Modern Orthodoxy.
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Dr. Edward Berliner will receive the Faculty Member of the Year award

Jun 11, 2008 — Yeshiva University High Schools (YUHS), comprised of The Marsha Stern Talmudical Academy / Yeshiva University High School for Boys (YUHSB) and the Samuel H. Wang Yeshiva University High School for Girls (YUHSG), will bestow Dr. Edward Berliner with the Faculty Member of the Year award. Dr. Berliner will be honored at the YUHS Annual Dinner of Tribute on Monday, June 23 at 6 pm at The New York Marriott Marquis in Times Square. Prominent members of the West Orange, NJ community, Dr. Berliner and his wife, Debbie, are proud parents of three YUHSB alumni: Avi ’99, Josh ’01, and Jon ’04.

Since joining the YUHS faculty in 2002, Dr. Berliner has enriched the lives of his students and colleagues, both academically and personally. In addition to teaching AP calculus and AP physics at YUHSB, Dr. Berliner serves as the Executive Director of Science Management and Clinical Professor of Physics at Yeshiva University and played an integral role in the construction of YUHSG’s science lab. Dr. Berliner is also director of the newly formed YUHSB Honors College — a program that offers select students an enriching cultural, educational, and religious experience.

“It is a privilege to be honoring Dr. Edward Berliner,” said Miriam Goldberg, chairman of the YUHS Board of Trustees. “He is a wonderful example of a committed faculty member who perpetuates our high standards and encourages our students to reach their greatest potential.”

Both students and Dr. Berliner are appreciative of their time in the classroom together. “I learn so much from all of the students and am constantly amazed at their insights and ingenuity,” says Dr. Berliner. “Because of them, I come into school each day looking forward to learning something new.”

For further information about the YUHS Annual Dinner of Tribute please contact Mindy Schachtman at or 212-960-5279.