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Apr 16, 2008 — Dr. Jonathan M. Backer has been appointed the next director of the Belfer Institute for Advanced Biomedical Studies at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. Allen Spiegel, The Marilyn and Stanley M. Katz Dean of the medical college, announced the new appointment. Dr. Backer succeeds Dr. Allan Wolkoff, who is stepping down after his five-year term as director.

“Jonathan’s own research has earned him an international reputation in molecular pharmacology, as well as the role of sought-after mentor to many promising young scientists here at Einstein,” said Dr. Spiegel. “His vision of working closely with the Einstein Postdoctoral Association to identify and implement improvements will most certainly enhance the postdoctoral experience at Einstein, raising its profile and reputation to attract the best and brightest.”

Dr. Backer graduated from Harvard College and received his MD degree from the joint Harvard/MIT program. Following a research fellowship at Harvard and the Joslin Diabetes Center, he joined Einstein’s Department of Molecular Pharmacology in 1993 and was appointed professor in 2002.

Dr. Backer studies a family of enzymes, known as the phosphoinositide 3-kinases (PI 3- kinases), which regulate key cellular activities. These enzymes are vital for normal insulin action, and inappropriate activation of PI 3-kinase signaling is strongly implicated in human cancer. Dr. Backer has trained some 20 individuals in his own lab and has served on the Belfer Institute Advisory Committee for nine years.

“The Belfer Institute for Advanced Biomedical Studies embodies Einstein’s commitment to provide post-doctoral fellows with an outstanding training environment,” said Dr. Backer. “Thanks to the medical school’s position as an international leader in biomedical research, postdoctoral fellows have tremendous opportunities to participate in groundbreaking science. As director of the Belfer Institute, my focus will be on enhancing those opportunities by improving the mentoring, career development, and quality of life assistance that we provide to our postdoctoral fellows.”

Dr. Backer will also be working with the Belfer Advisory Committee to improve communication between post-doctoral fellows and the Einstein administration.


Dr. Carmen Ortiz Hendricks

Dec 18, 2007

Wurzweiler’s First Fulbright Senior Specialist

In February, Carmen Ortiz Hendricks, DSW, associate dean and professor at Wurzweiler School of Social Work, will travel to Beersheba, Israel, as a Fulbright Senior Specialist. Hendricks is the first faculty member from Wurzweiler to be invited to participate in the program.

The Fulbright Senior Specialists Program provides short-term academic opportunities for US faculty and professionals to encourage new activities that go beyond traditional Fulbright research. Applicants to the program are recommended by specialist peer review committees and approved by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.

Hendricks will spend three weeks in Israel giving special lectures to undergraduate and postgraduate students and staff on current trends in US social work practice and theory with an emphasis on multicultural issues. She plans to give these lectures at Bar-Ilan University and Tel-Hai Academic College, in addition to her host institution Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.

“This will be my first time visiting Israel,” Hendricks, an alumna of Wurzweiler, said. “I am proud to represent Wurzweiler and excited to participate in such a unique learning experience.”

She will introduce Israeli students to the Code of Ethics of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and will focus on cultural competence, the idea that social workers should understand and have a firm knowledge base of their clients’ diverse cultures.

“I want to learn what culturally competent social work means in Israel and what social workers might be able to do differently here in the US,” Hendricks said.

Louis Feldman Publishes Seventeenth Book

Louis H. Feldman, PhD, the Abraham Wouk Family Professor of Classics and Literature, recently published a book, Philo’s Portrayal of Moses in the Context of Ancient Judaism. According to its publisher, the University of Notre Dame Press, the book presents “the most comprehensive study of Philo’s De Vita Mosis that exists in any language.” Philo was a Hellenistic Jewish philosopher whose work, De vita Mosis, refuted the Hellenistic attacks on Moses’ life and character and was a vital part of his attempt to reconcile Judaism and Hellenism.

Feldman’s book uses rabbinic material to illuminate important parallels and differences between Philo’s writing on Moses and rabbinic literature. “Through Feldman’s careful analysis, Moses emerges as unique among ancient lawgivers,” said the publisher.

Feldman is the author and editor of over sixteen books, including Josephus’s Interpretation of the Bible and most recently Judaism and Hellenism Reconsidered. Professor Feldman has been a full-time member of the Yeshiva College faculty since 1955, teaching courses in Greek and Latin at elementary, intermediate, and advanced levels, as well as courses in Greek and Roman history, classical mythology, masterpieces in Greek and Latin literature in English translation, and Hellenistic Jewish intellectuals.

Two Profs Appointed Journal Editors

Two Yeshiva College professors were recently named editors of two distinct journals. Steven Fine, PhD, professor of Jewish history and director of the Center for Israel Studies, is one of four editors of Images: A Journal of Jewish Art and Visual Culture, while Lauren Fitzgerald, PhD, associate professor of English and director of the Yeshiva College Writing Center, was appointed co-editor of The Writing Center Journal.

Images is a scholarly journal that publishes articles on Jewish visual culture in all disciplines—including architecture, painting, sculpture, graphics, textiles, and photography—from Greco-Roman antiquity to the present. It also explores historiography and theory, and every edition contains reviews of books and exhibitions, and notices of scholarly conferences or symposia on Jewish art. Images is published by Brill, an international academic publisher.

The Writing Center Journal is an official peer-reviewed publication of the International Writing Centers Association. It is a bi-annual journal dedicated to publishing articles, reviews, and announcements that explore issues or theories related to writing center dynamics and administration. Fitzgerald was chosen by a selection committee for her broad understanding of writing center scholarship, her experience with writing center administration, and her publication and editorial experience.

A longtime writing professional, Fitzgerald was also recently elected to serve on the executive committee of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC), a professional organization for researching and teaching composition, from writing to new media.

Large YC Presence at Biblical Meeting

Five members of the Jewish studies faculty at Yeshiva College recently attended the annual meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature/American Academy of Religion in San Diego.
Shawn Zelig Aster, assistant professor of Bible, presented two papers “Jerusalem Replaces Babylon: The Neo-Babylonian Background to Isaiah 60” and “Isaiah 2:2-4 and Micah 4:1-5: The Vision of the End of Days as a Reaction to Assyrian Power.”
Moshe J. Bernstein, PhD, professor of Bible, presented “Three Ways of Interpreting the Bible at Qumran” at a session recognizing the 60th anniversary of the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls, and was a respondent in a session on Medieval Jewish Interpretation of Psalms.
Steven Fine, PhD, professor of Jewish history, presented “Between Rabbinic Text and Archaeology: Meyers’ Contribution to the Study of Greco-Roman Judaism” at a session in honor of Professor Eric Meyers, and a paper on “’Israelite’-Christian Relations in Late Antique Palestine: Samaritan, Jewish, and Christian Schools during the Forth Through Sixth Centuries CE”; he also was a respondent to a paper on “Visual Representations of Worship in Ancient Rome, Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Ostia: First and Second Centuries CE.”
Shalom E. Holtz, assistant professor of Bible, presented a paper on “Recovering Biblical Courtroom Vocabulary: Arguing the Case for Adversarial ‘Yahad.’”
Aaron Koller, instructor in Bible, presented papers on “Swords into Plowshares and Nations into States: Isaiah 2/Micah 4 in the Contexts of Assyrian Hegemony and Political Theory” and “Lexicography of Realia: Two Examples from the Semantic Field of Blades.”

Other Faculty News

Rabbi J. David Bleich, PhD, Herbert and Florence Tenzer Professor of Jewish Law and Ethics at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and rosh yeshiva [professor of Talmud] at Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary, gave a number of presentations in Berlin, Germany in November: he spoke on “A Twenty-five Million Dollar Funeral,” at Bet Midrash de-Berlin, on “Life or Liberty: The Issue of Personal Autonomy” at Berliner Studien zum Judischen Recht and Humboldt University, and on “Sale of Organs” at Organisation der Judischen Artze und Psychologen.

Mordechai Cohen, PhD, associate professor of Bible at Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies, published “A Review of Robert Eisen, The Book of Job in Medieval Jewish Philosophy,” in The Journal of Religion 87 (2007), 136-138, in which he discusses the literary, theological, and kabbalistic streams of Jewish interpretation of Job. He also published “Great Searchings of the Heart: Psychological Sensitivity in Nahmanides’ Commentaries on the Torah and Job” in Hebrew in Teshura Le-Amos: Collected Studies in Biblical Exegesis Presented to ‘Amos Hakham, ed. M. Bar-Asher, N. Hacham, Y. Ofer (Alon Shvut: Tevunot, 2007), 213-233. In this volume dedicated to one of the foremost modern Orthodox Bible scholars in Israel today, Cohen brings to light the human side of the interpretive work of Nahmanides.

Joanne Jacobson, PhD, professor of English at Yeshiva College, will be featured on Milt Rosenberg’s “Extension 720,” a leading author interview program on Chicago’s WGN Radio, on Friday December 21. Jacobson will be discussing her book, Hunger Artist, a memoir about growing up Jewish in postwar suburbia.

James Otteson, PhD, director of the Jay and Jeanie Schottenstein Honors Program at Yeshiva College, gave a quote about business ethics for a recent article on The article, “Workers should be wary of shady business deals” reports on a survey showing that ethical lapses in the business world are on the rise.

Shmuel Schneider, PhD, chair of the department of Hebrew language and literature at Yeshiva College, spoke on “The Relations Between the Secular (‘Hilonyim’) and Religious (‘Datyim’) Segments of Israeli Society” at Congregation Adereth El in New York City, in October.

Rabbi Moshe D. Tendler, PhD, professor of biology at YU and the Rabbi Isaac and Bella Tendler Professor of Jewish Medical Ethics at RIETS, spoke about “The Role of Science in the Torah Curriculum of Our Yeshivot,” at the Seventh Miami International Torah and Science Conference in Surfside, FL, in December.

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YU's Jackie Saxe with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid

Sep 6, 2007 — Jackie Saxe of San Diego, a senior at Yeshiva University’s (YU) Stern College for Women (SCW), was one of four students nationwide appointed to the executive committee of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).

Each year AIPAC appoints four exceptional student leaders to its executive committee in recognition of their special dedication and unique perspective. As part of AIPAC’s leadership, these accomplished campus activists travel to Washington, DC four times a year to hear from Middle East scholars and foreign policy experts, and to lobby side by side with their counterparts off campus.

Ms. Saxe, a communications and political science major, has been an active member of AIPAC and took on the role of YU’s AIPAC campus liaison because she “believes that her peers have unlimited potential to influence the political system in ways that support Israel.” She was selected for AIPAC’s Diamond Summer Internship Program, a well-regarded political leadership training program, and was one of six YU students recognized as activist of the year at AIPAC’s annual conference in Washington, DC last March.

“I look forward to representing YU and the modern orthodox pro-Israel community at the executive committee meetings and on the Hill. I am a proud American and Zionist and I believe that the U.S.-Israel relationship is essential for both countries,” Ms. Saxe said.
Founded in 1886, Yeshiva University brings together the heritage of Western civilization and the ancient traditions of Jewish law and life. More than 7,000 undergraduate and graduate students study at YU’s four New York City campuses: the Wilf Campus, Israel Henry Beren Campus, Brookdale Center, and Jack and Pearl Resnick Campus. YU’s three undergraduate schools –– Yeshiva College, Stern College for Women, and Sy Syms School of Business ––– offer a unique dual program comprised of Jewish studies and liberal arts courses. Its graduate and affiliate schools include Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Wurzweiler School of Social Work, Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration, Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies, and Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary. YU is ranked among the nation’s leading academic research institutions.


Rabbi Yona Reiss

Aug 23, 2007 — Rabbi Yona Reiss, a noted Torah scholar, attorney, and jurist who has served since 1998 as director of the Beth Din of America, the largest rabbinical court in the United States, has been appointed dean of Yeshiva University’s affiliated Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary. RIETS is one of the leading centers for Torah learning and training for the rabbinate in the world.

Rabbi Reiss’ appointment was announced today by RIETS President Richard M. Joel and the chairman of the RIETS Board of Trustees, Rabbi Julius Berman. The appointment is effective July 1, 2008.

The President’s selection of Rabbi Reiss was made in close consultation with Rabbi Zevulun Charlop, the Max and Marion Grill Dean of RIETS, and Rabbi Norman Lamm, Chancellor of YU and Rosh Hayeshiva (Head of the Yeshiva) of RIETS. He received the approbation of the RIETS Board at a special meeting held August 22.

“The Yeshiva is the soul of Yeshiva University. In Rabbi Yona Reiss, we have a leader who will nurture that soul, and advance Torah study and protect Torah values,” said President Joel, who is also President of Yeshiva University. “His integrity, intellect, warmth, and humility will inform his work as he partners with an outstanding rabbinic faculty, to shape the educational direction for the school. There are enormous opportunities and needs for our community, which our students must be poised to lead.”

President Joel took special note of Rabbi Reiss’ academic pedigree. He is a summa cum laude graduate of Yeshiva College, YU’s undergraduate liberal arts and sciences college for men, and went on to receive his law degree from Yale Law School, where he was senior editor of the Law Journal. He received his rabbinic ordination from RIETS, where he also earned the distinction of Yadin Yadin, an advanced juridical ordination.

“I have been shaped in large part by both the educational experience and intellectual philosophy of Yeshiva University,” said Rabbi Reiss, “and I am excited to have the opportunity to play a meaningful role in the Torah education of the wonderful students who represent the future of our community.”

For more than 35 years, Rabbi Charlop has been dean of the seminary. Under his leadership, RIETS experienced enormous growth, graduating thousands of rabbis, educators, and Jewish scholars. He announced recently that he is relinquishing that position effective June 30 2008. He will continue to serve as one of the Masmichim, those who administer ordination exams, and will maintain his special relationship with the Kollelei Elyon (advanced study groups).

Rabbi Charlop will remain full time as dean emeritus of RIETS, and will serve as special advisor to the YU President on yeshiva affairs with cabinet rank.

“Rabbi Reiss is a stellar choice for the deanship of RIETS,” said Rabbi Charlop, who noted that he is gratified to have been a mentor to Rabbi Reiss during his student days at the seminary. “His most important character trait is his integrity, which is known and respected throughout the Orthodox community. Moreover, while he lives in two worlds, the secular and the sacred, he is anchored in the yeshiva.”

Rabbi Reiss said he takes “pride in our wonderful yeshiva that has been guided with such love and devotion for so many decades by Rabbi Charlop. I hope in my tenure to ensure that we continue to maintain our standard of excellence in a fashion that both maximizes the potential of each of our students and serves the multifarious needs of our community, both locally and globally.”

Rabbi Reiss’ appointment was also strongly endorsed by Rabbi Lamm: “This is a marvelous appointment at this point in RIETS’ history. He has a great range of erudition, a broad spectrum of interests, is totally committed to the vision of RIETS, and is a firm believer in Torah Umadda.”

Rabbi Reiss has been director of the Beth Din of America since 1998. The Beth Din, which was founded by and is affiliated with the Rabbinical Council of America (RCA) and sponsored by the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America (OU), is the largest rabbinical court in the country. It handles over 500 cases a year in the areas of Jewish divorce, commercial arbitrations, and mediation.

In his directorship of the Beth Din, Rabbi Reiss has worked to resolve cases of agunot, chained women who cannot obtain a Jewish divorce, and popularize the use of the RCA pre-nuptial agreement as a protection against future agunah problems.

From 1992 to 1998, Rabbi Reiss worked as an associate at the international law firm of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton in New York City. He maintained an association with the firm until 1999. He is a member of the New York Bar Association, a certified mediator for the City of New York court system and a member of the Family and Divorce Mediation Council for New York.

Rabbi Reiss serves on the editorial board of Tradition magazine. A frequent writer on a variety of topics relating to both Jewish and secular law, he has published widely in Jewish publications, as well as the New York Law Journal.

Rabbi Reiss and his wife Mindy have five sons and live in Riverdale, NY.


Rabbi Mark Gottlieb

Mar 10, 2005 — Rabbi Mark Gottlieb has been appointed head of school of the Yeshiva University High School for Boys, announced YU President Richard M. Joel.

“Rabbi Gottlieb is an outstanding role model with a deep understanding of the culture and values that are at the core of our mission,” said President Joel. “He will also serve as Advisor to the Vice President of University Life on Educational Continuity. These new positions will help support a vibrant relationship between the high school and the larger university community.”

With more than 14 years of senior-level experience in higher and secondary education, Rabbi Gottlieb’s appointment is an indication of MSTA’s firm commitment to the principles of Torah Umadda (the synthesis of general and Jewish learning).

“I think (YUHS for Boys) can be a paradigm school for centrist Orthodoxy,” said Rabbi Gottlieb, “just as YU is the university flagship for modern Orthodoxy.”

Most recently, he was principal of the middle and upper schools at Maimonides School in Brookline, MA. He is currently a PhD candidate in philosophy at the University of Chicago where he earned his master’s in philosophy. He has published and presented papers on both secular and Jewish topics around the country.

A renowned talmid chacham (scholar of Jewish studies), Rabbi Gottlieb was ordained at YU’s Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary and is an alumnus of the high school and Yeshiva College.


Richard C. Bieler

Jan 11, 2005 — Yeshiva University President Richard M. Joel today announced the appointment of Richard C. Bieler to the post of Senior Executive Director for Community Affairs, effective immediately.

“Richard Bieler is a skilled and caring professional. He is an important addition to the talented team that will bring the extensive educational and communal resources of Yeshiva University to communities around the nation and Canada. He will play a vital role in developing and nurturing the university’s relations with the alumni of our many colleges and schools and will cultivate the considerable support this initiative will require,” said President Joel.

Rabbi Bieler will establish community councils throughout North America, consisting of community leaders, members of Yeshiva University boards, parents of YU students, and alumni. The councils will help the university to evaluate the particular needs of each community, advance lifelong education, foster leadership training, create support and funding, as well as strengthen partnerships with alumni. He will be a senior professional in the Department of Development, and will have supervisory responsibility for the offices for alumni affairs.

Rabbi Bieler has more than 20 years experience in advancement and outreach to the Jewish community. For the past 14 years, as director of development at OHEL Children’s Home and Family Services, Bais Ezra, and the Lifetime Care Foundation for the Jewish Disabled, he was a central figure in those organizations’ success and mission to help build and rebuild lives and families, through community education, counseling, foster care, programs in domestic abuse, and in summer camp for children with disabilities. He directed the national fundraising campaign of the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America from 1986 to 1990, and was director of special projects at YU from 1982 to 1986.

He is a 1974 Yeshiva College alumnus who received ordination from YU’s Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary in 1978 and an MS from YU’s Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies in 1979. Rabbi Bieler and his wife, Lois, have three children and live in West Hempstead, NY.


Jan 4, 2005 — Mark Lehrman has been appointed director of YU’s S. Daniel Abraham Israel Program. Mr. Lehrman has been at the university’s Caroline and Joseph S. Gruss Institute in Israel since 1995 where he was most recently assistant director of admissions. In the past decade, he has led YU’s recruitment efforts in Israel and has helped bring about a significant increase in enrollment in the Israel Program.

In his new role, Mr. Lehrman will work closely with Howard Weisband, senior advisor on Israel affairs, to develop additional services and programming for YU students studying in Israel.

Mr. Lehrman also brings to the job his 22-year experience with camp HASC, both as a head counselor and program director. He is an alumnus of Yeshiva College and Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies.

Mr. Lehrman and his family made aliyah in 1993. He and his wife, Dena, live in Efrat with their two daughters and a foster child.


Nov 5, 2004 — President Richard M. Joel announced today the appointment of Howard M. Weisband as Senior Advisor on Israel Affairs, Yeshiva University, effective immediately.

President Joel remarked that Mr. Weisband, in this new university position, “will aid YU leadership in envisioning and repositioning Yeshiva University in Israel.” The appointment of a senior advisor for Israel Affairs strengthens one of the chief cornerstones of the president’s vision for a renewed Yeshiva University—the centrality of Israel in YU affairs and programs.

Mr. Weisband will provide the leadership in Israel for developing joint ventures and partnerships with various Israeli institutions in law, education, science, and social work. He will also help to increase awareness in Israel of YU’s programs and commitment to the state and people of Israel, and he will build relationships with YU’s more than 2,000 alumni living in Israel.

Mr. Weisband will act as the director of YU’s Israel operations, including the supervision of all administrative personnel and the management of the Gruss Campus in Jerusalem. In addition, he will be an adjunct faculty member in areas of Jewish communal leadership.

Mr. Weisband brings to his new position at Yeshiva University more than 20 years of distinguished experience as director general of the UJA Federation’s Canada Israel Office, vice president of international development of Bar Ilan University, and secretary general of the Jewish Agency for Israel.

He is a graduate of Bethany College in West Virginia, where he received a BA in religion and political science, and of Hebrew Union College in Los Angeles, where he received a MA in Jewish education and communal studies. He and his wife, Kayla, an English teacher, made aliyah in 1986; they live in Ramot and have four children.


Oct 28, 2004 — Fred Sugarman, PhD, of Riverdale was appointed assistant dean of Yeshiva University’s Yeshiva College (YC) at the beginning of the fall 2004 semester.

“I am delighted to have Dr. Sugarman as a colleague, where he will work closely with faculty, students, and administration in supporting the mission of Yeshiva University,” said YC Dean Norman Adler.

As assistant dean, Dr. Sugarman is responsible for establishing dialogue between the Dean’s Office and YC faculty and students.

Dr. Sugarman holds a PhD in 19th-century American literature from Columbia University and has taught at Bar-Ilan University, Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, PA, and Lehman College.

He has worked in health management for 15 years as a senior administrator, supervising ambulatory care. Most recently, he was practice executive at Mercy OB/GYN PC in the Bronx, where he managed a 12-physician practice.

Dr. Sugarman is active in Jewish communal life as a vice president of the
Riverdale Jewish Center and president of the Hebrew Free Burial Society.

He and his wife, Dr. Betty Sugarman, a 1970 alumna of Yeshiva University High School for Girls, have three children: Avigail, David, and Eliana.


Sep 6, 2004 — David Pelcovitz, the author and nationally recognized authority on parenting, adolescent development, and other child-related issues, has joined the faculty of Yeshiva University’s Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education.

In announcing the appointment, Yeshiva University President Richard M. Joel said Dr. Pelcovitz will assume the post of professor of education and psychology and will teach courses on development psychology and psycho-social issues in the Jewish community. He will continue to teach courses on counseling and family education in the Bella and Harry Wexner Kollel Elyon and Semikha Honors Program at the university’s affiliated Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS).

Dr. Pelcovitz will also serve as special assistant to the president on issues important to the Jewish community.

Most recently, Dr. Pelcovitz was a clinical professor of psychology in psychiatry at New York University School of Medicine and director of psychology at North Shore University Hospital-NYU School of Medicine. He is a leading expert in family trauma, child abuse, and at-risk youth, particularly as these issues affect the Jewish community.

For more than 20 years he has advised community agencies, schools, and families nationwide in the wake of tragedies such as school violence or large-scale sexual abuse cases. Dr. Pelcovitz has led continuing education workshops on issues faced by the Jewish community for professional staff at organizations, including Ohel Family and Children’s Services, Chai Lifeline, and Hebrew Academy for Special Children, as well as education and parenting conferences worldwide.

“We are most proud to welcome Dr. Pelcovitz to the core faculty of the
Azrieli Graduate School. He joins our growing cadre of scholars, researchers, and practitioners in service to the Jewish community,” said Dr. David Schnall, dean of Azrieli. “His appointment is a major step in the strengthening of Azrieli and its commitment to Jewish education.”

He will assist the president in bringing the knowledge, experience, and programs of YU to smaller communities and major cities both here and abroad. President Joel remarked, “David Pelcovitz is a shining example of the exciting and evolving team that is building a premier school of education and an institution seeking to strengthen Jewish education.”

Dr. Pelcovitz will also expand the psychology and pastoral counseling component to all students at RIETS.

Dr. Pelcovitz received his BA and MS degrees from Brooklyn College in psychology and a PhD in psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. He has authored numerous clinical studies and chapters.

Established in 1945, Azrieli’s mission is to advance the Jewish future through education at all levels. It is an international center for the training of Jewish educational leaders.